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Discover Hamilton's best places to eat, drink, shop, and more with our guide.

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Hamilton City Itinerary

The interior of Mr Pickle's in Hamilton.
The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.
Auckland

It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

Leafa Wilson’s Hamilton

Leafa looking to camera.
Hamilton

I have been a multimedia performance artist for 30-odd years. I use the name on my birth certificate for my lifelong performative work ‘Olga Krause - Deutsche Kuenstlerin’. Leafa is my given ancestral name from my grandfather. We moved to Kirikiriroa-Hamilton 24 years ago and I have been curator of art at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga for almost 17 of those years. My field of expertise is art in all its manifestations. My husband Craig and I have six children and four (or nine including their siblings) precious mokopuna.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Auckland

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

We’ve Found 8 Of The Best Chinese Restaurants In Hamilton

Bowl of dumplings in broth from Chinese restaurant in Hamilton.
Hamilton

Consider Friday night feasts for the next eight weeks sorted.

Fill Your Cup With Hamilton's Best Creative Boutiques and Galleries

Inside Soul Gallery in Hamilton.
Hamilton

This is one sure-fire way to soak up the city's artistic energy.

Spend Consciously At Hamilton’s Best Sustainable Stores

Colourful items and a rack of vintage clothing from FOUND store in Hamilton.
Hamilton

This is the definition of feel-good shopping.

Get Your Foodie Fix At Hamilton’s Best Healthy Eateries

Person holding healthy bowl of muesli from Frank, Hamilton.
Hamilton

Sink a superfood smoothie or smash back a vegan feast as you eat your way around Hamilton's wholesome food scene.

We’ve Found 8 Of The Best Chinese Restaurants In Hamilton

Bowl of dumplings in broth from Chinese restaurant in Hamilton.
Hamilton

Consider Friday night feasts for the next eight weeks sorted.

Get your Pocket Guide for Hamilton

A photo of the latest Neat Places Hamilton pocket guide.
Home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD-qualified scientists, Hamilton is home to some big thinkers (and leaders – Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and administrator of the UN Development Programme, was born here). As the country’s fourth most populous city, Hamilton is not a place to miss.

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Good George Dining Hall

The outside of Good George Dining Hall, Hamilton.
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With a large outdoor area in amongst the brewing tanks, Good George is the perfect spot for enjoying a glass of beer in the sunshine.

Craft

Two pizzas served up on the table.
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A friendly bar with knowledgeable staff, offering 15 rotating craft beers on tap from all over the globe.

Wonder Horse

Cocktail in the making at Wonder Horse, Hamilton.
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The place for good chats, group hangs or after dinner drinks.

Bootleg Brewery

Customers having a drink at an outside table.
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A good ol’ bit of Kiwi ingenuity and a whole lot of hard work has created a watering hole in Matangi, made for locals, by locals. A couple of Hamilton mates came together with a love of home brewing and a bloody good tipple.

Nivara Lounge

Red light decorations shines on drinks.
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Well regarded as the ‘place’ to listen to live music in Hamilton.

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Dumpling House

Lanterns at Dumpling House.
Place Hamilton
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For hearty, authentic Chinese food, head straight to Dumpling House, a wholesome eatery serving up friendly vibes and even better dumplings. After operating for 12 years and opening two venues, this family-run establishment has truly made its mark on the Hamilton food scene.

Winner Winner

Two people share chips and burgers at Winner Winner, Hamilton.
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East Hamilton is the lucky home of this wonderful joint, providing delicious American-style, Southern fried meals for lunch and dinner.

Chim Choo Ree

Front entrance to Chim Choo Ree, Hamilton.
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An award winning restaurant that has a proud name for delicious cuisine.

Banh Mi Caphe

Woman eating at Banh Mi Caphe, Hamilton.
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A visit to Banh Mi Caphe is going to transport you straight to street side in South East Asia.