Hamilton is a city of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own fascinating story to tell.
Explore our guide to the city's unique 'hoods packed with tips on some of the best places to eat, play and shop including favourite restaurants and attractions, along with some hidden gems along the way.
Picture a town within a city – with its own historic downtown and surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and hiking. Throw in some unique shopping and artisanal eateries and you've got yourself a perfect day-trip destination.
2. Downtown Hamilton
Downtown Hamilton is the vibrant heart of the city, steeped in history and pulsing with new energy, thanks to new businesses and cultural experiences taking root. It includes the core, bustling James Street, the bar districts of Hess Village and Augusta Street and the revitalized West Harbour.
3. East Hamilton
Hamilton’s east end is a dynamic mix of historic neighbourhoods, innovative eateries, unique shopping, and lakefront attractions and includes Barton and Ottawa Street as well as the east end Beachfront.
Dating back to 1793, Ancaster is one of the oldest towns in Ontario. Besides exploring its deep historic roots, there's plenty of nature, shopping, food and drink to enjoy here.
5. Flamborough and Waterdown
Fun fact: around two-thirds of Hamilton is actually rural and nature-based. Slow down and saovur your visit with rural attractions, sprawling nature, small-town charm, and fresh dining.
6. Hamilton Mountain
Hamilton is cut into two sections by the Niagara escarpment that runs through it: the lower city and the upper part, stretching south of the ridge – also known as the 'mountain', now home to established neighborhoods, commercial areas like Concession Street, and some stellar attractions.
7. Locke Street
Visitors and locals alike flock to this lively strip for its great mix of casual and innovative restaurants, coffee shops, unique shopping, and friendly community vibes, offering great views of the Niagara Escarpment year-round.
8. Stoney Creek and Winona
Head east for a mix of historic downtowns, greenspaces, and a delicious gateway to the Niagara region. Experience destination restaurants, pretty vineyards, and fascinating historic sites.
9. West Hamilton
West Hamilton is home to well-established neighbourhoods that sprang up for their proximity to downtown and to McMaster University. Picture tree-lined streets, plenty of independent businesses clustered around Westdale Village, popular attractions, and lots of green space.