The Saint John City Market, with its unique gifts, artwork, fresh meat and seafood, produce, and baked goods is famous for being the oldest in North America, opening its doors in 1876. For those interested in architecture be sure to check out the roof that was designed to resemble an inverted hull of a ship to reflect the city’s shipbuilding heritage.
Upon entering the market, you will see how expansive and colorful the market is with locally owned businesses displaying everything from handcrafted items to special delicacies such as lobster and dulse. I found it a great place to find some unique and truly local souvenirs. There are also restaurants located inside where you can enjoy Maritime specialties such as lobster rolls and fish chowder or international favorites.
The market is open 6 days a week with hours of operation being 7:30-6pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30-7pm Friday, and 7:30-5pm on Saturdays. It is located on 47 Charlotte St with entrances on both Charlotte and Germain Street and admission is free. There is parking available nearby in the Brunswick Square parking garage or in several outdoor lots but the City Market is within walking distance of most major attractions including King’s Square, the Loyalist Burying Ground, and Market Square.
For more information about the City Market, please visit www.sjcitymarket.ca