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Pharmacy
GUARDIAN PHARMACY For those “you never know when” emergencies. Directly across the street. (They also have milk and snacks.)
Scotia Drug Store
2131 Gottingen St
GUARDIAN PHARMACY For those “you never know when” emergencies. Directly across the street. (They also have milk and snacks.)
Eats, GREAT Eats, and Stuff
In the neighbourhood, walk out the door of the building and turn right. My biases. LF Bakery is the best French Bakery I've every been to outside of France. Edna and HopYard are my absolute favourite easy dining places in Halifax. Edna is a bit fancier but both are superb.
A little bit of France virtually on your doorstep (across the street, down ½ block). Croissants, fabulous French Bread, sandwiches, pastry, excellent coffee if you want to eat in. Remember that bakery you went to for croissant every morning in Paris? Then you tried other baked treats and the bread. Well, that bakery is now across the street.
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LF Bakery
2063 Gottingen St
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A little bit of France virtually on your doorstep (across the street, down ½ block). Croissants, fabulous French Bread, sandwiches, pastry, excellent coffee if you want to eat in. Remember that bakery you went to for croissant every morning in Paris? Then you tried other baked treats and the bread. Well, that bakery is now across the street.
This is my personal favourite restaurant in Halifax. Just down from LF Bakery. Food is outstanding. Award-winning​ and consistently in the top 5 restaurants in Halifax. Moderate prices.
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Edna
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This is my personal favourite restaurant in Halifax. Just down from LF Bakery. Food is outstanding. Award-winning​ and consistently in the top 5 restaurants in Halifax. Moderate prices.
This is actually called: JANE’S NEXT DOOR Frozen, ready to eat meals. Jane is Edna’s mother. Jane is her real name, Edna is not her real name…it’s the restaurant name. For years Jane had an award winning restaurant, gave it up, started catering and prepping food and her daughter opened Edna.
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Jane's Next Door
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This is actually called: JANE’S NEXT DOOR Frozen, ready to eat meals. Jane is Edna’s mother. Jane is her real name, Edna is not her real name…it’s the restaurant name. For years Jane had an award winning restaurant, gave it up, started catering and prepping food and her daughter opened Edna.
Pub, restaurant, fun place to hang out. Comfort food.
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The Foggy Goggle
1667 Argyle Street
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Pub, restaurant, fun place to hang out. Comfort food.
Small plates, cocktails, just hang out. Great atmosphere, not rushed,
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Field Guide
2076 Gottingen St
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Small plates, cocktails, just hang out. Great atmosphere, not rushed,
Beer, Food, Vinyl. Hop Yard is a full-service restaurant focusing on craft beer and food of course, and, they sell used vinyl records. There’s a 10 tap rotating draft beer system and a 2-week​ rotating menu. The food is excellent.
HopYard
2103 Gottingen St
Beer, Food, Vinyl. Hop Yard is a full-service restaurant focusing on craft beer and food of course, and, they sell used vinyl records. There’s a 10 tap rotating draft beer system and a 2-week​ rotating menu. The food is excellent.
Waffles. Yup. Waffles. Nice easy treat. Daytime hours only (at least it was when I made up this guide).
Waffle Love
5530 Kaye St
Waffles. Yup. Waffles. Nice easy treat. Daytime hours only (at least it was when I made up this guide).
The next three, The Local The Seahorse The Marquee are all in the same building just down a block on the corner across the street. Music, trivia nights, other entertainment.
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The Local Restaurant and Bar
2037 Gottingen St
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The next three, The Local The Seahorse The Marquee are all in the same building just down a block on the corner across the street. Music, trivia nights, other entertainment.
Restaurant, bar, live music.
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Seahorse Tavern
2037 Gottingen St
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Restaurant, bar, live music.
Live music venue (serves alcohol). Not a restaurant.
The Marquee Ballroom
Live music venue (serves alcohol). Not a restaurant.
Rock climbing, restaurant, drinks. Loose and casual.
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Seven Bays Bouldering
2019 Gottingen St
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Rock climbing, restaurant, drinks. Loose and casual.
Local brewery, right next door to Seven Bays Bouldering. Beer made on the premises. Buy beer, take it home. They also have homemade root beer (no alcohol).
