With over 50 years of experience in producing premium quality honey, Fredrich's is definitely one of the best places in Nanaimo to get your hands on pure and natural honey. In addition to honey, they also manufacture bee bread, bee pollen, bee wax bars and candles, which you can purchase from the store or online.
Comfortably housed within the Wheatsheaf Inn, this is a resto-pub serving classic American fare and local brews in a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere. The food menu is quite extensive comprising of an impressive selection of breakfast items, appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, pizzas, wraps, and perogies leaving you spoilt for choice. The Steak & Prawns, Halibut Burger, Chicken Wings and the Meat Eater Pizza are some of the restaurant's specialties.
One has to take a drive to reach the Cedar Farmer's Market. This seasonal market is among the best of the lot and also eagerly awaited. Set on a grassy field, it is near to the Crow and Gate Neighbourhood Pub and has more than 70 vendors spread across. Get local produce that is organic and fresh from farmers who have set shop here. Buy great meat and seafood. Explore the market where the aromas of vegetables, fruits, flowers and food create a heady mixture. Check out food stalls to fill your hunger pangs. Check out crafts store for some unique souvenirs or indigenous products. Held every Sunday from May to October, this lively market gets even more livelier with live performances and acts.
Set beside the Waterfront Plaza that is located in the heart of the city, Nanaimo Downtown Farmers Market is one of the best places in the city to shop for fresh organic produce. The market is seasonal and is open every day from May to October, selling everything from fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat and dairy products. The market also houses a few food stalls that serve local delicacies.
Considered to be the largest of its kind in Vancouver Island, Woodgrove Centre is among the best malls for shoppers in the region. Opened in 1981, it has been a hub for retail therapy and has more than 140 stores. Some of the prominent stores are the Hudson's Bay, Sport Chek, Toys R U and Walmart. From fashion to convenience and beauty, this center has it all by leading brands. There are plenty of options to eat as well in this mall. Movie fans can catch the latest flicks at the Avalon Cinema Centre.
Founded in 1979 by husband and wife Victor and Josee Duffhues, JoVic Pottery is a store selling handmade ceramicware, artifacts, art pieces, sculptures, and stoneware. If you're looking for something to add an artistic dimension to the interiors of your home or just searching for fancy crockery, this is exactly the place to be. Pottery classes are also conducted here.