Located in the center of downtown Hamilton, James Street North runs from King William Street to Murray Street West. Once the hub of Italian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese communities, the street is now the home to Hamilton's lively art scene with its various galleries, coffee houses, vintage clothing shops, and concert venues. Here is just a sampling of the places you'll find on James Street North: Blue Angel Gallery, James North Studio, Mixed Media, White Elephant, Downtown Arts Centre, Loose Cannon Gallery, and much more. The street also hosts a popular Art Crawl on the second Friday of every month, where galleries and shops open their doors until late at night.
Westdale Village, located in the heart of the city, is one of the major shopping districts in Hamilton. No matter what you're looking for, Westdale Village is the place you will undoubtedly find it in. Everything from clothes to baked goods, beauty salons, grocery stores, financial institutions, jewelers, home decor stores, bistros, pubs, and even a movie theater, this place literally has it all. Westdale Village is also host to a number of live music shows, exhibitions, and other events.
House of Java, as it currently stands, was established in the year 1972 and has one of the largest selection of freshly roasted coffee beans in the city. This petite little coffee shop has an overwhelming variety of coffee beans on offer, over 80 in total, and includes single origin, organic, blended, flavored, decaf, and even exotic coffee. They also serve delicious baked goods and some of their roasted coffee in the store itself. The staff is super friendly, knowledgeable and eager to please. House of Java is definitely worth a visit when in the city.
Anchored by Target, this local shopping center offers a variety of useful services and amenities for visitors and locals alike. You'll find conveniences like Freshco, Bank Of Montreal, Family Medical Clinic and Pharmasave here, as well as independent stores like Suresh Jewellery and Nancy's Pride. Head to one of the restaurants for a casual dinner or drink like the Blarney’s Gate Irish Pub or Heaven Sent Café. A complete list of stores and services are available on their website. The mall is conveniently located whether you wish to stop for a meal, shop or run some errands.
Located next to the Hamilton Public Library since 1980, the indoor Hamilton Farmers' Market is open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With the nearly 70 vendors on site, the market offers fresh eggs, meat, produce, coffee, seafood, flowers, cheese and more. So whether you are looking for food that is all organic or all vegan or all gluten-free or all-around delicious, this market is an excellent stop for you. You might even be able to catch a cooking demonstration while you're there.
Mountain Shopping Plaza is a shopping center which has a range of shops, most of which cater to day-to-day needs. The mall has a Shopper's Drug Mart which is one of the best chains of pharmacies in Canada. There is also a Payless shoe store, a Wallmart, a Pennington's branch and a beer store.
Aficionados of fine spirits do not leave Hamilton without paying a visit to LCBO. Known for their quality liquors and impressive selection of domestic as well as international offerings, LCBO popularity is second to none. Over eight types of wines, and spirits like vodka, rum, cognac and even soju can be found here in addition to eclectic varieties of beers. LCBO also sells premixed coolers which come in fruity, tropical, spicy, creamy and many more types. This branch of the store is located inside the Mountain Shopping Plaza.
A popular name in the North American household, today Walmart is synonymous to home shopping. Great deals, greater discounts and helpful staff are all traits of this retail giant, and the Upper James Street location is no different. The spacious layout which a quintessential trademark of Walmart ensures hassle-free shopping here and the range of products and their top-notch quality leaves absolutely no room for complaints whatsoever.
Located in the center of downtown Hamilton, in the Super Block, Lloyd D. Jackson Square (or, as the locals call it, Jackson Square) is a large indoor shopping mall. It has shops for stationery, children's clothing, electronics, shoes, books, jewelry, travel, women and men's clothing, and more. This is also a good spot to find some food, either in one of the two food courts or in one of the various restaurants.