The Royal City

The Royal City. Founded by John Galt in 1827 and named for King George IV (House of Este and Guelph), Guelph is home to a well-respected University and a number of prominent music festivals.


The Royal City

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Music
1. The Hillside Festival 5. The Arboretum at the University of Guelph Arboretum site - Part plant collection, part dinner theatre, part educational, the Arboretum is many things to many people, at its least its simply a gorgeous walk among many gardens and plants of various themes and varieties.${QuickSuggestions} If you only have a day in Guelph, spend a bit at the Arboretum, and a bit downtown. The centre of town has quaint shops, many good restaurants, and a fabulous bookstore (the Bookshelf, which is also a cafe, a movie-house, and a bar).${BestWay} Public transportation is very centralized - buses run into the city centre on the hour and half hour, then fan out. Routes to most major attractions, festivals, and the University are well-serviced, but a car makes the trip much easier.

The Greek Garden

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Fabulous food. I go there often. When I want to splurge a bit I have the lamb chops which are grilled to perfection. I also love the pork tenderloin, the moussaka, the tiramousalada and their salads. Friendly staff, and really, really good Greek food.
Cafe Greek Garden
497 York Road
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 821-0000

Diana Restaurant

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

They used to describe the Diana as an Indian Restaurant with a Greek name (there are still some Greek items on the menu) run by Iranians who emigrated to Canada. And it is.

It's a pleasant dining experience in Guelph's downtown. Although they make North American fare for the timid, their Indian food is yummy. Unless you have a fear of fried foods, try their pakoras and samosas. Their tamarind sauce is very tasty.

Diana's Restaurant Downtown
141 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 836-3460

Apollo 11

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Strictly recommended for those on a budget. Ignore the decor, or giggle hopelessly at it. Hoping to eat enough to fill yourself up and have change from a fiver? The only place you can do this in Guelph is at Apollo Eleven. The decor was old in the ‘70s, but it's clean enough, the staff are pleasant if not friendly, and it's cheap... cheap! The menu is basic home cooking, definitely not anything fancy. Great mashed potatoes, and the soups are usually good.
Apollo 11 Eleven
15 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 824-1421

The Albion Hotel

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Ah, the Albion, no place in Guelph is more storied; no place has served beer longer. A hangout spot for locals and grad students, it attracts a diverse crowd. The food is surprisingly good and the beer is cold. It might be the last place on the planet still serving Molson Stock Ale. It's a place to observe characters and build some of your own.
Albion Hotel
49 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 821-7125

Angels Diner

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Angels is a regional 50's retro diner chain, its got a very Elvis/James Dean ambience. They really need a soda fountian, but they've got everything else. Portions are generous, but the selection is a little bit pricey. Great for a late night repast or lunch. It's very busy on weekends for breakfast (served all day).
Angel's Diner
23 Wellington Street East
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 822-0507

Emir's Delicacies Lebanese Restaurant

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Sadly Emir's is now CLOSED. They appear from time to time at the Hillside Festival and I've heard they might still do some small catering jobs. If they are at Hillside I highly recommend the falafels.

It's a small restaurant with a big heart. Family-owned and operated, Emir's has the best falafels in Guelph and area. Very friendly and not too pricey, it's a good place to grab a snack or a filling dinner. The almond cookies are a personal favorite.

Emir's Delicacies Lebanese Restaurant
245 Edinburgh Road South
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 824-0657

Enver's of Morriston

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James. on April 20, 2004

Enver's is a bit out of the way. It’s just off Highway 401 on Highway 6 South, about halfway between Guelph and Hamilton and a good 40 minutes west of Toronto. Don't be put off by its rough-hewn exterior; inside, it’s tastefully classy.

The cuisine is an affable mix of traditional French with some interesting Asian influences. While the food itself shines, the presentation is thrilling. For the price, I've rarely seen presentation this good. I was very impressed at how cute the spring roll appetizers were, and as impressed at how good they tasted. Chef Ken Hodgins manages to balance innovation and portion size with price. The entrees are reasonably priced and filling. I've loved every meal I've had there.

Enver's of Morriston
42 Queen Street, Morriston
Ontario, Canada, N0B 2C0
(519) 821-2852

Latino's

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by James. on April 20, 2004

Latino's is very popular in Guelph; it’s packed almost every night, packed solid, and I can't fathom why. Having experienced a wider variety of Latin American cooking in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. West Coast, Latino's just doesn't cut it. Nearly very dish is dumbed down to appeal to a North American palette.

