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 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.