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Propeller Brewing Co (The)
2015 GOTTINGEN ST
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Local brewery, right next door to Seven Bays Bouldering. Beer made on the premises. Buy beer, take it home. They also have homemade root beer (no alcohol).
Not a restaurant but very close by to the loft, on Brunswick Street. A lovely little store that sells cards, small pottery, many small git items that are obviously crafted with skill and are not kitschy. Worth a visit if you're looking for a gift.
Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio Inc.
1658 Market St
Not a restaurant but very close by to the loft, on Brunswick Street. A lovely little store that sells cards, small pottery, many small git items that are obviously crafted with skill and are not kitschy. Worth a visit if you're looking for a gift.
A Japanese inspired café and desert shop. Matcha ice cream. If you know about Matcha, well, they have it here. If you don't know about Matcha...it's green tea ground to a powder. Very distinct and subtle taste. Matcha ice cream, for those who appreciate it, is divine. The name Taiyaki comes from one of the deserts. A fresh baked waffle in a fish shape. Comes with a variety of fillings. The Taiyaki are a taste delight. Your mouth will be happy.
Cafe Taiyaki 52
2009 Brunswick St
A Japanese inspired café and desert shop. Matcha ice cream. If you know about Matcha, well, they have it here. If you don't know about Matcha...it's green tea ground to a powder. Very distinct and subtle taste. Matcha ice cream, for those who appreciate it, is divine. The name Taiyaki comes from one of the deserts. A fresh baked waffle in a fish shape. Comes with a variety of fillings. The Taiyaki are a taste delight. Your mouth will be happy.
It's worth the trip. Although it's not close, you can either drive there or take the ferry to the Woodside terminal and then just walk a short distance up the hill. An unpretentious (read old) diner...not old style, truly old...same location for nearly 50 years. Fabulous fish and chips, not heavy, not overly battered, tasty cole slaw (not too vinegary or salty), wonderfully friendly staff. If you crave great Fish & Chips, this is the place to visit.
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John's Lunch
352 Pleasant St
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It's worth the trip. Although it's not close, you can either drive there or take the ferry to the Woodside terminal and then just walk a short distance up the hill. An unpretentious (read old) diner...not old style, truly old...same location for nearly 50 years. Fabulous fish and chips, not heavy, not overly battered, tasty cole slaw (not too vinegary or salty), wonderfully friendly staff. If you crave great Fish & Chips, this is the place to visit.
More Neighbourhood and the nearest alcohol store.
Walk out the door and turn to the left. Some of these places are a bit further away but still easy to get to.
Well this one's easy. It's in our building. Coffee shop, light meals, alcohol.
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The Nook on Gottingen
2116 Gottingen St
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Well this one's easy. It's in our building. Coffee shop, light meals, alcohol.
Need a doughnut? Small custom doughnut shop.
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Vandal Doughnuts
2605 Agricola St
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Need a doughnut? Small custom doughnut shop.
Authentic French Charcuterie. Great food to take out. Prepares his own meats. Not a restaurant. Look, mouth waters, buy it, go home, eat. Easy.
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Ratinaud
2082 Gottingen St
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Authentic French Charcuterie. Great food to take out. Prepares his own meats. Not a restaurant. Look, mouth waters, buy it, go home, eat. Easy.
LGBTQ Bar.
Menz & Mollyz Bar
2182 Gottingen St
LGBTQ Bar.
Home-made ice cream, burritos, coffee.
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Dee Dee's Ice Cream
5668 Cornwallis Street
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Home-made ice cream, burritos, coffee.
Beautiful florist shop if you need some flowers during your stay.
My Mother's Bloomers
2086 Creighton St
Beautiful florist shop if you need some flowers during your stay.
Get your drinks here.
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NSLC
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Get your drinks here.
It’s a straight-ahead old-style Jewish Deli (not kosher). Unpretentious.
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Hali Deli - Old World Delicatessen
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It’s a straight-ahead old-style Jewish Deli (not kosher). Unpretentious.
Highly rated, great space, delectable food. Urban restaurant and bar serving French inspired seasonal home-style cooking.
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Agricola Street Brasserie
2540 Agricola St
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Highly rated, great space, delectable food. Urban restaurant and bar serving French inspired seasonal home-style cooking.
Casual dining, inventive food, stellar reviews.
