Taste your way through Downtown Barrie’s unique blend of culinary experiences, where chefs, brewers and farmers are crafting creative drinks and dishes that focus on local fresh ingredients and supporting our community. From craft breweries and coffeehouses to a plant-based eatery and cheese shop, Barrie’s eclectic food scene will leave your taste buds begging for more; combined with a little art.
Once you arrive in Barrie, you won’t have to wander far to find something delicious to eat. Start at the The Common Good Café & Social House where you can unwind with an exceptional cup of coffee and some seriously good treats. From pain au chocolat and croissants to superfood cookies and smoothies, you will not be disappointed and you may even leave with a new friend. Head east down Collier Street for 7 minutes until you reach Mulcaster Street.
Just past Mulcaster Street, you will see the MacLaren Art Centre. This beautiful brick, Beaux Arts style building was built in 1915 with an Andrew Carnegie Foundation grant, so take a moment to take in its architecture. Walk inside and view their permanent collection and what is on exhibit. If you happen to be visiting on Saturday morning at Barrie’s City Hall you will find local growers at the Barrie Farmers Market. Open until noon every Saturday, the market is full of fresh produce, baked goods, handmade local products and more.
Continue to stroll down Mulcaster St. to Dunlop St and head west. Make sure to look up to take in Barrie’s historical buildings along Dunlop Street that date back to the 1870s. You must stop to enjoy some pub fare and craft beer at Flying Monkey’s Craft Brewery, just a 3 minute walk from the MacLaren. Originally known as the Robert Simpson Brewing Company, this creative and unique brewhouse offers a variety of radical beers and creative ales. Don’t forget to order their huge house pretzels served with warm craft beer cheese dip and homemade Hoptical Illusion whole grain mustard.
If you prefer to have an autumn picnic in the great outdoors overlooking Kempenfelt Bay, pick up a mouth-watering Where’s the Beest Sandwich or The Pickle Pizza at Valiant’s – Modern Plant Based Eatery and nibble on your culinary delights while you explore the 6.7 km waterfront trail. As you walk along the waterfront trail, enjoy Barrie’s unique art installations along the way. See the Sea Serpent and the Spirit Catcher iconic landmarks that dominate the view of the beautiful waters of Kempenfelt Bay. There are picnic tables and gazebos to sit down to eat your lunch and fully enjoy the panoramic views.
Before heading home stop by some of Barrie’s unique boutiques along Dunlop Street. A must to do before you head home is J’adore Fine Cheese & Chocolate’s where you will find 150 different cheeses or hundreds of their handcrafted chocolates, made onsite by their talented chocolatier, to indulge on while you continue your road trip around Barrie.