halifax, nova scotia city guide


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Today’s City Guide comes from Kristina Robinson, a writer and editor at Best Coast Editorial who currently resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Kristina shares a guide to the vibrant city of Halifax, complete with museums, bookstores and organic eateries. Thanks, Kristina, for this wonderful guide! — Stephanie

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While Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the largest city in Atlantic Canada, it’s still not what you’d call a “big city.” But it does have a big soul. It’s home to six universities, a vibrant music and restaurant scene and NSCAD University, which churns out creative talent at an alarming rate.

It wasn’t always so. For much of its history, Halifax was known as a rough-and-ready garrison town, home to Canada’s naval fleet. Life centered on the busy harbor, bustling with heavy ships, and culture wasn’t a high priority.

Change came slowly, but it did come, and the region’s artists and artisans led the way. Lofty trees line city streets, and people are almost uniformly friendly and helpful.
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DOWNTOWN

First and foremost, Halifax is a port city, and a walk through downtown is incomplete without a stroll down the boardwalk. From there, it’s pretty easy to see a number of iconic sights: the clock tower on Citadel Hill, Georges Island, the Old Brewery and even Theodore.

Do
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site — Take the 45-minute guided tour then wander around the fort, completed in 1856 and intended to ward off a land-based attack from the United States.

Old Burying Grounds — First consecrated in 1749, more than 12,000 people are interred here, including British Major General Robert Ross, who burned Washington in the War of 1812 and was killed in battle a few days later, and several victims of the Titanic disaster.

Khyber Arts Centre — The Khyber is a non-profit center for artists and musicians to exhibit their work and give talks, performances, film screenings and more. Check for upcoming events; there might be something worth planning a trip around.

Shop
Argyle Fine Art — Taste-making contemporary art gallery. The gallery regularly holds events, so be sure to check their website for updates. Tiny art show at the beginning of the year and great exhibitions all the time.

Attica Furnishings — Comfortable, modern furnishings spread over four floors. There’s really too much to see in a single visit.

The Black Market • 1545 Grafton Street, (902) 423-5724 — A patchouli-scented treasure trove of imported textiles, lighting and sculpture, plus lots of jewelry and clothing.

Boutique Joliette — Photography by Margot Metcalfe, well-curated antique furnishings and vintage jewelry.

CarbonStok — A selection of clever, well-designed home goods with an emphasis on sustainability. Lines include Cardboard Design, Alessi, Resource Revival and Poketo.

Gallery Page and Strange — Wonderful space in a historic building and always-lovely exhibitions. Regular artists include Drew Klassen, Wayne Boucher, Goody-B. Wiseman and many more. Very well curated.

John W. Doull, Bookseller — Antiquarian and out-of-print books in a towering maze of stacks. A great place to get lost for an hour, or an afternoon.

Love, Me — Beautiful handmade items from Canadian artists. Remade clothing, jewelry, painting and sculpture, plus goods like tea towels, glasses and mugs.

Oddject — A new shop with an array of playful, affordable accessories. Modern driftwood lamps, fun storage solutions and constantly changing accessories from across the globe.

Nova Scotia Crystal — A Nova Scotia tradition. Stop and watch the artisans at work through the window, and pick up a handcrafted lamp or decanter. The Atlantic pattern is worth special attention.

Seeds Gallery — The gallery for Nova Scotia College of Art and Design students. Always affordable and imaginative, the goods vary from show to show. Paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics and prints are usually available.

Studio 21 — Wonderful work from local and national artists including NSCAD faculty Susan Wood, watercolorist Anna Syperek and the late David Sorensen. Terrific, well-informed staff.

Eat + Drink
Doraku — an inviting space that serves up Halifax’s best, and best priced, sushi. Several private booths are available, as well as the Traditional Room. Aside from some memorable maki and sashimi (try the Doraku and sweet potato tempura rolls), shabu-shabu and Japanese barbeque options are on offer.

Fid — Local and sustainable are the watchwords, but this imaginative foodie haven manages both without compromising on flavor. Try D’s Pad Thai (smoked haddock with a potato-spinach mash and poached egg), the wild mushroom tart or the vegetarian Mayhem, and consider finishing with the sticky toffee pudding.

Freak Lunchbox — Exotic and familiar bulk candy, novelty toys and collectibles, and the best peanut-butter-chocolate milkshake you’ve ever tasted.

