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The Best London, Ontario Restaurants: Downtown Edition

Check out these fabulous local restaurants that are open despite the construction downtown. If you love a great plate of fresh, quality and local food, then you must check out one of these options:

David’s Bistro

Fine Dining 

432 Richmond St. (Downtown)
https://www.davidsbistro.ca/

Established in 1998, David’s Bistro is rated #1 on Tripadvisor. David’s Bistro offers an amazing fine dining experience and has a loyal following. They offer a variety of fixed menu items, as well as daily specials. This is the perfect spot for a date night or celebration. 


The Early Bird

Breakfast - Lunch

355 Talbot St. (Downtown)

https://www.theearlybird.ca/

A small, independent restaurant that features made-to-order meals with fresh and local ingredients. Featured on Season 2 of Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!”, The Early Bird is a must try for a unique and local experience.

Additional Location:
The Little Bird - 147 Wortley Rd.


Spageddy Eddy’s

Comfort Food

428 Richmond St (Downtown)
https://www.spageddyeddys.ca/

This hidden gem has been located in the downtown core for over 25 years. They offer various pasta options for those who enjoy a good portion and affordable prices. Bring your hunger or you will have leftovers! The unique atmosphere is the key to their success. 

Plant Matter Bistro

Vegan

Plant Matter Bistro - 244 Dundas St
https://plantmatterbistro.com/

Plant Matter Bistro is focused on serving Local, Organic and Vegan Food options. They are teaching Londoners that being Vegan can taste amazing! Plant Matter is perfect for those looking to try a healthier alternative to eating out.  

Additional Plant Matter Restaurants:
Plant Matter Kitchen - 162 Wortley Rd 

Plant Matter Cafe - 717 Richmond St.

Chef’s Table

Student Run

130 Dundas St
https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/academic-schools/school-tourism-hospitality-and-culinary-arts/chef%E2%80%99s-table

Located at the Downtown Fanshawe College Campus, this fantastic restaurant features locally sourced food with a sustainable focus and international flavours. The perfect place to try unique options at an affordable price. 

Hunter & Co.

Cocktail Bar

349 Talbot Street
https://www.hunterco.ca/

Hunter & Co. is a unique cocktail lounge that offers a variety of unique food experiences including fresh oysters. Check out this spot for your next Wine Night as they feature plenty of options that cannot be found at the LCBO.

Let’s help support one of these great local downtown businesses during construction!

In addition to street parking, there are parking lots along Queens Avenue, King Street, and under Covent Garden Market.

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All About Mortgages

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All About Mortgages

The world of mortgages can sometimes be a scary place, especially if you’re just getting into the housing market as a first-time home buyer. There are so many places where you can get a mortgage, like a bank, private financing, independent brokerages, and every deal seems to be slightly different than the other.

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London: the New Alternative to Toronto

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London: the New Alternative to Toronto

Even if mortgage rates are going up, London’s real estate prices are quite low, so it’s a great entry point for first-time buyers or those who may be looking for a cheap, second property to rent out for some extra passive income.

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EOA...Stay Away?

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EOA...Stay Away?

EAO Stay Away

I meet a lot of people moving to London, Ontario from Toronto and even other provinces in Canada. As we start discussing what they are looking for in a home and in a neighbourhood, I always ask the one question to which I'm almost always afraid to hear the answer to:

"Is there a neighbourhood you don't want to live in?"

The majority of the time, the answer is the same:

"I've heard that I should stay away from the east end."

When I ask why, it's always because someone told them. The problem is, that someone who gave advice likely has never spent any time on the east side, let alone lived there. This is a challenging moment for me, as there are some really incredible neighbourhoods on the east side of the city. Take Old East Village, for instance. 5 years ago, it was seen as one of the "sketchy" areas and now it's one of the city's hottest neighbourhoods, with a farmer's market, hip coffee shops and gorgeous heritage homes. People are in bidding wars trying to get in!

 

I love my city and I understand that every city, including London, has its "rougher" neighbourhoods, but to write off the entire east side of a city means you're missing out of the potential of an amazing community vibe, not to mention more affordable options than other parts of the city. In fact, I live in the east end of London and wouldn't have it any other way! I even joke that I live so far East that I'm bound to fall off the edge of the city limits, enjoying a forest in my backyard in Argyle.

The truth is that east London has some fantastic neighbourhood, and like all the neighbourhoods of the city, these areas will suit certain people based on their housing needs and personal lifestyle. Each neighbourhood varies widely and there's bound to be a neighbourhood that matches what you're looking for. So, if you are coming into London or any other new community, take the time to tour the neighbourhoods yourself before jumping to conclusions. The bottom line is, you don't want to miss out on the right house in the right neighbourhood, just because of an uninformed opinion. The best way to get to know a neighbourhood is on foot. Park the car on a side street and go for a stroll! Stop in for a coffee, chat with the locals and see for yourself. Who knows, you could just be strolling the streets of your next neighbourhood.

In the meantime, you can check out the neighbourhoods section of my website to get a sense of what each neighbourhood has to offer. I offer all the stats as well as personal insight into each neighbourhood in London, Ontario. Click Here for more info, and don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions about the different neighbourhoods of London, Ontario!

Thanks for reading!

Mel

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How To Get The Home You Want in a Seller's Market

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How To Get The Home You Want in a Seller's Market

London, Ontario's sudden real estate market explosion is on everyone's mind. Houses going for well above asking, limited inventory, more buyers flooding in from the GTA are all making for some pretty tough conditions, especially if you're on the buying end of things.

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How Much is Your Home Really Worth?

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How Much is Your Home Really Worth?

When you are thinking about selling your home, one of the first questions you’re going to have is “how much is my home worth?” This is a natural thing to come up, especially if you’re curious as to where the market is heading in your neighbourhood or if you’re going to see a return on the investments in renovations that you’ve made to the property. The answer to how much your home is worth may even help you decide between selling now or waiting until a later point in time.

 

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Price it Right and it Will Sell

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Price it Right and it Will Sell

The bottom line is: if you price it right, it will sell. Price it wrong, there’s a good chance it will be on the market a long time (and maybe won't even sell). Nothing is worse than having your house up for sale for an extended period of time. The goal is, afterall, to sell it, right? 

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