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.
From books by famed authors to never seen before titles, this store at Erin Mills, has it all. Not to mention the variety of magazines, music, DVDs and CDs on its shelves. A wide range of colorful and functional stationery decoration, children's books, cute and cuddly toys can also be purchased here. Chapters is part of the hugely successful Indigo Books & Music Incorporated which is touted as the largest book retailer in the country. Book signing ceremonies usually take place at Chapters. Check the website for further details.
Big B Comics has three locations in the province of Ontario and the Hamilton branch is their flagship store. The comic book store is a treasure chest for any fan of comics; the store has a large layout with neatly arranged books that provide easy browsing. They also have a number of events going on at this location. In addition, patrons can also sell their gently-used comics here at good prices.
The Lime Ridge mall is touted to be one of the largest shopping centers around and offers unlimited options for shopaholics. Apart from the usual stuff, it also has discounts, sales and festive offers.