It’s the hub of Oshawa’s government and business communities, second home to UOIT students, and one of Oshawa’s most historic areas. After a few lean years, Oshawa’s downtown is turning around, so we’re shining the proverbial spotlight on your favourite places to visit! Downtown Oshawa, here are your best bits:
There’s no shortage of food downtown, and it’s a good sign that new restaurants choose to open in the area. Fast food favourites include Justice Burgers (77 King Street East), serving organic, locally sourced beef burgers with upmarket french fries, while PizzaMunno (35 King Street East), offers high quality pizza at a reasonable price. For those looking for a sit down meal, Avanti Trattoria (17 King Street East) or Fazios (33 Simcoe Street South) are well-established local favourites, while Berry Hill Food Company (82 King Street West), is one of Oshawa’s hidden gems, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cosy atmosphere.
Grab a pint or glass of wine at Riley’s Old Towne Pub (104 King Street East, or the new General Pub and Grill (21 Celina Street). Brew Wizards Board Game Cafe offers, you guessed it, hundreds of board games plus drinks, food, wine and beer in a homey, cafe atmosphere, plus the owners are super nice dudes (74 Celina Street).
Drop into the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (72 Queen Street) to explore their latest exhibitions, and make sure to head back on the first Friday of the month between 7 pm and 10 pm for free live music, art, and unique performances at RMG Fridays. Get hands-on crafty at The LivingRoom Community Art Studio (149 Simcoe Street South), where everything is pay-what-you-can. Car buffs can check out the impressive collection of classic cars at the Canadian Automotive Museum, or take part in a themed tour (99 Simcoe Street South).
Love music? The calendar is packed at the Moustache Club (15 Simcoe Street North), with artists playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Party at The Music Hall Night Club and & Concert Venue (39 King Street East), catch music, comedy, and film at the UOIT Regent Theatre (50 King Street East), a big show (think performers like Elton John and Jerry Seinfeld) or the Oshawa Generals at the GM Centre (soon to be the Tribute Communities Centre).
Did we miss your favourite spot in downtown Oshawa? Let us know in the comments!