Healthy Food Guide: St. John’s, NL


St. John’s is the most easterly city in North America. Located on the southeast coast of Newfoundland, it is home to colourful row houses that line downtown streets. The city is surrounded by historic sites and beautiful scenery, with great walking trails and parks offering ample opportunities to get close to nature. The people of Newfoundland have access to an abundance of fresh fish, wild berries, wild game, and a diversity of delicious root vegetables. Full of alluring aromas, distinctive tastes, and no little creativity, St. John’s is sure to meet your culinary desires.



St. John’s Farmers’ Market

The St. John’s Farmers’ Market just got a new home and continues to grow! What a beautiful space to bring community, local farms, and vendors together. Go out for breakfast or lunch at the Farmers’ Market Café or visit one of the numerous local food vendors. Don’t forget to pick up armfuls of fresh, local groceries at your local farmers’ tables on your way out. The abundance of food and local produce found near St. John’s is as taste-bud tantalizing as it is nutritionally rewarding!



The Natural Health Shop

This shop has everything! Are you looking for supplements, food, cosmetics and cleaners that are all made with natural and clean ingredients, leaving out those toxic nasties? This is your place, carrying the highest-quality brands in everything you need to stay healthy. Oh, and did I mention they even have kombucha on tap made by the local St. John’s Fermentary? Go check them out!


Simply for Life

Are you looking for groceries to meet your dietary needs? Are you vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, or do you have allergies? Looking for some clean food products for your next snack, meal, or get together? Simply for Life has so many options, including everything from condiments and snacks to ice cream, pizza crust, cashew cheeses, and more!


Lemon and Lime Health Shoppe

A fresh new shop on the west end of St. John's! You will find a great selection of natural supplements, beauty care products, children's products and some delicious food items. Drop by to check out the goodness they have to offer!


Food for Thought

Clean food products made with good quality ingredients are a definite must when looking for nutritious food. Food for Thought has everything from frozen, fresh, bottled and tinned items to fill your pantry!


The Healthy Vibe

Looking to fill your supplement needs? The Healthy Vibe has a huge selection of good quality options to choose from. Also stocking some food options including the new and exciting ‘Vibe Energy Bar’ that offers a great selection of smoothies, mushroom coffee, elixirs and 3 flavours of kombucha on tap!



The Grounds Café



What better way to get a nutritious meal than with ingredients that come straight from the farm to the table? The Grounds Café is operated by Murray’s Farm and provides the freshest ingredients for you to enjoy. Located just outside St. John’s, in Portugal Cove, you will be happy to spend a few extra minutes traveling down the scenic road to get a delicious and fresh meal!


Green Kitchen

Green Kitchen is a newly opened vegan restaurant, offering everything from sharables including cauliflower wings and nachos, to salads, bowls, sandwiches, and burgers. You can get a hearty meal or a refreshing veggie bowl – meals for whatever mood you’re in. Ordering from this menu will ensure you are getting a belly full of veggie goodness! Gluten-free options are also available to meet your dietary needs.


The Merchant Tavern

Fresh, wild, local, and sustainable? Now that’s what I am talking about! What better way to get nutrient-rich food to feed body and mind. Focusing on the foods we have right here in the province is a great way to do just that. Looking for a brunch, lunch, or a lovely night out with great food and atmosphere? You can check off all those boxes at The Merchant Tavern.



Pizza, pizza, eat all about it?! Hey, these guys do pizza right and it’s a place you need to know about! Family run and located throughout Atlantic Canada, this pizzeria offers a variety of delicious Neapolitan pizzas. Are you gluten-free? No worries! Piatto has the best gluten-free crust in town. They also have vegetarian and vegan options to meet everyone’s dietary needs.



I’m not generally a fan of chain restaurants, but when you are looking for a healthy, quick meal, Freshii can get you out of a jam and they are really doing it right. They have many options, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Everything from juices and smoothies to bowls, salads, wraps and breakfasts. Looking for a meal planning service? They offer that too, with a variety of meal box options.



Another great option to grab food on the go is LunchIn. They deliver right to your door and change their menu weekly with a variety for salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups. Looking to for someone to cater your next event? These guys have you covered!


Nourish Bakery

Sweet treats are always delicious, but Nourish Bakery goes a step further and makes theirs gluten-free. Looking for vegan options? They have those, too! You’ll find a wide selection of baked goods, sweet treats and breads at Nourish. Next time you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, give these guys a try!

Are you from St. John's? Let us know what your favourite healthy food spots are!


Jessica Mitton


Jessica Mitton is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She believes in a holistic approach, taking into consideration the body, mind and spirit. She is fascinated by the healing potential of food and how it can contribute to an individual’s overall health. A passionate creative force in the kitchen, Jessica is continually working to develop her own highly nutritious and equally delicious recipes, made from whole, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Most of all, she enjoys the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge with others, helping them to become their healthiest possible self!