Thanks to the diversity of residents in Waterloo Region, there’s a plethora of delectable delicacies to stock our fridges and pantries. To help you navigate the food system, here is the Waterloo Region Specialty Grocery Guide. Many of these shops specialize in one area but offer many delicious options. Therefore, to best use this list I’d suggest either using the “Find” (Ctrl+F or Command+F) tool in your browser, or read it in its entirety to discover all that our local vendors have to offer!
Last, I have included pet food in here because these furry friends are a part of our families and their quality of food is just as important.
This is a living document and ever-changing list. If there’s a local specialty grocery store I’ve missed in this guide, please leave a comment below or send me an email.
For more Waterloo Region Local Shopping Guides, visit here.
SPECIALTY GROCERY STORES
Wellesley Gourmet (Wellesley) – Butcher, Baker, Sandwich Maker
Pym’s Village Market (Wellesley) – Family-Owned Independent Grocery Store
Stemmler Meats (Heidelberg) – Festive Gift Boxes, Turkey, Wholesale Meats
Kitchen Kuttings (Elmira) – Jams, Preserves, Pickles, Cheeses, Homemade Summer Sausage, Fudge, Brittle, Specialty Local Food, Gift Baskets, Platters, Equipment Rental
Fat Sparrow Marketplace (St. Jacobs) – Meal Kits, Bakery, Butcher, Deli, Dairy & Eggs, Pantry, Produce, Salads, Alcohol
A to Z African and Caribbean Groceries (Kitchener) – African & Caribbean Groceries
Cafe Pyrus Outpost (Kitchener) – Baking Staples, Local Coffee, Organic Dairy & Alternatives, Fresh Pressed Juices, Local Maple Syrup, Grain Harvest Bread, Saturday Mini Markets
Lao-Thai Super Store (Kitchener) – Laotian & Thai Groceries
Smk African Foods (Kitchener) – African & Caribbean Food, Beauty Products
Caudle’s Catch Seafood (6 locations) – Fresh & Frozen Seafood, Live Lobsters, “Caudle’s Marketplace” with Breads, Cheese, & Vegetables
New City Supermarket (Kitchener) – Asian Grocery
Ben Thanh Supermarket (Kitchener) – Asian Grocery
Legacy Greens (Kitchener) – Local Produce, Eggs, Dairy, Healthy Snacks, Made-from-Scratch Meals
Ammar’s (Kitchener) – Halal Butcher & Specialty Grocery Store
Torreense (Kitchener) – Portuguese Products & Fresh Fish
KW Korean Food Market (Kitchener) – Korean
J&P Filipino Store (Kitchener) – Filipino
Robert’s Boxed Meats (Kitchener) – Fresh & Boxed Meats
Glogowski Euro Food (Kitchener) – European Deli
Christopher’s Gelato Services (Waterloo) – Gelato!
Vincenzo’s (Waterloo) – World Market, To Go Meals, Gift Baskets, Catering
America Latina Grocery & Eatery (Kitchener) – Pupusas, Tacos, Salvadorian & Guatemalan Tamales, Empanadas, Churros
Oma Fresh Foods (Kitchener) – Halal Market
Jasna’s European Meat & Deli (Kitchener) – Yugoslavian Restaurant, Meats, Cheeses, Packaged Food Goods, Beauty & Wellness Products (local & European)
Central Fresh Market (Waterloo) – Fresh Meat, Groceries
Black Market Hummus (Waterloo) – Hummus
Grocery Garden (Waterloo) – Locally-Sourced Produce, Meal Kits, Meat, Seafood, Pantry, Beverages
La Fromagerie (Waterloo) – Cheese, Gelato, Baked Goods, Charcuterie Boards, Gourmet Products
Victoria Street Market (Waterloo) – Produce, Dairy, Meat, Seafood, Deli, Pantry, Bakery, Frozen, Beverages
Bo-De Foods (Waterloo) – Pantry Staples, Baking & Sweets, Nuts, Cured Meats, Juice, Snacks, Bread, Cleaning Supplies
Full Circle Foods (Kitchener) – Plant-Based, Zero Waste, Grocery & Bulk
Winnie’s Gluten Free (Kitchener) – Bread, Frozen, Fresh, Sweets
Dutchie’s Fresh Market (Kitchener & Waterloo) – Full-Service Grocery Store
Sadaqat (Kitchener) – Halal Food Market
Fiddleheads Nealth & Nutrition (Kitchener) – Health Food Store
Onkar Foods & Spices Inc (Waterloo) – Indian Grocery Store
Meal in a Jar (Waterloo) – Meal Kits
Waterloo Central Supermarket (Waterloo) – Asian Supermarket
India Food and Grocery (Waterloo) – Indian Grocery Shop
Ayres Baking Supplies (Waterloo) – Bulk Food & Baking Supplies
Zero Waste Bulk (Waterloo) – Local, Organic, Sustainable Groceries
Noor Food Market (Waterloo) – Middle Eastern Grocery & Halal Meat
Cambridge Famers’ Market (Cambridge) – Farmers’ Market
Stoyles Wholesale Newfoundland Food Products (Cambridge) – Newfoundland Specialty Products
The Loyal Butcher Co (Kitchener) – Raw Dog Food
Thank You for Supporting Local!
Thank you for supporting local independent businesses with the use of this Waterloo Region local shopping guide to specialty grocery stores! If there’s an independent establishment I’ve missed, please leave a comment below or send me an email.
For more Waterloo Region Local Shopping Guides, visit the main guide page here.