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Old Country Market, Coombs

(4.1/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
Selling a number of artisanal goods, Old Country Market acts as something of a one-stop village shop. The versatile, varied market includes a bakery, deli, ice cream shop, gift shop, and restaurant. After browsing, enjoy an alfresco meal or ice cream out on the patio. Don't miss the family of pygmie goats living in a log cabin on the roof of the building (and bring your camera). It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Old Country Market and many more Coombs attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Coombs trip builder.
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  • We were told about this place by friends and as the road trip from Nanaimo to Tofino is long and not much to see, we stopped here. What used to be an entire market with several building and lots of go...  more »
  • Although known for the goats on the roof they are not on the roof at this time. It is a fun place to checkout even so.  more »
  • This is where you'll find the famous Goats on a Roof! They have stickers and magnets too if you're a collector like I am. In the market you'll find delicious ready-to-eat foods which makes it a great ...  more »
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  • Renowned for goats on the roof? While the tourist brochure overstates it a bit, it was a quirky, fun thing to do. We came and had lunch at the taco place, explored the Old Country Market, then enjoyed some ice cream. It was a nice stop along the way but I wouldn't make it a destination by itself. I enjoyed the toy section best - it's filled with unique toys, lots of wooden ones, as well as adorable plush goats. The food section is organized by country. I saw the U.K., France, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and more. If you're looking for unique food items on the Island, this is probably the place to get them. I'm from a big city where they are easy to buy, so wasn't particularly impressed.
  • Famous for goats on the roof. Bakery and deli pretty good. Really cool flag labels to show country of origin. Can be a little busy. A 20 min visit is all you'll need though.
  • Amazing selection of goods in this grocery store. This tourist trap will get you and you'll be glad you took the short detour. An eclectic assortment of goods that you will enjoy just browsing through curiosity after curiosity. This place also has something for every budget. And don't forget about the goats on the roof. We were so glad we detoured. The garlic bacon soup was delicious.
  • Weird store with all sorts of odds and ends scattered randomly about the shop. The grocery has some interesting products that you won't find at your generic grocer, but it's so disorganized that even the workers there won't be able to help you find products. I was told there are no graham crackers, but I found them. Sort of like a Trader Joe's. They also sell kids toys and all sorts of things. Neat tourist trap.
  • A place that you simply can't miss. Great restaurant with great food and indoor and outdoor seating, more flavors of ice cream than you can count, and a store that has unique items that you can't find anywhere else, super cool imported groceries items from countries all around the world, a selection of toys and activities, and all sorts of things for the home and garden, plus a deli with meats and cheese and some of the best bakery items on the island. top it all off with the goats wandering around on the roof, and you've got an amazing stop for a few minutes or a few hours. parking can be really tricky to find, and it is INCREDIBLY busy, so try to get there early or late if you can!