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Where to Eat and Drink in Collingwood, Ontario: A Culinary Adventure of Restaurants, Bars, Breweries and More


Nestled on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, Collingwood is not just a gateway to outdoor adventures but also a haven for food and drink enthusiasts. From cozy cafés to chic restaurants to vibrant bars, Collingwood's culinary scene offers something for everyone. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to eat and drink in this charming town.


Breakfast and Coffee Spots


MEK Breakfast House

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at MEK Breakfast House. Known for its generous portions and friendly service, Mek offers classic breakfast dishes that will fuel your day of exploration. Be sure to try their breakfast bowls, they’re a fan favourite! 



Espresso Post

For coffee aficionados, Espresso Post is a must-visit. This local favorite serves up expertly crafted espresso drinks in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Don’t forget to try their pastries!


Restaurants


Bello Pizza

Craving pizza? Bello Pizza serves up some of the best pies in town. With a variety of high quality toppings and a perfect crust, it’s an ideal spot for a casual dinner with friends or family. Be sure to reserve ahead, this small restaurant fills up quickly! 



Bent Taco

For a taste of Mexico, Bent Taco is the place to be. Offering a vibrant atmosphere, a menu full of delicious tacos and a great cocktail list, this restaurant is perfect for a fun and flavorful evening. Be sure to visit their fantastic patio in the summer. 



The Tremont Cafe

If you’re in the mood for fine dining, The Tremont Cafe offers a sophisticated menu in an elegant setting. With dishes that showcase local ingredients and culinary creativity, it’s a great choice for a special night out. They’re also open for brunch on Sundays. 


Minh’s

Minh’s brings the flavors of Vietnam to Collingwood. With a menu featuring traditional dishes like pho and banh mi, it’s a great spot for those craving Asian cuisine in a casual setting. 



The Iron Skillet

For a hearty casual meal, the The Iron Skillet offers comfort food at its best. Known for its extremely generous portions and homey atmosphere, this restaurant is perfect for a satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner. Featured on the popular TV show, “You Gotta Eat Here”, this spot is a local favourite for good reason. 



Huron Club

The Huron Club is a staple in Collingwood, offering a comfortable setting for food, drinks and live music. Described as an “upscale pub”, it’s a great spot to relax and enjoy the local scene.


Thonburi Thai

Thonburi Thai brings authentic Thai flavors to Collingwood. With a menu full of vibrant and flavourful dishes, it’s a must-visit for Thai food enthusiasts. 



Poppy’s French Bistro 

Poppy’s offers a cozy and charming dining experience in a historic building downtown. Known for its delightful ambiance and delicious French inspired menu, it’s a great spot for a date night or a nice meal out. It is also open Friday to Sunday for brunch. 



Low Down

For a trendy vibe and creative cocktails, Low Down is the place to go. This restaurant offers a lively atmosphere and a menu of unique Asian inspired dishes and carefully curated drinks that are sure to impress.



Northwinds

Northwinds offers a fantastic selection of craft beers and a menu that complements their brews perfectly. It’s a great spot for both beer enthusiasts and food lovers. Be sure to try their Detroit Style “Moto Pizza”. 



Unique Finds


Gibson & Co.

Gibson & Co. is a hidden gem in Collingwood’s food and drink scene, located down a narrow alley downtown. It's a great spot to pick up a coffee and also doubles as a bottle shop that serves small bites at lunchtime. 


The Alphorn

For a truly unique dining experience, The Alphorn near Blue Mountain offers Swiss cuisine that’s hard to find elsewhere. From fondue to schnitzel, it’s a delightful culinary adventure in a unique setting that is reminiscent of a 1980’s ski chalet. 



Nicky’s Doughnuts and Ice Cream 

As the name suggests, Nicky’s sells homemade doughnuts and ice cream whose quality is unparalleled. Their vegan apple fritter is a favourite and you can’t go wrong with any flavour of their seasonal handcrafted ice cream. 



Daggs and Willow / The Willow Room

Cheese lovers, this one’s for you. Daggs and Willow is a retail business selling cheeses and other high end specialty foods. The Willow Room, located just upstairs, offers a variety of cheese tasting flights and small plates that feature the products from their retail space. 


1858 Caesar Bar

If you’re a fan of the classic Canadian cocktail, 1858 Caesar Bar should be on your list. Offering a variety of creative Caesar concoctions, including Caesar flights whose flavours rotate monthly, this spot is perfect for a mid-day break or a light snack. 



Side Launch Brewing Co. / Mamacita Tacoria

Beer lovers will appreciate Side Launch Brewery, which offers a variety of locally brewed beers. Paired with the tasty offerings from the Mamacita Tacoria food truck, it’s a winning combination for a casual afternoon out.


Craig’s Cookies

For a sweet treat, head to Craig’s Cookies. Known for their delicious and unique cookie flavors, this bakery is a delightful stop for cookie lovers of all ages. 



Bar Gondola

Bar Gondola brings a touch of ski chalet ambiance to Collingwood’s nightlife. With its casual atmosphere and well crafted cocktails, it’s perfect for a fun evening out with friends.


Saucy Pasta 

If you’re looking for fresh artisan pasta and sauces, Saucy Pasta is the place you’ll want to visit. They also offer limited gluten-free options. Additionally, they are a retailer for Toronto’s “Death in Venice Gelato” which is worth the visit alone!  



Tesoro Mercato 

Italian food lovers will appreciate the offerings of Tesoro Mercato, a small but extremely well stocked Italian market. Here you can find any Italian specialty item your heart desires. Whether you’re looking for dry goods, frozen foods or freshly made pasta, Tesoro has it. 


The Collingwood Farmers’ Market 

Running from 8am - 1 pm, from May to October, the downtown Farmers’ Market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. This is the place you want to visit for the freshest produce, baking and artisanal creations. 


Collingwood’s culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a gourmet meal, or a place to enjoy a drink, this charming town has something to offer. So, the next time you find yourself in Collingwood, be sure to explore these fantastic eateries and bars. Your taste buds will thank you!

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