Planning A Trip To Kitchener-Waterloo to Visit Inspirations?
Plenty of dancers come into KW each dance season. Whether they come into town for competitions, or they make a special trip to shop at our store, we want it to be a good time for the whole family.
We’re extremely proud of our locally owned and operated restaurants, hang-outs, and attractions. Why not show them off? Below is a list of suggestions for other great places to visit while you're in the area, with something for everyone.
Where To Eat
Located in Uptown Waterloo, Abe Erb is named after one of the Mennonite founders of the region. Though we’re not sure if old Abraham would have sampled the micro-brewed beer, perhaps he would have enjoyed the lively environment and upscale pub food. We sure do.
The Yeti is a funky café with a laid-back vibe. Located downtown Kitchener, it’s not far from Centre in the Square, and just across the street from the Kitchener Market. I always say you haven’t lived until you’ve tried their “Pregnant Cowgirl” breakfast sandwich!
The Jane Bond Café
The Jane Bond is a hip uptown institution. It features vegetarian-fare-meets-comfort food. Think smoked cheddar and caramelized onion grilled cheese and jerk tempeh burritos. Yum. Tucked away on Princess Street, the atmosphere is super cozy.
If you’re looking for a family friendly vibe with mouth-watering Italian dishes, even your Nona will approve of this place!
The Belmont Bistro
Located in quaint Belmont Village, this charming little bistro offers gourmet North American fare. They cater to special diets, too. We recommend the "salmon benny" crepe. Yum!
Located downtown Kitchener, TWH Social offers sophisticated dining. The food is totally to die for. If you want to taste what K-W has to offer in terms of fine dining, it’s here.
The Raintree Café
You won’t feel guilty about eating at the Raintree. They offer nutritious lunch options, including wraps, salads, ramen, and plenty of vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options.
Forget about fast food, Vincenzo’s is the best place to go if you’re scrambling for something to eat between performances. There’s something for everyone here, including a make-your-own sandwich bar, wood-fired pizzas, a hot daily Italian option, to-go salads, and even sushi!
This old, Uptown Waterloo greasy spoon has been around since the 1930s! Their burgers are amazing, and they have a working jukebox which you can play for quarters if you’re the nostalgic type.
Holy Guacamole! Fresh Mex
Fast, fresh Mexican fare, right in the heart of downtown Kitchener.
Where To Shop
Drop by and say hello! Check out our massive in-store selection, from pointe shoes to tutu dresses to dance bags to turning boards, and chat with our friendly staff. We’re less than ten to fifteen minutes from most everything in K-W.
A charming independent bookstore—I can get lost in this place for hours!
Locally-owned boutique that carries luxury wardrobe essentials with an emphasis on timeless quality.
Lookin' For Heroes
A fun shop to peruse if you’re a comics fan.
This store is the stuff of every kid’s dreams. It’s a massive, independently owned toy emporium in the charming Village of St. Jacob’s.
Alexandria's Shoes for Women
An awesome selection of European brands of shoes. It's dangerous to walk into here if you're not planning on buying anything, because you're sure to find something you can't leave behind.
Stuff To See
The St. Jacob's Farmer's Market
People literally come from far and wide to hit up this market (it’s the largest, year-round market in all of Canada), which sells farm-fresh produce, hand-made furniture, and ready-to-eat food. Try the pirogies! Or the fries! Or the fudge! The market’s open from 7am to 3:30pm on Saturdays.
The Village of St. Jacob's
Fifteen minutes from K-W, St. Jacob’s is a enchanting village which happens to be home to about 4,000 old-order Mennonites! Though we’ve gotten used to seeing their buggies on the roads, they’re a novelty for visitors. The village is full of cute little shops which you can pop into. There’s something for everyone, even kids.
If you can’t make it all the way out to St. Jacob’s, the Kitchener Market is an urban market located right downtown. It’s open 7am to 2pm from Tuesday to Saturday year round and has an independent food court.
Every year, Kitchener-Waterloo welcomes over 700,000 visitors who take in the sights and sounds of Oktoberfest. Recently named "the best Oktoberfest in the world, outside of Bavaria" by National Geographic Magazine.
A family friendly option with a variety of exhibitions and events. It’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.
If you’re going to be around Wilfred Laurier University or the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Park is a stone’s throw away. The Lions Lagoon splash park and Eby Farmstead can easily keep the kids occupied.
A lovely park in downtown Kitchener, with a really awesome playground for kids. If the weather is nice, it’s a great reason to get out of the car and move around.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, often premiering works by Canadian and international artists.
- Kitchener Rangers Hockey
See a hockey game while you'e here.
Have Suggestions for Places We Missed?
If we missed your fav KW landmark, let us know. This list is a work in progress.
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