Perimeter Institute is located in the heart of a district known as "Uptown Waterloo" – home to a majority of the region's restaurants, pubs, cafés, galleries, an independent three-screen cinema, hotels, and more. Many parks, trails, sports fields, tennis courts, cricket pitches, pools, ice rinks and other recreational facilities are within easy walking distance.
A variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, and tea rooms offer a range of cuisine, pub-fare, snacks, and micro-brewed beers. Many are independently owned and operated with friendly faces to welcome you.
Some favourite locations and offerings include the casual Angie's Kitchen with all-day breakfast, Vincenzo’s for delicious sandwiches and International food supplies, fresh ingredients at Taco Farm, the spicy goodness of Masala Bay (where you’ll see a photo of Stephen Hawking at dinner), the Princess Café with panini menu, late-night Cheeses Murphy, huge gourmet burger selection at The Works, vegetarian offerings at Seven Shores, and Asian flavours with dim sum from Crystal Palace and a taste of Korea at The Famous Owl of Minerva.
Pubs include the eclectic Jane Bond, legendary Ethel’s Lounge, newly established Abe Erb with overhead microbrewery, the Death Valley's Little Brother Craft Espresso and Whisky Bar, three floors of fun throughout the Huether Hotel including The Jazz Room, and the Duke of Wellington with live music almost every night of the week. Local nightclubs include the Starlight Social Club, Maxwell's Concerts and Events, and Phil's Grandson's Place among others.
For some of the freshest foods of all, check out the Kitchener Farmers' Market, nearby St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, and local pick-up points for community-supported agriculture and organic foods including the Fertile Ground CSA and Bailey’s Local Foods.
Waterloo Region has a vibrant cultural scene. There are many opportunities to enjoy symphonic music, chamber music, opera, rock concerts, blues festivals, jazz festivals, and more. International artists perform at facilities ranging from the intimate Music Room next to Perimeter, to the acoustically superb Centre in the Square, and outdoor venues.
Some local museums and galleries with interesting exhibits and collections are the The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (across from Perimeter), THE MUSEUM, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo Regional Museum, and The Cube high atop the skyline.
In terms of the stage, four Drayton Entertainment theatres are nearby, and the internationally renowned Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake, near the famous Niagara Falls, are an enjoyable day-trip or evening away.