AS A LIFELONG resident of the Quinte region, I know this area has always been where my heart is. It makes sense that after graduating from the University of Ottawa, I moved back to the Quinte area and found a position that allows me to explore the region more than ever before.
Even though I’ve lived here all my life, my position as a Real Estate Agent & Marketing Coordinator with RE/MAX Quinte has truly inspired me to become a tourist in my hometown.
I’ve always been big on discovering new places, which helps me give newcomers context on the neighbourhoods they’re most interested in—whether it’s finding new cycling trails, exploring quiet conservation areas to walk the dogs in, or sampling a new craft beer.
When I’m not exploring the impressive expanse of outdoor space this region has to offer, my favourite thing to do is grab a drink and some food with friends.
I recently moved to Belleville, where I’ve discovered that not only is my heart in this city, but my stomach and my palate are taken care of too! Local food is easy to come by in a region surrounded by farms, so rather than going to chain restaurants, or driving to a bigger city for a night out, I often spend my time locally. If you’re looking for some great spots to hit around Belleville, here’s my list of favourites!
Nice Ice Baby
26 Victoria Street
Who says you can’t start with ice cream? This cozy ice-cream café has over thirty different delicious, hand-crafted flavours made on site (my suggestion: try the Espresso Skor in a waffle cone—you won’t be disappointed). You can enjoy your ice cream, gelato, or sorbet indoors, or on their outdoor patio. They also have great soups, salads, and paninis, which makes a midday ice-cream run easy to justify.
L’Auberge de France
304 Front Street
This French bistro is the number-one place to go if you’re looking for a delicious weekend breakfast. Saturday mornings, when the café transforms into a bustling Parisian café, are when it’s best to visit; their freshly baked croissants— plain, almond, or pain au chocolat—are available then, and paired with a yummy quiche and cappuccino, they make for the perfect treat!
The Brake Room
34 Dundas Street East
Coffee is a must, especially when you have a busy weekend full of exploring! The Brake Room is a hybrid cycle service/co ee shop that serves delicious coffees, teas, lattes, mochas, and any other caffeinated drink you can think of. I love that they regularly host events and workshops that involve bicycling, coffee, drinks, and healthy living.
272 Front Street
Capers is the perfect spot to go for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to have a drink after work or book a large party for a special occasion, Capers does it all. They have a great selection of local wines, ciders, and beer. It’s a relaxed, cozy environment with delicious food—I recommend trying the cheese boards! Plus, the restaurant has live music every Saturday with talented musicians from around the region.
Paulo’s Italian Trattoria
38 Bridge Street East
The interior of Paulo’s makes you feel as if you’re right in an Italian Pizzeria. I love that they carry a selection of local wines from Prince Edward County! In the summer months, they open outdoor seating under their globe lights and European- style awnings on beautiful Bridge St. East. If you’re looking for a cozy spot to sip some wine, check out the courtyard next door at their sister
Glazed & Confused
144 North Front Street
Doughnuts, cupcakes, cookie towers, deluxe waffles… need I say more? This colourful bakery is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a dangerous selection of every dessert imaginable and all the flavours you could possibly dream of (yes, this includes cookie- dough-stuffed cupcakes), this spot will become one of your regulars and is a go-to for specialty cakes too.
Chilangos Mexican Restaurant
394 Front Street
Chilangos goes above and beyond to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to Belleville. They serve everything from tacos to signature Mexico City dishes—and amazing margaritas. In the summer they have a seriously sought-after twelve-seat patio out back, where you can enjoy your food while overlooking the Moira River.
The Pier Patio & BBQ
1 S Front Street
Good vibes abound all summer at The Pier. This casual open-air restaurant is right on the beautiful Bay of Quinte, offering one of the most panoramic views in Belleville. Their BBQ style menu and cheap drinks makes this the perfect spot to enjoy the sunshine!