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On behalf of the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Metro area, and our capital city, Halifax. Nova Scotia is rich in beauty, heritage and culture, and we are pleased to share it with you. Our exclusive visitor magazine, Where Halifax will help you discover all there is to experience during your visit. With March Break upon us, Halifax is heating up with a month jam-packed with family friendly activities. Our cover story on page 18 gives you lots of ideas, including skating at the Emera Oval on the Halifax Common (page EC7), enjoying some local basketball and hockey games, and heading to a local gallery or museum for hands-on activities. Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a St. Paddy’s Day pint? Trevor J. Adams rounds up a list of Celtic pubs that will get you in a celebratory spirit. In our shopping feature on page 14, Suzanne Rent spotlights the latest spring fashions and where to find fresh new threads and gifts in Halifax. Where is designed to help make the most of your time by assisting you with decisions such as where to shop, where to dine and what to see and do. Please feel free to take this magazine along with you on your journey—with our compliments. Our goal is to ensure your stay in one of Canada’s most extraordinary provinces is a memorable one. Should you have any questions, or require assistance of any kind during your visit, please ask any member of your hotel’s staff. Enjoy your stay and come back soon.






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THE GUIDE ENTERTAINMENT PAGES 45-48 >> The scoop on hot events, exhibits, theatre, and music SHOPPING PAGES 49-54 >> Major shopping areas, speciality stores, boutiques, and gift shops

MARCH MADNESS 18 SPRING BREAK! Sports, art, and much more: Halifax is teeming with family friendly fare this March Break.

DINING PAGES 55-62 >> Eat your way through the city


THE ESSENTIAL CITY PAGES EC1–EC8 >> Attractions EC1 >> Getting Around EC2 >> Historic Sites EC2 >> Parks EC6 >> Museums EC7 >> Science Centres EC9 MAPS PAGES EC12–EC13 EC16–EC17

14 ON OUR COVER A speedskater enjoys the ice at the Emera Oval on the Halifax Common. Photo: Halifax Regional Municipality 6 MARCH 2017



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A member of Les Clef ’s d’Or Atlantic Region, Stephen Morris describes himself as an ambassador for the Prince George Hotel and the city of Halifax. He’s worked in hospitality for over 20 years, starting as a bellman in Lake Louise, Alberta. He’s held many hotel positions but returned to the role of concierge in the last decade. He takes pride in knowing that he can make a huge difference in guests’ experiences, sending them home with unique memories of Nova Scotia.

What’s your favourite way to spend a snowy winter day in Halifax? I love spending an afternoon skating at the Emera Oval on the Halifax Common (page EC7). in the heart of the city. You can bring your own skates or rent some for no cost. There are warming huts if you get too cold and there are also vendors on-site if you want a hot chocolate and a snack. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy an afternoon of fun.

What’s your go-to spot for a delicious weekend brunch? Head to Bistro by Liz (page 57) on South Park street. Each weekend from 11am to 3pm, you can enjoy mouth-watering brunch options while sipping on a complimentary caesar or mimosa with your brunch order.

Where should shoppers go to find a unique Halifax souvenir? At the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (page 55) you’ll find something unique of

Halifax to take home with you. Local vendors set up shop and offer everything from hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and much more.

What’s your pick for a top attraction for families visiting Halifax? I like to send visiting families to the Discovery Centre (page EC9). It’s a great time for both adults and children. With live demonstrations and hands-on exhibits, your family will have fun learning about science and how it’s a part of our everyday lives. With a new facility open on Lower Water Street, you won’t be disappointed.

Where should visitors go to enjoy a locally crafted beer? One of my favorite spots is The Gahan House (page 57) located on the Halifax Waterfront. It has an extensive beer menu, even brewing some on-site. Combined with a fantastic menu, this spot is sure to quench any beer-lovers thirst for that perfect pint. MARCH 2017




3 FOR MUSIC FANS MARCH 6 With the release of a new album, Afraid of Heights, Ontario punk band Billy Talent (page 46) takes the stage at the Scotiabank Centre. They share the spotlight with fellow guitar-thrashers Monster Truck and The Dirty Nil. MARCH 10 3 Doors Down (page 45) is extending its 2016 tour with more cross-Canada shows. The Mississippi rockers bring their high-energy show to Casino Nova Scotia, playing classic hits plus new tracks from their 2016 album, Us and the Night.


MARCH 18 TO 19 Symphony Nova Scotia pays tribute to Cape Breton’s Queen of Song, Rita MacNeil (page 46). The orchestra joins her longtime collaborators the Men of the Deeps, Lucy MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, Scott Macmillan, and more.


The Savour Food and Wine Festival (page 45) marks 15 years with its signature event, the Savour Food and Wine Show at the World Trade and Convention Centre on Argyle Street. Mingle with Nova Scotia’s top chefs and try their culinary creations, sample new beverages and meet the people behind the province’s diverse wine, beer and drinks scene.

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• Located downtown on Hollis Street, Studio 21 (page 46) is featuring colourful works by artist Alex Livingston March 3 to 29. His new series, Flowers, showcases a dynamic range of artwork with flower and botanical motifs. • The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (page 50) on Hollis Street is the place to go to learn about the province’s arts and culture. Current exhibitions include Confederation, 150 Years: 23 Prime Ministers (until March 26) and Autism Arts, showcasing artwork by young people on the autism spectrum. • Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery (page 46) presents How Do I Look?, a group exhibition of artist self-portraits from the university’s collection. It includes works by African-Nova Scotian artists Jim Shirley and Crystal Clements, Metis artist Rosalie Favell, plus many more. • Located in the heart of the downtown, Art 1274 (page 45) is a cooperative gallery spotlighting established and emerging local artists.

