Go Visit Hamilton’s Hess Village

To say that the Hamilton, Ontario of today is not the same as from a decade ago would be an understatement.

The city has undergone a dramatic transformation, becoming a vibrant place to work, live and play. Following the decline of the steel industry, Hamilton has successfully made the shift to new industries like technology and advanced manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Hamilton’s entertainment district — the Hess Village neighborhood — is now a prime destination for dining and entertainment.

Hess Village runs along Hess Street from Main Street to King Street West, with its restored historic buildings and cobblestone streets giving it a unique and appealing personality.

Known for its lively nightlife scene, Hess Village has plenty of restaurants and bars, with its restaurants offering diners a diverse array of cuisines, from Mexican to Middle Eastern to Indian.Popular Hess Village choices include Ceilidh House, The Gown and Gavel — which is housed in two beautiful Victorian buildings — The Lazy Flamingo, Che Burrito and Lounge, Sizzle/Koi and Viso. For those looking for good fast food, there’s Smoke's Poutinerie, a franchise that has brought Quebec’s classic poutine dish to a wide audience.

Most of the neighborhood’s restaurants have patios and offer al fresco dining during the warmer months.

Hess Village is also home to a thriving bar and club scene. There are plenty of recommended venues for live entertainment, including The Lazy Flamingo, Casbah, Masque Wine Bar and Doors Pub. Hamilton’s weekly entertainment guide View has weekly listings of what’s going on.

Needless to say, if you're visiting Hamilton, Hess Village is a destination worth checking out.