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Beyond Oktoberfest: What to Do in Kitchener-Waterloo

Beyond Oktoberfest: What to Do in Kitchener-WaterlooBeyond Oktoberfest: What to Do in Kitchener-Waterloo

November 23, 2017 – originally published on VIA Rail Blog

Late autumn is that fuzzy time between summer fun and holiday cheer. What’s a restless Toronto couple to do? My husband and I decide to try something new, and spend the weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo, curious about its transformation from industrial heartland to tech hub with its burgeoning hip infrastructure. While Oktoberfest drew 700,000 revellers a few weeks earlier, we were seduced by more intimate fun things to do in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Friday Night Tapas and Jazz

Our weekend gets off on the right foot as we check into the Walper Hotel. Kitchener’s early lodging has a solid and beautifully preserved 1893 façade with a modern boutique interior. The Walper foreshadows the rest of our visit; Kitchener-Waterloo rocks at making the old new again.

Dinner is our first priority. We go to Public Kitchen and because calories don’t count on romantic weekends, we order with abandon. “Wow,” I say sipping my Autumn Sour craft cocktail, its flower petals artfully arranged above chai-spiced ice cubes and frothy egg white. And “wow” many more times as we devour sharing plates of tapas. Would it be too decadent to order another dish of beef tartare with lime-pickled onions and fried capers?

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