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Guidebook for Burlington

James

Guidebook for Burlington

Essentials
A 2 minute walk, the city's co-op has the basics in additional to all that fancy foodie stuff. You can buy bread from all the local bakeries, bulk foods, Vermont cheese, and beer. Heady Topper consistently is delivered on Tuesdays @ 2pm, but we highly recommend their Focal Banger instead... or both. Lawson's Finest Liquids are delivered on Wednesday.
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City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 South Winooski Avenue
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A 2 minute walk, the city's co-op has the basics in additional to all that fancy foodie stuff. You can buy bread from all the local bakeries, bulk foods, Vermont cheese, and beer. Heady Topper consistently is delivered on Tuesdays @ 2pm, but we highly recommend their Focal Banger instead... or both. Lawson's Finest Liquids are delivered on Wednesday.
Best beer selection in the Greater Burlington Area. Has 5-10 growler lines in addition to exhaustive bottle and can selection. Knowledgeable staff. PRO-TIP: check their website for weekly delivery times for hard to get beers from Lawson's and Alchemist, etc.
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Beverage Warehouse
1 East Street
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Best beer selection in the Greater Burlington Area. Has 5-10 growler lines in addition to exhaustive bottle and can selection. Knowledgeable staff. PRO-TIP: check their website for weekly delivery times for hard to get beers from Lawson's and Alchemist, etc.
Food Scene
The closest and most fabulous diner in town.
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Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry Street
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The closest and most fabulous diner in town.
Decent food but we go there for the amazing draft beer selection. Usually the most Hill's Farmstead lines in town. PRO-TIP: When the restaurant wait seems excessive, you can still go straight to the back patio or the downstairs lounge.
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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
160 Bank Street
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Decent food but we go there for the amazing draft beer selection. Usually the most Hill's Farmstead lines in town. PRO-TIP: When the restaurant wait seems excessive, you can still go straight to the back patio or the downstairs lounge.
In the Winooski, which is basically the Brooklyn of Burlington. The best food and best cocktails, we love sitting at the bar. Don't be afraid to get the fried chicken.
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Misery Loves Co.
46 Main Street
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In the Winooski, which is basically the Brooklyn of Burlington. The best food and best cocktails, we love sitting at the bar. Don't be afraid to get the fried chicken.
BBQ in Vermont? Yes. Most definitely yes.
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Bluebird Barbecue
317 Riverside Avenue
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BBQ in Vermont? Yes. Most definitely yes.
Burlington Bay Market's Maple Creemee is the only creemee; the rest are lies.
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Burlington Bay Market & Cafe
125 Battery Street
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Burlington Bay Market's Maple Creemee is the only creemee; the rest are lies.
This is my go-to coffee shop for sitting around on a sunny morning and people watching. Great food in addition to the coffee. But no laptops allowed, so choose a different spot if you need to log in.
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August First
149 South Champlain Street
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This is my go-to coffee shop for sitting around on a sunny morning and people watching. Great food in addition to the coffee. But no laptops allowed, so choose a different spot if you need to log in.
The only full-serve, cut to order cheese shop in Burlington is inside the best wine store. Go there to pair anything and everything. Rory, the head cheesemonger, just won the National Cheesemonger Championship. Ask him anything. The wine bar has happy hour oysters and kick-ass staff who will can talk to you about wine without making you feel like an idiot. They play a lot of 90s hip-hop in the evening. You'll feel at home immediately.
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Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar
388 Pine Street
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The only full-serve, cut to order cheese shop in Burlington is inside the best wine store. Go there to pair anything and everything. Rory, the head cheesemonger, just won the National Cheesemonger Championship. Ask him anything. The wine bar has happy hour oysters and kick-ass staff who will can talk to you about wine without making you feel like an idiot. They play a lot of 90s hip-hop in the evening. You'll feel at home immediately.
As our local paper says: "At this specialty-coffee tasting bar, the ever-changing menu offers a half dozen single-origin coffees from farms and roasters around the world. Sample them in the form of espresso, cappuccino, drip or hand-brewed filter — perhaps paired with a glazed "sourdoughnut" or another sweet snack from a local artisan baker. Warm weather brings cold-brew and affogato. Year-round, the tables are occupied by people clickety-clacking away on computers — in addition to serving excellent, responsibly sourced coffee, Onyx provides a fine workspace with free Wi-Fi."
Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee
126 College St
As our local paper says: "At this specialty-coffee tasting bar, the ever-changing menu offers a half dozen single-origin coffees from farms and roasters around the world. Sample them in the form of espresso, cappuccino, drip or hand-brewed filter — perhaps paired with a glazed "sourdoughnut" or another sweet snack from a local artisan baker. Warm weather brings cold-brew and affogato. Year-round, the tables are occupied by people clickety-clacking away on computers — in addition to serving excellent, responsibly sourced coffee, Onyx provides a fine workspace with free Wi-Fi."
Because we like za'atar on everything and so do you? Great evening ambience, good cocktails, tasty small mediterranean plates.
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Honey Road
156 Church St
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Because we like za'atar on everything and so do you? Great evening ambience, good cocktails, tasty small mediterranean plates.
Good for all officially recognized mealtimes and those in between times. Coffee, baked goods, entrees, cocktails, everything here is spot on. Plus it's pretty and they have an outdoor patio.
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Monarch and the Milkweed
111 St Paul St
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Good for all officially recognized mealtimes and those in between times. Coffee, baked goods, entrees, cocktails, everything here is spot on. Plus it's pretty and they have an outdoor patio.
