For a long time Cambridge has been relatively quiet, often overshadowed by its tri-city neighbours, Kitchener and Waterloo. But this up-and-coming, scenic city is having a moment. Cambridge's three distinct areas are Hespeler, Preston and the happening Galt. If you’ve watched The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll recognize the beautiful Grand River waterfront and charming, historic buildings of downtown Galt.
Before getting your nosh on, be sure to walk some of Cambridge’s trails, or head out on the Grand River for canoeing or kayaking. In downtown Galt, the Cambridge Farmers’ Market has been running since 1830 and is a must-visit. If you’re looking to while away an afternoon, grab a table at the Old Marina on Puslinch Lake, and take in the view of Justin Bieber’s latest real estate purchase.
Cambridge is home to its fair share of upscale eateries. It's the perfect place to enjoy waterfront views, historic limestone buildings and a hint of European charm with high-end cuisine. Start with these dependable staples.
Iron Chef winner Jason Bangerter is behind the hyper-seasonal, farm-to-table menu in the dining room of this country house hotel. Spring for the chef’s tasting menu to get the full experience, or just grab a cocktail at Wilks’ Bar and stroll the grounds.
The Cambridge Mill
One of the most luxurious options in the area, the Mill offers beautiful waterfront views and a chophouse menu. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, this Cambridge institution is known for its Sunday roast and Sunday brunch buffet.
Out of the brew
There's something cool brewing in Cambridge – from boutique coffee shops to the diversifying list of new craft breweries. Start sipping your way through the city next to in-the-know locals at these favourite hangouts.
Rhythm & Brews
Relatively new to the Cambridge scene, this craft brewery is outfitted with a taproom where you can try brews like their cherry-lime gose or white stout with coffee, cocoa, coconut and pandan. It also has a stage for live music.
Run by husband-and-wife duo Monica and Graham Braun, this fair-trade coffee spot specializes in quality roasting techniques and thoughtfully sourced beans. Both of their downtown Galt locations also serve espresso drinks.