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Best things to do in Kitchener

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Restaurant
“upscale dining with multiple levels & restaurants (Charcoal steak house, Del's Italian kitchen and Martini's bar & lounge); $$/$$$”
14 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing chicken and waffles. Southern food, good drinks and fun wait staff.”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best patio and exceptional microbrew pub uptown Waterloo, fine servers, and some of the best local beer money can buy. ”
13 locals recommend
Store
“Celebrating 25 years and hosting about 20,000 people per year, the Clay and Glass Gallery features works of clay, glass, ceramic and enameled pieces from artists around the world. The best in budget friendly, admittance is free (if you can get out without buying something in the shops!) www.theclayandglass.ca/”
10 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario with two indoor museum galleries and a 60 acre living history exhibit called Doon Heritage Village. Our main museum gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Visit our feature gallery page to see what is on exhibit now at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum.”
13 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Fantastic coffee shop to get some work done. Situated just north of Waterloo town square, this little shop has great character. Amazing coffee and warm vibes, I love this place in the winter to warm up my soul. *Beware of current uptown Waterloo LRT construction *”
21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great spot for a 'homemade' breakfast/brunch. Casual, cozy, and eclectic vibe.”
15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“local gathering brewery just up the street, great beers, lots of laughs and an overall great vibe ”
12 locals recommend
Café
“A warm and friendly atmosphere. Free wifi but only one charging outlet if you’re looking to do work. They roast their own coffee and sell it. I recommend a flat white and raspberry crumble muffin. They also have some gluten free and vegan options. ”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A little pricey, but worth it. This is a favourite for faculty hosting invited speakers visiting U Waterloo & Laurier. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the chef/owner is renowned. ”
12 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“The Original Princess Cinema still maintains a "calendar art-house" programming model, which exhibits the best in international, independent & Canadian cinema, as well as festival hits, documentaries.”
11 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Rhapsody has live music, most nights, a Saturday matinee show as well. I love the great friendly staff and overall vibe. Speciality coffee, wine, and whiskey, full lunch and dinner menu. A great place for business meetings, catching up with friends or a place to stop in for a bite to eat in a culturally rich environment.”
7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Intimate bar with a mini dance floor that is usually packed on weekends. Good vibe. Definitely the hip place to be. *It's loud in there, FYI! ”
10 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Built in 1816, Schneider Haus is the oldest dwelling in Kitchener. Costumed re-enactors portray life as it was in 1856 with around 7,000 historical household items. Open year round except for a couple of weeks around Christmas, this is a family and budget friendly (max admission fee is $6 for an adult) excursion. www.schneiderhaus.ca”
8 locals recommend
Food
“Great food, lots to do for the family. They have concerts, bowling, kids play zone, waterpark & seasonal things like Christmas lights, Halloween haunted house, Oktoberfest. ”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible food, but a bit pricy. Its an amazing Tapas restaurant with an ever changing menu. Great for groups and sharing food or an intimate night out. ”
7 locals recommend