In an ancient city brimming with creative inspiration, there’s no telling what treasures you might find. Thanks to 500 years of history, tradition, and carving a life by the sea, St. John’s is a place that overflows with artists, craftspeople, designers, musicians, and culinary masters. And, of course, plenty of places to find hand-crafted, locally-made wares as inspiring as the city itself. From pottery to jewelry to colourful art pieces and beyond, a visit to any one of these shops will ensure you don’t go home empty-handed.

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Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios

10 Maple View Place, Quidi Vidi Village

Housing studios for up to ten emerging craftspeople, the Artisan Studios gives you the opportunity to meet some of our province’s talented and delightful makers, learn about their creative processes, and find out what makes their handmade products so special.

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8 Rowan Street, Churchill Square

Anything but a typical gift shop, this boutique offers beautiful and unique “art, jewelry, and things”. Whink celebrates our rich culture and heritage with a large selection of locally made art, crafts, and gifts that include books, sweets, candles, prints, cosmetics, jewelry, pottery, and more!

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Johnny Ruth

183 Water Street

Find clothing, footwear and accessories from top Canadian designers along with Newfoundland-designed clothing, accessories, and gifts. Show off your local love with a pair of puffin wire earrings, cheeky Amy Adams prints and greeting cards, or a “Dory” hoodie designed by local artist Janet Davis.

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Craft Council

Temporarily located at 155 Water Street

Carrying the work of over 150 juried members, the Craft Council offers a wide selection of traditional and contemporary crafts from local artisans and craftspeople. You’ll find unique ceramic pieces like a “who knit ya” shot glass or a “hard case” beer cup, thrummed mittens and socks, and special wooden pieces like a cod head cutting board made from yellow birch.

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Heritage Shop of NL

309 Water Street; 158 Duckworth Street

A hub for locally-made products that capture the province’s unique history, character and culture, proceeds from these shops support the Historic Sites Association of NL. Alongside a large selection of local books, colourful art pieces, framed watercolour prints, pottery, and hand-knit wares, you’ll find Labradorite and antler jewelry as well as anorthosite and whalebone carvings.

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Newfoundland Weavery

177 Water Street

Specializing in local craft, knitwear, and clothing, there’s plenty to choose from at this downtown staple. Find distinctive work from Newfoundland artists and artisans, a stunning collection of clothing and accessories, and unexpected finds like classic ink writing sets and old-fashioned compasses.

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Posie Row & Co.

210-214 Water Street

Known for its eclectic vibe, this collective of local independent businesses has items you won’t see anywhere else. It’s not just hats, mitts, and scarves here! Fair trade brands, local limited edition jewelry, handmade felt ornaments, hand-dyed and vintage clothing, botanical bath products and much more line Posie Row and Co’s four floors of shops.

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Gift Shop at The Rooms

9 Bonaventure Avenue

It’s no surprise that our province’s largest public cultural space also houses a gift shop that offers a wide selection of unique local and Canadian made products. Cross-stitch and rug hooking kits, an impressive selection of local books, handmade pillows, and art supplies are just some of the interesting and inspiring goodies you’re sure to find.

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O'Brien's Music Inc.

278 Water Street

There’s plenty for the music lover (and music maker) at this long-standing family owned business. An impressive collection of CDs, LPs and DVDs boasts plenty of Newfoundland bands and artists. You’ll also find a selection of musical instruments including harmonicas, accordions, Newfoundland spoons and, of course, classic ugly sticks.

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Published: January 6, 2020