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, cideries and wineries are taking the province by storm.
Start your day by enjoying the great outdoors in the beautiful Dundas valley and explore the many waterfalls in the area. Be sure to walk the Bruce Trail Rock Chapel loop and see Borer’s Falls, a 15-metre-high curtain style waterfall.
Find refreshments after your walk 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, as they aim to create seasonal 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. Be sure to check out some of the charming shops after lunch.
As you make your way into the city of Hamilton, grab a glass at two craft breweries in the west end of the city. Built on the philosophy that “beer is best with friends”, Fairweather Brewing Co., near McMaster University, offers private tours and traditional bottled beers paired with doughy soft pretzels in a revitalized warehouse. Local beer lovers and students alike feel at home at Grain and Grit, where the constantly rotating line-up of small batch beers boasts a new beer released each month.
There are endless dining options in downtown Hamilton. Some recommendations include 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 and Gallagher’s. You can find more clubs in Hess Village or casual pubs on Augusta Street. See a show at Theatre Aquarius as an alternative.