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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Fabulous place to visit and explore the history of Canada’s first capital and the historic fort.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Locals love this place so make sure you've booked a spot. They serve a variety of world flavours, but if you're looking for something simple, there's wood fire pizza too. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“Iconic place for artisan brunch, this joint has been delighting locals for decades. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of our favourite local bars. Food is reasonably good if you wanted to eat. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Castle
“Accessible via Canadian boat tours. Bring your passport if you’d like to visit the castle.”
  • 22 locals recommend
History Museum
“Kingston Penitentiary Tours offer a rare and unique opportunity to go behind the walls of Canada's oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison. Closed in 2013 and designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, it is an amazing historical building, predating Canada's confederation in 1867.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful tapa and wine bar. Get a taste of everything, you won't be disappointed. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Place to shop
“The square sits behind our city hall, beautiful historic building. This square has seen everything, at one time Kingston was Canada's capital. Merchants have been selling here for hundreds of years, and still are. Market days are Tuesday Thursday and Saturday. Sunday is reserved for the antique market. During the summer months, Kingston hosts Movies in The Square every Thursday night where they play family favorites and classic films. During the winter Kingston transforms the square into an ice rink for everyone to enjoy for free. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Providing Kingston with culinary magic for decades, you can't miss this iconic place. Their patio is located in a courtyard which means they are not subjected to local bylaws for patio season. On a warm spring or fall day, you may be able to find a spot to sit in the sun and enjoy their delicious food. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
University
“Kingston is know for Queen's University. Lots of limestone, nice safe environment to walk”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
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“Nice french-inspired restaurant with oysters and a happy hour from 3-5 as well. Similar deals to Atomica, $5 beers and ½ price select appetizers (downtown) ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Food
“Great little place producing local beers. Small snack-style menu. You can also purchase beer to go. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Closest grocery in terms of proximity. Not my favourite for produce or meat but has most general items. Across the street from the liquor store.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Transportation
“Great day out to go to Wolfe Island , free ferry service to and from the Island”
  • 19 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Great trips from Gananoque and Kingston as well. There is a dinner cruise and cruises for sight-seeing of different durations.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Highly recommended Riverside dining for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and early dinner. Stop by and check out their bakery counter!”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Locals love this place so make sure you've booked a spot. They serve a variety of world flavours, but if you're looking for something simple, there's wood fire pizza too. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favourite local bars. Food is reasonably good if you wanted to eat. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful tapa and wine bar. Get a taste of everything, you won't be disappointed. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Providing Kingston with culinary magic for decades, you can't miss this iconic place. Their patio is located in a courtyard which means they are not subjected to local bylaws for patio season. On a warm spring or fall day, you may be able to find a spot to sit in the sun and enjoy their delicious food. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Café
“Nice french-inspired restaurant with oysters and a happy hour from 3-5 as well. Similar deals to Atomica, $5 beers and ½ price select appetizers (downtown) ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Highly recommended Riverside dining for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and early dinner. Stop by and check out their bakery counter!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Classic Irish pub with stone walls offering pub fare, draught beers, sports on TV & live bands. Located downtown at 76 Princess Street. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local restaurant with a similar concept to the WORKS, with a smaller menu and a focus on local beers. Happy hour from 3-5 with $5 beers and discounted starters. Great patio on the main strip downtown! ”
  • 20 locals recommend

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