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Juno award-winning blues guitarist Garrett Mason returns to The Carleton along with emerging singer/songwriter Noah Tye for a night of great live music. Page 59

March 5 SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA Bernhard Gueller conducts as over 100 take the stage as Symphony Nova Scotia joins forces with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra to tackle music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Page 46

March 9 CECILIA CONCERTS Internationally renowned flute virtuoso Marina Piccinini appears with Meng Su of the celebrated Beijing Guitar Duo. Page 46

March 16 HALIFAX HURRICANES The hometown heroes take on Saint John in minor-pro hoops action at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street. Page 46




Bruce Guthro’s Songwriter’s Circle celebrates its 12th season with great music and stories at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom. Page 45

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• Kick off your casual spring wardrobe with a few looks from New Scotland Clothing (page 49). Everything used here is sourced in Canada and Nova Scotia, increasing the local appeal on the style. Pick from hoodies and t-shirts for men, women, and kids. Locations on Wentworth Street in Dartmouth, Historic Properties (page 55) on Lower Water Street, and at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. • On Spring Garden Road, Shop Olsen Europe (page 49) has fresh new looks and trends. Inspired by styles on runways and in the streets, this line is known for its quality and sophistication. Fabrics meet the company’s commitment to sustainability. The new spring collection features tops in pastel patterns, skinny-cut trousers, and light scarves.


• For something outside of the box, visit In a Box (page 49) on Dresden Row. At this little department store, you’ll find one-of-a-kind and edgy fashions for women. Or browse their collection of stylish accessories such as bracelets, scarves, and handbags. There are also contemporary gifts for weddings, such as wine glasses and decorative decanters or lovely champagne flutes. SHOP OLSEN EUROPE



Foodies and chefs will love browsing the aisles and shelves at Liquid Gold (page 50) in the Hydrostone Market (page EC4) or at the Sunnyside Mall (page 55) in Bedford. Its stock includes oils from South Africa, Italy, Spain, Peru, Portugal, France, Greece, Tunisia, Australia, Chile, and California. At the tasting bar, try extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.

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Pearls are a classic and graceful look and Pearl City (page 54) in Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street offers necklaces, bracelets, and more made of these lustrous gems. Choose from its varied collection or help design your own style. You can watch your pearl jewelry being hand-strung on-site by top craftspeople.


STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE • Local Source (page 55) on Agricola Street brings the farm to urban shoppers. Pick from an abundance of fresh products, such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, cheese, meat, and seafood. The bakery offers goods made with fair-trade and locally sourced ingredients baked on-site. An inhouse dietitian is available for consultations and cooking classes. • Maple syrup is the sugar of the season and Acadian Maple (page 50) in Upper Tantallon is the place to stock up on this sweet treat. Pick up maple candies, sugars, or coffees. Gift baskets include various maple treats. Purists will find bottles of maple syrup that will get them through the season and beyond.

• Knitters in the city will love The Loop (page 50) on Barrington Street, supplying the best of yarns for all knitting projects. Find patterns to help make accessories for your own wardrobe or to give as gifts. Sign up for workshops for knitters of every level. • L.K. Yarns (page 50) in the Hydrostone Market on Young Street carries a large stock of yarns in textures and colours aplenty. Yarns, patterns, and accessories come from the best suppliers.



Haskapa (page 50) in Bishop’s Landing celebrates the deliciousness and nutrition of the haskap berry. This berry is the prime ingredient in all its products, including food items, wine and spirts, gifts, and health and beauty items.

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Tucked away in historic Brewery Market on Lower Water Street, da Maurizio Fine Dining (page 60) is a perennial local favourite. The rustic cuisine of Northern Italy inspires Chef Andrew King, as he offers classics like gnocchi sautéed with wild mushrooms, farm-raised rabbit braised with applewood smoked bacon, and duck-leg confit. An expertly curated wine list and top-notch service complement the experience.




Just a couple blocks from the Halifax Transit (page EC2) ferry terminal, Battery Park (page 57) is a mecca for craft-beer lovers. The beer bar showcases local brews aplenty, with an everchanging selection on tap. The menu varies seasonally; the latest creation from Ace Burger Company (page 57) is always a safe bet.



Don’t let the humble exterior fool you: loyal foodies jam Mexico Lindo (page 61) on Dutch Village Road every night of the week. Fiery home-style Mexican cuisine is the house specialty. The menu includes explosively flavourful offerings like burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, and more.


Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Halifax? You won’t need a four-leafed clover to have a jolly time at these local Celtic hot spots. • On March 17, the line will start forming at sun-up outside The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse (page 62) on Prince Street. Enjoy traditional music throughout the day, a pint of ale from the old sod, and Irish cuisine like lamb stew. • A local favourite for an after-work tipple, Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub (page 61) on Argyle Street boasts an array of popular pub grub. The Banger Burger is sure to satisfy hungry carnivores. • Across the harbour in Dartmouth, Jamieson’s Irish Pub (page 56) on Cumberland Drive is a must for craft-beer lovers, with sixteen taps showcasing Nova Scotia’s best. MORRIS EAST




Fuel up for a busy day of exploration at Cora (page 59). The popular Quebec restaurant chain has locations around the city, including downtown on Dresden Row. Fresh fruit abounds, alongside breakfast classics like french toast, crepes, waffles, and pancakes.

• Intimate Morris East (page 61), just steps from the waterfront on Morris Street, pairs wood-fired gourmet pizza with local beer and wine. Not venturing downtown? Visit the newer location on Nine Mile Drive in Bedford West. • New York-Italian cuisine rules at Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria (page 61) on Young Street in the historic Hydrostone Market (page EC4). If you’re not in the mood for the signature pie, the hearty meatball hero is one of Halifax’s most popular sandwiches. • Just steps from the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (page 55) on Marginal Road, Tomavino’s (page 60) boasts an assortment of popular Italian pizza and pasta creations. • If you love pizza, avoid Ristorante a Mano (page 60) on Lower Water Street. Once you have the Pancetta, Poplpette e Funghi (crispy pancetta, house-made meatballs, wild mushrooms, fresh mozzarella) no other pizza will seem quite as good. • For eating in or late-night delivery, Freeman’s Little New York (page 61) has been a Halifax mainstay for decades. The House Specialty (with feta and Italian sausage) is just the thing to fortify you at midnight. MARCH 2017




From open-air sports to hands-on art, there’s plenty to do this Spring Break in Halifax BY JANICE HUDSON


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There’s more sports action to enjoy at the Scotiabank Centre, including high-octane hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads (page 46), the city’s major-junior hockey team. Watch the team take on Charlottetown March 15, Cape Breton on March 17, and Saint John on March 18. For tickets, visit

Dust off your skates and grab some friends for a free skate at the Emera Oval on the Halifax Common (page EC7), at the corner of North Park and Cogswell streets. It’s the largest outdoor, artificially refrigerated ice surface east of Quebec City. There are free on-site skate rentals for adults and kids alike (with photo ID), and helmet rentals for children 12 and under. Young kids can snag a handy glider for stability on the ice. Strollers are also welcome. Check out index.php for skate times. MARCH 2017

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The Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street is once again hosting the AUS Basketball Championships (page 46) from March 3 to March 5. Atlantic Canada’s top university basketball teams battle for the men’s and women’s regional champions. This joint championship was extended another year thanks to the event’s success. The men’s champion will compete in the CIS Final 8 (page 46) championship at Scotiabank Centre from March 9 to 12.

