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HALIFAX TRAVEL GUIDE: WHERE TO EAT, SHOP, EXPLORE

June 12, 2017

Coming to Halifax? Not sure what to do? I’ve received SO many emails and messages asking for my suggestions for Halifax, so I decided to make a blog post for you all! I’m happy so many of you are excited to come to my city because I really do love it oh so much. To celebrate #Canada150 I’ve compiled a pretty intense travel guide for you, but if you have any specific questions PLEASE let me know. I’m happy to address any of your travel concerns.

*Also don’t miss it but I’ve collaborated with a bunch of local bloggers, so be sure to check out their blogs as well.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A CAR


If you have a car you’ve got to go to Peggy’s Cove because it’s what EVERY tourist does lol. Heads up it’s VERY windy, and usually pretty cold (in case you wanted to shoot outfit pics). While you’re there also visit Polly’s Cove and dine at The Rhubarb for dinner, or stay at Oceanstone.

On your way back to the city visit and climb Dingle Tower for an amazing view, and stroll around Regatta Point walking trail that wraps around the water.

Drive out to Lawerence Town, and hit the beach ! It’s beautiful and a great spot to take photos.

Crystal Crescent Beach is beautiful and the water is tropical shade of tourquise. There’s a walking trail as well so even if it’s too cold to swim at least you can get some exercise. Depending on what time of year you’re there you might pass the nude beach lol and its participants.

 

WHAT TO DO DOWNTOWN


Walk the boardwalk πŸ™‚ it’s so beautiful and while it’s currently under construction there’s still plenty to see and expereince.

While you’re there take the ferry to Dartmouth, and enjoy a delisious latte or traditional crossiants at Two If by Sea (on either side). Dartmouth also has an bustling waterfront full shops and eats!

Explore the many twists and turns of Point Pleasant Park, and if you time it right you can catch a production of Shakespeare by the Sea.

Stroll Public Gardens, and grab a hand paddled ice cream at the shop located inside the park, or just around the corner grab a mint lemonade or a fusion salad at Indochine or coffee at Smiling Goat.
Listen to some live music at either The Carlton or Lower Dec or blues and comedy at Bearly’s.

Check out or hang out at the library it’s extremely architecturally pleasing (and if the patio is open upstairs you can get some sweet insta pics)
Pop into the Seaport Market on the weekend and take in live music, and pick up some souveiners from our local aritisans.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK


For dinner: I’d recommend Lot Six (don’t go on Sunday if you want to sit in a atrium) For fine dining I’d suggest The Bicycle Thief, Press Gang, and The Brasserie (in the North End). If Vegan you should try Envie, or Wild Leek. For more causal dinning and drinks I’d suggest Studio East or La Frasca. For pizza I’d do Salvatores.

For Drinks: Little Oak, Stillwell Beer Garden (on Spring Garden) go at night it’s magical and dog friendly), Stubborn Goat Beer Garden (on the waterfront), Good Robot, Highwayman, and check Lion and Bright for events.Β 

For Brunch, Bistro By Liz (very affordable, lots of tables, and a free mimosa or ceaser with your burnch purchase),Β  Robie Street Diner (all day breakfast), Coastal Cafe (heads up there’s always a wait on weekends and they close at 2), and Edna. I’ve actually been meaning to go to Edna, so if you need a buddy I’m totally game.

Lunch: Rinaldo’s (their hero sandwiches are so good, as well as their pizza), Pete’s (especially if you like fresh smoothies or juice, fresh salads or sandwiches), Indochine (get the fusion salad I promise you won’t be disappointed).

Coffee: The Old Apothecary (very cool inside also they sell chocolate stuffed croissants), Steve-o-renos, Wired Monk (for matcha), and Lion & Bright (love the vibe, Weird Harbour (great for insta pics), Cabin Coffee also makes a great cafe mocha (and they will make it with almond milk if you ask).

Delicious Treats: French Fix, Two If By Sea, The Middle Spoon (only focuses on desserts and drinks they also have a huge list of dessert “adult” beverages here too), Freak Lunch Box is funky little candy store with lots of vintage candies from when we were kids lol

WHERE TO SHOP


Downtown: You have to check out Biscuit General Store, Alexa Pope if you need a killer outfit for a night on the town, The Black Market, Carrying a wide variety of popular beauty brands from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan you have to stop at Moon Moon Cosmetics. Inkwell is another super cute shop that sells stationary and prints its a great spot for picking up a little something special from your trip. If you’re into Vinyl check out Taz Records, and for man in your life check out RCHMND.

Don’t forget about the shops along vintage row (Queen Street) most notably Sweet Pea Boutique.

North End, Definitely pop into Makenew Vintage, Sattva, and the shops along the hydrostone. The Independent Mercantile Company is quite possibly the cutest shop ever! Ready your wallet because you can’t bot buy something.

And of course Halfiax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac Mall. Envy Clothing is an Atlantic Canadian company so if you’re from out of town be sure to check out their HSC and Parklane locations they carry some pretty cool stuff.

 

WHERE TO RELAX


If you’re looking to relax during your stay in Halifax look no further than the floatation centre, or any of our many yoga studios or spas. Might I suggest the Signature Body Bliss Treatment from The Summit Spa? It’s really like nothing else in the city. OR a massage with the Best of Halifax’s Gold Winner Courtney at Agricola Holistic Health. Also take a visit to the salt room. And for nails, and esthetics definitely go see Stella at Vitality Medi Spa.

 

Hope you found today’s post helpful! This is an ECM Media Hop so please check out the other #Canada150 posts as well by clicking below!

xx

Kayla


 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Gina Bell June 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I love the Public Gardens. I went many Sundays when I was a little girl, and your picture makes me want to go back!

  • Reply Heather Laura Clarke June 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Love these ideas! And your photos are amazing, as always!

  • Reply Reg. June 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Great ideas! I really like the ‘Where to Eat & Drink’ recommendations.

  • Reply Stephanie McDougall June 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    So many great spots! A lot of my favorite north end Halifax haunts <3

  • Reply Crystal June 13, 2017 at 12:51 am

    So many of my favorite Halifax spots in this post. It makes me miss the city!

  • Reply Samantha June 13, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Such great recommendations! Made me long for a Halifax summer, the harbour and the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden.

  • Reply Jennifer June 13, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Such a great resource! I’ll definitely be looking back on this as we plan a few day trips this summer. πŸ™‚

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