One of a Kind Finds in Hamilton

A colourful rug on a wall at Hanrad Bespoke Rugs Hamilton.

Discover one-of-a-kind finds for yourself or that special someone in Hamilton using our list of eight local luxury businesses.

Words by: Nicole Mudgway

Photos by: Anna Briggs

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, a trip to Auckland or overseas would have been necessary to find that unique piece of art or clothing or to have a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Not anymore - thank goodness.

These days, Hamilton has a ready supply of its own one-of-a-kind finds, meaning you don’t have to leave the city to discover your treasure. Unique retail experiences tend to be fuelled by passionate proprietors, and we think these businesses are no exception. Whether you’re searching for fashion, food, art or even a new method of commuting (yes, you read right), the passion and ethos of these small businesses, local to Hamilton, will no doubt inspire you. Treat yourself or a special someone, we all deserve it! 

HANRAD Bespoke Rugs

137A Alexandra Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

At HANRAD Bespoke Rugs, each visitor is taken on a journey to find their perfect rug. Whether it’s art inspired or one of HANRAD’s in-house designs, each piece is one-of-a-kind, a customised piece of art.

The concept is truly unique: founder Barry identifies artists whose works would translate well into a rug design. He then collaborates with each artist to reinterpret their works into unique rug designs, still capturing the essence of the original art. The Hamilton-based gallery then displays the artwork alongside the rugs, providing the opportunity to also connect with the wider arts community. Whether you are enticed by the art, by the rug or by the experience itself, rest assured no two visits (or pieces) will be the same.

FOUND

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MADE/401 Grey Street, Hamilton East, Hamilton

Marrying fashion with sustainability, Found brings a magic mix of second-hand clothes and New Zealand-made designer pieces to Hamilton’s Riverbank Lane. A boutique retail store specialising in vintage clothing and secondhand homewares, Found carries a number of different ethical brands.

Found is set out like a gallery to showcase each individual piece giving it the feel of an upscale designer shop. Shopping consciously and sustainably has become a way of life for many, so it's helpful to go to a store that endorses just that. It’s great for the wardrobe and great for the planet, so it’s no wonder we love it.

Soul Gallery

300 Barton Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

Immerse yourself amongst local art at Soul Gallery, a celebration of purely New Zealand creatives. The modern art gallery was founded by Lisa Voigt, who had a vision to ‘create a haven where people could come to appreciate a melting pot of New Zealand art and design’. Her vision has become a reality, with the gallery showcasing a colourful collection of contemporary art, crafts and other treasures from both established and emerging Kiwi artists.

From paintings, prints and pottery to glassworks and jewellery, the whole gallery is a feast for the eyes and an exercise in restraint. It’s not hard to find a one-of-a-kind piece to suit everyone’s taste, so whether it’s a treat for yourself or a gift for that special someone, there’s plenty to choose from.

Electrify

371 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

Way back when Electrify predicted that the future of transportation would be electric, so they got into the e-bike saddle and have been pedalling pretty fast ever since.

The top of the range electric bikes in store range from city commuters and leisure rides to more serious numbers, including mountain bikes, and it's easy to find the perfect fit for what matches your lifestyle and budget. The expertise in store is unparalleled, and the friendly team will even set you up on a proper test ride (meaning more than just a lap of the car park) to make sure you and your new best friend are the perfect match.

True

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302 Barton Street, Hamilton Central, Waikato

Linking Hamilton to the big wide world of fashion since 2017? Must be True. A boutique clothing shop that is well stocked with a range of beautiful, ethical European labels and well known brands such as VEJA, Yu Mei, Scotch and Soda and Assembly Label. And yes, those latter two labels are unisex; there is also plenty of stock to keep the gentlemen happy, including shirts, jackets and blazers.

New Zealand designers are well represented; Ingrid Starnes soaps and candles are just some of the beloved Kiwi made items adorning the walls and shelves. True is part of a close network of the region's retailers who pride themselves on fine clothing and goods, and it’s truly somewhere worth checking out if you’re after a stylish piece for your wardrobe.

Sisters on London

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61 London Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton

Founded by sisters and located on London Street, it’s no great mystery how this luxurious fashion boutique got its name. These days, Sisters on London is owned by Hamilton local Le, who operates with the intention of adding her individuality to the store. Carrying a range of timeless designer brands from New Zealand, Australia and beyond, big fashion names like Sass & Bide, Zimmermann, Karen Walker and Miss Crabb fill hangers and racks, and there are bags by Deadly Ponies, The Wolf Gang and Status Anxiety too. If you’re after on-trend jewellery, a piece by Meadowlark or Stolen Girlfriends Club will likely fit the brief. Bright, colourful, feminine and quirky, there’s a lot to love about this fashion boutique with an ethos on beautiful clothes that are made to last.

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Palate

20 Alma Street, Hamilton Central

Palate offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Hamilton, perched on the banks of the Waikato River. Leave the decision making to the chef by indulging in the seven course degustation with perfectly matched wines, or pick and choose yourself from the a la carte menu. Palate’s passion for pairing means the food and wine will always be a match made in heaven. The team is focused on minimising the carbon footprint of the restaurant, and encourages sustainable fishing and recycling whenever possible. High quality ingredients are sourced, always ethically and mostly locally, so traceable ingredients such as Clevedon buffalo products, Canterbury lamb and Raglan mushrooms are found throughout the menu.

Neat Hamilton Places

Electrify

Man fixing a yellow bike.
Place Hamilton

People come from all over for Electrify's willingness to give honest, and helpful advice (without the sales pitch).

Scotts Epicurean

Close up of halloumi salad on a table at Scotts Epicurean.
Place Hamilton
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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.

Café Kopi

Seating area at Cafe Kopi.
Place Hamilton
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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.

Cream Eatery

An outstretched arm places a plate of bacon and eggs and hollandaise on the pass at Cream Eatery in Hamilton.
Place Hamilton
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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.