If you are looking for a spot in Connecticut to do some exploring, Mystic is a great place to start.
Whether you’re planning a family fun day trip to the aquarium or want to take a stroll downtown by the bridge, Mystic has so many places that you can check off your summer bucket list. Mystic is far enough away from the Central Connecticut area that you will feel like you are on a mini vacation.Sift Bake Shop
The display case at Sift is lined with a wide variety of delicious looking pastries, cookies and sandwiches made fresh everyday. While you wait in line, you can watch through a window to see the bakers make all of the scrumptious treats. It’s mesmerizing to see a transparent storage tub full of cookie dough plopped onto the counter while the bakers reach in and scoop it out.
One of the items Sift is most famous for is its French macaroons. There are so many unique flavors that you won’t find at other bakeries such as rose water, peanut butter and jelly, and chocolate salted caramel. Sift is a great place to stop at the end of your trip to take goodies home and feel like you’re in Mystic for the next few days.Red 36
This incredible restaurant is located right by the seaport. In fact, the building is an open concept, so while walls surround you on three sides, the fourth is open so you can enjoy the fresh air and view. When in Mystic, it’s an unspoken rule that you have to get some seafood.
The seared scallops is an entree that I highly recommend. The scallops are served over a mushroom risotto with arugula that send your taste buds into a fancy with each bite. The scallops were perfectly seared and seasoned, and blended so nicely with the mushroom risotto. Red 36 also offers raw bar seafood items as well as sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream
When you eventually find a parking space in the downtown area, make sure to check out Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream. This ice cream shop is located right next to the drawbridge, and you can enjoy your ice cream outside and check out the view. Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream offers a wide variety of flavors as well as custom ice cream cakes, sundaes, milkshakes, soda fountain floats and smoothies. Coffee ice cream lovers will rejoice at the various flavors offered here including Cafe Mocha Chunk, Kona Coffee, Kahlua Mocha Fudge and more.
Personally, I love to go for the Drawbridge Originals. The Mystic Mud is an excellent choice for those young and old. The chocolate ice cream is loaded with various candies and cookie dough and more that will give you a nostalgic feeling of when you wanted to add every topping to your sundae. The portions of the cones are huge and worth every bite.
A couple of other Mystic spots still on my summer bucket list include Deviant Donuts, a donut shop that offers different themed specials every week, and Alice in the Village, an Alice in Wonderland tea party experience.
Lindsay Pytel “Lunch with Linds” is an avid foodie from Meriden featuring the best eats in the Connecticut and New York area on Instagram and Facebook.