We’re highlighting the top five places to sit and sip on tea in Kingston, ON! All areas are accessible on foot from the downtown core in Kingston. Feel free to check out one of these stops before or after doing one of our tours. Some of the following places are featured on our Sip Tea and Sightsee Around Kingston Tour and the Kingston Walking Tour with Tea.
1. Springer Market Square
Location: 216 Ontario St
Stop #1: Sip Tea & Sightsee Around Kingston, Kingston Walking Tour with Tea
The start and end point for all of our tea tours also doubles as a great spot to sip your tea from. Sip tea as you weave your way through the stalls or sit by the fountain on a bench to watch the hustle and bustle of the market. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the market square is bustling with fresh local produce and goods from artisans and farmers around Kingston. On Sundays the market square features antique wares and interesting finds. The market runs through the end of November.
Tour Tip: Browse the market stalls on market days before or after your tour for a light breakfast or snack or pick up some local produce for your dinner.
2. Confederation Park
Location: Ontario St (located directly across from City Hall)
Stop #6: Sip Tea & Sightsee Around Kingston, Kingston Walking Tour with Tea
Once an active train yard, Confederation Park is a go to for visitors and locals alike in Kingston. There are many places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea from. Watch the 1000 Islands cruises or Wolfe Island Ferry cross the waters as you sit in the shadow of Kingston’s famous Martello Towers. Explore every corner of the park! Located throughout the park is informative signs, Kingston’s Tourism Centre or revisit Engine 1095.
Tour Tip: Pose as the ‘i’ in the Kingston city sign!
3. Sit in the Shadow of St. George’s Cathedral
Location: 270 King St E
Stop #9: Sip Tea & Sightsee Around Kingston, Kingston Walking Tour with Tea
Walk around the side of St. George’s Cathedral and rest on one of the benches located on the grass. Find a quiet moment in the city as you sip tea, or enjoy a book. This is a great spot to rest your feet and relax.
Tour Tip: Located around the Cathedral are several historical signs that contain interesting facts and figures. How many can you find?
4. Battery Park
Location: Waterfront Pathway
Take in the stunning panoramic views of the Kingston waterfront as you sip on your tea. Battery Park has a lot of green space and benches to sit on. Enjoy your time in the park or select it as a resting spot as you walk along the Kingston waterway.
Tour Tip: Try and find all the Kingston landmarks highlighted on the Sip Tea and Sightsee Tour. Some Martello Towers, Wolfe Island, the Wolfe Island Ferry and the Royal Military College are all visible from Battery Park.
5. Gord Edgar Downie Pier
Location: Breakwater Park
One of the newest additions to the Kingston waterfront is the Gord Edgar Downie Pier. Located along the waterfront pathway, this spot features stunning water views, a sandy beach, and plenty of places to rest your feet. Soak up the sun while sipping on your tea at the pier!
Tour Tip: On warmer fall days, the Pier is a great spot for a picnic. Take in the panoramic and picturesque Kingston waterfront views from one of the picnic tables on the pier. Looking for a picnic platter for your group? Check out our options here.
Hope everyone is enjoying the fall colours of Kingston! Happy touring through #YGK