The Town of Aurora has consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in Canada and the thriving downtown core has a lot to do with that appeal. From unique and delicious restaurants to an amazing selection of shops and services, shopping local has never been so easy and pleasurable.
From Fine Dining to Casual Bites, Aurora Has It All
For delicious take-out choices or dining in, Aurora has a wide range of amazing eateries to choose from. Here are some local favourites.
Aw, Shucks Oyster Bar & Bistro is an award-winning seafood restaurant in the heart of downtown Aurora. With a full-service menu featuring fresh oysters, appetizers, seafood, steak, pastas and more Aw, Shucks is Aurora’s favourite seafood hotspot, with several dining options including two rooftop patios in the summer and curbside pick-up and take out.
Cafe Alexandra is the place to be for truly healthy and delicious food with a focus on organic and locally sourced ingredients including plant-based, vegan and gluten-free options. Whether you are looking for a quiet, intimate lunch or when restrictions allow, one of their monthly special events like live jazz with local talent or Sunday High Tea get-togethers, Cafe Alexandra is sure to please.
Looking for something sweeter? Artsy Baker can hook you up with their tasty selection of gourmet donuts, cupcakes and more. And for that special occasion nothing beats one of their truly spectacular custom cakes. Musical instrument, luxury handbag, sports equipment? If you can dream it up, Artsy Baker can make it into a cake.
At Casa Carbone, you can enjoy old-world flavours with a decidedly modern twist. Using traditional wood and charcoal oven cooking along with local, farm-raised produce and meats, Casa Carbone offers a genuine Italian experience in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Good Things Come to Those Who Shop Local
When it comes to eco-conscious, sustainable and Canadian products, Fashionistas know that Lemonberry is Aurora’s destination for fashion, beauty, home furnishings and more. Whether on-line or in-store, there is always something new and inspiring to discover at this independent gem. All this plus free local delivery and eco-friendly packaging make for a shopping experience like no other.
Voted one of Ontario’s 12 Great Cheese Shops, La Jolie is a cheese lovers paradise. While they are sure to stock all of your old favourites, their spectacular collection of cheeses from around the globe is harmonized with season and features an ever-changing selection of new varieties to tempt your palette. Let the knowledgeable staff at La Jolie help you discover new favourites including carefully curated cheeseboards.
If you love to cook, you’re sure to love Downtown Aurora’s Kitchen Accents . Whether you prefer to browse their Yonge Street store or their new online shop, you’ll find everything you need to stock your kitchen with the very best in cookware. They’ll even help you keep your knives sharp. Bon appetit!
This list wouldn’t be complete without Our Dog & Company, a local family Pet Supply Store that has been part of the Aurora community since 2008. Mark and Jillian and the entire store staff work hard to ensure your pet is well taken care of with the best in Dog and Cat nutrition, quality treats, toys and gear.
Discover Wellness, Aurora-Style
Everyone needs to be pampered once in a while and Phiona’s Coconut Village can provide an unforgettable tropical escape with a unique reggae/R&B/Gospel vibe. From a simple pedicure to a full spa day, Coconut Village is the warm and relaxing getaway you’ve been craving.
The Aurora Cultural Centre is a vibrant cultural hub with a mission to bring the community together. They believe that art is a necessary part of life with the power to engage, inspire and transform. The Centre is a vital part of Aurora’s cultural life, offering classes, exhibitions, summer arts camps and much more. Geranium is pleased to sponsor the annual Mayor’s Celebration of Youth Arts, Feb 15-March 25, 2022, a great opportunity to celebrate the next generation of visual and performing artists.
These are just a few of the many wonderful shops, restaurants and services available in Aurora. And if you’re looking to call Aurora home be sure to register for our next release at Allegro, stunning executive homes in a magical downtown Aurora setting.
Be sure to check for local restrictions as Ontario continues dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. As always, practice physical distancing and stay safe.