I had the huevos rancheros hot, which turned out to be a very bland mild and not at all picante; the beans were also painfully dry and bland. The ceviche was a pleasant surprise as it was relatively good; though it’s only offered as an appetizer, it was well-seasoned and quite tender. There are also some off-menu items you can order (most were not available), including mole chicken, platanos (plantains), and tres leches. The platanos, which were available, were merely adequate. I'm told the mole and tres leches are both excellent, but I remain skeptical.

It’s friendly and not a bad place to take friends and family who aren't so happy about spice in their diet, but if you're looking for a dining adventure or authentic regional cuisine, look elsewhere.

Latino's Restaurant
10 Paisley Street
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 836-3431

Sushi Choice

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on April 20, 2004

Long have friends and I wanted a sushi restaurant in Guelph. Now we have two.

I've been to Sushi Choice a few times and been moderately impressed. The sashimi seems fresh and firm, the sushi is nothing fancy, but very solid. The tuna was nicely red and flavourful, the salmon, wonderfully tender and just perfectly fatty. Their chefs don't quite approach the sushi chefs of Toronto, but it’s not bad, especially for being just a five-minute drive away and the price, though a bit more expensive than I would like, is ok. The worst thing I can say about this place is that they are a little slow at lunch.

Sushi Choice
45 Cork Street East
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 829-4160

Whimpy's Diner

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

This is a classic '50s diner. Prices are a bit on the high end for the fare, but it's tasty and portions are much more than generous. The burger is HUGE.
Wimpy's Diner
25 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 836-3765

Hillside Festival

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Hillside is rated one of the top 25 music festivals for a reason, well, many reasons actually: it attracts top performers from around the world, it's volunteer run, it's clean, and the food is fabulous. Hillside starts Friday night, the third weekend in July, and ends that Sunday night. Tickets are a very reasonable $50-70 Canadian.

Now in its 20th year, Hillside has seen the likes of Jane Siberry, Michelle Shocked, Bruce Cockburn, The New Deal, Alejandro Escovedo, Wild Strawberries, Amampando, Sarah Harmer, Emm Gryner, Sarah Slean, Martin Sexton, and literally hundreds more. Check out their website here.

Hillside Festival
Guelph Island
Guelph, Ontario

Guelph Farmer's Market

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Saturday's Only 7AM-12PM.

It's a pleasant walk or polite shove through the crowds to pick up your morning groceries. Nominally in the market building at 4 Gordon St. (parking is limited and fills up quickly) the market spills out in to the courtyard behind it. You can get pretty much any vegetable and most meats. There's also a bakery and some individual stalls selling everything from sushi, tickets to music festivals, and home-made baked goods. Get there early - the good stuff goes fast.

Guelph Farmer's Market
Corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 837-5624

Riverside Park

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

A sprawling urban park, Riverside Park extends from Speedvale Road to Woodlawn Road an entire city block along the Speed River. The park features a number of attractions for children: a miniature train, an antique carousel, paddle-boat rides, a horseshoe pit, baseball diamonds, and a walking/jogging trail along the river. There's also two barbeque shelters that can be booked for events.
Riverside Park
Woodlawn and Woolich Streets
Guelph, Ontario

The Arboretum

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

The Arboretum takes up most of the eastern portion of the University of Guelph campus. Although it's fairly busy at times, it's a bit of a hidden jewel.

There are organized gardens (Japanese, English, Rose Garden), a memorial forest, educational programming for adults and children, and a duck pond. The Arboretum can easily be explored in a single morning or afternoon, but it's best as something you can comeback to over and over.

In the winter, if you're still on some of the trails, wild birds will land quite close. You may also see rabbits, squirrels, and the very occasional deer. For more information, check out the website here.

The Arboretum
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120

Tony's Billiards

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

It's a pool hall, plain and simple. And yet... it serves alcohol and the best espresso/capiccino in Guelph. It's fun, but best to go with a group as it's in a slightly seedy part of downtown.
Tony's Billiards
82 Macdonell Street
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 2Z6
(519) 824-5110

Hiking in Guelph

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by James. on September 17, 2002

Unknown to most locals even, Guelph sports a hiking trail that cuts through the heart of the city, extending from Preston to Limehouse (where it meets the Bruce Trail). The easiest place to pick up the trail is near the covered pedestrian bridge. There's some parking at the York Road entrance to the park there. I like to take the trail southeast from there, you'll cross several streams aside from the ironically named Speed River. It's a busy trail so you won't be alone especially on weekends, and a cell phone works for almost the whole length of the train.

For more information, check out their website here.
Not to alarm anyone, but Southern Ontario is now home to West Nile. As a general rule, when hiking bring insect repellant that has DEET and wear both long pants and long sleeved-shirts.


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