Where to Eat in Hamilton BlackPink style

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Hamilton is hosting another K-Pop superstar group,  BlackPink April 27, and we’re stoked to have all their fans check out the city.

Here’s a list of local spots where “Blinks” can grab a bite within walking distance of the concert venue, FirstOntario Centre.

Some are even inspired by the band members’ favourite food.


All the members love Korean food (especially Jennie) and Hamilton’s got some great options. Here’s a list of Korean restaurants serving up great Kimchi stew (which Rose likes), Gamjatang (Lisa’s favourite) and anything with rice (Jisoo’s pick):  Bul & Gogi BBQ Korean Restaurant (on Cannon Street East at James Street North), Alirang (on Main Street West at Locke Street), Korea House (on Cannon Street East) and Owl of Minerva (on Main Street East)


Turn your Saturday night concert into a weekend visit so you can enjoy Hamilton’s amazing brunch scene.

Try eggs benedict with amazing hollandaise at The French on King William Street’s Restaurant Row. Love French Toast? Downtown hotspot Nique has a special French Toast feature every weekend (think tiramisu flavored!) Try the unforgettable short stacks at St. James Eatery on hopping James Street North.  If you have dietary restrictions, the city has plenty of delicious options. Planted in Hamilton (100% vegan + gluten free), The Green Bar (100% vegan), and The Mule for Mexican style brunch and tacos (100% gluten free). Check out more of my favourite brunch spots around town



Every place mentioned here all offer take outs but here are some suggestions that are in the same block.

If you’re planning to stand in line here are some suggestions just steps away from the concert venue (all on the same block). Hamilton Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays and offers a lot of coffee, food and pastry options. You can find sandwiches, poke bowls, Jamaican patties, ramen and loads more. Here’s your guide to one of the country’s oldest farmer markets. Also, steps away are two indoor food courts – perfect for grabbing something yummy to bring back to your spot in line. Nations Fresh Foods and at Jackson Square Mall (grab quick food like Jianbing from JanBingo).



Satisfy your sweet tooth with these perfect nearby treats.

Hui Lau Shan is the place to go for mango lovers (like Rose!). They have everything from mango mochi, mango pudding and drinks. If you’re a chocoholic like Jisoo, Chocolat on James is open later to satisfy your cravings for incredible hand-crafted treats. Jennie would like their soft ice cream (served on weekends) served simple on a cone or dipped in melted chocolate and dressed up with lots of toppings.

We know Rose also loves her macarons (she changed the lyrics of “As If It’s Your Last” and sang a ‘Macaron’ song). She’s let fans know that she likes hers crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside.  Both the The Dessert Room and Nutty Butter Cafe serve their macarons just right.



It won’t be as adorable as watching Jisoo make cocktails for Lisa’s parents (on the reality show BlackPink House) but you’ll love watching bartenders work their magic crafting you a delicious drink at Bar Sazerac and The Brain Bar on James Street North.

More of a beer drinker? Enjoy sausages and mac and cheese with flight of craft beer Merit Brewing on James Street North. If you have time, check out more great craft breweries in town – Collective Arts Brewing on Burlington Street East in the North End and Fairweather Brewing Company and Grain & Grit, both in the west end. Drinking age is 19 years old in Ontario. Remember to bring your ID and please drink responsibly.


Jennifer Shin Jennifer Shin is a Hamilton based foodie who runs @tastehamont on Instagram and tastehamont.com.
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