King Wah • 6430 Quinpool Road, (902) 423-2587 — A venerable hole-in-the-wall serving Cantonese specialties like pork with preserved vegetables and tripe with hot chilies.

Henry House — Downstairs houses the archetypal cozy English pub, the ideal spot to sip a cider or Best Bitter next to the fireplace. Upstairs, the new Third Floor is a thing of beauty — gorgeous views, dark wood and leather, a bar gleaming with reclaimed Victorian fixtures — with a drink list filled with pre-Prohibition cocktails.

Morris East — Local ingredients on pizzas cooked in an Italian wood-fired oven. The menu changes monthly, but past specials have included peach-prosciutto chevre and hoisin-duck confit. Morris East also infuses its own liquors for cocktails and has a sommelier on staff, an impressive statement in so small a restaurant.

Obladee Wine Bar — A welcome new addition to the Halifax bar scene, this brother-sister venture offers a clever, diverse wine list. A wide range of regions are represented; choice offerings include the 2007 Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Riserva, the 2008 Chateau Musar “Jeune,” or the 2010 La Linda Viognier by the glass. (For a splurge, consider the 2008 Olivier Leflaive Chablis les Deux Rives or the 2004 Heath 100 Y.O. Vine Shiraz). Platters of mainly Canadian cheeses and Nova Scotian charcuterie are offered alongside the wines.

Pipa Restaurant — Brazilian and Portuguese fare. Visit in the afternoon for salgados, savoury Portuguese snacks, or make an evening of it with Caipirinhas and Feijoada. Flamenco performances every Saturday.

Stay
Halliburton House – A small boutique hotel in an 1809 building. Every room is charming and distinctive; some boast wood-burning fireplaces.

Lord Nelson Hotel — Elegant appointments; luxurious linens; gracious, discreet service.

Pebble Bed & Breakfast — A Zen-like calm in a lovely, leafy neighborhood. Just right.

NORTH END

The North End was leveled in the Halifax Explosion of 1917, and it has been the grittier side of the city since then. Of course, gritty usually means more interesting. Gentrification is now slowly creeping up the main corridors of Gottingen and Agricola, and there are lots of great little restaurants and shops to stop in.

Do
Needham Park — Check out the panoramic view of Halifax Harbour.

Stroll the Hydrostones — Completed in 1920, the Hydrostone District provided much-needed shelter to North Enders left homeless after the Halifax Explosion. The area was designed by influential city planner Thomas Adams, and its preservation stands as a testament to his principles of city planning.

Shop
The Army Navy Store — A DIY heaven. Dozens of cast-off and retired military desks, chairs and storage pieces, plus old maps, flags and other ephemera.

Bellissimo — A broad range of well-curated homewares, including fabrics from Marimekko, Amy Butler wallpaper, Fortuny lighting, Dash & Albert rugs and Nest fragrances. A small selection of antiques is also offered.

Bogside Gallery — A venerable boutique offering art and craft from Atlantic Canadian artists. A gorgeous selection of pottery, stained glass, needle-felted paintings, inlaid wooden boxes and other unusual finds.

Geddes Furniture — Custom furnishings with elegant, masculine lines. Most wooden pieces are constructed with North Carolina black-cherry wood in a simplified Georgian style. Most of the pieces are built in Halifax, and the showroom is open late Friday evenings.

Hen House — Lots of graceful home furnishings are available here, but the owners have begun emphasizing their custom, handcrafted, built-in kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. The store also carries a number of rustic and restored antiques.

Hydrostone Gallery — Features the workings of emerging and mid-career artists from the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island). Recent exhibitions have featured the work of Michael Lewis, Lynn Rotin, Justine Kerr, Fionnuala Reynolds and W. Scott Sinclair.

Renovator’s Resource — Constantly changing stock of architectural salvage, from bathtubs, doors and mantles to smaller items like tin ceiling tiles and doorknobs.

Statement Design — Showcases modern furnishings from Canadian designers at the top of their game, including Daniel Perez and Speke Klein. Sleek lighting and accessories are also available.

Turnstile Pottery — Cooperative studio and showroom for emerging potters. Lots of rustic little gems to be found.

Eat + Drink
Chez Tess — A friendly neighborhood restaurant offering a menu of sweet and savory crepes. Try the Chicken Florentine or Smoked Salmon Crepe, and finish with a Crepe Suzette.

