I've been selling real estate in Hamilton for about 24 years and I know Hamilton inside and out. One of my favorite spots to stop and chill out for a minute or two is James Street North. James Street North was once affectionately regarded as Hamilton's Little Italy or Little Portugal due to the predominately Portuguese, Italian, Eastern European and Latin American immigrants who made the area their home and you can see their influences everywhere, in the gardens of nearby homes, the fish shops, grocery stores and restaurants.
The area is quirky and artsy. It's now the hub of the Art Scene in Hamilton. It is an Art Lovers paradise with galleries and boutiques lining the streen. The Art Scene is so large that even the Art Gallery of Hamilton has got on board and is opening a store on James Street North. And there are great restaurants and cafes leading up the the beautiful West Harbour water front. Stroll to galleries, to great restaurants, cafes and live a life just a little more relaxed. Walk to the West Harbour, hike, bike, canoe and fish on the lake.
I seldom miss the Art Crawl, held second Friday of the month. The street closes down, galleries open their doors late into the night, the atmosphere is just so electric, it reminds me of New York's West Village. For more info check out Hamilton Artists Inc. or James North Art Collective