A DAY AT THE POP-UPS
Whether you’re looking for delicious eats or feel like taking a swing at mini-putt, Belleville’s Pop-ups on the Bay are back for the 2022 season and have got you covered. We took advantage of a sunny Saturday afternoon to check out all there was to offer in West Zwick’s Park!
TIME TO TEE OFF
Our first stop was Park Play Micro Golf. The course consists of nine holes to test your putting skills on. From banking off of a Converse shoe planter to Humpty Dumpty judging your swing, it’s a great time for everyone and all ages. At only $7 a round per person, it’s a fantastic way to spend half an hour.
WORKIN’ UP AN APPETITE
Next, we were feeling a bit peckish, so we stopped by Royal Haveli, a popular Belleville restaurant. Royal Haveli is spending its third year as a staple at the Pop-ups, serving up authentic Indian cuisine. I grabbed the Samosas because they are unbeatable, and the Chana Masala with rice, while Chris picked up the Chicken Seekh Kabab Kathi Roll. Both were flavourful, fresh, and filling.
After our delicious lunches, our sweet tooth took the wheel. We stopped into Sugar Mama’s Bake Shoppe for a Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich. Three flavours of ice cream, shoved between a soft-baked chocolate chip cookie, half dipped in chocolate, then covered in sprinkles? Core memory of flavours unlocked! So classic and simple, yet so perfect. Paired with a Blue Raspberry Lemonade from Lemons, we were living our 90s childhood all over again.
MORE TO MUNCH ON
Other notable places to grab a quick bite at the Pop-ups:
- Brick Oven Pizza Truck, serving up hot and fresh wood-fired pizzas
- Gators Fries has all your French fry needs covered
- Tropical Blends Cafe gives us smoothie bowl dreams, along with fresh soups and sammies
- Obi’s Kitchen, where you can grab a Mom’s Made Meatball Sammy
- Falafel Royale delivers chicken shawarma and falafel to your tastebuds
- Craving something sweet or caffeinated? Benji’s Cafe and Bakeshop has cinnamon buns and iced lattes ready to keep you going
- The Golden Scoop has your cool treats dished out for a hot summer day
THE ADVENTURE DOESN’T STOP THERE
Our final stop, Venture Outfitters, has all your outdoor gear essentials. Whether you want to try your hand (or legs) at Stand Up Paddleboarding or kayaking out on the Bay, Venture Outfitters has it covered with very reasonable rentals (between $20-30 for the first hour), or if you’re looking to buy your own they even sell some! Their knowledgeable and helpful staff are willing to answer any questions you may have.
Pop-ups on the Bay is the best place to spend a day and Belleville is fortunate to have such a wonderful summer hot spot. Be sure to check it out and snap photos of all the amazing murals and delicious eats. Check out popupsonthebay.ca for vendor operating days and hours and keep an eye out for rotational vendors this summer!
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