Every Kingston squad has their days when they're feeling a certain vibe. Sometimes you and your crew are rolling with the "Beyonce 7/11 let's get to the hub ASAP and tear up the dance floor vibes"; and sometimes your just feeling hours at a coffee shop. Luckily? Kingston is the type of city that can cater to anything you and your best friends feel like doing. Whether you're looking to take your usual Tuesday afternoon latte to the next
Luckily? Kingston is the type of city that can cater to anything you and your best friends feel like doing. Whether you're looking to take your usual Tuesday afternoon latte to the next level or switch up your typical movie night, we got you covered.
Bring some European flair to your lunch out at the Geneva Crepe Cafe.
It's hard to believe that Geneva Crepe Cafe is locally owned, and serves produce from local farmers when we can't help but get a European feel in this intimate cafe! This is a great, chill space to go here with your friends for sweet and savoury crepes (and more) that are bursting with flavour. Their crepes can also be made with buckwheat batter (gluten and dairy free as well as a tasty vegan option).
Vibe: an intimate, European feeling cafe with an innovative menu (lumberjack waffle comes with AAA sirloin steak, potatoes, over easy fried egg, and a secret BBQ sauce.) that'll satisfy any type of foodie!
Get messy, go paintballing!
Trying to reenact the scene from 10 Things I Hate About You that made you forever fall in love with Heath Ledger? Ready to unleash your inner competitive side? Head to Ground Zero Paintball right outside of Kingston for a hilarious afternoon of paintballing.
Vibe: Atheltic, hysterical, and James Bond-esque.
Indulge in some excellent tapas and curated Ontario wine at Tango Nuevo
Run by Kingston locals who have travelled the world, this suave and hip Kingston jewel has been collecting a huge fan base. The exposed stone walls and sleek wooden tables enhance the Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine made from produce from local farmers. The tapas style menu makes this perfect for your squad to try a bit of everything.
Vibe: a classy, foodie lovers paradise.
Paddle boarding at Ahoy Rentals
We know Kingstonians aren't one to wait until it's warm enough to get out and enjoy nature (hence the Kite Surfers that were on Lake Ontario while I was wearing a parka). Shake off winter with your squad by renting paddle boards at Ahoy Rentals, conveniently located near downtown and the Kingston Yacht Club. All the equipment you need to paddleboard will cost you $15 for an hour rental.
Vibe: ideal for nature loving crews, the ones that need a new "look we did something different!" Insta, or the crews that feel like taking their weekly catch up session off the couch.
Switch up your typical night out in the hub and head to The Grizzly Grill for a round of pool and a chill vibe.
Above the gourmet eats being served on the first floor of this Kingston Fave, there's a whole new world one floor up to switch up your squad's regular night out routine. Get there early to play some pool like the classy ass group you are, and stay late into the night when the dance floor starts turning up. Head there on Thursday for their Tap Takeover, where they feature a local craft brewery on tap, the featured pint will only cost you $5.75.
Vibe: a chill vibe at the beginning of the night, perfect for a catch up with friends while you pretend to be classy. As the night goes on and the crowd gets bigger it's like you're at the suavest house party ever.
Whip out your inner 5th grader and go laser tagging at Putt N' Blast
Ah yes, the athletic side of your crew strikes again, or the Barney from How I Met Your Mother side. There's adrenaline, strobe lights and fog, and a lot of sweat, so essentially like your crew going to a rave ft. an epic game of hide-and-go-seek. 3 games ring in at under 20 dollars!
Vibe: Any squad that really doesn't give a fvck about "what you're supposed to be doing at your age" and is ready for a laugh.
Two words; food tour. Take one epic stroll through the 613 with Kingston Food Tours.
This sounds like our dream. Walking through Kingston's unreal downtown scene to get a VIP take on the city's food and history? Yes please. Your squad will be guided by local Kingstonians, stopping at the best restaurants in the city for tastings. Some of the stops include The Common Market, Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar, Pan Chancho Bakery, Dianne's Fish Shack & Smokehouse, and Olivea. Tours leave at 11am!
Vibe: perfect for the crew who can never decide what they feel like ordering in, and/or the foodies of the 613.
Find your inner zen together in a free yoga class at Lululemon.
The Canadian activewear dynasty not only has the most comfortable sports bra in the world (it's like a blanket for your boobs don't lie), but they also offer free classes! Every Sunday morning they bring in yoga teachers from around the community to lead a free one hour class, no registration required.
Vibe: perfect for the squad that could use a little zen and refreshing start to the day.