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Eliot & Vine
2305 Clifton St
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Casual dining, inventive food, stellar reviews.
For your emergency snacks, milk, chips…your basic corner store.
Joe Thomeh Kwik-Way
For your emergency snacks, milk, chips…your basic corner store.
More Great Eats a bit farther away (all these places are very highly rated)
These are all worth the distance and they're actually not that far.
High end. Sublime. Beautiful food beautifully served in a relaxing atmosphere. Among the top 5 best in Halifax.
Gio
1725 Market St
High end. Sublime. Beautiful food beautifully served in a relaxing atmosphere. Among the top 5 best in Halifax.
Breakfast, lunch, brunch. A fun place to eat. Fabulous variety on the menu, From basic breakfasts to unusual combinations. All good.
Elle's Bistro
1678 Barrington St
Breakfast, lunch, brunch. A fun place to eat. Fabulous variety on the menu, From basic breakfasts to unusual combinations. All good.
High end. Reservations. Award winning chef. Outstanding food. Among the top 5 best in Halifax.
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Chives Canadian Bistro
1537 Barrington Street
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High end. Reservations. Award winning chef. Outstanding food. Among the top 5 best in Halifax.
The chef is a food genius. Little brother of Chives. Also, smaller prices. Located 2 doors down from Chives. Great burgers and varied menu. Mac & Cheese is prize winning.
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2 Doors Down Food & Wine Halifax
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The chef is a food genius. Little brother of Chives. Also, smaller prices. Located 2 doors down from Chives. Great burgers and varied menu. Mac & Cheese is prize winning.
High end. Small intimate restaurant in a boutique hotel. Regularly one of the top rated in Halifax.
Stories Fine Dining
5184 Morris St
High end. Small intimate restaurant in a boutique hotel. Regularly one of the top rated in Halifax.
Looking for a great burger. This is the burger joint you want to go to. It’s a diner, plain and simple. Darrell Fries (spicy potato wedges) and milkshakes are renowned.
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Darrell's Restaurant
5576 Fenwick Street
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Looking for a great burger. This is the burger joint you want to go to. It’s a diner, plain and simple. Darrell Fries (spicy potato wedges) and milkshakes are renowned.
PIZZA. Not just considered the best pizza place in Halifax but in the top 10 of all restaurants. Remember, Pizza, like many foods is subjective.
Tomavinos Ristorante
1113 Marginal Rd
PIZZA. Not just considered the best pizza place in Halifax but in the top 10 of all restaurants. Remember, Pizza, like many foods is subjective.
Groceries, Coffee and More
First, there's coffee and then some grocery stores. Personally, I shop at all three of the grocery stores listed below. My favourite is Pete’s Fine Foods (also known as Pete’s Frootique). As it turns out, it’s also the closest​ store of the three.
Wonderful coffee shop. Roasts beans in the back daily and constantly. Always smells of freshly roasted coffee. Ground to your request. Light snacks only. Not a restaurant.
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Java Blend Coffee Roasters
6027 North Street
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Wonderful coffee shop. Roasts beans in the back daily and constantly. Always smells of freshly roasted coffee. Ground to your request. Light snacks only. Not a restaurant.
An outstanding grocery store/specialty grocer. In addition to being a basic grocery store, there’s a huge cheese counter, deli counter, prepared foods, the nicest produce, sushi bar (take out) and much more. They also carry many specialty grocery items. There's a soup/salad/sandwich bar, stir fry lunch counter and seating for eat in or, you can take it out. It’s great for lunch or supper…and…they have a gelato and smoothie bar (right across from the salad bar). If you decided on Sushi, you can eat here in the dining area downstairs or upstairs.
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Pete's Fine Foods
1515 Dresden Row
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An outstanding grocery store/specialty grocer. In addition to being a basic grocery store, there’s a huge cheese counter, deli counter, prepared foods, the nicest produce, sushi bar (take out) and much more. They also carry many specialty grocery items. There's a soup/salad/sandwich bar, stir fry lunch counter and seating for eat in or, you can take it out. It’s great for lunch or supper…and…they have a gelato and smoothie bar (right across from the salad bar). If you decided on Sushi, you can eat here in the dining area downstairs or upstairs.
Full supermarket.
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Sobeys North &Windsor
2651 Windsor Street
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Full supermarket.
