Woman sitting down with pizz and a glass of wine

Downtown Uncovered: Where to Shop, Eat, and Enjoy Coffee Like a Local

Known for its picturesque landscapes and friendly locals, Vernon is more than just a destination; it's an experience waiting to be discovered. 

Whether you're a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, let's uncover some of the hidden gems that locals cherish and visitors dream of stumbling upon. From quaint local stores brimming with one-of-a-kind finds to cozy coffee shops, sweet confectioneries and more! 

A display of local goods inside Wildflower General Store

Retail Stores

Wildflower General Store

A modern General Store located downtown Vernon! Wildflower General Store is a charming boutique that beckons those in search of something truly unique. This delightful store is more than just a shopping destination; it's a treasure trove of whimsy and wonder.

From local goodies to home decor, paper goods and more, the Wildflower General Store specializes in offering a diverse array of goods that you won't find anywhere else.

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Thirty One & Main 

In the heart of downtown Vernon, Thirty One & Main carries a carefully curated collection of high quality clothing and jewelry from Spain, France, Denmark, London, Australia and Canada.

Each item in the store is handpicked with limited quantities ensuring a selection that is not only unique but timeless.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to provide personalized styling advice, making every shopping experience both enjoyable and effortless.

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As Vernon's exclusive menswear boutique, ANTLR is dedicated to offering a unique blend of style, sustainability, and affordability. 

Whether you're looking for office-appropriate attire or casual weekend wear, ANTLR Menswear has you covered with its diverse collection. But it's not just about clothes – the store also features an array of accessories, stylish bags, handmade skincare products, and thoughtful gifts!

ANTLR Menswear is more than just a clothing store; it's a statement of conscious living and fashion-forward thinking, making it a must-visit for the discerning gentleman in Vernon.


Array of cheese on a wooden board at Wedge Cheesery
Loretta Friedrich

Specialty Food / Confectioneries and Sweet Shops

Wedge Cheesery 

In the heart of Vernon lies Wedge Cheesery, a delightful haven for cheese enthusiasts and foodies alike. This fine cheese shop is a culinary adventure where visitors are encouraged to come in and sample flavourful and unique cheeses from all around the world (including Canadian cheese from BC to PEI).

Whether you're looking to elevate your home snacking experience, seeking the perfect elements for a delicious charcuterie board, or in need of a beautifully catered platter, Wedge Cheesery has you covered. And for those who dream in cheese, their Cheese Club subscriptions offer a regular delight to your doorstep, ensuring a monthly supply of top-tier cheese to savor!

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Cottons Chocolates

Cotton's Chocolates isn't just a store; it's a celebration of all things sweet, a place where every visit brings a new delicious discovery. Established in 1996 by Barrita Durward, Cotton’s Chocolates is a must-visit destination in Vernon for anyone looking to indulge in the finer side of confectionery from Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cups to Chocolate Guinness Stout Cupcakes and everything in between!

At Cotton’s Chocolates, every premium chocolate is made by hand on-site in small batches. This locally owned, family-operated business embodies small-town values, focusing on delivering not just fantastic chocolates but also offerings that extend beyond the counter such as Monthly Chocolate Subscriptions, interactive Chocolate Classes & Parties, and more!

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Hot Bread Shoppe

Located in downtown Vernon, Hot Bread Shoppe is a beloved artisan bakery and gift shop, known for its delicious cinnamon buns, sourdough, and baguettes, all made with organic flour and sugar. This small batch bakery combines traditional techniques with quality ingredients, offering an array of baked delights that are as wholesome as they are tasty. Alongside their baked goods, the shop features unique gifts, making it a go-to spot for both locals and visitors. A visit to Hot Bread Shoppe is a treat, promising warm, inviting vibes and unforgettable flavors.

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Two female baristas behind the counter inside Triumph Coffee

Coffee Shops


This contemporary coffee shop, with its airy, minimalist decor, offers a tranquil oasis whether you're settling in for a leisurely afternoon with a book or grabbing a quick bite from their selection of pastries and snacks!

