Coming to Halifax? Not sure what to do? I’ve received SO many emails and messages asking for my Halifax Travel Guide, 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.
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 hiking trail 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 turquoise. 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 🙂 it’s so beautiful and while it’s currently under construction there’s still plenty to see and experience.
While you’re there take the ferry to Dartmouth, and enjoy a delicious latte or traditional croissants at Two If by Sea. Dartmouth also has an bustling waterfront full shops and eats (The Canteen is great as well as The Creperie, and Battery Park for drinks), so definitely explore the area.
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 a bite or bevy at the Stillwell Beergarden.
Listen to some live music at either The Carlton or Lower Deck 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 souvenirs from our local artisans.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
For dinner: I’d recommend Lot Six (avoid Sundays 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 definitely try Envie, or Wild Leek.
For more causal dinning and drinks I’d suggest Studio East, or Gahan House, and a great happy medium would be La Frasca. For pizza I’d do Salvatores (just as a heads up delivery can take a while, but it’s worth it).
Fave burger: The Canteen.
For the wine lover: Little Oak, they have an amazing wine list, nearly 17 available by the glass and 5-7 on the coravin) you can try a variety of wines without the commitment of a full bottle. Also the food at Little Oak is noteworthy in it’s own right with unique menu items and flavorful combinations.
Specialty cocktails and great food: Bar Kismet, Field Guide, and Highwayman.
In the summer, check out the outdoor beer gardens, Stillwell Beer Garden (on Spring Garden) go at night it’s magical and dog friendly), Stubborn Goat Beer Garden (on the waterfront), and Good Robot. Another great option is have drinks at the Gahan House it’s right on the water, so you can’t beat the view. In the summer I’d also suggest The Rooftop.
For Brunch, Bistro By Liz (very affordable, lots of tables, and a complimentary mimosa or ceaser with your brunch purchase), 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 love 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: Boxcar Social (love the vibe and decor inside), Wired Monk (for matcha), and Weird Harbour (great for insta pics), Cabin Coffee is so cozy and they also make a great cafe mocha (and they will make it with almond milk if you ask). My fave fave fave coffee is definitely from Java Blend, you won’t get a better cappuccino. Looking for a place to work perhaps visit Sine or Cafe Lara. And best late visit Cafe Good Luck in Dartmouth.
Delicious Treats: Taiyaki 52 (ice cream) French Fix (macrons), LF Bakery, DeeDee’s Ice Cream (also have great burritos) 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 leave without buying 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. Also HSC has some great spots to eat as well at their Terrace, I pretty much live on Mezza lol.
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? Or the infrared Sauna and a facial from My Modern Age it’s really like nothing else in the city. OR a massage I love the couples massages from Spirit Spa or Mudwraps to Manicures. Also take a visit to The salt room. And for nails, and esthetics definitely pop over to Vitality Medi Spa.