We visited St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market most recently on a cold day in early November 2009.
Waterloo region has a vibrant agricultural heritage and freshly grown produce are brought to these markets, which bring visitors and shoppers from as far as Hamilton and Toronto and beyond. This market is open all year around except on Christmas and Boxing Day. The setting is colourful and rustic.
What to buy: Over 600 vendors and Mennonite farmers, who travel to market by horse and buggy, sell fresh produce from local farms, backyards and across Ontario. Other items include sausage, apple fritters, and pure maple syrup, meats, cheese, baking, local crafts, home decor, furniture, clothes, tools, housewares, and more.
But the Markets don’t have local flavor only. Vendors selling items from other countries are also present. During our visit, we bought few items from an Egyptian vendor. Earlier in summer, we had enjoyed lively performances by visiting buskers.
This is a smaller mall located on King street North in Waterloo. They have a number of clothinbg stores for men and women, jewelry shops, home furnishing and department stores. It is not the largest mall in the city - if you want more of a selection, I'd go to Fairview Park Mall instead. This is a good mall if you need something specific and don't want to be overwhelmed. I've included the website so you can look at the store directory. Their hours are 9:30am-9pm on weekdays.