Planning a visit with your little ones in tow? Delight them with the 'Fluffy' – a kid-friendly treat of gently steamed milk, sweetened with a touch of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's the perfect warm and comforting beverage for the kiddos (and the young at heart).

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Two people enjoying coffee and pastry at Ratio


This charming café, with its inviting ambiance and artistic decor, is a haven for coffee lovers and pastry enthusiasts alike. Where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the allure of baked delights!

But the allure of Ratio extends beyond its exceptional coffee. Locals will tell you, Fridays hold a special place here – it's Doughnut Friday, a beloved tradition where these delectable treats disappear quickly! And let's not forget, their mouth-watering brunch menu is available every day until 3pm, offering the perfect blend of sweet and savory delights.

And for those seeking a touch of indulgence, Ratio invites you to explore their selection of Natural Wine (the largest in the Okanagan!). Stay a while and savor something new and exciting, available by the glass or bottle. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 9:30, the experience is elevated with an array of cocktails, craft beers, and local ciders. Ratio isn't just a café – it's an experience that keeps you coming back for more."

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Wall of board games at The Boarding House Coffee Shop

The Boarding House Cafe

Imagine this: you're leisurely sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee, savoring a bite of delicious, in-house baked goods. Now, add the fun of playing a board game to that picture. That's exactly the unique experience The Boarding House Cafe in Vernon offers! With a collection of over 300 board game titles, it's the perfect blend of relaxation, indulgence, and playful adventure.

Please keep in mind, The Boarding House Cafe is taking a short break but mark your calendars – as they will be reopening on January 31st!

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The Roxy Cafe sign on the window looking into the restaurant
Greg Huszar


The Roxy Cafe

Nestled in the heart of downtown Vernon, The Roxy Cafe is a haven for anyone with plant-based and vegan cravings. This charming cafe offers an array of mouth-watering options, from delectable wraps and sandwiches to heartwarming soups, all accompanied by their homemade sourdough. It's the kind of place that leaves you eagerly anticipating your next visit, just so you can savor seconds!

A little fun fact: The Roxy Cafe isn't just a local favorite; it's a star in its own right! The cafe had a special appearance in Hallmark's “A Christmas Together With You.” Catch a glimpse of its cameo in the movie here!

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EATology marquee sign inside EATology Restaurant


EATology has quickly become the go-to spot for a flavor-packed breakfast or lunch in a laid-back setting. This culinary haven is famed for its sweet and savoury Chicken & Waffles, drool worthy Stuffed French Toast, among other mouth-watering dishes. 

Each creation is a testament to their commitment to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, ensuring every meal is not just a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Be sure to arrive with an appetite, because at EATology, you're guaranteed to leave satisfyingly full!

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Table and chairs set up for guests in Maserio Pizzeria

Maserio Pizzeria

Got a craving for an authentic Italian experience? Look no further than downtown Vernon, where Masiero Pizzeria serves up divine Neapolitan-style pizzas. Each pizza is a masterpiece, crafted to perfection in their stunning, handmade wood oven imported directly from Napoli, Italy – ensuring every bite transports you to the heart of Italy!

But the delights at Masiero Pizzeria don't stop at pizza. Dive into an array of appetizers and desserts, all freshly made in-house. They pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients and some of the finest imports from Italy, guaranteeing a truly authentic taste experience.

And there's more – it’s Happy Hour every day from 4pm - 5pm! Indulge in a $10 Margherita Pizza, savor a $5 Pilsner, or sip on a $8 6oz glass of white or red Wine

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As we wrap up our journey through some of the hidden gems and delightful experiences of Vernon, remember that this is just a glimpse of what this vibrant city has to offer. From unique shopping destinations to a diverse array of restaurants and cafes, not to mention the myriad of activities waiting to be explored, Vernon truly has something for everyone. 

Seeking more inspiration? You've come to the right place! Dive deeper into the heart of Vernon and discover all the other wonders it holds. Stay tuned for more to come here, follow us on social media, and don't hesitate to share your own Vernon adventures with us. Vernon isn't just a destination; it's a starting point for countless unforgettable experiences!