As one of Canada’s largest cities, it’s safe to say Mississauga is a hub filled with arts and culture, delicious eateries and beautiful nature areas intermingled throughout. It’s constantly growing, and the attractions continue to entice both locals and visitors alike.

Mention Mississauga and most people’s minds will wander to Square One Shopping Centre, Celebration Square and the Absolute Condos (also known as the Marilyn Monroe’ towers). But lo and behold, there are plenty of other things to do in Mississauga. Whether you’re simply passing through, on a long layover or planning a trip to the Peel region city, we’ve got you covered.

Have Brunch at Huevos Gourmet

Nestled in Port Credit, a quaint part of Mississauga, Huevos Gourmet is ready and waiting with strawberry and banana crepes, eggs benedict and an assortment of omelettes. Open daily from 8am for in-person and to-go dining, the restaurant is a mix of the warmth of a Mexican family and the allure of the Parisian passion. Opt for the huevos rancheros or Mexican breakfast, and pair it with a glass of fresh juice or a mimosa. Huevos Gourmet also offers all-day lunch, uses free-range eggs and carries gluten-free options.

Hike through the Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Conservancy provides a truly quiet escape from the city… within the city. Tucked behind a Go Transit station in the centre of Mississauga, the green oasis boasts several walking trails, local wildlife, the MacEwan Terrace Garden and the breathtaking Credit River. To fully immerse yourselves into the Riverwood Conservancy’s natural habitat, bring along binoculars to spot more than 150 species of migratory and resident birds along the Red Trail.

If you have the time and want to visit a small cascade waterfall, put 3669 Mississauga Road into your GPS and head approximately two kilometres down Burnhamthorpe Road West. You’ll hear water rushing from behind the trees on Mississauga Road and as you head down the little path, you’ll find the majestic Wahoosh Falls.

Grab a Shawarma from Lezzet Shawarma Falafel House

It’s in the Mississauga Constitution that you can’t leave the city without visiting at least one shawarma house. And Lezzet Shawarma Falafel House manages to make each one authentic and mouthwatering. Established in 2007, the family-owned and operated Mississauga restaurant serves shawarmas that are filled with the freshest ingredients, spiced to perfection and topped with their signature sauces. You can get anything from Lezzet Shawarma and you won’t be disappointed, but we highly recommend the Ali J’s: fries or rice over shawarma meat. Grab your plates to go and head out to see more of what Mississauga has to offer.

Explore the Art Gallery of Mississauga

Opened in 1987, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit art gallery in the downtown core of the city. The small art gallery features contemporary art exhibitions that change throughout the year as well as a permanent collection of display art from local and regional artists. Admission is free, so it’s a perfect opportunity for your daily fix of arts and culture.

Eat Dinner at the Wilcox Gastropub

Situated on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton, Wilcox Gastropub serves everything from mahi mahi tacos and kimchi croquettes to loaded mac and cheese and cajun chicken penne. If you’re craving a burger, be sure to opt for the signature Wilcox burger and if you’re here on a Tuesday or Wednesday after 5pm, you absolutely must order a half dozen or dozen oysters. No meal is complete without a signature cocktail, whether it’s the Wilcox Mule or the Barrel Aged Old Fashioned. Interesting fact: The restaurant is located in one of Mississauga’s oldest heritage homes, having been built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850.

Go on a stroll through Port Credit

This little village by the lake is adored by locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. Situated along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, Port Credit is filled with shops, restaurants, beautiful parks and a picturesque lighthouse that overlooks the harbour. Go on a stroll and you’ll see tons of boats docked in the Port Credit Marina during the warmer seasons. From there, continue down and head to J.C. Saddington Park to relax and admire the lake as well as the Toronto city skyline. You can even rent a sea-doo, kayak, canoe or paddleboard and experience the beauty of the area from the lake. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset in Mississauga.

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