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 woolen mittens 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 Plantation

10 Maple View Place, Quidi Vidi Village

This waterfront, artisan incubator provides space for emerging craftspeople, and plenty of opportunities to fill up your carry-on bag with hand-crafted treasures.

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Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

275 Duckworth Street

Here you’ll find a beautiful selection of pottery, textiles and traditional crafts from juried artisans and craftspeople. Reserve space in your luggage for one-of-a-kind items, like hand-stitched moccasins from Labrador or wood-fired ceramic mugs made in rural Newfoundland.

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Newfoundland Chocolate Company

(3 locations) 166 Duckworth Street; Signal Hill Visitor Centre; Avalon Mall

Why not indulge your sweet tooth after a day of walking the hilly downtown streets by eating chocolates named after them? Visit St. John’s legendary local chocolatier for confections infused with homegrown flavours and personality.

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Rocket Bakery

272 Water Street

After grabbing lunch or a coffee with a freshly baked treat, find a wide array of local culinary treasures, from Newfoundland sea salt to local cookbooks. Grab a seat outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown St. John’s.

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Johnny Ruth

183 Water Street

Find clothing, footwear and accessories from top Canadian designers. Fancy a cod fish pillow or a rowhouse hoodie? Browse through their selection of Newfoundland-designed clothing, accessories, and gifts.

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Heritage Shop of NL

309 Water Street; 158 Duckworth Street

A mecca for locally-made products that capture the province’s unique character and culture, proceeds from these shops support the Historic Sites Association of NL.

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O’Brien’s Music

278 Water Street

After you’ve spent some time in a city that seems to have music in its soul, head to O’Brien’s Music to take it home with you. Between the musical instruments, including Irish-Newfoundland fiddles, tin whistles, and mandolins, you’ll find the island’s finest selection of traditional and folk music from renowned local artists.

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NLC

Multiple locations throughout the city

Discover locally-distilled spirits containing water from 10,000 year-old icebergs, or wines made from the numerous wild berry patches that carpet our coastlines at our provincial liquor stores. Visitors can also sample a rotating array of local, national, and international beers.

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ETC Gift Shop

166 Water Street

Take home a souvenir that captures the quirky sophistication of modern St. John’s. Here, shelves are stocked with local, natural, fair trade and environmentally conscious products.

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Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

Standing on its own picturesque wharf in an iconic fishing community, Quidi Vidi Village Plantation [...]

10 Maple View Place
St. John's

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Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador

Explore craft traditions; discover contemporary innovations in craft. Visit the Craft Council of Newfoundland and [...]

Craft Council Shop & Gallery
St. John's

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Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Newfoundland Chocolate Company

The Newfoundland Chocolate Company’s chocolatiers create gourmet artisan chocolates using the finest chocolate and the [...]

166 Duckworth Street
St. John's

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Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food

Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food

We’re the home of scrumptious, handmade breads, yummy desserts, delicious prepared hot and cold dishes, [...]

272 Water Street
St. John's

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Johnny Ruth

Johnny Ruth

Independent Canadian boutique. One-of-a-kind shopping experience featuring some of Canada’s coolest fashion and jewelry designers. [...]

181 Water Street
St. John's

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O'Brien's Music Inc.

O'Brien's Music Inc.

Newfoundland’s traditional music store since 1939, with the best in Newfoundland CDs and music books, [...]

278 Water Street
St. John's

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Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation

Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation

Visit NLC Liquor Stores for a wide range of wine, beer, spirits and local products [...]

3 Queen Street
St. John's

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ETC. Gift Studio

ETC. Gift Studio

ETC Gift Studio is an Eclectic Tangled Collection of locally and Canadian Made products, with [...]

166 Water Street
St. John's

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Published: February 7, 2019