Is there a better way to beat the summer heat than enjoying a refreshing ice-cold drink on a local patio? Across the Waterloo Region, Business Improvement Areas have pulled their resources together to support local restaurants through expanded patios and resourceful guides. Luckily, there is no shortage of great restaurants to try in the KWC Region this summer. Continue reading to learn more about the local patio scene so you can find the perfect spot for your next meal!
Downtown Cambridge Patio District
Did you know that lower Main Street in Historic Downtown Cambridge has been transformed into a pedestrian-only space to support expanded patios? The city launched this project to support local businesses in efforts to revitalize the downtown core after a year of restrictions. Enjoy some delicious food from The Local Option, Thirteen, Elixir Bistro, The Healthy Rabbit and more! After, take a stroll through the downtown core to shop local – there’s even a farmers’ market open from 7 am – 1 pm on Saturdays! Good food and even better views, you can’t beat that!
Uptown Waterloo Patios
Gather with your friends and enjoy a beautiful day in Uptown Waterloo! Uptown is a great place to relax and indulge in all things local. From good eats to excellent shopping you can make a day of it in this part of town. But with so many restaurants to choose from, how do you know where to go? Luckily, Uptown Waterloo BIA has created a helpful map so you can find exactly what you’re looking for! Cafes? They’ve got that! Pizza? No problem! View the map to plan your next meal with friends.
Downtown Kitchener Patios
Did you know Downtown Kitchener is home to 39 patios? That’s right! From the Innovation District to the City Centre District and Market District there’s always a patio nearby to enjoy. If you’re not sure where to start, visit this curated list in the Downtown Kitchener 2021 Patio Map. On Saturdays, you can also visit the Kitchener Market from 7 am – 2 pm to support local vendors selling baked goods, fresh produce, cheese and more! With so many local shops to explore in the area, you can make a whole day of it in this downtown core.
Still unsure of where to go? Check out this round‑up of local patios in the Waterloo Region, as nominated by our very own followers on Instagram! Don’t forget to call ahead and make a reservation to secure your table.
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Looking for more good eats in the KW Region? You can also check out our food trucks blog to learn more about the local food truck scene. It’s safe to say, there will be no shortage of delicious food in the KW Region this summer… enjoy!