Restaurants with locally sourced and fresh ingredients, charming city streets surrounded by beautiful landscapes, and several road trip opportunities, Edmundston offers so much more than just a night's rest.
When you find yourself in an unfamiliar city, it can be tempting to settle for something familiar to ease your hunger pains, like a fast food chain or coffee shop. But doing so in Edmundston would be a big mistake. The city is bursting with cafés and restaurants for different tastes and price points. From one foodie to another, here is your quintessential guide to eating well in Edmundston.
15 Rue Principale, Saint-Jacques, NB E7B 1A3
You will not regret grabbing brunch at this beautiful café located at the New Brunswick Botanical Garden. The menu is filled with creative dishes made from fresh and local ingredients used for homemade breads, sauces, granola and more. Enjoy twists on breakfast classics, like omelets topped with fresh tomato salsa served with a bacon watermelon salad, or homemade pancakes stuffed with lemony mascarpone cheese topped with sautéed maple cinnamon apples and maple caramel, as you take in the view of the gardens below.
1791-B Rue Principale Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, NB
This restaurant may resemble a traditional breakfast diner with wooden booths, brightly coloured coffee mugs, and images of bacon and eggs adorned on each wall, but don’t be fooled: the menu is extensive, and features everything from parfaits to crepes, from bagel breakfast sandwiches to breakfast poutine and much more. For someone who can never make up their mind when it comes to breakfast food, I was very impressed with the opportunity to order the “Sweet and Salty” which satisfied all my breakfast cravings: The sweet being half a toasted cinnamon raison bagel topped with fresh fruit and custard, and the salty being half a toasted regular bagel topped with eggs, bacon and cheese. Any breakfast enthusiast will appreciate the tasty and generous portions served here.
116 Rue Victoria, Edmundston, NB E3V 2H6
Located next to the Edmundston Pedestrian Bridge, l'Écluse-Halte Gourmande includes all the best parts of a good dining experience – delicious food, great service, a beautiful view, and a serene atmosphere. The restaurant also sells locally produced goodies such as homemade oils and syrups, and souvenirs like cook books and glasses. Be sure to visit on a week day as the restaurant is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
52 Chemin Canada, Edmundston, NB E3V 1T3
An organic and fair-trade café with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, Café Lotus Bleu is an adorable little spot located downtown, filled with art, colour, and plenty of character. The café also has an incredibly relaxed ambiance, making it easy to take a deep breath and unwind as you enjoy your coffee or meal. The menu features light bites with fresh ingredients. We tried the homemade beet soup and “Gorilla Sandwich”, which was a fun take on a traditional peanut butter and banana sandwich – topped with colourful sprinkles to more than satisfy my inner child. There’s also an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy sunshine and people watching.
115 Rue Rivière à la Truite, Saint-Jacques, NB E7B 1Y8
At Le Patrimoine, enjoy wood-fired pizza – like the Exquisite Seafood or the Three Meat -- and local craft beers such as those from Les Brasseurs du Petit Sault or something from their vast wine selection. The cozy pizzeria is located just outside the city and boasts lovely service and in-house made desserts, including a Sweet and Salty Pizza and Caramel Brûlé Cheesecake.
223 Rue Principale, Saint-Jacques, NB E7B 1W7
A restaurant founded by a mother-daughter duo, Chantal’s Steakhouse features Acadie flavours/meals. Indulge in all kinds of steak, ribs, surf and turf, or seafood. We ordered the ribeye steak and ribs, accompanied by baked potatoes, fresh vegetables and sauce, and were not disappointed. Ranked first among restaurants in the region, Chantal's offers a rich experience in sensations.
45 Rue de l'Église, Edmundston, NB E3V 1J4
Looking for a local watering hole to lap up a taste of the local beer? Head to Microbrewery Les Brasseurs du Petit Sault for some popcorn and a variety of brews bound to satisfy your taste buds. If you’re lucky, they may even have live music like they did during our visit – check their website ahead of time to find out.
Now that you’ve eaten your way through the city, you might be thinking, it’s time to stretch your legs, get a little exercise, and take in the beautiful nature that surrounds the Madawaska County. Well, great news – there are plenty of ways to do so!
Hiking and biking
Both within the city and throughout the rolling hills that surround the area, you will find plenty of hiking trails and bike paths, including the Petit-Témis which stretches all the way through to Quebec, the Sentiers du Prospecteur, and the Madawaska Trails. Didn’t bring your bike? Swing by the Edmundston Visitor Information Centre to rent one by the hour or for the day.
15 boulevard Isidore-Boucher BD Edmundston, Nouveau-Brunswick, E7B 1A3
For a more leisurely activity with plenty of beautiful flora and exhibitions to enjoy, head to the Botanical Garden (better yet, pair this with your brunch at Café Flora!). The gardens are home to 80,000 plants, an insectarium, and a Mosaiculture exhibition.
A visit to Edmundston would simply not be complete without a photo opportunity with the city’s Pedestrian Bridge, located across the street from the Edmundston Visitor Information Centre. Day or evening, it is a beautiful place to experience tranquility along the Madawaska River.
Making the trip from Fredericton
Even if you are not passing through Edmundston on a journey through the east coast, a trip from Fredericton may just make the perfect little weekend getaway. Located approximately three hours from the province’s capital, you can expect a drive filled with beautiful scenery and a few fun places to stop along the way too. Fuel your adventure with the following treats, both literally and figuratively:
35 Alwright Ct, Waterville, NB E7P 0A5
A stop for some famous Covered Bridge Potato Chips is an absolute must. I bet you’ll find a few chip seasonings here that you’ve never heard of or seen before, including French Vanilla Cappuccino, Poutine, Tickle Me Blue Raspberry, and Lobster. If you’re having trouble choosing, pick up a variety bag like I did.
365 Main St, Hartland, NB
This bridge spans 1,282 feet across the Saint John River from Hartland to Somerville, New Brunswick.
25 Madawaska Rd. Grand Falls/Grand-Sault
A popular attraction in New Brunswick, the falls are located just over two hours outside of Fredericton. The gorge and the falls both make for lovely scenery and nice pictures, while the information centre is a great pitstop for snacks or a bathroom break.
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