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creative corner Drop into the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (page 45) on the afternoons of March 15 and March 16 for Sketching in the Gallery. Facilitated by local artists, kids can create their own art using a range of supplied materials. No registration required. March 12 is Family Sunday at the gallery, with more artist led hands-on activities inspired by the gallery’s 3D artworks. Kids can work with clay and other materials to create faces and figures.

history comes to life From March 11 to 19, The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (page EC8) hosts Arctic Quest Adventures, inviting youngsters to explore this fascinating region. Sail the ship Baffin through the Northwest Passage in search of fun, art and games. Play traditional Inuit games, sketch the Northern skies, and try interactive stations to challenge your child’s creativity and survival skills. Surf to for more information.

not just natural wonders Dragons take centre stage this month at the Museum of Natural History (page EC9). Here Be Dragons explores the myth, literature, culture, and folklore of these dynamic creatures. As always, check out the museum’s permanent exhibition, Science on a Sphere, to learn about weather, shipping routes, and ocean currents. Visit Gus the gopher tortoise, who has been delighting young patrons for more than 70 years.

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ROCK OUT On March 6, high-octane rockers Billy Talent take the stage at the Scotiabank Centre on Argyle Street.


CASINO NOVA SCOTIA Gaming galore, from poker to roulette to 600 slot machines. Dine at Trapeze restaurant. Live entertainment and special events in the Schooner Showroom. March 10: 3 Doors Down. March 24: Bruce Guthro’s Songerwriter’s Circle. Must be 19 or older with governmentissued photo ID. 1983 Upper Water St. 902-425-7777.


YUK YUK’S Showcases stand-up comedians from across Canada. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Shows at 8:30pm. Students two-for-one on Tuesdays. Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, 1181 Hollis St. 902-429-YUKS (9857).


GRAFTON STREET DINNER THEATRE Rollicking music and live entertainment, served up with a three-course dinner. February 5 to April 30: Take a Chance on Me. A humourous wedding mystery, featuring Abba’s greatest hits. 1741 Grafton St. 902-425-1961.


SAVOUR FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL March 9 is the 15th-annual Savour Food & Wine Show at the World Trade and Convention Centre on Argyle Street. Sample gourmet recipes and local beverages, and meet the people behind Nova Scotia’s thriving wine, beer and drinks scene.


ANNA LEONOWENS GALLERY Showcases work generated from within the community of NSCAD University. Features

weekly exhibitions of student work and selected projects by faculty members, visiting artists, and curators. 1891 Granville St. 902-494-8184. ARGYLE FINE ART One of Halifax’s most progressive art galleries, showcasing contemporary art by established and emerging Canadian artists. The selection includes paintings, drawings, limited edition prints, fibre, sculpture, and photography. 1559 Barrington St. 902-425-9456. ART 1274 HOLLIS Some 23 local artists and artisans run this vibrant co-operative gallery, featuring new works of original, affordable paintings, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, glass work and wood turning. Open daily 10am to 6pm. 1274 Hollis St. 902-446-4077. ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA Atlantic Canada’s largest art museum displays a range of historic and contemporary art, traditional folk art, and temporary exhibitions. March 12: Family Sunday. Daily March Break child programs March 13 to 17, including Sketching in the Gallery March 15 and 16. Continuing through March 26: Confederation, 150 Years: 23 Prime Ministers. Continuing through May 28: Autism Arts. 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-5280. DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY Public gallery hosting a balanced program of travelling and in-house curated exhibitions of both contemporary and historical artworks, and a related program of artists, presentations, lectures, panel discussions, films, and other special events. Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Ave. 902-494-3820. MARCH 2017


ENTERTAINMENT GALLERY PAGE & STRANGE Gallerists Victoria Strange and Victoria Page run this gallery representing established artists who have a connection to Nova Scotia and are celebrated in Toronto, Montreal, and the United States. 6437 Cork St. 902-422-8995. MAPLES GALLERY Unique gallery showcasing works by local artisans. Original artwork, painted glass, stunning jewelry, ocean-inspired pottery, fine-art cards, all-natural bath products, and more. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, noon to 4pm. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-405-7050. MARY E. BLACK GALLERY Specializing in fine craft from Atlantic Canadian artists. Continuing through March 19: moon-inspired textiles by Halifax artist Frances Dorsey, ceramic funerary urns by Rachel Morouney. Shed 21, 1061 Marginal Rd. 902-492-2522. MOUNT SAINT VINCENT UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY Continuing through April 9: How Do I Look? exhibition of artists’ self-portraits from the MSVU collection; Tove Storch Sculpture installation spans the gallery’s height from ceiling to floor. Seton Academic Centre, Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy. 902-457-6160. SECORD GALLERY An ongoing series of exhibitions of works including oil, acrylic and mixed-media paintings, works on paper including original prints and photographs, plus sculpture and ceramics. 6301 Quinpool Rd. 902-423-6644. STUDIO 21 FINE ART GALLERY Contemporary Canadian art, showcasing established and emerging artists. March 3 to March 29: Flowers showcases new work by Alex Livingston. 1273 Hollis St. 902-420-1852. VIEWPOINT GALLERY Artist-run co-operative dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating, and promoting the art of photography. ViewPoint presents a mix of solo and group exhibitions. March 2 to 26: Shout-Out by Philip Joy profiles LGBTQ individuals. 1272 Barrington St. 902-420-0854. VISUAL ARTS NOVA SCOTIA CORRIDOR GALLERY Supporting artists and galleries around the province, VANS is at the heart of Nova Scotia’s art scene, featuring works by local talents in its Corridor Gallery. 1113 Marginal Rd. 902-423-4694, 1-866-225-8267. ZWICKER’S GALLERY Founded in 1866, Metro’s oldest commercial art gallery. Broad selection of fine art in many categories and styles, including antique nautical charts, maps, and engravings. Contemporary works by emerging artists, historical art from established names, Inuit and Native works, sculptures, ceramics, and antiquities. 5415 Doyle St. 902-423-7662.


