As a hub of activity in Northern Ontario, Sudbury is a city you're bound to visit as you travel the region. At first glance downtown Sudbury may seem quiet, but look closer and you'll find some of the most charming spots and people in town. Downtown's streets are host to many of the city's great events and festivals, including Pride Prom (July 24, 2015), the Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival (August 8, 2015), Sudbury Ribfest (September 4-6, 2015), and more! If you're visiting, new to Sudbury, or live here but tend to avoid the downtown core, we encourage you to explore some of the gems that make downtown Sudbury so special. Here are a few that we love to get you started!
1. Café Petit Gâteau
Trust us when we say that big things come in small packages. Indulge in Parisian pastries at Café Petit Gâteau, whose tiny slice of a storefront certainly lives up to its name. Self-taught pastry artist Yoshiko Kurogi, whose intimate café is located at the tip of a historic flat-iron building on Durham Street, serves up stunning pastries and desserts, all made on-site with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Sit down to enjoy your Kusmi Tea or Social Coffee, served with a fresh slice of dacquoise, or grab a box of artisan cookies to-go.
Are you an active person who doesn't want to let their fitness routine take a back seat while on vacation? Myoga welcomes drop-in visitors, which is great for those who want to throw in a little zen while travelling! Hidden upstairs in the historic Capitol Theatre building on Cedar Street, Myoga's warm atmosphere and experienced instructors offer a rejuvenating escape. Choose from a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Hot Yoga.
3. The Open Studio
Do you like connecting with the local Arts community when you travel? Start your discovery at the The Open Studio, an exhibition space for students, faculty, and alumni of the Cambrian College School of Art and Design. Also available to various local artists and groups, The Open Studio is a community space for artistic interaction, expression, conversation, and collaboration. Planning a visit before May? The BitterSweet exhibit, presented by Cambrian College's graduating Graphic Design Class of 2014, is on display April 10–24, 2014. The exhibit features poster art based on the bittersweet parallels of Sudbury life. Following the student exhibit is Rwanda20 on April 24, 2014, an event commemorating 20 years since the Rwandan genocide. The event features a screening of the documentary film Rising from Ashes—a story of redemption, hope, and second chances, followed by a discussion and Q&A panel.
If you've got a hankering for the good old days when getting a drink meant enjoying the best bootlegged beverage in a blind tiger, Speakeasy offers a quaint retro vibe without the whole police raid part. Feel at home with your friends sipping on prohibition-era cocktail classics in this cozy jazz-themed lounge. Stop in on a Comedy, Poetry or Trivia Night or catch live music almost every night of the week.
5. Boo-Bah-Lou 2 (The Candy Store)
Step into Boo-Bah-Lou 2 for a trip down memory lane. This vintage candy shop is the only one of its kind in Sudbury and offers the best selection of candy, confectionaries and soda in the North. Feel like a kid again browsing retro favourites, international classics, and novelty selections including everything from Harry Potter to bacon-flavoured goodies! Your sweet tooth will thank us later.
Address: 156 Durham Street
Hours: Tue-Sat: 10:00am–6:00pm
6. The Townehouse Tavern
The Townehouse is widely known as Sudbury's music mecca, a staple for any musician or music fan in the North, and grounds where Stompin' Tom Connors' wrote Sudbury Saturday Night. The thing you may not know is that they recently started serving food that is equally legendary. Pop in during the day with friends or family and you'll find the best burger this side of the Muskokas. These burgers are prepared using locally raised, grass-fed, steroid/hormone-free beef. Vegetarian? Prepare to taste a Beet and Hemp burger that will raise the bar on veggie burgers forever. Made using fresh, premium ingredients, The Townehouse menu serves up huge portions and accommodates special requests for vegan, vegetarian, allergy or gluten free needs.
- Kids welcome until 9pm.
- Located in a historic building built circa 1902.
- Live music booked 363 days of the year.
Address: 206 Elgin Street
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00pm–2:00am
A variety of hotels and accomodations are available downtown but for those seeking cozier accommodations or a home away from home, try lodging at Parker House Suites, nestled just north of downtown at 259 Elm Street. Set in a restored estate home, this relaxing Inn offers rooms and apartments ideal for both brief and extended stays.
- Metered parking is available throughout downtown and is free after 6pm and on weekends. See a list of downtown parking lots that offer hourly and daily rates here.
- Your first two hours are free when parking on Beech Street or Energy Court (Lorne and Elm Street). More information on free parking here.