What To Do In Cobourg

Are you wondering what to do in Cobourg Ontario? We’ve got you covered! We asked local Cobourg Ontario resident, Leisse Wilcox, what her top recommendations are. She walks you through some her favourite local shops and restaurants in Cobourg. Enjoy! 

What to do in Cobourg Ontario

About eight years ago, I looked around my Toronto neighbourhood home, and realized that everything I did, everywhere I went – it all took place within a highly localized ten block radius. A ten block radius that was crowded, gritty, competitive, and really, really loud. So I did what so many well intentioned new parents do, and what many more dream of: I packed it in and moved to the country.

When I say “country” I mean that comparitively; I live in the tiny little beach front town of Cobourg, officially known as “Ontario’s Feel Good Town.” And with an hour and twenty minute equidistance between downtown Toronto and Prince Edward County, perfectly situated on Lake Ontario, it’s pretty hard not to feel good while you’re here.

If you’re thinking of living out the dream of living in a small town that is close enough to get a hit of the city when you need it – and easily escape to the woods when you need that too – here’s my primer of what a perfect Saturday feels like in lovely little Cobourg, Ontario.


Millstone Bread

Start at Millstone Bread for a breakfast sandwich; the scone-wich with bacon – and a dark roast coffee alongside it – is guaranteed to put you in a great morning mood. Plus they open early, which is perfect for all the early risers with kids.

Cobourg Farmer’s Market

Next I’d head down to the Farmer’s Market on the wharf – if you’ve ever seen my Instastories you KNOW no Saturday is complete without a weekly visit to “The Donut Guy” for a couple of fresh out of the fryer donuts with cinnamon sugar. While you’re there, feed your hopeless romantic by placing your lock on the Love Locks wall, while looking out at the gorgeously peaceful marina.

Leisse Wilcox

Zap Records

Happy and full, now you’re ready for a trip to my local fave, Zap Records. These guys get it. It’s a perfect way to feel the analog vibe, and pretend that you are an extra in the remake of High Fidelity. Just saying.

Craft Food House

With all this walking and shopping, it’s definitely time to eat again, so I’d head down to see my friends at Craft Food House, and sit on their courtyard patio to indulge in their oh so awesome crab BLT with a signature Vitamin K Kale salad on the side.

Spark Toys

Then I’d pop up to Spark, our fantastic little toy store. I’m not shy about being a total kid inside, and there’s nothing like a toy store to bring that out in everyone. I dare you to leave there empty handed.

Harbourlight Delight

After braving the sun and waves, and working on my tan, clearly, I’d reward myself with a cool down in two scoops or less at Harbourlight Delights – our iconic ice cream shop a stone’s throw from the beach.

The El Cobourg

This would be a good time to freshen up, maybe take in some art at the gallery in our landmark Victoria Hall, then head over to sit at the bar of The El. Tacos, margaritas, and the great company of staff is a fantastic way to unwind – after a perfect day outside.

George & Orange

After dinner I’d scoot around the corner (this is the amazing thing about small town life – everything fits inside that same ten block radius – and is oh so walkable) and hang out with my friends at George & Orange, a tiny little cantina where you can always go on your own, and run into at least someone else you know. Plus it’s female owned and operated, which I love to support, and Jenna has THE BEST taste in music – so get your Shazam app open and ready to take home an audio souvenir.

Kelly’s Home Like Inn

As a bonus – which is THE MOST local – if you’re feeling like the night is still so young, you’ve GOT to head down to Kelly’s. This is a class, straight up dive bar, unapologetically itself, and if you play your cards right, you might just get chatted up by an authentic country boy while you’re tearing it up on the (carpeted and wood panelled) dance floor.

Thank you to Leisse Wilcox for walking us through her perfect day and giving us all an idea of what to do in Cobourg. There are so many amazing local shops and restaurants to check out.

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