CINEPLEX THEATRES Several Metro locations. Halifax: 190 Chain Lake Dr. (Imax), 6408 Oxford St., and 5657 Spring Garden Rd. Dartmouth Crossing: 145 Shubie Dr. Lower Sackville: 760 Sackville Dr. 1-800-333-0061.


BILLY TALENT March 6: With the release of their new album, Ontario punk band Billy Talent takes the stage with opening acts by fellow guitar-thrashers Monster Truck and The Dirty Nil. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. 46 MARCH 2017

CECILIA CONCERTS March 9: Marina Piccinini with Meng Su of The Beijing Guitar Duo. March 26: YAS Quartet perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 Op. 95 “Serioso,” Webern’s Langsamer Satz, and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Lilian Piercy Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Rd. 902-423-0143. DARTMOUTH COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION March 24. The Brogue Saxophone Quartet fuses the musical styles of its four dynamic members to create an ensemble that’s engaging and unique. Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Rd., Dartmouth. JAZZ AT STAYNER’S Get your Thursday night jazz fix at this weekly concert series. Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, 5075 George St. 902-492-1800. MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ SERIES Monday nights: Discover top local and touring jazz talent in the stylish setting of one of Halifax’s most popular night spots. Economy Shoe Shop, 1661 & 1663 Argyle St. 902-423-7463. SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA March 5: Two Orchestras Play Romeo and Juliet. March 11 and 12: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (at St. Andrew’s United Church). March 18 and 19: Flying on Your Own, a Tribute to Rita MacNeil. March 23: Lemieux and Lee Play Vaughan Williams. Unless otherwise noted, concerts at Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Ave. 902-494-3820.

SPORTS AUS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS March 3 to 5: Atlantic Canada’s top university basketball teams compete to crown the men’s and women’s regional champions, as Halifax hosts the two tournaments concurrently. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. CIS FINAL 8 March 9 to 12: Men’s National Basketball Championship. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. HALIFAX HURRICANES (National Basketball League of Canada) Regular-season home games. March 16: Saint John. March 22: P.E.I. March 27: Cape Breton. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221. HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) Regular-season home games. March 15: Charlottetown. March 17: Cape Breton. March 18: Saint John. Scotiabank Centre, 5284 Duke St. 902-451-1221.

THEATRE DARTMOUTH PLAYERS: March 30 to April 15: Elephant’s Graveyard. The circus is coming to town. This highly theatrical, award winning drama buzzes with truth about the consequences of misunderstanding. 33 Crichton Ave., Dartmouth. NEPTUNE THEATRE Continuing until March 12: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Based on the classic Wayne Johnson novel. March 9 to 12: Songs of the Rat Pack. Singer/actor Geordie Brown with a live band perform classics by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. March 21 to April 9: The Boat. Based on the Alistair MacLeod story, it tells the story of a boy living in a small Cape Breton fishing village in the 1940s. 1593 Argyle St. 902-429-7070.

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BELLISSIMO Fine antiques from Europe (selected by the proprietor on trips abroad). Selection includes hand-painted silk lighting, glass chandeliers, vintage lighting, Riedel crystal, and glassware, plus European-inspired home furnishings and accessories. Located in a large renovated warehouse, nominated for urban-design award. Shipping available. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12pm to 5pm. 2743 Agricola St. 902-423-6014. FINER THINGS ANTIQUES & CURIOS Accredited member of the Canadian Professional Appraisers, carries high-quality furniture and decorative artwork. Appraisal and selling services available. 2797 Agricola St, Halifax. 902-456-1412. GEDDES FURNITURE A landmark for local antique hunters. Carries fine pieces both big and small. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and will arrange delivery within Canada, New England, and New York. 2739 Agricola St. 902-454-7171. STONELEIGH ANTIQUES & JEWELLERY Traditional and contemporary style. 19th- and 20th-century furniture, lighting porcelain; antique and estate jewelry; and a broad selection of unique jewelry made in Canada. Collectors will find bears 48 MARCH 2017

with character created by members of the Teddy Bears Artist Guild of Nova Scotia. Open daily, 11am to 5:30pm (Tuesday and Sunday by chance). Granville Mall, 1870 Hollis St. 902-429-2112.


ATLANTIC NEWS Magazines and newspapers from across the region and around the world. Same-day editions of 2,000 newspapers from over 90 countries. The satellite newspapers are copyright editions sent directly from publishers. 5560 Morris St. 902-429-5468. Map 1 BRAIN CANDY TOYS This store offers a fun and educational variety of colourful toys, games, and books for people of all ages. Locally owned and operated. 1595 Bedford Hwy. 902-431-8697. MAPS & MORE Carries all manner of maps, including antiques, reproductions, city maps, travel guides, road atlases, nautical charts, and lots of other travel accessories. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. 1601 Lower Water St. 902-422-7106. VENUS ENVY Education-oriented bookstore and sex shop. Large book selection features feminist, queer, and left-leaning books and magazines in many genres. An array of adult accessories, sex toys, and movies. 1598 Barrington St. 1-877-370-9288.

VERITAS CATHOLIC BOOKS & GIFTS Books and other devotional items from the Catholic tradition—books by recent popes, books on current issues, literary fiction, and more. 1546 Barrington St. 902-429-7216. WOOZLES CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE Canada’s oldest bookstore for children. Carries books, music, and toys, as well as lots of information on parenting. Books range from babies to senior readers and parents, plus toys from PlayMobil, puppets, costumes, and games. Open daily. 1533 Birmingham St. 902-423-7626.


