There’s no shortage of reasons to love living in Burlington, and one of the biggest is the sheer number of things to do. When the weekend rolls around, residents of this vibrant city have their pick of fun activities—and making a choice isn’t always easy. To simplify things, we thought we’d put together a list describing our perfect day here.
If you’re feeling ambitious this weekend, here’s how you should consider spending a day in Burlington…
Start off right
There’s no better way to start the day than with a relaxing (and very satisfying) breakfast! One of our favourite places to do that is at the Coop. This Brant Street hotspot serves up decadent dishes, such as french toast bites and huevos rancheros. Whether you like to start your day with something sweet or savoury, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
After breakfast, it’s time to get the blood flowing—and enjoy some beautiful scenery at the same time! We suggest heading to Spencer Smith Park. This downtown greenspace is known for its waterfront views, which are simply spectacular from the promenade. In the warmer months, you’ll also want to check out the peaceful Itabashi Garden. If you’re exploring in the winter, don’t forget to visit Rotary Centennial Pond. If skating is your thing, this is one of the best rinks in the city!
Enjoy some culture
Ready to get cultured? If you have an appreciation for the finer things, you’re in the right city. The Burlington Art Gallery is home to an impressive collection of works—plus it hosts up to twelve exhibitions a year. If you’re more of a reader, head to one of the city’s seven public libraries. Fans of modern architecture will be especially fond of the branch on New Street. This stylish glass building is home to a number of special collections, a computer lab, and even an aquaponic garden.
If you’re like us, you’ll probably be looking for a midday pick-me-up at this point. Luckily, Burlington has more than its fair share of must-visit cafes. Without a doubt, Tamp Coffee is near the top of the list. The baristas here are at the top their game, pulling perfect espresso shots every time. Whether you check out the Brant or Pine Street location, you’ll enjoy an uncommonly flavourful caffeine boost—and an ultra-cozy atmosphere!
Do some shopping
Interested in some retail therapy? Perhaps there’s something you need for your kitchen, bedroom, backyard, or closet—and you’ve been wanting to cross it off your list. Either way, your next stop should be Mapleview Shopping Centre. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find what you need at this shopper’s paradise. Mapleview is home to over 150 stores, including a mix of Canada’s most popular retailers along with a selection of high-end shops (like Michael Kors and Coach).
Feeling hungry? Luckily, Burlington’s food scene is known for more than its brunch offerings. When dinner rolls around, you’ll find plenty of great options—from fine dining to creative casual fare. Recently, we’ve been loving Son of a Peach. This downtown eatery is the perfect go-to if you appreciate flavourful, carefully-crafted pizzas. If you’re more in the mood for tacos, head to Burro. From white fish to beef cheek to spicy brussels sprouts, the fillings here simply have to be tasted to be believed.
Consider a nightcap
If you don’t want to cut the night short, why not end things off with a nightcap? If you’re a beer lover, head to Beertown Public House. This is the perfect summertime hotspot, thanks to its spacious patio—which is one of the biggest in Burlington! No matter the time of year, you’ll love exploring the rotating bottle selection here. If you’re more of a cocktail person, try the bar at the Martini House on Elizabeth Street. Trust us, the selection is incredible!
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