Maybe you are buying a condo in the Square One area? Perhaps you are relocating to Mississauga? You want to know what there is to do and what the lifestlye is like? Rest assured that Mississauga is the right place for you. Mississauga is as vibrant and multicultural as any city that I’ve been to around the world. There are so many things to taste, see and experience for every age and lifestyle.
Let’s start with TASTE. There’s a great variety of restaurants in Mississauga offering excellent food and flavors for the palate. In the Square One area, you will absolutely relish in fine dining destinations such as Ruth Chris Steak House, Alioli Restorante and The Host Fine Indian Cuisine. These are great places for special celebrations, business, impressing that certain someone on a first date or you just like great food.
All around the City Centre area, you will find very good eating at the more well-known establishments such as Canyon Creek Chop House, Alice Fazooli’s Italian Retaurant, Jack Astors Bar & Grill, Moxies Grill & Bar and Red Lobster. Maybe you are looking to see that big sporting event this summer. Boston Pizza at Square One has a 100 inch plasma display. Watch the game in glorious High Definition while you and your friends chow down on some seriously great chicken wings. Looking for a little bit of the exotic? Try Bara’s Caribbean Cuisine, Spring Rolls Pan-Asian Cuisine, Bombay Bhel Indian Restaurant and Pho Mi 99 Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine.
The Amacon Mississauga Roatary Ribfest returns from July 19 – 22 to the City Centre. Eat and drink while “Ribbers” from all over North America compete to be crowned “Best Ribs”, “Best Sauce”, and “People Choice” Titles. Admission is free and there will be live concerts, shopping and children’s area.
Next I will review what there is to SEE. If you find it way to hot outdoors, perhaps sitting back and watching a movie while being cooled by air-condition is your cup of tea. Residents of the Square One area are spoiled as there are two places to watch movies; The Coliseum and Empire Theatres. Here you can eat popcorn, drink pop and watch the latest pictures from Hollywood or Bollywood. The Hollywood blockbuster is huge this summer with movies such as The Amazing Spider Man, The Dark Knight Rises and the Borne Legacy.
If you want to see a movie outdoors there are two ways this summer. The old school way is to venture to the boarder of Oakville and Mississauga and catch a double bill at the 5 Drive- In Theater. Did you catch what I just did…yes I cheated. The second way is to catch a film at the Mississauga Celebration Square. Throughout the summer movies are being shown for free to the under the starry sky.
Also in the City Centre you can visit The Living Arts Centre which hosts various shows and exhibits all summer long. In September go see Whose Live Anyway? Starring comedians Chip Esten, Jeff Davis, Greg Proops and Ryan Stiles, which follows the successful TV show Whos line is it Anyway? Just like the TV show, the comedians make improvisations based on the audience suggestions. Be prepared because you might be part of the show!
We end with EXPERIENCE. There are plenty places to find the Mississauga experiences. For those who would like to relax or maybe take in nature with a nice walk or hang out with family and have a picnic, Mississauga has lots of parks. Jack Darling Park is a popular destination as it’s right on the Lakeshore. You can barbecue and have a picnic, enjoy the view of the Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline. Another park that is good for picnics is Erindale Park which is just south of the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. Great parks to see flowers and nature are Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens and Kariya Park.
Maybe you want a little bit more action. By Square One you can find a massive 40,000 square feet complex called Playdium, which houses a video game arcade, rides, go carts, batting cages, mini golf and a bar. There is also Laser Quest in the area which is great to entertain the teens and pre-teens. Looking for a place to skateboard, Mississauga has no less than 7 multi-use ramp parks which feature transitions, banks, ¼ pipes, funboxes, ledges, rails, gaps and a bowl.
For the crowd that likes to let loose and party all night Mississauga also has a Night Life. Try crocbar, Sugar Daddy's, Body English, Fregata, My Apartment and Blue Suede Sue's.
Tired of the city vibe? The village of Streetsville is known for its village look and feel and features retail shops the line the Queen Street. Throughout the summer there are events such as the Streetsville Lions Club Farmers Market and historical walking tours.
Port Credit is Mississauga on the Lake. It’s also known for its small town charm, shops and cafes which line the Lakeshore Road. It too has events all through the summer. Events include Farmers Market, Sunset Concert Series, Rotary Movies in the Park, Port Credit Outdoor Art Show, Tim Hortans Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival and much more.
Truly there is numerous and astonishing things to TASTE, SEE and Experience in and around Mississauga this summer. So don’t stay in your house or condo. Get out there and explore and enjoy!
By Todd Lee
Posted July 6,2012