COLWELL’S Fashion for men—casual, smart, and professional apparel. Popular lines include Nautica, Alex Cannon, Rainforest, Bugatchi, and Jack Victor. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm. Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-420-1222. DUGGERS/D2 Fashion for urban men and women. Chic casual and club wear with labels by Hugo Boss, Diesel, Polo Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Fred Perry, Boss Orange, Miss Sixty, Jon Varvatos, and more. 5476 Spring Garden Rd., 902-425-2525. FOREIGN AFFAIR Contemporary boutique. Brands like Rag & Bone, Canada Goose, Sarah Pacini, Helmut Lang, Hugo Boss, Tibi, Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory, Smythe, Vince, Wildfox, House of Harlow, Rebecca Minkoff, and Longchamp Paris. Denim selection includes J Brand, Hudson, Current/ Elliott, Citizens of Humanity, 7 For All Mankind, and more. 5639 Spring Garden Rd.: 902-423-6676. 1705 Barrington St.: 902-429-1407. HALIKIDS Large store, packed with lots of toys, clothing, gifts, and games for kids. Just off Spring Garden Road. Open daily. 1445 South Park St. 902-429-8720. THE HIDE COMPANY A large selection of leather jackets, coats, boots, and shoes. Custom jackets, repairs. International shipping. 121 Ilsley Ave., Dartmouth. 902-466-1100. IN A BOX Classic and modern curated gifts, jewelry and ladies’ clothing. Featuring Canadian and international designers. A stylish little department store for items of distinction at affordable prices. 902-423-8031. 1468 Dresden Row. LOLË YOGA Active wear in feminine styles that can transition from studio to street. 5639 Spring Garden Rd. 902-444-5653. THE LOST COD This clothing company specializes in producing unique Nova Scotian-based designs, celebrating the province’s industry. Available at Queen’s Landing Market on the Halifax Boardwalk from May to October, online yearround. 902-431-3101. NEW SCOTLAND CLOTHING Locally made and designed style. Hoodies, t-shirts, and tops for women, children, and men all branded with unique Nova Scotia logos. 20 Wentworth Street, Dartmouth: Historic Properties, Halifax; and Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

OLSEN EUROPE Olsen is a leading European casual fashion brand, known for its modern classic styling, quality, and wide assortment of colors. Olsen manufactures its own clothing, with six designers working in Hamburg, Germany. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-0516. PATAGONIA HALIFAX Outdoor and lifestyle apparel. Patagonia is the first manufacturer to use recycled plastic in performance apparel and exclusively uses organic cotton. The company donates one per cent of sales to local environmental causes. 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-2060. PLAID PLACE Browse through tartans, sweaters, Scottish blankets, kilts, kilted skirts, Burns crystal, and cashmere. Highland dress sales and rental. Open 9:30am to 6pm. Barrington Place Shops, 1903 Barrington St. 902-429-6872. SAMUEL & CO. With a downtown boutique feel in the mall, Samuel & Co. offers the best in casual, career, and evening wear for women. Locations in Park Lane Mall at 5657 Spring Garden Rd.: 902-421-2632; Halifax Shopping Centre, 7001 Mumford Rd.: 902-453-6208; and Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth: 902-469-1737. SWEET PEA BOUTIQUE Halifax’s trendiest dress shop. Large selection of one-of-a-kind dresses for all seasons. Accessories include shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces. 1542 Queen St. 902-423-0975. TAKE IT OUTSIDE Offers top brands in apparel, accessories, and more for the outdoor adventurer. 196 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-405-8688 or 1869 Upper Water St.: 902-444-8689. TURBINE Styles for women created by Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy. Dresses, accessories, and a beauty line. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-429-0986. Also: Lisa Drader-Murphy Boutique, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-429-4097. VALUE VILLAGE Thrift store, offering vintage and secondhand clothing in a variety of styles. In the former Ashley furniture store in Bayer’s Lake. Free parking. 165 Chain Lake Dr. 902-450-5134. WILDFLOWER CLOTHING INC. Bright, cheerful boutique. Offers the trendiest new looks with clothing and accessories from lines like Paige Denim, Fidelity Denim, Free People, Line, Mimi & Marge Jewelery, and Biko Jewelry. Also offers baby gifts. 5553 Clyde St. 902-420-0364.


AGNS GALLERY SHOP Folk art, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, textiles, woodwork, Mi’Kmaw handcrafts, original prints, and more. Features the full Maud Lewis Collection: printed materials in reproduction prints, books, cards, etc. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-4303. ART ZONE GALLERY This new gallery supports the growth of emerging artists by providing an ongoing venue for exhibitions. Located in the Historic Colwell Building. Hosts group and solo exhibitions, workshops, and contests,

GROWING MINDS With lots of hands-on exhibits, the Discovery Centre on Lower Water Street is an exciting escape for kids, with lots of learning disguised as play. MARCH 2017


SHOPPING partnering with established artists to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and practical skills within the art community. 1673 Barrington St. 902-420-0800. CARREFOUR ATLANTIC EMPORIUM Traditional handcrafts, original works of art and literature capture the discerning shopper at this eclectic showcase of one-of-a-kind buys from Atlantic Canada, the First Nations, and the Canadian North. Open daily. Privateers Wharf, Upper Water St. 902-423-2940. DARTMOUTH YARNS A wide range of yarns, including Spud & Chloe, Brown Sheep, and Berroco, as well as a great variety of knitting, crocheting, and spinning supplies. Shipping available. 52 Queen St., Dartmouth. 902-422-9276. DESIGNER CRAFT SHOP Works by juried members of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council. Quality handmade crafts of original design, including ceramics and textiles. 1061 Marginal Rd., Suite 140 (within the Centre for Craft, next to Pier 21 railcar). 902-492-2522. DULY NOTED STATIONARY Boutique stationary shop specializing in couture stationary, including greeting cards, custom wedding invitations, gift tags, wrapping paper, and more. 1459 Brenton St. 902-446-5605.


P’LOVERS Unique products include non-toxic personal-care products, topical books, plus organic and natural fibre clothing (for babies and adults), solar-powered radios, stapleless staplers, bat houses, jewelry made from cutlery, comics, and recycled-tire door mats. 1443 South Park St.: 902-422-6060. 3 Edgewater Rd., Mahone Bay: 902-624-1421.


ACADIAN MAPLE Specializes in pure maple syrup, also offering sugar, candy, blueberry, cranberry, honey, and more. The shop is a full agri-tourism site. 13578 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Upper Tantallon. 1-888-276-2753. BISHOP’S CELLAR Upscale wine, spirits, and beer store specializes in varieties and vintages you won’t find elsewhere in the province. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-490-2675. CHOCO CAFE & CHOCOLATES BY DESIGN Customized chocolate creations for any occasion. Great gifts for weddings, baby showers, and more. Decadent hot chocolate is a house specialty. Open Monday to Saturday. 1360 Lower Water St. 902-407-8844.

INKWELL MODERN HANDMADE BOUTIQUE & LETTERPRESS STUDIO Handmade limited-edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery, and jewelry by local and international artists. Letterpress printing and custom design services of social stationery. 1658 Market St. 902-405-8309.

