One Day in Charlottetown: recording artist Tara MacLean

The recording artist from the band Shaye shares her favourite food and drink spots in Charlottetown, PE

After more than 25 years, six solo albums and two records with Juno Award-nominated band Shaye, P.E.I.-born singer-songwriter Tara MacLean has become one of the country’s most acclaimed artists.

In addition to numerous awards and accolades for her music over the years, MacLean also recently published her debut memoir, Song of the Sparrow, which tells the heartbreaking and inspiring story of her multi-decade musical journey. 

Since Shaye recently reunited to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a great new rendition of Charlotte Cornfield’s “Silver Civic”, we invited MacLean to share a few of her favourite food and drink spots in her hometown of Charlottetown, P.E.I.



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Leonhard's Café & Restaurant for their fresh omelettes and cappuccinos. I love the European feel and the cozy fireplace in the winter.


Receiver Coffee. They have an amazing new menu, a great patio and the best vibe. Either location is great! I spend a lot of time there working and seeing all my favourite people come through. The coffee is phenomenal and made with love. 


Slaymaker & Nichols Gastro House. I go there for brunch often as well. The decor, the service, and the food is incomparable. The charcuterie board is legendary, and their desserts can’t be skipped just because you’re full. For the quality, it’s a reasonable price point for sure. 

When I order out, it’s Taste of India or Pho Vietnam. If it’s a late night, we might find Karaoke at Hunter’s and have the steak salad with goat cheese or a heaping pile of nachos that I never regret! Charlottetown has incredible breweries and restaurants, but these are my favourites!


I don’t drink, but my friends who do say Slaymaker's cocktails are the best. Their mocktail menu is great for those of us who don’t drink. 

Watch: Shaye - Silver Civic (Official Lyric Video)