Market Square

#7 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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Cafes, Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Whether you're looking to shop, eat, drink or relax, Market Square has you covered. This historic section of uptown Saint John features former warehouses that now house everything from boutiques to restaurants to pubs. At the heart of the square lies the three-story Atrium, which hosts various events, including the popular Buskers on the Bay Festival. You'll also find the New Brunswick Museum, a spa and a library here. And outside the Atrium lies a boardwalk where additional activities are available during the warmer months.

Although some visitors bemoan this mall's small size, many praise its waterfront location and plentiful entertainment options, adding that it's a great place to check out on a rainy day. Others say it's especially convenient to visit if you're staying at the adjacent Hilton Saint John or are traveling around the area by cruise ship. For fun photo ops, travelers recommend posing in front of the statues by the square's entrance.

Market Square is accessible by multiple bus lines. You can also pay to park in the mall's garage or walk from nearby attractions like the Saint John City Market and King's Square. The garage is open 24 hours a day, but you can only enter Market Square between 6 and 2 a.m. Hours for stores, restaurants and other property amenities vary by location, though most boutiques open at 10 a.m. every day except Sunday. The mall itself is free to visit. Find out more about Market Square by visiting the property's website.

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Sitting just 2 miles southwest of uptown Saint John, the Reversing Falls Rapids are a must-see destination in New Brunswick. Here's what makes this natural site such an anomaly: Its gurgling whirlpools, impressive rapids and small waterfalls flow one way with the incoming tide and another with the outgoing tide. You can watch the churning water from one of several rooftop viewing areas in Fallsview and Wolastoq parks.

Although some previous travelers lamented the charge attached to viewing the rapids from the Reversing Falls Restaurant's observation deck, others were quick to recommend visiting the other platforms, which are free to access. For an adrenaline rush, consider paying for a zip lining excursion with Saint John Adventures. Zip line rates vary depending on the time of year.

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