CLEARWATER Bring the taste of the Maritimes home. Seafood experts will pack fresh lobster and other seafood for travel, plus spices, condiments, lobster crackers, and other accessories. Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 902-873-4509. 757 Bedford Hwy.: 902-443-0333.

JENNIFER’S OF NOVA SCOTIA Works by more than 143 Nova Scotia craftspeople. From pottery and pewter to woolens and woodwork, handcrafted jewelry to Nova Scotia tartan items and clothing accessories, the selection is vast. 5635 Spring Garden Rd. 902-425-3119. Map 1

CRISTALL WINE MERCHANTS Independent wine retailer featuring top wines from around the world, including reds, whites, sparkling, and more. Beers, spirits, and ciders also available. 1595 Bedford Hwy. 902-835-4112.

LK YARNS INC. Nestled in a historic neighbourhood, this shop offers yarn and knitting supplies, including locally hand-dyed yarns and brands from around the world. Get expert knitting advice. The Hydrostone Market, 1557 Barrington St. 902-431-9633.

FISHERMAN’S MARKET INTERNATIONAL INC. Selection includes live or boiled lobster, smoked salmon, mussels, scallops, clams, shrimp, oysters, crab, and halibut. Check out the fresh catches, daily specials, and imported species. Overnight shipping to most North American centres. 607 Bedford Hwy. 902-443-3474.

THE LOOP Fine yarns and tools for knitting and crochet. Lots of room to sit and knit or stitch. Serves light meals and snacks. Open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Thursday, 10am to 9pm; Friday, 10am to 7pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. 1547 Barrington St. 902-429-5667.

FREAK LUNCHBOX Offers a variety of unique candies such as caffeinated peppermints and chocolate bars from the U.S. and U.K. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford: 902-405-4052. 1729 Barrington St.: 902-420-9151. Map 1

MADE IN THE MARITIMES ARTISAN BOUTIQUE Curated shop featuring contemporary art-and-craft wares produced in the Maritimes. Woodwork, toys, pottery, glass art, and more. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy. and the Hydrostone Market, 5527 Young St.

GARRISON BEER STORE In the waterfront brewery. Find bottled beer, growlers, and party kegs. Or put together a “Mixed 6” of your favourite flavours. 1149 Marginal Rd. 902-453-5343.

TEICHERT GALLERY Contemporary Maritime fine art for rent and sale. Original art by over 180 artists with new works every two weeks. It’s an inexpensive way to support local artists. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 902-424-3087.

GREAT OCEAN NATURAL FOOD MARKET Quality vitamins, health supplements, and personal care products. Also has a bulk food department carrying a full variety of groceries and organic produce. For a healthy lunch, grab some take-out from the deli. 6485 Quinpool Rd. 902-425-7400.

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SHOPPING PROP SHOP Check out the latest craft beers and sodas from Propeller Brewing, plus beer gear, glasses, hats, hoodies, and more. Buy a growler, and you can fill up with one of Propeller’s regular beers, or the latest creation from its One Hit Wonder series. 2015 Gottingen St. and 617 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-422-7767. ROCKHEAD WINE & BEER MARKET This North End boutique boasts a broad selection of wines from around the world, plus an expansive craft-beer selection (including growler fills). 2651 Windsor St. 902-435-6945. ROUSSEAU CHOCOLATIER Handmade chocolates using pure cocoa butter and natural flavours; no added fats or oils. The selection includes artisan chocolate bars, Frenchstyle macarons, and more, all made on-site. Open daily in summer, 10am to 6pm. 1277 Hollis St. 902-802-6463. Map 1 RUM RUNNERS Rum cakes with all natural ingredients— butter, flour, sugar, and rum (and lots of it). All cakes contain rum or whiskey from Glenora Distilleries on Cape Breton Island. Bishop’s Landing, 1479 Lower Water St. 902-421-6079. SPINDRIFT BREWING CO. Innovative small-batch brewer producing lagered beers in a variety of styles. Cans, growlers, kegs, and swag available at the on-site store. Discount for current and retired Canadian Armed Forces members. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturday noon to 4pm. 21 Frazee Ave., Dartmouth. 902-703-7438. SUGAH Hand-crafted confections and ice cream treats using traditional techniques and simple ingredients. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-423-8508.

SMALL PEOPLE, BIG STYLE Find fun and functional fashions and accessories for the wee people in your life at Halikids (page 49) on South Park Street. HASKAPA Specializes in juices and products made from the flavourful haskap berry. Everything is local, made by the world’s first haskap growers and processors. Bishop’s Landing, Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-429-4762 LINDT & SPRUNGLI Premium quality Swiss-made chocolates opens its first store in Atlantic Canada. A variety of sweet treats and gift baskets available. 277 Lacewood Dr. 902-486-6994. LIQUID GOLD Unique store specializing in extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. The Hydrostone Market, 5525 Young St. 902-406-8809. NORTH BREWING CO. This tiny North End brewery aims to produce Belgian-style craft beers with zero greenhouse-gas emissions. Bomber-sized bottles and growler fills. 2576 Agricola St. 902-444-7765. PICAROONS Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Picaroons has been leading Atlantic Canada’s craft-beer revolution for two decades. Offerings include Yippee IPA, Harvest Ale, Best Bitter, seasonal creations, and many others. Find them at Nova Scotia Liquor stores and Halifax shops like Bishop’s Cellar on the waterfont and Rockhead on Windsor Street.

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SUGAR SHOK CANDY BOUTIQUE Specializing in nostalgic candy, new sweet treats, fun party accessories, greeting cards, candy bouquets, gifts, and more. 117 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-465-2904. SUSIE’S SHORTBREADS Specializing in daily menu cupcakes, whoopie pies, cookies, candy, frozen treats, and an assortment of cakes for birthdays, weddings, and more. 1589 Dresden Row, 218 Chain Lake Dr., and 1949 Upper Water St. 902-406-7075. SWEET JANE’S GIFT & CONFECTIONARY From the whimsy of a lunch box filled with bubble gum to a collection of the most exquisite high-end chocolate confections, Sweet Jane’s has something for every occasion. Corner of Queen and Morris streets. 902-425-0168. Map 1


AMOS PEWTER Handcrafted pewter, featuring jewelry, home décor items, collectibles, and more. See how molten pewter is cast and be part of a hands-on experience. Historic Properties. 1-800-565-3369. COOL AS A MOOSE Located across from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Cool As A Moose custom clothing including t-shirts, caps, and sweats. Souvenirs and giftware. 1869 Upper Water St. 902-423-5168. DEAN’S FLOWERS/GOODY BASKETS High-end gourmet baskets and groceries. Also offers Holly Winchester Designs gemstone jewelry designed and made on-site and, of course plants and flowers aplenty. 6025 Stanley St. 902-454-0900.

