Neighbourhood: Hintonburg/Wellington West
Location: Wellington St. West from the Somerset St. Bridge to Island Park Drive.
To some, it is known as Wellington West. To others, it is known as Hintonburg. Whatever you choose to call it, Wellington St. West from the Somerset bridge to Island Park Drive is a neighbourhood that has a little something for everyone; the foodie, the shopaholic, or even the artist.
Before you conquer Hintonburg/Wellington West, there are a few things you should know:
– Be sure to bring sunglasses and comfy walking shoes, as you’re going to be outside most of the day walking up and down the street!
– Come on an empty stomach because there are so many amazing restaurants to try out! There is something to satisfy every craving.
– An open mind: to new art, jewelry and clothing. Each store and gallery brings a certain unique factor that no one else has.. You might be surprised at what you can find in each.
I started my tour right in the middle of the neighbourhood, Holland and Wellington St. The sun was shining and for a Tuesday afternoon, it was quite busy! Lots of people out running errands, shopping for something special or, like me, just wandering around taking in all this neighbourhood has to offer.
I began walking down the street and peeking in a few shops when noticed my stomach starting to growl. I ended up choosing Caffe Mio for a quick lunch, a favourite spot among locals with a great menu and even better wait staff. What I love about this place is the fact that it’s a triple threat – cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and good food. It does not get any better than that. Although there are many amazing restaurants in this neighbourhood, Caffe Mio is an awesome choice.
What is so awesome about this neighbourhood is how welcoming it makes you feel. Each store you enter, you are greeted with a smile and a “hey, how’s your day going?”. I had some great conversations with people as they were working and to me, that can make the experience of shopping so much better.
There were so many amazing jewelry shops as you walked along Wellington St. West. I had to stop myself from wanting to buy every single thing I saw. So decided to wander toward where more of the restaurants are.
Although there are some great patios to check out in Hintonburg/Wellington West, the spots with the big, open windows at the front are the ones that I enjoy. It gives you that outdoorsy feel without actually having to sit out in the hot sun.
When I first decided to give this neighbourhood a tour, I had an ulterior motive. I had heard from friends about this gourmet donut place called SuzyQ for quite some time now. People just could not stop talking about how amazing these things were and how I absolutely had to try it. So now I had a reason! When I arrived at SuzyQ, I was surprised that I was the only one in there. But I soon realized why. They had just ran out of donuts and were about to bake some more so the wait was 10 minutes. I decided to stay and I’m so glad I did. These donuts we’re so warm and fresh. The flavours were amazing and for just $10, I got six of them!
My time spent in Hintonburg/Wellington West was an afternoon well spent, and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you have an hour or a whole day.
Restaurants worth trying:
– Wellington Gastro Pub
– The Hintonburger
– Supply and Demand
– Caffe Mio
– Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern
The neighbourhood has so much to offer, for more information visit their website here http://wellingtonwest.ca/ or check them out on twitter @wellington_west