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Experience Hamilton’s local Foods, Shops, and Events

Hamilton has 11 Business Improvement Areas that span the whole city from Stoney Creek to Waterdown. Across these areas, there are over 1,000 local shops where you can bring your family, experience holiday events, find the perfect handmade gift, and indulge in Hamilton’s unique coffee shops and restaurants.

Who are we?

  • We are local shop owners, artisans and volunteers.
  • We believe in entrepreneurship that creates excellent dining experiences and unique handmade gifts and crafts while experiencing the best shopping in Hamilton.
  • We know that the best local foods, restaurants, boutiques and retailers are essential to great neighbourhoods.
  • We are purveyors of goods and providers of services and curate some of the best places to hang out in Hamilton.
  • We create gathering spaces that feed and entertain with activities and events for all holidays.
  • We beautify the local places where you walk, shop, work and play.
  • We have grit and passion for our city.
  • We are Hamilton’s Business Improvement Areas.

Scroll to discover what our Business Improvement Areas offer for shopping, food, unique gifts, and events across Hamilton!

Local Shops

Shop until you drop, and then shop some more. With hundreds of shopping choices across Hamilton’s 11 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), there’s something for everyone. Shops filled with quality products such as brand-name clothes, vintage apparel, shoes, bags and accessories, arts and decor, and housewares for your humble abode! Or, pamper yourself or your loved ones with many of Hamilton’s well-known spas, salons, and studios.

Local Food and Dining

Hamilton’s Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) have a wide array of fine dining restaurants, quick on-the-go stops for those looking for a quick bite, and locally made specialty treats only available in Hamilton! Stop by any of our BIAs this season with your families to take advantage of some great food, ongoing events, and seasonal festivals that only come once a year. 

Unique Gift Ideas

Hamilton’s is home to various locally Canadian-made products that are internationally known, so shopping locally means getting that perfect unique item you can’t find anywhere else! From finely designed artisan pieces to funky fashions and toys for the little ones, many handmade goods are ready to be brought home.

Local Events and Activities

Hamilton’s 11 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are the places to make and share memories all year round with street festivals, musical performances, tree lightings, movie nights, and so much more. Each BIA is an experience that welcomes all! Come to be a part of these activities and stay to visit so many unique shops and restaurants that draw everyone together. Whether leisurely walking up and down the streets or bustling from shop to shop, every visit is a new adventure.

Looking for a list of Local Shops, Restaurants, and Events?
Click the link below for a complete list of all our Business Improvement Areas and their websites.