If it’s been a while since your last visit to Deseronto, you may be surprised at how the scenery has changed. There are beautiful waterfront views to revel in while strolling down Main Street, and the downtown core is rapidly blossoming with unique businesses. Not sure where to start? I’ve rounded up the best of the bunch.
This is a classic antiques shop with some great standout pieces (particularly the dramatic furniture and grand pianos), but don’t get too caught up in the big and bold. Shelves are lined with an exceptional number of ornate teacups that are just as deserving of your attention. Fitting, since the shop is immediately next-door to Deseronto’s renowned teahouse.
365 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-6433
Karen Brown’s is especially impressive; perhaps because it houses the largest selection of antiques and collectibles in the region. Among the assemblage, there are several incredibly distinct items that you’ve likely never seen elsewhere. Best of all, you can frequently find coffee or treats waiting for you by the door, making you feel at home from the moment you step inside.
501 Dundas Street, Deseronto (613) 396-6888
THE LITTLE FLEA MARKET
Although a shop sign is noticeably absent, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see an intriguing lineup of objects set up along the front of the building. Chances are, you’ll also spot the friendly owner chatting it up with locals. Despite being a ‘little’ flea market, there is seemingly no end to the things you can discover here, including furniture, household appliances, collectibles, and antiques – All at flea market prices.
240 Main Street, Deseronto
While Trisha’s Closet is described as a mix of “new, gently used, and vintage clothing,” it’s the vintage clothes that will keep you coming back. The racks are full of stunning 60’s dresses, colourful kimonos, and statement pieces with interesting backstories (ask Trisha about the opera cape or 1 ½ sleeve nightgown). You’ll also discover a lovely selection of footwear, accessories, and jewelry to complete your outfit.
370 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-2874
While this boutique mainly offers women’s clothing and accessories, there’s always a few funky finds thrown into the mix, varying from handmade moccasins and dream catchers to clocks and candles. No matter what catches your eye, you’re likely to leave with at least one ensemble, and in case you’re interested in changing up your hairstyle to match your new look, you can do so in their salon.
501 Dundas Street, Deseronto (613) 396-5360
Once you lay eyes on the lovely presentation of antique furniture, art, décor, and silk floral arrangements, you may think you’ve mistakenly stepped into somebody’s home. Fear not, you’re most certainly in the right place, and essentially everything you see is available for purchase. Don’t miss the soap stone carvings, hand crafted greeting cards, and jewelry – Or the beautiful backyard garden.
362 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 309-9393
THE BLUE COVE
This is the place to visit when you’re in search of high-fashion accessories, trendy scarves, and a wide assortment of hats and fascinators for those extra dressy days. Now that The Blue Cove is sharing space with The Red Cup Café, you can grab a bite to eat when you’re finished shopping, or browse the trove of treasures while you wait for your food.
A must see in Deseronto, this gallery features a fantastic mix of local art (paintings, sculptures, stained glass, and more) with an inviting vibe. Having recently undergone some refreshing renovations, displays are all-new with the same timeless appeal. During the warmer months, be sure to check out the ever-changing artist spotlights at “Art in the Park,” and watch as a 6-ton hunk of granite is carved on site.
372 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-8600
THE CANNERY CAFÉ
If you’re looking for a light bite to eat, this is the ideal spot, with a quaint selection of sandwiches paired with your choice of soup or salad. Not to mention, there are tempting daily dessert options to put your sweet tooth at bay. There’s something serene about the café’s rustic setting, but the use of patio furniture as indoor seating simultaneously gives things a fun feel.
501 Dundas Street, Deseronto (613) 661-7088
FORK IN THE ROAD EATERY
This casual dining venue offers everything from breakfast to burgers (their stuffed fork burger is extremely popular!). Poutine lovers will applaud their take on this classic, made with hand cut fries and melty cheese curds. Now that the weather is getting warmer, you may opt to enjoy your meal outside on the patio – I know I will!
236 Dundas Street, Deseronto (613) 309-9148
The Mill is not your typical eatery, as its roots are in farm and garden supplies, but the offerings within this old barn have since expanded with the addition of a bakery, ice cream parlour, and café. Let staff serve you a tasty meal, or pick up some fresh produce and make your own!
75 Prince Street, Deseronto (613) 396-6125
GRIDDLE ME THIS
Aside from a pun-derful name, Griddle Me This has an excellent mix of Canadian and Italian cuisine, with menu items ranging from flame-broiled burgers to impeccable pizza. As for dessert? Their fluffy homemade cheesecake comes highly recommended.
301 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-5507
This Asian fusion restaurant is perfect for those seeking something other than your everyday lunch. Whether you prefer Thai, Indian, or Chinese cuisine, there is something here to please your palate, with vegetarian and gluten free plates available as well. You know what they say… Variety is the spice of life!
380 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-3333
THE RED CUP CAFÉ
Newly opened, this Blue Cove bistro offers coffee, baked goods, soup, and sandwiches for people eating in, or those on the go. Operated by the owner of The Phoenix, you can be certain that the atmosphere and fare are far from boring.
Experience an authentic afternoon tea in a Victorianesque venue. The menu features a variety of finger sandwiches, heartier English favourites, delectable desserts, and over 20 varieties of tea! If tea isn’t your thing… No problem. There are many other beverages to choose from, including local wines and craft beers. If you’re able to avert your eyes from the pretty pink walls and dazzling chandeliers, many tables are topped with local history books for browsing.
369 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-1888
If you decide to visit Dockside, be prepared for a full belly and a good time! They serve top pub style picks like wings, burgers, nachos, and much more. This is the perfect place to grab a pint or play a round of billiards, plus, you can frequently catch live musical performances on their stage.
227 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-6063
With an assortment of Canadian, Italian, and Greek tastes on the menu, ultimately, you’re in for a classic meal with Mediterranean flair. This is the go-to place for combo platters and panzerotti, but regardless of what you order, be sure to bring your appetite because everything comes in plentiful portions.
349 Main Street, Deseronto (613) 396-3611