For a city that prides itself on sport and agriculture, Hamilton East is injecting a much welcomed dose of creative flair to the Waikato region, where locally owned and operated ice cream and fried chicken joints lie opposite vintage shops, and down a converted alleyway you’ll find anything from yoga to a framing store to a modern day grocers.
A young and enthusiastic atmosphere makes this suburb a bubbly addition to centre town located just over the bridge. Known affectionately as ‘Irishtown’ in the mid 20th Century due to the high number of Irish inhabitants, Hamilton East now welcomes visitors from all around the globe, and most notably to the stunning Hamilton Gardens that sees about 1.3 million people through its gates every year.
01 Duck Island
300a Grey Street, Hamilton East
Offering a staggering range of ice creams from popcorn, condensed milk and toasted marshmallows, this is the place to come for your next sweet treat.
02 Winner Winner
439 Grey Street, Hamilton East
East Hamilton is the lucky home of this wonderful joint, providing delicious American-style, Southern fried meals for lunch and dinner.
03 Grey Street Kitchen
355 Grey Street, Hamilton East
An East Hamilton community favourite.
Shed 6, 394 Grey Street, Hamilton East
A thriving cafe that feels like a beach holiday.
05 Chim Choo Ree
The Brewery Building 14 Anzac Parade
An award winning restaurant that has a proud name for delicious cuisine.
06 Hamilton Gardens
Committed to the environment with a range of sustainable practices, this dreamy garden is well worth the visit.
07 Lovegrove Lane
394 Grey Street, Hamilton East
Bring your basket, your yoga mat and positive vibes, and walk away charmed by Lovegrove Lane.
08 Hayes Common
33 Jellicoe Drive, Hamilton East
This restaurant has large tables to fit the whole family, as well as cosy nooks to curl up in with a cup of Atomic coffee.
09 Sun Salute
1/394 Grey Street, Hamilton East
A holistic health hub with a warm environment and conscientious service.
10 Mavis and Co
475 Grey Street, Hamilton East
Well known for simple delicious food and creative aesthetic, it’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch or coffee and a nibble.