Large great full supermarket. A bit farther than Sobeys and Pete's.
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Atlantic Superstore
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Large great full supermarket. A bit farther than Sobeys and Pete's.
The name says it all. It’s an Italian market and restaurant serving prepared foods. Eat in or take out. Everything is wonderful. Luscious pastries. Italian groceries (they do not carry fresh fruit/veggies, but Superstore is virtually next door).
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Italian Market
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The name says it all. It’s an Italian market and restaurant serving prepared foods. Eat in or take out. Everything is wonderful. Luscious pastries. Italian groceries (they do not carry fresh fruit/veggies, but Superstore is virtually next door).
Out and about, Drinks, Fun
A few things to do.
Every town has at least one. TVs, games, sports, food, drinks.
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HFX Sports Bar & Grill
1721 Brunswick St
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Every town has at least one. TVs, games, sports, food, drinks.
One long street full of restaurants and bars. At one end, The Carleton, venerable music venue and restaurant. Always lively. Lots of patio seating outdoors in good weather. Plans are slowly underway to perhaps turn this into a pedestrian mall. At least that's the current plan for summer weekends.
Argyle Street
One long street full of restaurants and bars. At one end, The Carleton, venerable music venue and restaurant. Always lively. Lots of patio seating outdoors in good weather. Plans are slowly underway to perhaps turn this into a pedestrian mall. At least that's the current plan for summer weekends.
It’s a casino. That’s why it’s called Casino Nova Scotia.
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Casino Nova Scotia
1983 Upper Water St
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It’s a casino. That’s why it’s called Casino Nova Scotia.
Ever wanted to try axe throwing. This is the place.
HaliMac Axe Throwing Halifax
1920 Brunswick Street
Ever wanted to try axe throwing. This is the place.
Brew pub, light fare, beer right inside and beside the brewery.
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2 Crows Brewing Co.
1932 Brunswick St
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Brew pub, light fare, beer right inside and beside the brewery.
Sightseeing Near
Just a very few things that might interest you.
Large open air park. Skating oval in winter. Skates available to rent (at the time of writing, skate rentals are FREE with government ID).
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Halifax Common
5816 Cogswell St
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Large open air park. Skating oval in winter. Skates available to rent (at the time of writing, skate rentals are FREE with government ID).
National Historic Site. Old fort. Once upon a time, this is where the military was stationed to protect Halifax.
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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
5425 Sackville St
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National Historic Site. Old fort. Once upon a time, this is where the military was stationed to protect Halifax.
Beautiful old clock building right beside The Citadel.
Halifax Town Clock
Beautiful old clock building right beside The Citadel.
A tranquil oasis of gardens and spaces in the centre of a busy city.
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Halifax Public Gardens
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A tranquil oasis of gardens and spaces in the centre of a busy city.
Architecturally award winning beautiful new building. Come in, stroll, look around, then wander to the rooftop where there’s a nice little restaurant with outdoor seating and views.
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Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd
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Architecturally award winning beautiful new building. Come in, stroll, look around, then wander to the rooftop where there’s a nice little restaurant with outdoor seating and views.
Old and new, historic, a seaport. Lively. In season, cruise ships dock here. They can be enormous.
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Halifax Waterfront
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Old and new, historic, a seaport. Lively. In season, cruise ships dock here. They can be enormous.
New building, old established Farmer’s Market on the waterfront. Just keep walking past the Halifax Waterfront. Lots of vendors selling their wares, as well as ready to eat treats and meals. Great on Saturday & Sunday. Less lively other days but still interesting.
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Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
1209 Marginal Rd
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New building, old established Farmer’s Market on the waterfront. Just keep walking past the Halifax Waterfront. Lots of vendors selling their wares, as well as ready to eat treats and meals. Great on Saturday & Sunday. Less lively other days but still interesting.
Canada's national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. Pier 21 is Canada's last remaining ocean immigration shed. The facility is often compared to Ellis Island (1892-1954).
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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Rd
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Canada's national museum of immigration. The museum occupies part of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. Pier 21 is Canada's last remaining ocean immigration shed. The facility is often compared to Ellis Island (1892-1954).
Large beautiful city park with many walking trails.
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Point Pleasant Park
5530 Point Pleasant Dr
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Large beautiful city park with many walking trails.