Top 5 Neighbourhoods for a Night Out in Mississauga
When it comes to walkable neighbourhoods, Mississauga isn't quite as well connected as our neighbour to the east. We certainly have our hip and charming hubs, but they're often divided by sprawling subdivisions, making the transition from one area to another a little less seamless than some might want.That said, we do boast some chic little districts that are perfect for a night on the town. Here are the top five neighbourhoods to check out and what to do in each.
5 - Erindale
You are probably wondering where this is (and rightfully so), but if you head down Burnhamthorpe West to just before the Credit River, there is actually a lot to do and you can make an evening out of it. Start by parking at the Riverwood Conservatory and go for a hike around the Credit River. There are some gorgeous manicured trails to check out. Once it gets dark, drive to the Creditview and Eglinton area (or walk there) for the biggest concentration of Asian restaurants in Mississauga. End the night with some karaoke, if you dare!
4 - Clarkson
Clarkson has some of the best restaurants in Mississauga. Start the night by walking around Clarkson, as it's something you've never done unless you live there. Make your way north on Clarkson Road and you will find yourself at Benares Historic House, which has live outdoor music every Friday. As you walk around, you will become familiar with all the restaurants. Some of the best places to eat in Clarkson are Michael's Back Door, Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro and Casalinga Ristorante. If you want a more casual night, you can sit in the parking lot eating Mississauga's best pizza at Mickey's Pizza!
3 - City Centre
Start the day by taking a walk through the Japanese inspired Kariya Park. Then once you have an appetite check out one of the indie restaurants around Square One -- they're a nice departure from the big and bold chains surrounding the mall and boast some fantastic South Asian and Italian fare. You can check out Udupi Madras Cafe, Grano Ristorante or Alioli Ristorante. Go to Celebration Square and check out one of the free events going on. It might be a Fitness on Wednesday, a movie on Thursday or a summer weekend festival. Once you are done, walk over to a local bar. There are about 12 of them to choose from within a square kilometre including a new upscale resto/bar called Stir. Once you have done your pre-drinking, head out for a night of clubbing at &Company.
Ah, Streetsville -- the beautiful and quaint town within the city. There are more historical houses still standing in Streetsville than any other area in Mississauga. Start the night walking up and down Queen Street and enjoy the boutique indie shops. Once you're all shopped out, head over to the new Streetsville Village Square to see if there is an event going on. You might catch a movie, live music or just people busking if you are lucky. Grab dinner at one of the many restaurants on the strip, such as Goodfellas, Cagneys or Enzo’s Two Guys From Italy. As a Streetsville tradition, you always have to end the night with ice cream at Murphy's at Streetsville Square!
1 - Port Credit
Port Credit is the place to be in Mississauga! Start it by taking a stroll to the Port Credit pier while having an ice cream cone from Scoops in hand. Port credit is the only area in Mississauga where you legitimately go bar hoping. Start the evening by walking the Lakeshore strip and checking out the small mom 'n' pop boutiques that you can only find in Port Credit. Check out one of the area's many restaurants. If you want nice date resto, they have Breakwater, Aielli or Thyme. If you just want a casual night, there is Burger's Priest, Hermanos, Smokes Poutinerie and Burrito Boyz. For a change of scenery there is also the new El Jefe and the very popular Door Fiftyfive! Once your belly is full, start bar to hopping to some live music at Roc'n'Docs or The Shore!