Downtown recommends.

Birdgirl Arts: Where Creativity and Community Meet

- Tianna Edwards


Besides grabbing a bite at one of the many great downtown Kingston restaurants, I appreciate a little art workshop or craft night with friends to fill my social cup. Artist Sasha Jiminez French of Birdgirl Arts has the perfect spot to host even the most beginner-level art enthusiast at her studio, The Loft, above the Antique Emporium on Princess Street.

This Entrepreneur is Curating Joy with ‘Happy Thoughts’

- Rosalyn Gambhir


Welcome to the heart of downtown Kingston, where joy and creativity come together at Happy Thoughts! In this vibrant and charming shop, you'll find a variety of gifts that’ll simply make you smile and take you back to your childhood. What makes Happy Thoughts truly special? It's the brainchild of the sweet and creative Tammy Maynard...


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Food & Drink

Lay Low Café: Kingston's Newest Brunch Spot

Nestled on the vibrant intersection of Princess St and Sydenham St in downtown Kingston, Lay Low Cafe has burst onto the Kingston foodie scene, promising a laid-back atmosphere, chic interiors, and a menu that'll leave your taste buds dancing.


Behind the Screens: An Interview with KCFF's Executive Director

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is just around the corner! The largest festival in the world dedicated to Canadian Film kicks off on February 28 and runs to March 3. This festival is about more than cinema. 


Explore Downtown Kingston: Your Go-To Guide for Winter Activities

Downtown Kingston is buzzing with life and excitement, offering a variety of winter activities. So, slip into your coziest sweater, grab your mitts and toque, and let's explore the winter wonderland.


Cute Curated: A Q&A with Midori

Tina Yan has been collecting stationery for as long as she can remember. Her store, Midori, was inspired by her many travels to Asia and a passion for the fine-tip gel pens she would bring back from overseas for herself and her friends. “The idea formed to bring it to Kingston.

Food & Drink

Mayla Branches Out Upstairs

Gokhan Cifci, owner of popular downtown Kingston restaurants Tango Nuevo, and Mayla Concept, is known for serving up a dining experience that is a well-rounded sensory adventure. The food always delivers the atmospheres are a perfect balance of hip and cozy – the vibes are always just right.  

Our contributors.

Rosalyn Gambhir

The woman behind the lifestyle blog The Staycationer. She’s a daydreamer, foodie, adventurer, and an explorer. Originally from Montreal, Québec, she is a tourist in her own backyard of the Limestone City rediscovering old favourites and hidden gems. Her content consists of insta-worthy eats at local restaurants that are seriously delicious, as well as must-see places along the way.  

Tianna Edwards

Wife and mom of two young kids with a day job as an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Coordinator at Queen's. She takes pride in living in Kingston and loves celebrating all things local (mostly food related!) through her blog, Keep up with Kingston. Follow Tianna's blog for more local food, culture and shop inspo. Get the latest from her over on instagram.

Ange Buck

A farm girl and graduate from the University of Guelph, Ange is a nature lover and environmental activist. A local entrepreneur, she’s interested in re-learning old ways that are more in tune and connected with the Earth. As a mom to two wild little boys, she shares their behind-the-scenes family journey to low-waste living in a rural area outside of Kingston on her social media and blog, Zero Waste Adventures. 

Sierra Saikaley

Marketing and Communications Producer for Downtown Kingston.