Rue Principale offers a vacation right here at home!
The gem of
Old Aylmer is rue Principale. The merchants along this heritage-rich
street are ready to host you. Drop in today as you stroll the main drag!
Strolling through Old Aylmer’s Farmers’ Market on Sundays gives a sense of the region’s bounty, with fresh produce continually. All of rue Principale is in bloom!
Practicalities are at the Pharmaprix, 178 rue Principale, open until 10 pm every night, with health and beauty products, an expert pharmacist, plus grocery items. Less traditional basics can be found at Rouge Vape in the mall behind the Galeries Aylmer; open 7 days a week, it offers a broad range of products and services for summer’s recreation.
Summer’s de-stress and healthy living is accentuated at EssenCiel Massage Therapy Clinic and Spa, at the corner of Frank Robinson, with massage, hot stone and pregnancy massage, and facial treatments using organic Éminence products and state-of-the-art electrolysis.
For a light lunch, Chez Gaston Shawarma at 195 rue Principale (just in front of the Galeries Aylmer) provides a convenient, delicious, and affordable lunch to eat in or take out.
Two blocks down, at 150 Principale, is the sit-down tapas restaurant Antonyme. The menu of non-traditional tapas specializes in seafood, though not entirely. With lunch and dinner comes a wonderful beer and wine list. Sunday brunch is served inside, decor is rustic-chic with a bar and patio (but may not be suitable for families with young children.)
Definitely family-friendly is the restaurant Bistro Mexicana at 129 rue Principale. Excellent and creative Mexican fare on a large outdoor patio, a $9 children’s menu (kids eat free on Sundays), make this a favourite.
A few steps further is Maison William J Walter Saucissier, with a selection of gourmet sausages and a shop filled with spices, mustards and specialty items. Sausage sandwiches are served on fresh baguettes. Here’s an Aylmer source of ginger beer -- for those “dark and stormy” summer evenings!
If it’s not all vacation, there’s help to organize, mend and tailor clothing or other household fabrics at La Dernière Retouche, 112 rue Principale. Here there’s more than basic dry cleaning, alteration and shoe repair. Have a gown cleaned for storage or your favorite boots mended before winter!
And, finally, nothing says summer nights like a drink on an outdoor patio. Bistro L’autre Oeil offers plenty of outdoor (and indoor) seating. The Bistro is famous for its 481 beers from 31 regions around the world, plus a wine and whiskey list, snacks, meals, and live music.