Coastal Cafe — For breakfast and lunch, the Coastal is the best deal in town. The menu changes with the seasons, but items are uniformly flavorful and substantial. Can be crowded, so time your visit accordingly.

Epicurious Morsels — Great for lunch or dinner, spectacular for brunch. Several menu items feature the chef’s house-smoked salmon, which is highly recommended. Try the King Crab & Mango Neapolitan, the Vegetarian Sandwich or (at brunch) the Stuffed French Toast. If you’re lucky, you can finish with a slice of Shaker Lemon Pie.

Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo — The crust is thin and smoky, the sauce is both sweet and savory. No, they don’t like substitutions. They won’t let you order more than three items on a pizza, either. But that leaves you plenty of leeway; there are unusual toppings to choose from. If you’re building your own pie, try a combination of ricotta, sauteed mushrooms and kalamata olives.

Tarek’s • 3045 Robie Street, (902) 454-8723 — Fresh, fast, noisy and inexpensive, Tarek’s serves a mix of Middle Eastern specialties and blue-collar delights. The pastas are all wonderful, as is the falafel wrap. If there’s a line, you’ll probably be offered a saucer of the day’s soup — usually split pea or lentil. A great choice for vegetarians.

DARTMOUTH

Dartmouth is the City of Lakes to Halifax’s City of Trees. A number of walking paths wind their way from the boardwalk through leafy old neighborhoods and along a chain of scenic lakes, right in the city.

Do
McNabs Island Tours — McNabs Island was once a military fort and later was home to an amusement park. Take a tour of it, plus two other islands in Halifax Harbour with Captain Mike Tilley. Please phone ahead: (902) 465-4563

Shop
LakeCity Wood Workers — Sturdy, solid wood furniture handcrafted by people just re-entering the workforce. Beds, cabinets, chairs and hutches in both English and country styles.

Red Spruce Rugs — Hooked rugs in lively patterns; “true artwork for the floor” according to the company manifesto. These rugs are only occasionally offered for sale in Nova Scotia, but they are open by appointment. Call (902) 482 0460.

Eat + Drink
Nectar Social House — A playful menu with fun choices for foodies, like Three Little Pigs (pork tenderloin, braised pork belly, pork ravioli) and Vegetarian Surf n’ Turf (eggplant steak, beluga lentil stew). If weather permits, ask to sit on the deck.

Pho Hoang Minh • 172 Wyse Road, (902) 465-6868 — Cheerful, efficient service, good pho and yummy pork dumplings.

Two If By Sea — Two years ago, Dartmouth’s most popular coffee shop was just a weekly stall at the farmers’ market. But demand for their almond croissants, pain au chocolate and other treats helped launch this brick-and-mortar venture, and now it’s hard to imagine downtown Dartmouth without it. Good coffees and teas are available, too.

Some Notable Haligonians/Nova Scotians:

Samuel Cunard (21 November 1787 – 28 April 1865) — Haligonian-born shipping magnate, memorialized at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Thomas Raddall (13 November 1903 – 1 April 1994) — Great Canadian historial novelist and three-tim Governor General’s Medal winner.

Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) — Eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator; inventor of the telephone.

Sidney Crosby (7 August 1987 – ) — Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist.

Ellen Page (21 February 1987 – ) — Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress, known for her roles in Juno and Inception.

Robb Wells (28 October 1971 – ) and John Paul Tremblay (1 January 1968) — aka The Trailer Park Boys, a highly successful Canadian comedy mockumentary television series.

Alex Colville (24 August 1920 – ) — Very highly-regarded Canadian painter (see Horse and Train, 1954, below)

Thom Fitzgerald (8 July 1968 – ) — Film director whose credits include The Event and 3 Needles.

Sarah MacLachlan (28 January 1968) — Singer-songwriter and Lilith Fair founder.

bridget

My husband grew up near Halifax. I can’t wait to check out some of these spots on our next visit. And revisit some favorites!

Leanne Mackenzie

I live in downtown Halifax and there are some places I’ve never been on this list :) I’ll be checking some of them out this weekend :)

Andrea Gray Harper

I used to live in Halifax when I went to school at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. My husband and his family are also there. Now we live in Savannah, GA but we travel back a couple times each year. Great guide! You may also want to add the Market! I hear its bigger now but it was my fav thing to do every saturday!

Emma

My husband and I honeymooned in Nova Scotia and spent several days in Halifax. We loved it there!

Leslie b.

