Located within the Southgate Shopping Center, Hearthstone Artisan Bakery offers a wide range of handmade baked goodies that are prepared using local ingredients. The bakery caters to the needs of most palates serving both sweet and savory delights. If you happen to be in the vicinity needing a quick bite, this is a great place to satisfy your hunger pangs.
Set in cozy environs boasting of large windows, bright interiors, wooden tables and comfy chairs, Coco Cafe is where you need to be if you are in the mood for a delicious snack, a cup of steaming hot coffee or are simply looking for a place where you can enjoy a laidback lunch with close friends.If you are confused about what to order, know that Thai Chicken, Cinnamon Bun French Toast, Chicken & Brie are just some of their more popular dishes on the menu. Homemade soups and salads are served here as well along with baked goodies like muffins and scones. If you are in the mood to indulge your taste buds, look no further than the great food at Coco Cafe.
Set in a building that dates over a century, Asteras Greek Taverna is a charming little place for Greek food lovers. The attractive facade with dark blue and cream hues and festive lighting which is magical during the evenings beckons you in to an even more lovely ambiance. Vintage chandeliers cast a warm glow to the lovingly arranged restaurant. It is a great spot for romantic dinners, special occasions or even family meals. Taking pride in their authentic cuisine where everything is prepared on-site, you can be sure of the freshness and deliciousness of their food. Enjoy live music held nightly. Reservations are recommended.
Enjoy a drink in a traditional English-style at The Crow & Gate. A true British pub that boasts of everything from Guinness beer to various all-day British delicacies. Feast on Oyster Stew, Steak and Kidney Pie and Smoked Salmon Chowder among other delicacies. The pub also has dinner specials every night along with desserts like Pecan Pie and Trifle. If you are in the mood for a drink or two, look no further than the cozy The Crow & Gate.
Enjoy a range of barbecued delights at Smoking George’s BBQ. Beef Brisket Sandwich, Smoked Mozza Sticks and Fresh Corn Tortilla Chips are just some of the dishes you can call for at this join. Besides the hearty BBQ dishes, the restaurant also offers a lighter of soups and salads for those who don't want to go overboard with the food. Pair the food with some of their spicy homemade sauce or call for wines and locally brewed beers to balance the savory flavors. If you are in the mood for a feast, then a meal at Smoking George’s BBQ is what you need.
If you are in the mood for some delicious Italian flavors, then head to Mamo Gourmet Pizza for a tasty meal. Serving dishes like Montreal-Style Pizza, BBQ Chicken, Greco and The Bacon Burger Deluxe, the restaurant ensures there is plenty of options for everyone. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available for those who have special dietary preferences. Dips, sauces and garlic bread can also be ordered separately with the pizzas. Set in a casual, laid-back space, Mambo Gourmet Pizza is perfect for those who want to satiate their cravings with some great pizza.
Dig into great Italian delicacies made with fresh, local ingredients at La Stella Trattoria. Kale Caesar Salad, Three Cheese and Pesto Pizza and Seared Gnocchi are just some of the dishes that you can relish at this cozy Italian restaurant, You can pair the dishes with some of their housemade sauces that are quite a delight to the taste buds. A drink from the wine menu can also be a great idea to complement the tasty flavors. Though the drinks menu is small, the vast-ranging wines more than make up for the limited options. However, the restaurant also allows you to bring your own bottle of wine for a small corkage fee if you prefer to drink your own. Whether you want to impress your date, or celebrate a special occasion with friends or family, an evening at La Stella Trattoria won’t let you down.
Every bit the quintessential coffee shop, with its cheerful canary-colored walls, warm lighting, and friendly baristas, The Bee's Knees cafe still carries a bit of a quirk that sets it apart from its other coffee-wielding counterparts. Find it in the cafe's unusual clock, its unique light fixtures, or its brightly designed upholstery. Besides being delightfully quirky, this characterful cafe gives out super cozy vibes and offers incredibly fresh and satisfying coffees, so that you can start your mornings right. Along with your coffee, tuck in to some of their baked goods, like freshly made cinnamon buns topped off with cream cheese, sandwiches, or cookies.
Old City Station Pub in Downtown Nanaimo is a local watering hole serving an eclectic selection of craft beer, local spirits, and classic American fare. The decor is classy with a lot of polished woodwork employed in the flooring and furnishing. The tap consists of a wide range of brews, catering to a variety of tastes, offering something for everyone. Do try some of their burgers which are known to be juicy and satisfying.
Located in the heart of Nanaimo, Power House Living Foods is a Canadian restaurant that aims to promote healthy eating habits, serving a wide range of gluten free and vegan dishes in a contemporary and vibrant atmosphere. Their menu consists of salads, dessert, snacks, juices, shakes, smoothies and low-calorie pizzas and burgers. Signature dishes include the Olive Tapenade Pizza, Power House Salad, the Acai Bowl, and the Nanaimo Bar.
The corner of Commercial Street opens up a little window to Paris, presented by the French-loving Mon Petit Choux cafe. This breezy cafe has Parisian written all over it, and not just in its decor, which features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the street, and casually laid out tables. The menu features everything from french toast and eggs, to fragrant breads, brioche, and croissants for you to gorge on. Pair this up with some lovely coffee, and you're all set you live your Francophile fantasy here in good ol' Nanaimo.