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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hockey Arena
“FirstOntario Centre is one of North America’s premier entertainment venues, housing a variety of spectacular concert and sporting events each year. Home of The Hamilton Bulldogs. FirstOntario Centre is located at 101 York Blvd | Hamilton, Ontario ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“High quality food with local ingredients - great place to get a delicious pizza or salad. Also yummy breads and desserts!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Park
“Pier 4 Park is a 2.4 hectare park found in the west-end of Hamilton Harbour near Bay Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The park features a multi-use asphalt trail, 349 metres in length and 4 metres wide which provides barrier-free access to all areas of the park and linkages with the surrounding harbourfront precinct. Great for rollerblading, biking or hiking! You will find Hutch's Fish & Chips here too! A total of $2.2 million has been invested for the redevelopment of the park which includes a 24-metre tugboat which acts as the centrepiece of an interactive water play area for children. A dramatically curved lookout pier includes a protected sun shelter and benches to view the marinas, parkland and vistas of the surrounding Bay. In addition Hamilton Harbour Commissioners (HHC) have constructed Hamilton Pier which provides 0.4 hectares of additional parkland and fish habitat. Nearby attractions include the Harbour West Marina Complex, Macassa Bay Yacht Club, Pier 8, Bayfront Park, HHC Sailing School and the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Museum
“Amazing spot to check out heritage planes and preserved artifacts from the previous century. The Flight simulator is a must try”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Hamilton is home to many waterfalls. If you love to check out unique things, be sure to check out some or all of them while your here.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
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“great coffee an treats. When the weather is warm, their patio lets you bask in the warm south sun.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Tacos and Hip-Hop. Get there early and head down to Uno Mas for a pre-drink.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There is a great International Grocery Store located inside Jackson Square called Nations. Here you will find an eclectic mix of multi-cultural grocery items. To serve the modern lifestyle in the core of downtown Hamilton, the Hamilton flagship store has a large food court area with worldwide cuisines that are ready to eat / heat. Very affordable pricing. Hamilton Farmer's Market: The Hamilton Farmers’ Market was established in 1837 and is overseen by the City of Hamilton. Open year-round with 60 vendors. Choose from local, national and international foods including produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, deli, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods, and artisan handmade products. Located in the heart of downtown Hamilton beside Jackson Square and the Hamilton Public Library (Central Branch). Landmark Cinema's: A great movie theater experience with Premium Large Format (PLF) brands (IMAX®, Extra, Xtreme), and RealD 3D technology, and the premium comfort of Full-Recliner Seating and with the added convenience of FREE Reserved Seating. McMaster Continuing Education: Campus located at 1 James St. North. Inside Jackson Square. You will find many restaurant options in the mall with some extending to the outside street with patio options, many shops, some banks, The Sheraton Hotel is located off King St. W. with access to the mall, etc. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
University
“McMaster University (McMaster or Mac) is a public research university in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main McMaster campus is on 121 hectares (300 acres) of land near the residential neighbourhoods of Ainslie Wood and Westdale, adjacent to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, and Science. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is a beautiful old family home and a great way to start your journey and learn the early history of Hamilton.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pub
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“Best. Burgers. Period. Go hungry: the portions leave nothing to be desired! Great rotating craft beer menu, too. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“Excellent hiking !! Close by, see a few waterfalls and experience the beauty of the Escarpment”
  • 12 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“This trail offers two waterfalls, Tews Falls, and Webster's Falls, and a beautiful peak that looks out to Hamilton. The walk to Dundas peak is really beautiful through the forest.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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“Best outdoor patio in the city! Locally sourced food with a menu that changes seasonally. Excellent brunch on the weekends.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Theatre Aquarius is recognized as a leader in Canadian theatre. Theatre Aquarius produces work of the highest quality, premieres new plays, develops the skills of professional artists, invests in youth and families and contributes to the quality of life in this region. Theatre Aquarius is dedicated to improving this region through the arts and embodies the qualities that define us as a community: an appreciation for excellence, an appetite for diverse ideas and a need to connect with one another. Their vision to provide a leadership role in this region drives everything we do as we seek to create outstanding, accessible live theatre that entertains, challenges and educates. Theatre Aquarius owns and manages the Dofasco Centre for the Arts which houses the fully equipped 700 seat, proscenium style, Irving Zucker Auditorium and the 125 seat Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre which doubles as the Rehearsal Hall. The Dofasco Centre for the Arts also features the stunning two-storey glass and steel encased Ron and Donna Patterson Lobby, as well as the upscale Michael and Jane Schwenger Director’s Lounge which is used exclusively by Director’s Circle Members on performance dates. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Check out the beautiful hiking trail leading up to breathtaking Webster Falls. ”
  • 15 locals recommend