Northern Ontario’s largest city, Sudbury, is known for having a thriving arts and culture scene and serving as a gateway to Ontario’s northern landscapes. But we guarantee the number one reason you’ll want to visit Sudbury is its food.
Beside the classic Canadian fares and Mediterranean delights that will take you on a around the world on a plate in Sudbury, there are plenty of cozy bakeries and bustling micro-breweries that are great if you’re looking for a snack or sip to take along on a road trip through Northeastern Ontario or just winding down on a weekend in Sudbury.
More Than Just Bread: Sudbury Bakeries
Pinchman’s Café & Artisan Bakery
Looking for something a bit lighter to start your day? Pinchman’s has you in mind. This artisan bakery crafts the most delicious pastries money can buy and has a killer coffee menu to match. Opt for their almond croissant and flat white or their breakfast sandwich made with egg, avo, bacon, and all the trimmings.
Find it: 2037 Long Lake Road
International fare is a hallmark of the Sudbury food scene—and the proof is in the pudding at Leinala’s. This traditional Finnish bakery has been producing everything from meat pies to donuts, fruit cake, and cinnamon rolls for more than 60 years. And it’s easy to see why when you take a bite of any of their freshly baked buns. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the bébés (a pastry case filled with flavored butter cream and topped with frosting), jelly pig donuts, and cardamom twisted sweet coffee bun should be at the top of your bakery bucket list.
Find it: 272 Caswell Drive
Golden Grain Bakery
If you find yourself on Brady Street on any given morning, it’s almost a guarantee that your nose will lead you to Golden Grain. The smell of freshly baked breads and pastries wafts out of this traditional bakery and fills the street with an aroma that feels like a warm hug. Grab a croissant while you’re there—having a pastry in hand will make it easier to decide which of the other baked goods to bag up. We’d advise the light rye loaf and French stick, plus a cinnamon bun if you’re after something sweet.
Find it: 153 Brady Street
Regency Bakery & Deli
No one, and we mean no one, does Italian pastries better than Regency. Their cannolis are the best in the city, with crispy, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth pastry on the outside and lighter-than-air cream fillings. It’s almost impossible to pick, so we’d recommend ordering at least one each of the traditional, chocolate, tiramisu, and Sicilian. But before you dig into the sweet treats, sample some of Regency’s deli favorites. The porketta sandwiches, gnocchi, and lasagne are all to die for.
Find it: 1355 Regent Street
Double Frosted Bakery
At Double Frosted, you’ll find baked goods that are “just like grandma and mom used to make.” Better yet, they have plenty of vegan and gluten free options to ensure everybody’s able to get in on the fun. Although they’re famous for their cupcakes, their freshly baked breads, pies, and tarts are simply sublime.
Find it: 1133 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury’s Best Breweries
Opened 2013, Stack Brewing brews up some of the best beer in Sudbury. The makers pay homage to local history and culture with brews like the Shatter Cone and Nickel City. Whether you’re into hops or cream ales, they’ve got you covered with more than 20 beers to choose from, ranging from award-winning cherry chocolate stout to their Oud Bruin sour farmhouse ale.
Pro tip: The smorgasbord variety pack makes for the perfect camping essential. Stack up on their variety six-pack to bring along for a weekend camping trip in Northeastern Ontario.
Find it: 1350 Kelly Lake Road
46 North Brewing Corp.
This small craft brewery just down the road from Stack is the perfect place to sip a flight or two. Opened in 2019, 46 North has already made a big name for itself in Sudbury’s craft beer scene despite being the relatively new kid on the block. Local faves include the Equals Chaos New England IPA, Creamsicle cream ale, and our personal favorite, the Four Legs Raspberry Berliner Weisse.
Find it: 1275 Kelly Lake Road
In the three years since its opening, Spacecraft has become the place for hopheads in Sudbury. Besides the beer, the excellent mixup of food like buttery pierogies, sourdough buns, and cured meats bring the experience full circle. And from their Cocao Coco IPA to the Tractor Beam Kolsch, their brews are every bit as inventive as their food. Spacecraft is also just as much a hangout space as it is a brewery, so be sure to check their Facebook Page for upcoming events like comedy nights and vinyl swaps.Find it: 854 Notre Dame Avenue
Find it: 854 Notre Dame Avenue
Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, bonkers about bread or crazy for cheese, Northeastern Ontario has something to delight your taste buds. For more foodie delights from this amazing region, read our Northeastern Ontario Travel Guide.