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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.