Patio Buzz in the Waterloo Region

Patios are Springing up!

Who is Ready for a Patio Party?

Okay, okay...maybe not so much of a party, and more of a small household gathering, but we are excited nonetheless. The weather this last week has had many of us welcoming the multitude of open patios to soak up the fresh air and feel a tiny tinge of normalcy after a long, isolated winter.

While I explored a few open patios, I realized just how much Cambridge has really grown on me! I hadn’t spent that much time in this part of our region before the pandemic, even though I’ve lived in Kitchener for the majority of my life. It’s been great to get out there and explore where I live to revisit some places I’ve known, but also try new places I’d never been!

This past weekend was the first weekend of spring, and I didn't hesitate to hit the road and check out a few patios that were springing up across the region. 

To begin, I picked up a coffee at Grand Cafe and sauntered over the bridge to take in the view of the river, sipping my glorious hot java while taking in the view. There really is something about Galt and that river view.

As I moved along I noticed this young family taking advantage of the two-table patio at Play with Clay, painting their choice of clay to later be cured in the kiln. What a great date or family activity - I can’t wait to go back and do it myself!

My stomach began to grumble, so it was time to sit and enjoy a stop at the The Local Option Eatery for some clean-eating fare. (Ps. their menu is loaded with gluten and dairy free options for those who are food awkward like me) Mmm yum! I had a bowl called the Hitchhiker and it was damn delicious! Certainly got in my greens for the day.

I then had to balance the scales with an afternoon cheers, so I took in the views at The Easy Pour Wine Bar - this stop is going to get so darn pretty as spring takes over! Bistro tables line the railing that overlooks the Grand River. What a beauty view for summer days to come.

Although a we are bound to see weather ups and downs over the next couple months, local restaurants are popping up their patios to be weather ready when the sunshine strikes, so get ready to get out and support them and work on those tan lines.

These patios were just the beginning of what I'm certain will be the busiest patio season the region, heck the world, has ever seen. In the meanwhile, keep ordering takeout and showing love to our small businesses in the Waterloo Region until the sun shines again.

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