Neat in the Neighbourhood: Hamilton East

Hamilton East is a suburb brimming with a unique charm that effortlessly blends the old with the new. With its tree-lined streets and a palpable sense of community, this historic quarter offers a more laid-back vibe than the city centre while still pulsing with vibrant, youthful energy.

Made Hamilton

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Made has quickly become a must-visit destination in Hamilton East, being a hub of bustling retailers, foodies, creators and artisans.

Soul Boul

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Searching for a spot where your goals of health and wellness can be achieved without sacrificing flavour and taste? Soul Boul in Hamilton East’s Made is this place...

Rice Rice Baby

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When it comes to authentic Vietnamese fare, Rice Rice Baby in Hamilton doesn’t mess around.

The Green

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When Chef Karl Martin-Boulton first shared his concept for The Green, people told him Hamilton wasn’t ready for something so innovative.

Hello Rosie

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Tucked away in a corner of Hamilton city is an enchanting little laneway that evokes the charm of Italy, with its pottery and art studios, water fountains, and curated gardens.

Rüdi's Bakehouse

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In the heart of Hamilton's vibrant Riverbank Lane, with its cosmopolitan Melbourne-like ambience, you'll discover Rüdi’s—a micro-bakery that perfectly...

Last Place Bar

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If you picture a 1980s RSA (but cool) merged with an old-school American dive bar, you might land somewhere not too far off the vibe at Last Place.

Lykke - Café and Homewares

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The Danish word Lykke (leur-kah) is used to describe the state of absolute happiness. It’s also the name of a café in Frankton owned and run by Malcolm and Juliet.

Weave Eatery

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Brought to you by Lisa and Brent Quarrie of Hayes Common, Weave Eatery is a café and catering business providing...

Cream Eatery

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From the legends behind cult-favourite eatery Winner Winner Chicken Shop comes a new venture sure to satisfy foodies from all corners of Hamilton.

Scotts Epicurean

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For a feast full of heart and soul, you’ll want to send Scotts Epicurean to the top of your brunching list.

Sentinel Café

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Sentinel Café is everything you'd want from your weekday coffee spot. Offering an expertly crafted menu, calming decor and even executive meeting rooms for hire, it’s the ideal place for a catch-up with colleagues.

Hayes Common's Lisa Quarrie on the Future of Hospitality and Adaption

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One of our favourite cafés in Aotearoa is Hayes Common. Occupying a prevalent corner site alongside a river pathway, Hayes Common in Hamilton Kirikiriroa optimises everything you want in a local neighbourhood spot; an inspiring fit-out with multiple rooms, outstanding food and coffee made with care, a well-curated and changing drinks list, appealing events, such as their Meet the Maker series, plus super lovely staff and owners who work their tails off.

Café Kopi

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One thing is for sure—only good things come out of Riverbank Lane. So it’s safe to say when Café Kopi found a home in this community, we were pretty stoked. The vibe of this little caffeine haven is pretty chic, to say the least.

Dumpling House

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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.

On A Roll

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On A Roll has clocked up a devout following of local foodies from all around Hamilton. The eatery itself is the embodiment of good vibes, whilst the menu will leave you salivating.

Lovegrove Lane

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Bring your basket, your yoga mat and positive vibes, and walk away charmed by Lovegrove Lane.

Finest Fit Outs: Hamilton’s Most Aesthetically Pleasing Spaces

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Hamilton may not boast the same abundance of hotspots as New Zealand's larger urban centres, yet it harbours establishments that stand in a league of their own. Here you’ll find some of the finest fit-outs in the country.

Riverbank Lane

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A place to meet, eat and drink, Riverbank Lane is home to a number of bespoke businesses that together create a charming difference to Hamilton's main street.

Punnet Eatery

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Nestled amongst fruit trees, herb bushes and shrubs, Punnet Eatery is a home away from home for visitors thanks to its homely interior, epic kids' playground and family-run ethos.

Bootleg Brewery

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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.

The Chilli House

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This (not so) hidden gem located in the CBD of Hamilton is somewhere you’ll want to put on your to-do list if you are traveling to Hamilton any time soon.

Casabella Lane

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Casabella Lane is as enchanting as it sounds - but you’d miss it if you weren’t paying attention. This little lane between Barton and Anglesea Streets is bursting full of treasures, and with 17 locally-owned stores there’ll be something that catches your eye, no matter your interests.

Saigon Noon

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Located in the bustling city centre Saigon Noon sits amongst unassuming cafes and shops, but it's one spot that's definitely worth the (inevitable) hunt for a...

Frank

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Clean, polished and contemporary, there’s no doubt that plenty of thought has been put into the swish design of Frank.

Zealong Tea Estate

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A tea estate worth its weight in gold.

The Lost Boys

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A café tucked away in the back streets of Frankton.

Mr. Pickles

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A fancy yet cheeky bar and restaurant all in one, come here for your after work drinks.

Manuka Brothers

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A family business and cafe selling coffee beans roasted over mānuka wood.

Garden Place Noodle Bar

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A cheap, cheerful place to grab a bowl of dumplings, steam buns and noodles all made by hand in the kitchen.

Hamilton’s Best Seats: Top Spots to Relax, Dine and Unwind

Hamilton's vibe is hard to pin down, but impossible to ignore. Emerging suburbs and hidden laneways lined with undiscovered gems paint the picture of a city undergoing an evolving urban transformation.

Banh Mi Caphe

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A visit to Banh Mi Caphe is going to transport you straight to the streets of South East Asia.

Brewaucracy

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The headquarters for Hamilton brewers Brewaucracy. Come in to fill up a flagon or try their latest brews.

Chim Choo Ree

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An award-winning restaurant with a proud name for utterly delicious cuisine.

Anne Fern Coffee Shop

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An unassuming, simple and stylish cafe.

Hamilton’s Sixth Generation Dumpling Maker on the Craft and History of Handmade Dumplings

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For Lei Wang, owner of Hamilton’s much-loved Dumpling House, making great food is how she shows her love and appreciation for the supportive community she now calls home. We spoke with her about her family’s history making authentic handmade dumplings, and she even shared some of her best tips with us.

Space Cadet

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A thriving cafe that feels like a retro holiday.

Nivara Lounge

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Well regarded as the ‘place’ to listen to live music in Hamilton.

Gather Food House

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Presentation is key to the ethos at Gather.

Gothenburg

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Escape the city, come to the riverside and enjoy the best of Waikato cuisine at Gothenburg.

Hayes Common

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This restaurant has large tables to fit the whole family as well as cosy nooks to curl up in with a cup of coffee and a good read.

Grey Street Kitchen

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An East Hamilton community favourite.

Rocket Coffee Roasters

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A café and roastery that plays by it's own rules, Rocket Coffee really isn't like anything else.

Duck Island

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Offering a staggering range of ice creams, from popcorn to condensed milk and toasted marshmallows, this is the place to go to satisfy your next sweet treat craving.

Wonder Horse

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The place for good chats, group hangs or after dinner drinks.

Whole Heart

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Visit Whole Heart for organic vegetables and eco-friendly cleaning products, or simply to connect with other like-minded individuals striving to live a healthy life.

Good George Dining Hall

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With a large outdoor area amongst the brewing tanks, Good George is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of beer in the sunshine.

Volare Bread

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Bread worth trekking over town for.