DRALA BOOKS & GIFTS Unique gifts that pack and travel easily, from local talents and artisans; cards, journals, specialty teas. Open weekdays 10:30am to 5:30pm; Saturday to 5pm. 1567 Grafton St. 902-422-2504. Map 1 INTO THE MYSTIC Gemstones, jewelry, herbal teas, pendulums, tarot cards, and imported gifts. Psychic readings, infrared treatments, tea counter, aura scan, astrology, compatibility and numerology reports. 1082 Cole Harbour Rd., Dartmouth. 902-469-7842. KEPT GIFTS AND HOUSEWARES A curated collection of local, handmade design-savvy and unique items. This cozy, independent boutique boasts a friendly, knowledgable staff. Open daily. 75 King St., Dartmouth. 902-469-5378. MURPHY’S COMPANY STORE Memento hunters will find handicrafts from Nova Scotian artists, gifts, t-shirts, Anne of Green Gables collectibles, nautical items, and souvenirs. Open daily, 9:30am to 5pm. Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St. 902-420-1015. MY MOTHER'S BLOOMERS Floral and giftware shop with fresh flowers for every season. Custom arrangements available for weddings and other events. Spring Garden Place Mall (Upper Level), 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-2700. PIER 21 GIFT SHOP Products from around the world: jewelry, Tilley hats, Thomas Kinkade collectibles, Inuit carvings, books, handcrafted pewter, glass, and ceramics. Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd. 902-425-7770. PROPS FLORAL DESIGN This shop offers floral retail services and designs, whether it’s for a special event such as a wedding or everyday décor. A bright and modern space. 5533 Young St., Hydrostone Market. 902-429-1935.


SCHOLAR’S CHOICE Educational supplies and toys, featuring brand names such as Lamaze, Thomas, Playmobil, Carson Dellosa, Trend, and Frank Schaeffer. Mic Mac Mall, 21 Micmac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-466-1611. STRANGE ADVENTURES: COMIX & CURIOSITIES More than comics, graphic novels, and manga—hailed as “Canada’s Best Comic Shop.” Unique gifts. 5110 Prince St., Halifax. 101 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-425-2140 or 1-866-6-COMICS. Map 1


31 WESTGATE Showroom and design company and Atlantic Canadian carrier of exclusive brands such as Ralph Lauren. Furniture, lighting, décor, and more. 2698 Agricola St. 902-457-3131. ABODE Specializing in mid-century modern and Scandinavian design of furniture and housewares. Small boutique with a big inventory. Personalized service. Open Wednesday to Sunday. 5881 Almon St. 902-406-4886. ATTICA Modern furniture and accessories by local and international designers. Upholstered and leather sofas, maple dining sets, and creative lighting—a unique selection. 1566 Barrington St. 902-423-2557. CUCINA MODERNA Cookware, barware, dinnerware, appliances, kitchen gadgets, and accessories. Dresden Row Market, 1535 Dresden Row: 902-423-9562. Mic Mac Mall: 902-468-9562. PANANCHE LUXURY LINENS A boutique in Halifax’s trendy North End whose motto is the “luxury of rest.” Sells linens, spa and beauty products, decorative accents. 3132 Isleville St. Halifax. MARCH 2017



READ ALL ABOUT IT Find newspapers and magazines from around the world alongside the hottest local titles at Atlantic News (page 48) on Queen Street.

STATEMENT Modern Canadian-made furniture that is functional and well-crafted, many from brands exclusive to this store. Décor accessories and giftware. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-455-0442. THORNBLOOM—THE INSPIRED HOME Home décor store with top-quality items in bedding, furniture, lighting, kitchen items, and giftware. 1459 South Park St. 902-425-8005.


BEDAZZLED Jewelry and accessory store with designs produced by artists from Nova Scotia, Canada, and Israel. Collections and one-of-a-kind pieces. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy. CHARM DIAMOND CENTRE Canada’s largest family-owned jewelry company. Offering fine jewelry, with an emphasis on service, quality, and value. 5475 Spring Garden Rd. 902-429-4653. FIREWORKS GALLERY Old World designs meet New World techniques. Custom designs by in-house goldsmiths are the specialty, plus jewelry from Canadian, American, and Italian designers. 1569 Barrington St. 1-800-720-GEMS. Map 1 FRIDA CUSTOM JEWELLERY DESIGN Destination boutique boasting distinctive fine jewelry. Unique and custom pieces by Canadian and European designers. Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-492-2947. 54 MARCH 2017

JAMES BRADSHAW, GOLDSMITH Elegance in simplicity best describes Bradshaw’s approach to designing contemporary jewelry. 1551 Birmingham St. 902-425-0121. PANDORA @ MIC MAC MALL Pandora’s eponymous jewelry designs include earrings, charm bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, and more. Mic Mac Mall, 21 Mic Mac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-405-4616. TOUCH OF GOLD Locally owned. Extensive collection of engagement rings, jewelry in Italian gold and sterling silver, and Swiss watches (including Rolex, Tag Heuer, Montblanc, and Swiss Army). 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-5600. PEARL CITY Specializes in pearl jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, custom jewelry, and more. Top craftsmanship, great prices. Bishop’s Landing. 1475 Lower Water St. 902-420-0450.


ALDERNEY LANDING FARMERS’ MARKET Locally produced goods available every weekend from a variety of vendors offering local produce, home-style baked goods, and more. Where the Halifax Transit ferry docks. Live music. Open Saturday 8am to 1pm, Sunday 11am to 3pm. HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET Billed as North America’s oldest farmers’ market. Open Wednesday and Friday to Sunday. Crafts, cuisine, and produce from across the province. 1209 Marginal Rd.

