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15 Places to Shop in Waterloo Region

BY CHRISTINA PROCTOR

Storefront of Auburn VIntage Clothiers in Conestogo, ON - Shopping in Waterloo Region

Visitors and locals alike are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding exceptional shopping in Waterloo Region. From small-town charm to bustling urban environments and scenic historic centres, there truly is a shopping environment that everyone will enjoy.

The Townships

If you’re up for a short drive, the townships of Wellesley, Woolwich, Wilmot, and North Dumfries offer picturesque villages in country-settings. Rolling hills and farmland surround friendly small towns with some noteworthy fashion shops.

1. Auburn Vintage Clothiers – Conestogo, ON

| Accessories | Footwear | Menswear | Womenswear |
Stunning and high-quality pieces from days gone by can be found at Auburn Vintage Clothiers. Affordable prices and a gorgeous location in a village along the river make a stop here worth the time.

2. The New Dundee Emporium – New Dundee, ON

| Accessories | Womenswear |
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at The New Dundee Emporium which features an upscale restaurant, as well as a gift shop and fashion boutique. Jewelry, scarves, sleep wear and everyday wear are just a few of the treasures you will find in this historic setting.

3. Murray’s Clothing and Footwear – New Hamburg, ON

| Accessories | Footwear | Menswear | Womenswear |
For over 60 years, this family-run business has served as New Hamburg’s go-to spot for formalwear, womenswear, menswear and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for off the rack, their tailors and custom-fit experts will work with you to create the perfect suit.

St. Jacobs

A 5-minute drive from north Waterloo lies one of the region’s best day-trip locations. Filled with quaint restaurants, gift shops, and of course, fashion boutiques, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore this serene hamlet.

Shot of the exterior of a shop in St. Jacobs, ON - Shopping in Waterloo Region

1. The St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market

| Accessories | Jewelry | Menswear | Other | Womenswear |
The St Jacobs Farmers’ Market is open Thursdays and Saturdays (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) all year round, and Tuesdays from mid-June to Labour Day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Each market day brings hundreds of friendly vendors together, offering a wide selection of jewelry, handbags, clothing and more.

2. The St. Jacobs Outlets

| Accessories | Footwear | Jewelry | Menswear | Other | Womenswear |
Located just steps away from the lively St. Jacobs Village, The Outlets offer budget-conscious shoppers a great selection of quality fashions. Some local favourites include Spanner, a contemporary Canadian womenswear company, and Trends for Men, with their focus on casual and professional menswear.

3. The Village

| Accessories | Footwear | Jewelry | Menswear | Other | Womenswear |
Locally-owned businesses bring character to the St. Jacobs Village. Shop for special occasion wear and high-fashion for women at La Crème/Essentially Black, unique professional and everyday wear for men and women at Ashfield’s Fine Clothes, and fair-trade artisanal scarves, knitwear, and jewelry at Ten Thousand Villages.

Uptown Waterloo

A modern and ever-changing cityscape defines Uptown Waterloo, where students, business professionals, and families all come together for culture and great shopping options.

Streetscape in Uptown Waterloo with views of the Seagrams building - Shopping in Waterloo Region

1. Alexandria’s Shoes for Women

| Accessories | Footwear |
With a focus on quality construction and European designs, Alexandria’s is the best place to visit for fashion-forward footwear. The shop also carries a wide selection of handbags and necklaces.

2. SASS Wardrobe Essentials

| Accessories | Footwear | Womenswear |
If designer clothes make you swoon, look no further than SASS in Uptown Waterloo. Their curated selection of timeless pieces will pair perfectly with any item in your existing closet.

3. Uptown Woods

| Accessories | Footwear | Menswear | Womenswear |
Proudly supporting Canadian designers, Uptown Woods offers a wonderful selection of menswear and womenswear. Each brand has a unique story.

Downtown Kitchener

Colourful and eclectic, Downtown Kitchener is a place where high-tech companies mix perfectly with local retail shops and trendy restaurants.

View of people walking down King Street in Kitchener - Shopping in Waterloo Region

1. Carousel Clothing

| Accessories | Footwear | Womenswear |
Carousel Clothing’s focuses on high-quality pre-loved clothing for professionals. Each piece is carefully curated to ensure it will meet the standards of a discerning client on a budget.

2. Cocoon Apothecary

| Body Care | Other | Skincare |
Made right here in Kitchener, Cocoon Apothecary creates affordable, and eco-friendly skincare and body care products that really work. With lines specially formulated for both men and women, whatever your skin type, it’s sure to benefit from natural ingredients.

3. White Tiger Vintage

| Accessories | Footwear | Menswear | Swimwear | Womenswear |
Downtown Kitchener’s destination for one-of-a-kind vintage and unique treasures. Step back into the past and explore their collection of men and women’s wear.

Cambridge

With streets that look like you’re in a small European city, Cambridge is as charming as it is an excellent shopping spot.

View of downtown Galt from a bridge over the Grand River - Shopping in Waterloo Region

1. Classique Boutique

| Accessories | Womenswear |
Understated elegance is what makes Classique Boutique stand out. Carrying a wide-selection of womenswear brands from Italy, France, and other European countries the store has been proudly serving residents for over 20 years.

2. Luxe Touch Designer Consignment

| Accessories | Footwear | Womenswear |
Luxe Touch is considered Canada’s most trusted independent curator of pre-loved luxury handbags, clothing, and accessories. Well-known brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Christian Louboutin can be found at this exclusive shop.

3. Gadsby’s Clothing Co

| Accessories | Footwear | Menswear |
For the stylish and classic man, Gadsby offers a wonderful selection of modern fashions that can be enjoyed both casually and professionally. The staff are specialists in tailoring, and even have a collection in the store that is designed by them.

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