I suggest you take it easy to start (it’s the holidays after all!) by window shopping on the 4th and 5th Rue de la Pointe (Boutique Au Pas, Librairie Poirier, les Mille et Un Talons, etc.). Then head to the Saint-Maurice Park and walk along the promenade of the same name, it is one of the most photogenic places in our city!
For the first evening, do not miss this Shawinigan institution that is the Trou du Diable. Even if you are not a beer lover at heart, you will find what you are looking for. Try the Snake Bite, a mix of black beer and cider! Otherwise, let the staff guide you. It’s also a great place to have dinner for the solo traveler that you are, because you can easily make lots of new friends.
Saturday morning, it’s breakfast time! Let’s start with my favorite of the past few months, Le Grille-Pain du Coin bakery. It opens early enough to go there before starting the day, and what a joy to bite into their almond croissant, or their maple and pecan brioche… Not to forget their delicious bread! My mouth is watering just talking about it!
Want to make your interior more inviting? Then, I suggest you go to Tissus Berthiaume, it’s a real Ali-Baba’s cave, especially since they expanded their store. Even if you are not good with a needle, and if a sewing machine is a mystery to you, go and have a look, you will be surprised at the treasures you can find there.
For dinner, head to the Saint-Mo restaurant, in downtown Shawinigan, a restaurant that offers a relaxed atmosphere and nice dishes. If I were you, I’d save a little room for their fried ice cream scoop for dessert…
On Sunday morning, let’s go to the public market! At the Brulerie Saint-Maurice, you can drink an excellent coffee at the counter, roasted on site and ideal for warming up when the gray weather sets in. Let your tastebuds travel with coffee beans harvested in Kenya, Peru or elsewhere. They have an excellent selection of teas and herbal teas as well! Then, choose from a selection of beautiful winter walks.
Stroll in the city center and on the Saint-Maurice promenade.
At the Trou du diable pub and restaurant.
With its friendly vendors.
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