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Best shopping and food in Burlington, VT?
May 31, 2012 12:47 PM   Subscribe

Best shopping and food in Burlington, VT?

My SO and I are heading down to Burlington, VT this weekend, from Montreal, for Saturday and Sunday. We're intending on doing some clothes shopping and to take advantage of the new personal exemption limits of $200 after 24 hours outside of Canada. I was hoping that you guys could point us in the direction of where the best clothing shopping can be found! Regular malls/outlet malls, etc. I'm personally looking to buy summer clothes, and perhaps some home items, like bedding. He's looking for casual shoes (think Converse level... but not Converse), as well as clothes. We're both in our early 30's, if that makes a difference.

We'll also be having a few meals there as well, so I'd appreciate any restaurant recommendations. Not necessarily fancy, but emphasis on good food.

Thanks everyone!
posted by ohmy to Shopping (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
For fun cool clothes, Church Street is where you'll want to go. It is lined with fairly upscale clothes stores for people in their early 30s. Mostly boutiques but there is also a Banana Republic.
Best clothes/shoes for that age group and fairly reasonably priced = Stella (Mae)

However, if you're looking for a "mall" - BTV is really lacking.
There is the Church Street Mall, which used to be kind of yucky, but flipped into upscale. It doesn't have a ton of variety like a normal mall. However, there is a Gap and a J. Crew.
There is also the South Burlington Mall, which is now the "crappy" mall and I can't think of many stores there that would appeal to your demographic. I only used to go out there occasionally for kids clothes.
In Essex Junction there is the Essex Outlets. It isn't the AWESOMEST outlet shopping - they really only have the basics - Ralph Lauren, Hanes, and a few others.

As far as food, my faves include Luenigs and American Flatbread.
posted by k8t at 1:56 PM on May 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


Seconding American Flatbread. I still have spontaneous foodgasms thinking about the bubbling, fresh out of the fire pizza there.
posted by HeyAllie at 1:57 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Burlington pretty much solely consists of Church St Marketplace. You'll be able to find decent shopping on or around that area.
posted by Diskeater at 2:14 PM on May 31, 2012


The Vermont Pub & Brewery, which is only a couple of blocks from the Church St. Marketplace.
posted by XMLicious at 3:09 PM on May 31, 2012 [3 favorites]


Shopping on the Marketplace is great, but stay the HELL away from the restaurants. You'll get significantly better food just a block or two off of Church St. for the same or better prices. Some to consider:

Farmhouse Tap and Grill (incredible beer selection, upscale pub food)
Bluebird Tavern (great cocktails, gastro-pub)
Pistou (James Beard Award nominated bistro)
L'Amante (Northern Italian fine dining, incredible wine list)
Trattoria Delia (Old-World Italian fine dining, incredible wine list)
posted by brand-gnu at 3:38 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


You will want to experience the joy that is Al's French Frys. Nearby is a place called Marco's Pizza that has good pizza and amazing sandwiches.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:28 PM on May 31, 2012


omg, Al's. yes.
posted by spinturtle at 6:32 PM on May 31, 2012


Our go-to eatery when we drive from Montreal to Burlington is the aforementioned Farmhouse Tap and Grill. We've never been disappointed.

We're also fans of the City Market Co-Op. It's got a surprisingly good wine selection (half price off of SAQ for California wines), and a good place for organic meat.
posted by googly at 6:49 PM on May 31, 2012


For brunch, Magnolia or Penny Cluse.
posted by en forme de poire at 6:55 PM on May 31, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you're feeling up for some pasta I would head to Bove's. It is a little out of 1950, but really good food and not that expensive. I always make sure to stop by whenever I am in town and it is just a quick walk away from Church Street. If you are up for some nice greasy stuff then definitely head to Al's. If you are up for more of a pub grub thing I would head to RiRa's. I'll let others talk about the shopping as I am more about the nice food.
posted by koolkat at 2:06 AM on June 1, 2012


I don't know much about the shopping scene here, but restaurants I like are:

Farm House
Asiana Noodle House
Bluebird Tavern
Our House (Winooski)
American Flatbread

Magnolia for breakfast/brunch!
posted by unreasonable at 11:52 AM on June 1, 2012


Farmhouse Tap & Grill is hands-down my favourite place to eat and drink when visiting Burlington. Great local foods with awesome local and regional beers. Seriously, TF&G is a destination restaurant. We travel to Burlington just to go there. Glad Burlington is so close to Vermont so we can!
posted by terrapin at 4:46 AM on June 4, 2012


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