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  • Writer's pictureAlison Golding

Savouring Orillia, Ontario: The Best Restaurants, Cafes and Markets You Can’t Miss

Updated: Jul 3

Nestled between the picturesque shores of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Orillia, Ontario, is a charming city brimming with culinary delights. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this guide will introduce you to some of the best places to eat and drink in Orillia. From cozy cafes, to tasty restaurants, to vibrant markets, there's something to satisfy every palate.


Mark IV Brothers

For coffee aficionados, Mark IV Brothers is a must-visit. This boutique coffee shop offers expertly crafted coffee beverages and the warm, inviting atmosphere makes it a perfect spot to relax with a book or catch up with friends.



Lone Wolf Cafe

Lone Wolf Cafe is another gem for coffee lovers. Known for its artisanal coffee, fresh baked goods and rustic charm, it’s an ideal place to enjoy a quiet morning or a leisurely afternoon. They also transform into an “after dark” cocktail lounge after 7pm Thursday to Saturday. 



The Common Stove

If you're in the mood for a delicious meal, The Common Stove should be on your list. This restaurant prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients to create innovative dishes. The wood-fired oven is a centerpiece, offering delicious veggies and roasted meats that are a treat for the senses. They also offer a Sunday brunch that is not to be missed. 



Eclectic Cafe

True to its name, Eclectic Cafe offers a diverse menu that caters to various tastes. Whether you’re brunching or looking for a lunch spot you can’t go wrong here. From vegan and vegetarian options to meat dishes, there’s something for everyone. The laid-back vibe, locally sourced ingredients, beautiful plating and friendly staff make it a great spot for a casual meal. Worth noting, their owner Melanie is also a Chopped Canada champion! When you’re there, don’t miss out on stopping at their retail space and bringing some of the deliciousness home with you. 



Rustica Pizza Vino

Pizza lovers will find a slice of heaven at Rustica Pizza Vino. This restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The inviting atmosphere, great food and wine list and gorgeous patio make it a great spot for a night out. 



Fare 

Located at the beautiful Leacock Museum, Fare is serves a delicious brunch, lunch and dinner menu. Not only is their food delicious but their gorgeous  waterfront patio is not to be missed. 



Picnic Tapas and Wine 

Picnic is a delightful tapas and wine bar that is inspired by the tapas bars of France and Spain with a focus on seafood, charcuterie and raw foods. While you’re there, shop the provisions shop for snacks, cheeses, charcuterie and more. Additionally their bottleship features world class wines and local beers that are not to be missed. Be sure to keep an eye out for their events as well, like wine and spirits tastings. 



Mariposa Market

A cornerstone of Orillia’s tourism scene, Mariposa Market is a bakery, cafe, and shop all rolled into one. Known for its incredible selection of pastries, breads, and sweets, it’s a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. Don't miss their famous Texas sized donuts!



Apple Annie’s Cafe

Apple Annie’s Cafe is a beloved spot for breakfast and lunch. With its inviting atmosphere and delicious, homemade-style dishes, it’s easy to see why locals love it. Their breakfasts are particularly popular, offering hearty and wholesome options to start your day.



Shine Plant Based Kitchen 

Health-conscious eaters will appreciate Shine Plant Based Kitchen. This spot offers a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, and healthy plant-based meals. Their commitment to using local, seasonal  ingredients ensures a nutritious and tasty dining experience.



Coco’s Cookies 

For dessert lovers, Coco’s Cookies is a dream come true. This bakery specializes in decadent cookies and other sweet treats. It’s the perfect place to indulge your sweet tooth with a variety of unique and delicious confections.



Provenance Wine Bar

Wine enthusiasts will love Provenance Wine Bar. This chic spot offers a curated selection of wines from around the world, along with a menu of small plates designed to complement the drinks. It’s an ideal place for a sophisticated evening out.



Couchiching Craft Brewing Co.

