Downtown is where you find the heart of a city. In Downtown Kitchener, this heart is where dreamers, creators and makers find neighbours, collaborators and friends. It’s a place where business thrives, friends meet, families live and awesome things happen!
From Google to Communitech, major financial institutions including Manulife, to a growing service and retail sector, Downtown Kitchener has developed into an area of innovation and entrepreneurship. Many Downtown Kitchener businesses are located in trendy, refurbished factories and buildings that were once home to companies from Kitchener’s industrial past.
As more businesses move downtown, so do more people. To help develop a sense of community within its core, a number of programs and events happen in Downtown Kitchener to bring people together. Cruising on King, the TD Kitchener Blues Festival, K-W Multicultural Festival, and Christkindl Market are just some of the special events that happen in the core. Downtown Kitchener features many walkable destinations, such as THEMUSEUM, Schneider Haus, Kitchener Public Library, the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, and Victoria Park. Also located in the core is the Kitchener Market, a public gathering place that features international cuisine vendors from Tuesday to Saturday, and the vibrant year-round Saturday Market where meat, produce, dairy product and many more vendors can be found. Arts, culture, recreation and commercial spaces in Downtown Kitchener all contribute to an excellent quality of life for everyone.
Downtown is the perfect place to meet up with friends to relax and enjoy the incredible food culture that exists there, thanks to the many restaurants and cafés that can be found within the core.
The Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area works to establish Kitchener’s core as one of the best downtowns in North America, and one that offers a complete sense of community while providing unique, vibrant and eclectic experiences. It provides a number of services that benefit its members including streetscape beautification, marketing the Downtown, and supporting special events that bring energy and foot-traffic to the core.