Set in Ancaster, Hamilton’s stunning historic area, the Ancaster Mill Restaurant is charmingly located in a restored 1850s stone mill, which offers a panoramic view over the rugged Niagara Escarpment; this venue has been an icon of the local culinary scene for over four decades. The menu is based on contemporary Canadian cuisine, with respect for fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. The large windows reflect the scenic view of surrounding historic buildings and waterfalls.
Ancaster Mill, 548 Old Dundas Rd, Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, +1 905 648 1828
Located among the many quirky stores and art galleries of James Street North, the Mulberry Street Coffee House enjoys a historic setting, with a romantic interior atmosphere created by old chandeliers, couches and terrazzo flooring. The menu is a perfect match for its overall vintage vibe, and is definitely not to be missed for those with an appetite for lighter and healthier options. Plus, on the other side of the café, you can find De Facto at Mulberry, an art gallery that exhibits works from emerging local artists.
What began as a steak house back in 1969, Shakespeare’s Dining Lounge, is one of today’s top fine dining options in Hamilton. The menu mixes healthy dishes, low in cholesterol and salt, with more exotic game dishes like wild boar or venison, and a rich selection of fish specialties, such as marinated Bismarck herring, smoked salmon, lobster bisque or king crab, scallops, shrimps and calamari. Along the way, Shakespeare’s has been visited by celebrities such as Tom Jones, Rock Hudson, Kathleen Robertson, Tom Cochrane, Daniel Lanois and Marc Garneau.
The Powerhouse is hosted in a 19th century building that, as the name suggests, once provided the power for Hamilton’s electric rail lines. Its historical appearance is well preserved, and enhanced with unique design elements: 18th century chandeliers, a marble archway, and a large bar that was once part of the vestry at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The Powerhouse has six separate dining rooms, including a wine loft, a martini bar and a patio bar. The menu is mainly an incursion into international cuisine, including Canadian classic specialties.
The Powerhouse, 21 Jones St, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, +1 905 930 7381