Downtown Winooski is the definition of “Small but mighty.” The entire city measures just one and a half square miles. But what is lacks for in geographic mileage it makes up for in gastronomic eats, local craft beer, and an esoteric style. Have a day in Winooski and check out some of these local recommendations:
GET AN EARLY START!
Breakfast is an essential start to any day in the Burlington area and Winooski is no exception. With some of the best brunch joints around, kick off your day with some early morning classics. From spending the day hiking along the Winooski River, exploring farmers markets, or gearing up to hit the breweries, you're not going to wan to do any of those things on an empty stomach. Start with one of these epic brunch spots in Winooski.
Bunch in Burlington can be a contact sport. Instead of battling the hungry — or hungover — masses at crowded downtown breakfast joints, fuel up at Sneakers Bistro. The low‑key breakfast spot has been a landmark since 1980, thanks to its stellar eggs Benedict and Bloody Mary’s.
Waterworks is another great brunch option in Winooski. Offering brunch classics paired with a healthy cocktail list. Starting the day at Waterworks is a great way to kick off a weekend or just lay low. Also open for dinner!
PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO
Winooski is full of things to do from all hours of the day. After indulging in a brunch of epic proportions, it's time to get out and explore. Winooski is a small town with a lot to offer, the Winooski River Walk is one of the best ways to see the historic geology of the Winooski River Watershed. While local shops in downtown Winooski can provide a fun day of poking around with the whole family.
The Winooski Riverwalk is a beautiful path alongside Winooski Falls. Very accessible for all, this well maintained walking path is the perfect way to get outside on a nice day all while being blocks from some of the finest restaurant the region has to offer.
Winooski’s downtown record store with a well curated collection of used/new vinyl LPs + 45s, CDs, cassettes & stereo equipment. If you are have a record player or are looking to find one, here’s your spot
Golden Hour is a great place to start if you want to do some shopping in downtown Winooski. Boasting a great selection of handmade clothing, art, jewelry and more — most of it crafted by local artisans! stop in and poke around sometime.
The Casavant Trail is a 2.0-mile loop through Winooski. This unique little trail will take you alon the Winooski River through a series of dirt trails. Explore the nature of the Onion City!
GRAB A DRINK
Four Quarters Brewery has been a Winooski classic since they first opened on Canal Street in Winooski. Over the recent years, they've opened a beautiful tap room in a former bank. This seven‑barrel microbrewery specializes in Belgian and barrel‑aged ales; beer nerds should look for exotic offerings, from sours with toasted coconut and pineapple to their flagship IPA’s that constantly quench that juicy thirst.
Spend an afternoon or an evening sampling the expertly curated craft beer list at this laid back, downtown watering hole. In the summer, the Mule Bar's outdoor patio is one of Winooski's best places to sit and enjoy the city. While the winter months are a good time to belly-up to the bar and try out something new!
The Archives is a lively arcade bar located in downtown Winooski. Boasting a great draft beer menu that highlights the many breweries in the area. This is a great hangout spot to get together with friends and family over a delightful pint and some vintage arcade games.
WHERE TO EAT IN WINOOSKI
Winooski is known for serving up some of the best food around. From new restaurants highlighting the traditional classics, to award winning Thai food, and even a twisted assortment of mac & cheese. This little city is the perfect place for a day of sampling the gastronomic delights of Vermont.
Lunch specials make this the most affordable time to sample what is perennially voted the area's best Thai food in the annual Seven Daysies readers' choice awards. The casual Asian eatery is also BYOB, so grab a six‑pack or nice bottle of wine. Take out options are available as well!
Nominated for multiple James Beard awards, Misery is among the most revered and innovative eateries in Vermont. With plenty of dishes to try, don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, especially when you’re ordering take out!
Unwind with a creative, early‑evening cocktail — we're partial to the seasonally changing Winooski Falls Sangria. Dine‑in or Take‑out Waterworks is always worth a trip when you’re in town. Just make sure to make reservations!
Open for dine in and takeout! Our House specializes in the most creative Mac & Cheese dishes of the century. From Smoked Brisket and Gouda Mac to tacos and burgers, this place is dope. If Mac & Cheese isn't your thing, don't worry Our House has a perfectly crafted menu of comfort classics for all.
Onion City Chicken & Oysters
Located in the legendary ‘Winooski Speedway’ and opened by the equally famous “Misery Loves Company” brigade, this new restaurant brings another great new vibe into Winooski. Serving up oysters in addition to an assortment of seafood based hors d'oeuvres, their menu is impeccable for a date night or a family dinner. An absolute must for 2023.
Served with the tradition and style of the original Mandarin on the Church Street Marketplace. The (new) Mandarin in Winooski is the perfect place to enjoy some delicious Chinese cuisine, great selection local drafts and an amazing line up of craft cocktails!