Independent Restaurants

You don’t have to go to a chain restaurant to get an amazing meal in this town.  All over the city there are a growing number of top notch eateries,  from diners, to burgers, to award winning fine dining.  Check out a detailed list here

Breweries, Wineries & Bars

This is an area that has exploded in recent years. A number of excellent breweries like Collective Arts and Merit Brewing have made their mark in the City. Beverage connoisseurs can also get their fix at a number of bars and pubs across the city, as well as a few wineries and cideries. Check out this list. 


Local Farmers’ Markets


Community Supported Agriculture

With the rural areas of Hamilton supporting so many local farmers, we do have some options for you to take advantage of local produce and meats at the local markets and in the smaller markets like Dundurn Market. You can also arrange CSA deliveries:


The city also supports a program called the Victory Gardens, and they are volunteer run and maintained, with 12 sites around the area and the produce is all grown to be donated to local shelters and food bank. I’ve personally had the opportunity to spend some time working with them and plan on continuing.


Oliver’s Garden Project is a charitable project started by Oliver and his sister Piper – they grow their own vegetables, and sell them around the city donating 100% of the proceeds to local Youth Charities. An amazing example of youth leading the charge to support their community.


Finally, make sure to check out McQuesten Urban Farm – a community garden in the East End. McQueston offers a Food Box Program, as well as community programs including a summer camp, cooking workshops, and programming for class trips. 


Not Your Typical Eating Experience 

  • Fraser Cooks – Plant-based Chef Fraser brings vegan goodness right into your kitchen with a ton of take-home meal kits and cooking classes (now online!) so you can up your skills.
  • Chef Erica Guidi – Chef Erica of Blend Catering Co offers awesome cooking classes (including virtually) that range from themed nights to workshops on the fundamentals of barbequing. 


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