Taste Your Way Around Canada’s Brooklyn with this Two-day Trip
Those looking to take their taste buds on an adventure have come to the right place. Hamilton is home to one of Ontario’s hottest (and still growing) foodie scenes. Not only does the city boast excellent cuisine, it’s craft breweries are taking the province by storm.
Start your day off at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. Their slogan is “For Adventurous Mouths”, so you know you’re in for a treat. Step inside the beautifully restored curling/skating rink turned brewery (how Canadian!), and you’ll be welcomed by friendly faces that can’t wait to take you on a tour.
All of their brews use natural ingredients, and they aim to create sessionable and flavourful lagers; and unique Pinot Noir barrel aged ales. We’re not kidding when we say it’s love at first taste.
After having a Lagershed or Barrelshed, step out to downtown Dundas and check out some of the charming shops. Stop in for lunch at Quatrefoil, an upscale eatery within a historic home offering New Canadian cuisine and fine wine. For casual dining, try Bangkok Spoon or Detour Café.
Next, make your way to Hamilton’s James Street North to explore the unique shops.
Not far from James St. N., stop in Collective Arts Brewing, a grassroots brewery that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists, musicians and filmmakers. Admire the world’s most refreshing art gallery as you walk in, and while you tour the brewery.
Learn how the brewery is forging creative relationships with local artists, and how every label is a unique masterpiece. Sample ales, porters, ciders, IPAs and fruit flavours on a flight that will take your taste buds for a ride.
Head back up James St. N. to the Art Gallery of Hamilton. It’s the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario and owns one of the finest collections of art in Canada, featuring over 10,000 works of art including historical European, historical Canadian and contemporary art. A must-see for art enthusiasts and amateurs alike.
There’s endless dining options in downtown Hamilton. Some recommendations include Lake Road Restaurant, Saltlick Smokehouse (the ultimate carnivore’s delight), Radius, The Mule, and Rapscallion. The last three are within walking distance of some great places to enjoy the city’s nightlife, including Absinthe Club, The Baltimore House, Gallagher’s. You can find more clubs in Hess Village or lax pubs on Augusta Street. See a show at Theatre Aquarius as an alternative.
Enjoy breakfast at Harbour Diner on James St. N. before heading out to experience Hamilton’s natural beauty. Not far from your breakfast location you will discover Hamilton’s waterfront with trails and attractions to be enjoyed by any ages. If you have more time, make your way back to the Dundas valley and explore the many waterfalls in the area. Be sure to walk the Bruce Trail Rock Chapel loop and see the Borer Falls, a 15-metre-high curtain style waterfall.
To extend your trip, consider adding a visit to another craft brewery on the Hamilton Halton Brant True Brew Path to your itinerary. Time your visit with one of our amazing festivals and events for an extra special stay.
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