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Exploring Hamilton: Cheap Eats For Brunch Lovers

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at McMaster chapter.

While the nightlife in this city can be exhilarating, the hunt for the perfect Sunday morning remedy begins here. In this exploration of Hamilton’s food scene, I will discuss a selection of affordable brunch gems, each offering not only delicious food but also a welcoming atmosphere to soothe your post-Saturday-night woes. Whether you are a senior or a freshman, join me on a journey through the city’s brunch spots that are sure to cure even the most stubborn of hangovers.

  1. Maple Leaf Pancake House

Price: $

1520 Main Street West, Hamilton

Located steps away from campus, Maple Leaf Pancake House lives up to its name. Whether you’re craving a classic stack of buttermilk pancakes or something more indulgent like their chicken BLT wrap, Maple Leaf Pancake House has your cravings covered. But that’s not all—what makes Maple Leaf Pancake House truly special is its staff. You’ll be greeted by warm smiles and friendly service, making your experience not only delicious but also delightful. Open seven days a week from 8 am to 2 pm!

  1. Paisley’s Coffeehouse and Eatery

Price: $$

1020 King St W, Hamilton

Are you looking for a quick bite to eat in a friendly atmosphere? Paisley’s serves delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients. Catering to a variety of dietary needs, their menu features options such as burrito bowls and chicken clubs—my favourites being the BLT bagel with egg and their cinnamon buns. Even better, their coffee is Certified Bird Friendly! You preserve important bird habitats in Latin America with each cup of coffee bought.

  1. William’s Fresh Cafe

Price: $$

47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton

With convenient locations on and off campus, William’s Fresh Cafe offers delicious brunch options and a productive study atmosphere, making it perfect for both students and brunch enthusiasts alike. If you are looking to explore further, check out their beautiful location on Pier 8! This waterfront spot provides a serene backdrop, adding a needed touch of relaxation to your study sessions.

  1. Mulberry Coffeehouse

Price: $$

193 James Street North, Hamilton

Located in a historic 1887 building, Mulberry Coffeehouse takes pride in preserving its original charm. Once named the ‘Armory Hotel,’ it served armed forces officers and their families. Today, the café, occupying the former hotel lobby, still has its original plaster ceiling medallions and inlaid tile work. With a diverse in-house menu, including vegan and gluten-free options, Mulberry caters to all tastes. Plus, their coffee is Certified Bird Friendly, just like Paisley’s!

  1. Electric Diner

Price: $$

96 George St, Hamilton

Check out this cool, neon-lit diner! Whether you’re craving their mouthwatering brunch burger or their strawberry cheesecake short stack, there’s something to satisfy every taste. This year, the Chamber of Commerce honoured Electric Diner with the Small Business of the Year Award, recognizing its outstanding contribution to the local community. Be sure to support!

From the classic delights at Maple Leaf Pancake House, the eco-conscious offerings at Paisley’s Coffeehouse, and the convenience of William’s Fresh Cafe, to the historic charm of Mulberry Coffeehouse, and the neon-lit coolness of Electric Diner, you have plenty of choice. Don’t miss out—support these fantastic local businesses!

Sydney Tomlinson is a part-time writer at the Her Campus at McMaster chapter. In this role, she writes about a range of topics. Currently in her fourth year at McMaster University, Sydney is majoring in Life Sciences with aspirations of pursuing a career in public health (fingers crossed!). In addition to her role with Her Campus, Sydney is a writer for UNICEF, Friends of Doctors Without Borders, Bite-Sized Science, and Tackling MisInformation (TMI) at McMaster. Alongside her writing, Sydney is a casual member with McMaster's Book Club. In her free time, you'll find her swooning over romance novels and period dramas—particularly the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!