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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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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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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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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Newfoundland Weavery

177 Water Street

The Newfoundland weavery has been a St. John’s destination since 1972, starting as a small weaving supply shop. As time went on we grew into their present form, as a happy home for Newfoundland craft and gifts.

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Posie Row & Co.

210-214 Water Street

Posie Row and Co has established itself as a great place to shop and support local business people. With four unique floors of shopping experiences, Posie Row is a treat to the eyes for anyone interested in architecture and history, and a welcoming place for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds.

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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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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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East Coast Glow

East Coast Glow transforms wildcrafted ingredients, gathered by hand in Newfoundland and Labrador, into powerful [...]

82 Church Street
Bonavista

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Gatherall's Puffin & Whale Watch

Best whale sighting record. Puffins guaranteed. New catamaran (whale & passenger friendly, designed to minimize [...]

90 Northside Road,
Bay Bulls

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Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre

Located 15 minutes from downtown St. John’s in the town of Conception Bay South, the [...]

7 Conception Bay Highway
Conception Bay South

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Gift Shop at The Rooms

Locally produced, expertly crafted, meticulously selected: The Rooms Gift Shop specializes in offering the very [...]

9 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's

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The Outfitters Adventure

Get ready for the Kayaking adventure of a lifetime. Our guided kayak tours take in our spectacular [...]

220 Water Street
St. John's

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Published: February 7, 2019