This is by far my favourite city guide yet! As an annual visitor to the province and Halifax itself I am so excited to explore these places next time I’m there! It’s one of my fav places on earth. Gorgeous city, gorgeous province.

p.s. If you’re all the way out there in Halifax you might as well visit Peggy’s Cove. It’s a must see <3

Sarah

I live in Halifax – so nice to see it being featured!

Lauren

I came to Halifax a couple of years ago from Ontario to study at one of the universities, and I fell in love with the city! I love many of the places mentioned, and still need to get myself to visit some of the others. Another great restaurant to check out is Chives Canadian Bistro. The food is just so delicious! As well, the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market on Saturdays has a great selection of local food, art, etc. Definitely a city to visit in Canada!

Margaret

Halifax is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with something for everyone. Go visit, and you’ll fall in love with it.

Janice

Great guide + suggestions. I lived in Halifax for many years. Still visit a couple of times a year.

Left out in the Hydrostone Market suggestions is Julien’s one of the ORIGINAL retailers there and it is not to be missed–best almond croissants you will EVER eat anywhere. Plus a myriad of other Belgium inspired pastries and breads.

Also as suggested above the Halifax Farmer’s Market–the oldest farmer’s market in North America.

Brooklyn Warehouse restaurant on the corner of Windsor and Almond Street–local, in season delicious food.

Oh, and you MUST try a donair in you’re in town.

Hmmmm.

Rosemary

Oh, yay! My fiance and I are honeymooning in Halifax this summer. :) I also intend to check out the local yarn stores to support my habit, er, hobby. :)

leilanigl

You forgot the bars! Though I do love that the Shoe Shop made it into the top drawing. Seriously, most bars per capita in Canada and most are left out? There are some gorgeous pubs down here. At least Obladee made it!

– Come-from-away Haligonian

amy walters, aDESIGNdock

Great job Kristina! I’m from the prairie provinces and dream of taking a trip out east. The Army Navy store sounds sooooo amazing. Can’t wait to til I can come visit your wonderful area ;)

dw

Oooh, you must also visit The Loop Craft Cafe, on Barrington (just across from Omer Deserres – the arty supply store – and around the corner from Mountain Equipment Co-Op – a really great outdoor gear place with maps and gear for exploring the rest of Nova Scotia). Oh, and you must try the nachos at The Economy Shoe Shop, on Argyle. Morris East (mentioned in the guide above) does an excellent gluten-free pizza, too.

Happy Haligonian

Thanks for posting this Halifax Guide! There are two North/West end haunts that I love which are not featured on this list:

1) Local Joe Cafe (Oxford/Liverpool)

2) Chintzy’s Fabrics–fabulous designer fabrics and ends. Ask Janet Bird for a deal! (Oxford/Cork)

Amanda

Love this city guide. So glad you “came” down here. :)

Allison

Another great spot for great books and the best coffee in town is TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS AND CAFE located downtown on Hollis. Used and new books in cases with a beautiful black and white checked floor. It’s everything a coffee shop should be.

As mentioned the HALIFAX FARMERS MARKET is a huge highlight.

Brooke

I just moved to Halifax this year and I’m so happy to see this wonderful city being featured here!

I would agree with most of the places on this list, but add the good food emporium on Gottigen street (north end).. cheap and yummy breakfast.
Also, the market! its so fabulous and can’t be missed.

cheryl

Living here in Halifax, I’ve found even more in this great article to check out!I just love the diversity Halifax has to offer,and couldn’t live anywhere else.
Thanks.;>

ashley

Yay! So proud that my hometown was featured. I am a NSCAD graduate and debating moving at one time, but knew I wouldn’t be happy anywhere but home. Now I’m settled here with my new little family and there’s no other place I’d rather be :) Great list! Thanks!

alexis

so nice to see dartmouth represented!!
also brooklyn warehouse, and all three farmers markets are a must see/do.

Kellory

I am so excited to see this guide! My hubby and I are cruising to Halifax this summer :)

Kim

YAY so excited to see my city in your guide this week! I love living here but since it’s smaller and tucked away we don’t get much press, so thank you for giving us some.(however knew it was only a matter of time bc we have so many great bloggers here). I grew up in Dartmouth but now live in the North End – I love this neighbourhood. It’s full of old, Victorian era homes and the streets are lined with enormous trees, plus there are awesome restos and coffee shops. I would like to add Brooklyn Warehouse to the list of NE restos, btw! It’s one of the best in the city, hands down.

