As a European, I am used to city centres being full of old gorgeous building and so coming to Guelph was somewhat of a let down, aesthetically speaking. However as they saying goes, you can't judge a book by it's cover.
One thing I have noticed in Guelph is that there isn't the suffocating high street chains everywhere. The majority of businesses are local boutiques and independent cafés with the bigger names contained in out of town malls and industrial estates on the outskirts. It's these little businesses that make the centre of Guelph something special and somewhere to relax and often enjoy great food and music! My top list is: Red brick cafe, The Cornerstone, Ox, Ebar, Pierres Poutine, Jimmy Jazz and Other Brothers.