Couchiching Craft Brewing Co. is a must-visit for beer lovers. This brewery offers a range of craft beers brewed on-site, along with a delicious menu of shareables and meals. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make it a great place to unwind.



The Hog and Penny

For a taste of traditional British pub fare, head to The Hog and Penny in downtown Orillia. This cozy pub offers a variety of classic dishes, from fish and chips to hearty pie to bangers and mash. The warm, inviting atmosphere is perfect for a casual meal with friends or family.



Minh’s 

Minh’s is a must try for fans of Vietnamese cuisine. Known for its flavorful dishes and generous portions, it’s a great spot for takeout. Whether you’re craving pho, rice or noodle dishes, Minh’s has you covered. 



Tre Sorelle

Tre Sorelle is a family owned restaurant located in downtown Orillia that serves Italian food including fresh handmade pasta. Be sure to get there early so you can get the window seat!



Front St. BBQ

If you’re a barbecue lover, Front St. BBQ is a must try! Whether you’re getting a platter, handheld or opting for the massive “Front St. Experience” their low and slow cooked meats won’t disappoint.



Thai Plate

For those who love Thai food, Thai Plate offers a range of authentic dishes that are sure to please. From spicy curries to fresh spring rolls, the menu is full of vibrant flavors. The friendly service and modern ambiance add to the dining experience.



Dwn Chocolate 

One of the things that set Dwn Chocolate apart from other chocolate shops is that the owner Dawn makes her own chocolate from scratch by grinding the cocoa nibs herself versus melting pre-made chocolate. This allows her more flexibility in how she flavours her chocolate. To read more about Dwn chocolate, check out my blog post



125 Breakfast Club

Start your day right at 125 Breakfast Club,  where you’ll find a variety of breakfast options to suit all tastes. From classic egg dishes to creative takes on breakfast staples, this spot is perfect for a hearty morning meal. Don’t miss out on their delicious potato waffles, served as a side with many of their meals. 



The Ktchn 

Just outside of Orillia in Hawkstone, The Ktchn at Braestone is a modern restaurant known for its delicious menu and stylish decor. The menu features a mix of contemporary cuisine to classic steak dinners, making it a great place for both adventurous eaters and those seeking familiar flavours.



Quayle’s Brewery

Quayle’s Brewery, located on the outskirts of Orillia in Coldwater is another local favourite offering a unique experience for beer enthusiasts. Located on a hops farm, this brewery combines fresh, locally grown ingredients with innovative brewing techniques. The result is a range of beers that are as flavorful as they are unique. It’s a beautiful spot to explore as well, with a large patio, gardens, hop yards and more. 



Tent Kitchen

Tent Kitchen is a standout for its creative menu and wonderfully executed cooking. Don't let the exterior of this spot fool you, it’s a culinary gem with a focus on fresh, local ingredients.  The dishes here are both delicious and beautifully presented. It’s an excellent spot for a relaxed yet refined dining experience.


Olive Oil Co

Olive Oil Co Inc is a shop located I. Downtown Orillia that sells a wide variety of flavours of oils, vinegars and specialty foods. It’s a great spot to pick up a gift or something for yourself.



Farmers' Markets 

On Saturdays, folks in Orillia have their choice of two different farmers markets. The Orillia Farmers' Market, located at the library is a vibrant hub of local produce, artisanal goods, and freshly prepared foods. Open year-round, it’s a great place to sample local flavors and support local farmers and artisans.


The Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers Market (located at its namesake, the Fairgrounds) also runs on Saturdays, moving indoors and getting smaller during the winter months it offers a similar variety of local food producers to patrons. 



Orillia's vibrant food and drink scene offers something for everyone. Whether you're in the mood for a casual cafe, a sophisticated wine bar, or a hearty pub meal, you'll find plenty of options to explore. So, take your taste buds on a tour of Orillia and discover the culinary gems this charming city has to offer. 

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