Kim

Oh and I agree with some other comments that the Seaport Farmer’s Market should definitely be on here – the Seaport is the new, bigger location and the old one in the Brewery just around the corner is still there if you wanna check it out

Emily Elizabeth

Hooray for Atlantic Canada! I have only spent a couple of days in Halifax, but it’s a great city – and I’d say a fair portion of my time there was spent in the John W. Doull Bookstore! I found stacks of classic Penguin paperbacks (they have a whole section of them) to use in our wedding decorations, and to add to our (ahem, overflowing) shelves.

Debbie

Great suggestions!

Be sure to check out the great local shops in the Piazza at Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street.

One Stop Wood Shop/Coal Wynd Gallery is a must visit!

Maria Valdivieso-Pakozdi

Going to Halifax in three weeks this couldn’t have been more perfect!

kelly

Yay! I adore Nova Scotia-it’s where we honeymooned and it’s the magical. Can’t wait to go back and spend more time in Halifax with this amazing guide.

Tournevis

I’d add “The Blue Door” to the restaurant list, but otherwise I agree with everything! Great guide!

elle

The most exciting part about this city guide is realizing how many FELLOW HALIGONIANS read this blog :)
Hello all!

Bike Gal

Great list, there are so many wonderful things about this city. Two more mentions are 1) Strange Adventures for Comics/Graphic Novels and 2) Lost + Found on Agricola Street (North End) for fab vintage finds and art.

Siobhan

maps&more at Summit Place has a fantastic range of globes, maps including antique maps and all travel related accessories -www.mapsandmore.ca

tricia

i dream of halifax.
i was born not so far away and now live in france. when i go back – at least once a year – i head straight for Java Blend on North & Robie for the best coffee in town.
when i’m downtown i go to Love,Me and to Biscuit General Store for great clothing and gifts.
when recommending to see items to visitors: Pier 21 Museum – on centuries of immigration to Canada & USA.
when looking to browse and ooooo and ahhh, to the numerous antique shops & Bellissimo on Agricola St.
there are so many great places to go in hali!
and don’t forget to go for a stroll in the Public Gardens or in Point Pleasant Park!

Marla

Great guide! I’d also recommend Fred on Agricola Street. It’s a cafe, art gallery and hair salon. Best cupcakes in town!

Krista

Yay! I’ve been reading your blog for years and never thought I’d see my home city as a city guide :) Halifax is a great place to live and visit! I can’t believe Chives wasn’t mentioned as a place to eat though- its at 1537 Barrington street with a charming atmosphere and the most amazing food with seasonal local menus. An absolute must if you are visiting (and as a local I try to find an excuse to go every season)!

Kiyomi

I’d recommend eating at Freeman’s Little New York! Great pizza whole wheat pizza at any day or night!!

Sid

Oh man, I went to school in Halifax and this is making me really miss it. It’s one of those places that gets under your skin somehow, in a good way. I really miss drinking red wine in tumblers at Tom’s Little Havana, Pete’s Frootique on a Sunday and taking the ferry across to Dartmouth to go trolling through Value Village.

Robyn

I came to Halifax to complete my BFA at NSCAD University with intentions of leaving after graduation. It’s been more than two years since finishing school and I have chosen to live here and run my business, Shibang Designs from here. It’s a great city and this guide perfectly describes many of my favourite places.

Kristina

Hey, thanks for the kind comments everyone.

Ah! I can’t believe I blanked on the Seaport Market. Yes! Everyone, go there!

Rosemary, while honeymooning (congratulations!), you should definitely check out the Loop Cafe on Barrington, as mentioned above, and the fiber shop in the Hydrostone Market. Also, if you head down the South Shore at all (highly recommended!) there’s a cute little yarn shop on the main stretch in Mahone Bay. The ladies in there are super-sweet.

John

I love the northeastern US (my first home and place of my ancestors), and I’ve only skimmed the surface. I’ve always wanted to cross the border sometime. The people who find their way to my southern home in winter are kind and patient (I ask a lot of questions). If/when I do visit Canada this will be the first place I go.

Jessika (Oh My Handmade)

Hooray for Halifax! Our city looks great on D*S and I am so excited to see a bunch of fabulous businesses showcased here-and amazing how many Haligonians are commenting here! We sure are a stylish bunch; )

Vikki

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ARTICLE!!! Thank you from a True Blue Nova Scotian/long time D*S lover!!! We are moving back to Halifax in Sept. and this article lists a bunch of new places that i have yet to explore! :D lovelovelove!

