48 Hours In Halifax, Nova Scotia

Above: Peggy's Cove is one of the most popular tourist spots in Nova Scotia and the lighthouse may be the most photographed in the world
Above: Peggy's Cove is one of the most popular tourist spots in Nova Scotia and the lighthouse may be the most photographed in the world

Halifax is one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada. Thinking of visiting the breathtaking capital of Nova Scotia? Here’s everything you need to know before booking your next trip there.

What to do?

This city offers lots for the history buff including Citadel Hill, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. If food and drink is what brought you to the East Coast, you can tour the local breweries, visit the Atlantic Beer Institute or you can even check out the Chowder Trail (yes, the province has created an official tour of the best chowders in the land). Halifax also boasts a waterfront casino and amazing live music (check out Durty Nelly’s or The Split Crow from the best of local talent). If you have time, rent a car and head out to Peggy’s Cove. This is a city that knows how to entertain, check out novascotia.com for more information.

Where to eat?

Brunch seems to have become a national past time in this part of the country and people are more than willing to line up for some great brunch. Be sure to check out EDNA, you won’t be disappointed, other great options include Bistro Le Coq or The Coastal. For lunch, we recommend hitting the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market for some amazing fresh and locale eats. You can find everything from the best dumplings you have ever had at ChenPapa to amazing lobster rolls from Goldwater Lobster shack. This city has some amazing restaurants for Dinner (although they call it Supper here). Be sure to try the Bicycle Thief for some amazing Italian soul food, the seafood is fresh and the pasta is authentic. Just make sure you make a reservation, as this place is always packed and bumping. Other notables include: Five Fisherman (classic high end seafood dining), Chives or The Press Gang (they offer an amazing selection of raw oysters).

Where to drink?

The rumour that Maritimers love to drink (and know how to drink) is definitely true. For great cocktails be sure to hit The Middle Spoon, The Fireside Bar, Bitter End or Onyx. As expected, this is much more of a beer city (home to Alexander Keith’s Brewery and Propeller Brewery just to name a few) filled with great local pubs and breweries, so be more of a local and check out Maxwell’s Plum English Pub, The Henry House, or Brussels Restaurant & Brasserie for some of the best selections of beer in the city.

Where to shop?

If you are hankering for some shopping, be sure to check out some great menswear from international brands at the Biscuit General Store, Duggers and RCHMND. Want something more local? Check out East Coast Lifestyle.

Where to stay?

The Lord Nelson is a world-class luxury hotel with great old world charm. The Hotel features an amazing lobby bar (The Arms) and a fitness center to help you burn off all the fish and chips you consume. The hotel is located right across from the Halifax Public Gardens and close to all the happenings on the waterfront.

Christian Dare

Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a Visual Manager before pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Design. He is the Principal at Christian Dare Creative, the co-founder of Stylist Box and runs a successful men’s lifestyle blog, Christian Dare Edited,focusing on menswear, interior design and craft cocktails. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram christian_dare. 

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  1. The stubborn Goat gastro pub is a must when travelling to Halifax. The food is fabulous and incredibly fresh, local as possible. The beer on tap will keep you satisfied ( local, domestic and imports)and the cocktails will have you begging for more.

    I cannot say enough good things about this establishment, its not just a good place to eat and drink.. It’s an experience!

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