Still classic. If you're in line when it opens at 4 you can enjoy their $1 oyster hour. Some of the best cocktails in BTV.
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Hen of the Wood - Burlington
55 Cherry Street
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Still classic. If you're in line when it opens at 4 you can enjoy their $1 oyster hour. Some of the best cocktails in BTV.
Walk to this hot-spot -- great food and people watching.
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Butch + Babe's
258 North Winooski Avenue
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Walk to this hot-spot -- great food and people watching.
Try our local Montreal-style bagels. You won't get better than a $3 breakfast sandwich on pumpernickel. After you're done noshing, check out the Barge Canal Market.
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Myer's Bagel Bakery
377 Pine Street
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Try our local Montreal-style bagels. You won't get better than a $3 breakfast sandwich on pumpernickel. After you're done noshing, check out the Barge Canal Market.
Sightseeing
A five minute walk to a sunset that's usually worth watching.
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Battery Park
Battery Park Extension
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A five minute walk to a sunset that's usually worth watching.
Winooski is the up and coming sister city -- check out numerous shops and restaurants, including the view at Waterworks; Scout Coffee; and Misery Loves Company. Walk around the circle after brunch at Sneakers take in the Winooski Falls.
Winooski
Winooski is the up and coming sister city -- check out numerous shops and restaurants, including the view at Waterworks; Scout Coffee; and Misery Loves Company. Walk around the circle after brunch at Sneakers take in the Winooski Falls.
Shopping
Need something for the great outdoors? This store is nationally known for its selection and prices.
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Outdoor Gear Exchange
37 Church Street
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Need something for the great outdoors? This store is nationally known for its selection and prices.
Local bookstore with weekly lit programming.
Phoenix Books Burlington
191 Bank Street
Local bookstore with weekly lit programming.
Vintage vintage vintage.
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Barge Canal Market
377 Pine Street
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Vintage vintage vintage.
Entertainment & Activities
If you do one thing in Burlington, do this. Rent a bike and ride the entire trail from downtown, or drive to the parking lot and walk out. There's a bike ferry that runs during the summer to cross the gap and bring people to South Hero Island, legendary land of fecund pastures, orchards, and bike friendly roads. If you want to do do a 50-100 mile loop using this route, ask us for more details.
Causeway Bike Path Parking
178 Mills Point Rd
If you do one thing in Burlington, do this. Rent a bike and ride the entire trail from downtown, or drive to the parking lot and walk out. There's a bike ferry that runs during the summer to cross the gap and bring people to South Hero Island, legendary land of fecund pastures, orchards, and bike friendly roads. If you want to do do a 50-100 mile loop using this route, ask us for more details.
Shelburne Farms is obvious and also a hidden gem. Great nature and farm programming for families and adults. Gilded Age mansion with fantastic restaurant and their great lawn is the best place for a sundowner in Chittenden County (make a reservation for a drink to get through security in the evening).
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Shelburne Farms is obvious and also a hidden gem. Great nature and farm programming for families and adults. Gilded Age mansion with fantastic restaurant and their great lawn is the best place for a sundowner in Chittenden County (make a reservation for a drink to get through security in the evening).
If you already sail, rent a boat here for short money. If you aren't, take a class!
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Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
505 Penny Lane
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If you already sail, rent a boat here for short money. If you aren't, take a class!
Tube the Mad River! Get your gear here! They'll even pick you up at the other end.
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Clearwater Sports
4147 Main St
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Tube the Mad River! Get your gear here! They'll even pick you up at the other end.
Rent a SUP and get your paddle on here at Blanchard Beach.
PaddleSurf Champlain
1 Flynn Ave
Rent a SUP and get your paddle on here at Blanchard Beach.
Minor league baseball is alive and well in Burlington! Go to a game and enjoy all the fun up close and personal in a small stadium.
Vermont Lake Monsters Baseball
98 University Rd
Minor league baseball is alive and well in Burlington! Go to a game and enjoy all the fun up close and personal in a small stadium.
Getting Around
Rent your bikes here, including electric assist models.
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Local Motion
1 Steele St
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Rent your bikes here, including electric assist models.
You can also rent bikes here.
North Star Sports
100 Main St
You can also rent bikes here.
Newly built public transit (i.e. bus) center is only three blocks away.
Downtown Transit Center
Newly built public transit (i.e. bus) center is only three blocks away.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great live music every night of the week.
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Radio Bean
8 North Winooski Avenue
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Great live music every night of the week.
Brewery on the lake. 'Nough said.
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Foam Brewers
112 Lake St
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Brewery on the lake. 'Nough said.
Lesser known local brewery, go for an intimate experience of the craft. The owner and brewmaster is often the one pouring his inventive beers. They've got picnic tables outdoors.
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Four Quarters Brewing
150 West Canal Street
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Lesser known local brewery, go for an intimate experience of the craft. The owner and brewmaster is often the one pouring his inventive beers. They've got picnic tables outdoors.
Check who's playing.
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Higher Ground
1214 Williston Road
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Check who's playing.
Live music most nights, food trucks on Friday, local hot spot for the art scene in the South End.
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ArtsRiot
400 Pine Street
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Live music most nights, food trucks on Friday, local hot spot for the art scene in the South End.