Lisa

Born and raised not far from Halifax I am now on the west coast and miss my old stomping grounds! So happy to see it here!

My MUST list:
traditional music! often found at the pubs like The Split Crow and The Lower Deck.

Bud the Spud (or Bill, his son), found in warm weather outside the library on Spring Garden Road. (I hope he’s still there – best fries EVER!

My favourite Saturdays were spent starting at the public Gardens and wandering (and eating) my way down to the waterfront.

Matt

Nice guide! If there are ever any revisions made you should add The Wooden Monkey to the Eat section.

Dee W.

I’ve lived in Halifax and Dartmouth all my life…fun to see it featured on the Design *Sponge site.
I would also have to mention Frenchy’s, a maritime beacon for thrift store shopping. Great deals on vintage and designer clothes.

Mary Garoutte

Amazing guide!
I will also add (on top of the already amazingly insightful comments and suggestions mentioned) a few more places that have been missed:

1) Jane’s on the Common’s: A casual contemporary dining experence with an ever-changing local organic menu-nice atmosphere (just off of the Commons) in Halifax.
2)Pete’s Fruitique: A vibrant grocery shopping experience of all things gourmet and exotic, along with a fabulous and affordable deli and salad bar and REALLY good grilled sandwiches/paninis.
3)The Original Historic Brewery Market (at the Alexander Keith’s Brewery Building).It is Canada’s oldest Farmer’s Market.
Like the Seaport market, It runs also on Saturdays (7am-4pm?).
4)John’s Lunch: 352 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth. BEST seafood and FRESH always since 1969. A must for anyone hitting the road along the way to Fisherman’s Cove; a 200 year old active fishing village on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Eastern Passage. There is a board walk and tourist shops, and in summer you can go swimming in the grorgeous beach inlet that lines the board walk.
5) Liu’s Formosa Tea House: 278 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth. They serve a very authentic selection of teas imported from China, as well as a small but delicious vegetarian Chinese menu.
6) And LAST, Zwicker’s Gallery on 5415 Doyle Street, Halifax. Eastern Canada’s oldest commercial Art Gallery. It’s worth a visit to see local contemporary and historical art, have a cup of tea and to visit Zoe, the cat!

susan

I have not been for many years, I had a Great Aunt & Uncle who lived there. This guide will be stored for a future visit.

Karen

Halifax lifer but haven’t been to half of these places. Glad someone mentioned The Public Gardens (14 acre, largest & oldest Victorian Garden in N.America if I remember correctly) and Point Pleasant Park, both recovering nicely from hurricane Juan. (PPP=181 acre wooded trails in south-end, still officially owned by the Crown and rented by HFX for a shilling a year also home to Shakespere by the Sea)

Surprised no one has mentioned Fries & Company on Chebucto Rd. for best fish & chips, suffering a little from the removal of transfats from their oil, but still well worth a stop.

Also agree with Lisa re: Bud the Spud, he’s semi-retired now but still works his truck outside the Library some days. Great summer tradition sitting on the library wall on a sunny day, eating fries while fighting off birds. Bill the Spud’s OK too, but Bud’s got the better name & better location usually. I think he’s a brother, not a son.

Great dance community Edgett International for social & competitive Ballroom & Latin or Halifax Dance for everything else.

Could go on for days, and I haven’t even started on the South Shore, Valley or Cape Breton!!

Sam

Great guide! some things you left off:

1- day trips to Lawrencetown, Peggy’s Cove, Chester and Mahone Bay in the summer

2- stroll around Point Pleasant Park

3- jane’s on the common, The Wooden Monkey, Chives, The Bicycle Thief, The Heartwood restaurants

4- plethora of independent cafes! Just Us! has delicious fair trade coffee, Local Jo is a real neighbourhood cafe, and Java Blend in the North End to watch them roast their own coffee to name but a few!

5- New Seaport Market!

6- Brewery tours of Propeller and Garrison micro-breweries as well as the old Keith’s brewery

7- Biscuit General Store- wonderful boutique that can best be described as a mini, locally owned and curated Urban Outfitters w/ clothing for women, men as well as housewares, cosmetics, gifts etc.

8- and if you’re looking to relax and rent a movie, Video Difference is probably the best video store on the planet and it’s open 24/7!

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