No single floor shopping mall in all of eastern Canada is larger than Moncton’s Champlain Place, whose more than 150 shops and services attract shoppers from all corners of the Maritime Provinces. Visitors looking for an alternative to the standard run-of-the-mill big box stores in Trinity Power Centre may enjoy the independent boutiques and shops in Moncton’s St. George Urban Quarters.
Saint John’s City Market, Canada’s oldest farmers market still in operation, sells the city’s freshest seafood, produce, and Java Moose coffee. Visitors can also purchase authentic ethnic foods at City Market each Saturday. Even more international cuisine is sold alongside Canterbury and Germain Streets’ independent music and book shops. King Street sells locally made artwork and handicrafts directly across from Brunswick Square Mall’s chain stores.
Visitors should arrive as early as possible to avoid the crowds at Fredericton’s Boyce’s Farmers Market, which serves tasty samosas, sausages, German baked goods, and freshly squeezed orange juice on Saturday mornings. The Urban Almanac General Store and the Fredericton YMCA’s International Department’s Cultures Boutique have the most unique selection of goods in the area. Most of Fredericton’s independent book and music shops are located on Queen and King Streets.