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McLean's Specialty Foods

426 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3B1, Canada
+1 250-754-0100
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  • Very good28%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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426 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3B1, Canada
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

This is a marvelous example of a 1920s building that really hasn't been renovated much at all but has been kept in very good condition. It's thoroughly original and charming, and the store itself is also an excellent example of a specialty deli. Many of...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank metaungulate
Sandy M, Owner at McLean's Specialty Foods, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2018

Thankyou for your kind words and for taking the time to give us your feedback. Customers and visitors constantly tell us how much they like the character of our shop. While some of the packaged foods are duplicated in local supermarkets, they are generally only...More

Reviewed November 15, 2017

While doing a bit of a Nanaimo bar tour on our own as a Princess cruise visitor, we decided that Mclean's definitely had the most luxurious bars. Close, but we'd recommend them #1.

Date of visit: October 2017
1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed October 21, 2017

Walking into this specialty store feels like I'm walking into an old fashion grocery store in the town where I grew up. To do this place justice requires some time for browsing the aisles because of all the unique items available here. If in a...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank Via_girl
Reviewed October 11, 2017

What an excellent shop in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. A great selection of cheeses, jams, English specialty foods, and lots of things I wouldn't have thought to find. It is really fun to look through this shop and find new things. A fun shop...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Glidr
Reviewed September 22, 2017

We discovered this gem too late on our visit to Nanaimo to take advantage of it. They had the best cheese selection we found on the island. Lots of other interesting foods from olives to meats to pasta and much more.

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Mike W
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

We dropped into Nanaimo to find original recipe Nanaimo bars and stumbled across Mclean's...what a find! A lovely shop brimming with fabulous food and drink. The shop owners were very friendly and helpful too!

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank alibO5300KM
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

Passing through Nanaimo, we got a small tasting of Canadian cheeses and specialty. Kindness and loveliness remain in our souvenir.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Voyage731464
Reviewed September 8, 2017 via mobile

Love this store. Their scotch eggs remind me of what my Grandmother used to make! I am allergic to cows milk and related products and they have such a fantastic selection of sheep and goat cheeses! Always something new and amazing to discover. Lots of...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Cris E
Reviewed August 28, 2017

So, we stopped in to pick up some cheese to take home. Sandy was there and she delighted up beyond belief. Not only did Sandy answer all of our questions about each cheese we were interested in, she recommended some very special cheeses. Sandy made...More

Date of visit: July 2017
1  Thank mmpr3315
Reviewed August 24, 2017

Visited here on a 3 week trip of the San Juans and Gulf Islands. I found a "rack card" advertisement and decided this was a must visit since I'm a cheese addict. I was not disappointed! Full Deli with meats, cheeses, and the store shelves...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Dennismc2015
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Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 426 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 3B1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-754-0100
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