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Hamilton

Where to Eat and Shop in Revitalized Downtown Hamilton

THE SOUTHERN ONTARIO PORT CITY OF HAMILTON HAS BOUNCED BACK FROM A LENGTHY SLUMP—STILL A LITTLE ROUGH, BUT DEFINITELY RARING TO GO.
BY FLANNERY DEAN

Hamilton Toronto Day Trips

Earth to Table Bread Bar, Rapscallion and White Elephant are among the trend restaurants and shops to check out in downtown Hamilton

Hamilton is having a moment. The former industrial town, once dubbed the “cradle of the Canadian steel industry,” has reinvented itself as a gritty alternative to Toronto (a transformation helped, in part, by a steady influx of Torontonians drawn to Hamilton’s well-appointed stock of affordable downtown real estate). The injection of big-city blood has come with a few welcome perks. Note, for example, the availability of pricey bespoke cocktails and grass-fed gourmet burgers avec frites. But the city hasn’t entirely succumbed to gentrification: you can still get a strong coffee and a doughnut for a couple of bucks.

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Guided by Locals: Java and Juice in Hamilton, Ontario

The Brain. Photo by Tyrone Warner.

By Kat Tancock

About an hour’s drive west of Toronto, the city of Hamilton is a bit of a secret in itself as it sheds its factory image in favour of a growing arts scene centred on James Street North. (more…)