Kitchener Waterloo

Favorite Places in KW to Eat or Lounge

My own short list of favorite restaurants, cafes, and hangouts mostly in the Kitchener Waterloo area.  These places have at least one of the following:  a great atmosphere, above average personal service or food that is beyond the regular – you know, where you’d want to close your eyes to savor.

Feel free to add suggestions or to correct anything on here. As people often ask me for recommendations, I think this should serve as a good quick list.  Please feel free to make suggestions – but only your best – I’m picky.


  • Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21 For sure one of my favorite restaurants in the area, creative menu, great service, plus a can’t miss #BrownBagFriday – follow @nnuptown21 for details
  • The Village Creperie & Bistro – Breakfast benny’s, buckwheat crêpes French atmosphere
  • The Bauer Kitchen (for weekend breakfast and #cinqasept meetings)  The attached cafe an Bakery has great dark coffee and avocado breakfast sandwiches
  • Thrive Juice Bar -Fantastically healthy. Johnny, the owner, is personable and always trying to help
  • The Boathouse (Victoria Park) – for the music and the food
  • Casa Salsa (Kitchener Farmers Market) The mexican booth in the farmers market that serves up a spicy eggs rancheros

Cafes and Bakeries

  • Sablétine Fine Pastries  follow for lunch specials @Sabletine
  • Cafe Pyrus – healthy, vegan, artsy environment
  • DVLB (Death Valley’s Little Brother) Craft whisky espresso bar
  • Honey Bake Shop (uptown waterloo)  – one can tell this place has been influenced by someone in the graphic design field

Other places:

In Toronto:

  • Thompson Hotel Diner– try the fried chicken

San Diego:

  • Searsucker – probably one of the best dining experiences I’ve had while travelling in the United States- Very chic atmosphere and was given a personal tour and sent food to try by the chef, Brian Malarky (from Top Chef)

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