If you care about your food and where it originates, you are going to love discovering the food and drink scene in London, Ontario. The range and choices in styles of culinary offerings reflects our cultural diversity and the increased desire for quality food experiences. Our landmark restaurants and indie cafés distinguish themselves with ethnic authenticity and tradition, with an emphasis on using our region’s characteristic flavours and ingredients.
Indie food entrepreneurs and culinary artisans with their made by hand, small batched and seasonal offerings, using locally-procured ingredients continue to be a part of the broader food movement. London continues to be a hotbed of indie food start-ups with everything from organic, keto, paleo, gluten-free, sugar- free and nut-free options to the passion for plant-based products. The rise in local bakeries, cafés and restaurants serving up innovative vegetable-centred cuisine is not a trend but the new reality.
London can boast having two outstanding community markets, the daily Covent Garden Market and The Market at Western Fair on Saturdays and Sundays. There are other great seasonal markets as well, and of course, one of the best seasonal producer-only farmers’ markets in Ontario is at the Covent Garden Market, on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Locally there has been an unprecedented increase of upmarket coffeehouses with their own unique roasts, cafés and single-origin, specialty tea merchants that are part grab-and-go, part bakery and diner, some of which are licensed. We even have a Tea & Kombucha Festival.
Our local craft beer movement continues to flourish, bringing new flavours, innovation and creating customer loyalty not only to the products they are offering but to the brewers themselves. Our forward-thinking craft breweries are creating meaningful and lasting on-site experiences between brands and consumers evidenced by the increased popularity of tap rooms offering beer tastings, flights, games and community interaction.
Whether you’re interested in attending one of our iconic food festivals, shopping at one of our specialty food shops, or at our farmers’ markets, or just want to explore the unique food and drink scene, we hope you’ll enjoy the vast choice of food-focused options, offering a taste of London’s “Local Flavour.”
When looking to recharge, wur first stop is always Plant Matter Kitchen – a popular eatery offering an array of organic, plant-based eats & draft brews in a bright, airy space.
Set aside some time to visit and tour Toboggan Brewing Company on Richmond Street and the 519 Kitchen. Pick up a growler (or two) of your favorite from their tasting flight.
Dinner means a stop in at The Church Key for craft beer and modern pub fare. Chef Michael uses locally sourced ingredients for everything, including our favorite: The Ploughman’s Platter.
Exploring the Region?
Here are a few great places to start.
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