Cool and trendy may not be the words that first come to mind when you think of Hamilton, but maybe it’s time to reconsider. This city has flown under the radar for years, and now it’s finally starting to get noticed for its quaint neighbourhoods, hot foodie scene, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Learn where to find Hamilton’s best-hidden gems from our local experts so you can explore all of what this growing city has to offer.
Hess Village was once the go-to spot to meet friends, sip a pint and relax on a patio come summer. But that all changed in the early 2000s as clubs started to replace the pub scene, turning the area into more of a party zone. Thankfully, a couple of businesses rallied together to launch some pubs to reinvigorate those sunny, laid-back patio vibes that Augusta Street was renowned for. Now during the summer months, pub-goers flock to this street to enjoy live music, patio hangouts and more relaxed fun on the weekends.
Locke Street South
Looking for the perfect way to spend an afternoon? Just head down to Locke Street, and you’ll find a unique blend of boutique shops, antique stores, upscale salons, home décor spots, trendy restaurants, cute cafes, and even a farmer’s market. This is one of the more popular areas of the city and is often viewed as a community rather than simply a street. It’s a great spot to find friendly locals shopping and hanging around every day of the week.
James Street North
Once a more “seedy” area of the city, James Street North has since transformed into the new “it” spot to be. Coffee shops, hipster bars, and farm-to-fork style restaurants can all be found along here, making it one lively place to take a stroll. And if you love music and art, the area also is home to the Supercrawl Music Festival every fall in September and the James North Art Crawl that happens every second Friday of the month. You’ll find the city’s best artists, live music, and exciting events year-round.
The Beer Gardens
That’s right – Hamilton has its own Beer Gardens located at 207 Burlington St E! A few years back, Collective Art Brewing and Nickel Brook teamed up to open a beer garden in the city. This 3,000 square foot outdoor space is open Thursdays to Sundays throughout the summer and features communal picnic tables, local food trucks, live music, and a number of signature beers on tap.
Hamilton also has a pretty cool beach area, which many people don’t know about. Confederation Park features sandy beach access, walking trails, vast green space for picnics and sports, waterfront restaurants, go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, and more. The park is also home to Wild Waterworks – a massive waterpark with a wave pool, lazy river and slides, as well as Lakeland Centre that offers a swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball courts, basketball courts and a banquet hall for events.
Hamilton is cooler than you think! There’s so much to see and do in this city. Just make sure to keep this list on hand to explore Hamilton’s best-hidden gems this summer. If you’re looking to move here or are interested in relocating, contact us at CLV Group, and we’ll find you the perfect place to call home.