HISTORIC PROPERTIES A network of interconnected heritage buildings—shopping, dining, and nightlife. Open daily. Upper Water St., north from Duke St. 902-422-3077. LOCAL SOURCE An urban market, bakery, and catering that sells products from local, sustainable sources and farms. Featuring local and seasonal ingredients, with an emphasis on clean and organic foods. 2530 Agricola St. 902-454-6014.


HALIFAX FOLKLORE CENTRE A selection of vintage guitars and violins. New and used musical instruments— mandolins, banjos, amps, basses, ukuleles, and bodhrans. 1528 Brunswick St. 902-422-6350. LONG & McQUADE With instruments of all kinds, sheet music, DJ gear, recording equipment, and much more, this shop is a must-visit for both professional and amateur musicians. The friendly staff are experts in their field. Four locations around Metro. 6065 Cunard St. 902-496-6900.

HALIFAX SHOPPING CENTRE Combined with the adjacent Halifax Shopping Centre Annex, home to more than 170 shops and services, including Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, Pier 1, and Sears. 7001 Mumford Rd. MIC MAC MALL 160 stores, including Forever 21, Eddie Bauer, American Eagle, Bath & Bodyworks, H&M, Cinnabon, and Hudson’s Bay. 21 Micmac Blvd., Dartmouth. 902-466-2056. PARK LANE Specialty shops and services, cinema, and more. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-420-0660. SCOTIA SQUARE MALL An anchor of the downtown shopping scene. Pedways connect it to many major hotels and entertainment venues such as the Scotiabank Centre. Corner of Duke and Barrington streets. 902-429-3660. SPRING GARDEN PLACE Small but chic, Spring Garden Place emphasizes style, home to unique shops and products that you won’t find elsewhere. 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 902-420-0675.

TAZ RECORDS A mainstay for music lovers for 25 years, Taz boasts over 35,000 LPs, 10,000 CDs, and 30,000 seven-inch singles, spanning the whole musical spectrum. 1521 Grafton St., 1270 Bedford Hwy. 902-422-5976. Map 1

SUNNYSIDE MALL Home to a wide variety of stores and services, including the landmark shop for food lovers, Pete’s Frootique. 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-835-5099.


ALICIA MELANSON SALON & URBAN 30 BLOWDRY BAR Atlantic Canada’s first “blowdry bar concept” salon. Drop in for a wash and blowdry for a night out on the town or other special occasion. Manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, and threading available, too. Affordable prices and convenient location to hotels. 1727 Barrington St. 902-496-1616.

JOHN DAVID SHOES One of the largest selections of women’s fashion footwear east of Montreal. The selection includes many exclusive brand names, such as France Mode fashion designer boots made in France. It’s an “amazing selection,” says owner John Ingram. Open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30am to 6pm; Thursday and Friday, 9:30am to 9pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. 5657 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-8466. MAHONE BAY TRADING CO. A broad selection of comfortable and fashionable footwear for women and men. Lines include Reiker, Dezario, Sacha London, and Canada’s largest selection of Clarks. 201 Chain Lake Dr. OH MY SOLE FOOT COMFORT CENTRE Unique collection of fine brand-name footwear from world leaders such as New Balance, SAS, and Mephisto. The staff has the expertise and experience to satisfy the footwear needs of men, women, and children. Specializes in multiple widths, diabetic, and orthotic-friendly footwear. 6061 Young St. 902-423-8288.


BEDFORD PLACE Specialty shops and services. 1658 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-865-8381. DARTMOUTH CROSSING Over 90 stores—Banana Republic Factory Store, David’s Bridal, Marshalls, Golf Town, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Globo Shoes, and more. 34 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth.


BODY MENDS MASSAGE THERAPY Registered massage therapy services include deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, and pregnancy massages. Second floor, 1725 Barrington St. 902-422-9809. CASCADES A full day spa located where the Sackville River meets Bedford Basin. Offers an extensive range of services including manicures, pedicures, reflexology, massages, clinical skin care, Thai yoga massage, and more. Features Dermalogica, Kerstin Florian, DerMed, and Jane Iredale mineral makeup. 1405 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-832-3115. CHATTERS SALON Specializing in hair styling, beauty, and salon services. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. 86 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-407-1011. Bayers Lake: 407-4121; Mic Mac Mall: 902-469-4009. INTERLUDE SPA Features a wide range of body treatments, aesthetic services, hair care, and specialized services. Halifax Marriot Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St.: 902-469-2700. 58 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth: 902-469-2700.

MAKE A SPLASH Looking for unique handmade pottery? Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia (page 50) on Spring Garden Road carries pieces from some of Atlantic Canada’s top artisans. MARCH 2017




CATCH OF THE DAY Visit Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar (page 62) on Salter Street for recipes featuring fresh local ingredients and a bevy of seafood options.


EAST COAST BAKERY Relaxed spot for hand-stretched plain, sesame, and poppy seed-covered bagels by the half and full dozen. 6257 Quinpool Rd. 902-429-6257.


THE ARGYLE BAR & GRILL With two patios and a friendly setting, The Argyle is a popular spot to enjoy a martini, munch on a gourmet pizza from the wood-burning oven, sample from the international menu, and relax with friends. 1575 Argyle St. 902-492-8844. BÂTON ROUGE RESTAURANT & BAR Ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta, served with a Cajun twist. Seasonal patio in the heart of the Historic Properties. 1877 Hollis St. 902-407-0007. BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES Live blues every Thursday to Sunday, including a Sunday matinee and evening blues jam. New menu, offering nachos, pizza, fish and chips, burgers, wings, and ribs. Daily specials. 1269 Barrington St. 902-423-2526. BUBBA RAY’S SPORTS BAR Lots of big screens to watch live sports. Varied pub-grub menu. Chicken wings are the house specialty: six varieties with 60+ different sauces. 5650 Spring Garden Rd. HFX SPORTS BAR & GRILL With over 90 TV screens, including a two-storey behemoth, this is the place to watch the big game. The menu boasts an equally large array of snacks and hearty meals. 1721 Brunswick St. 902-404-1404. 56 MARCH 2017

JAMIESON’S IRISH-HOUSE & GRILL Recently renovated, this cozy pub boasts traditional food, a variety of craft beer, and a welcoming atmosphere. Daily Irish food specials feature dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew, and steak and kidney pie. 5 Cumberland Dr., Dartmouth. 902-433-0500. LION AND BRIGHT Hip café and wine bar serving eclectic small plates, seasonal cocktails, and an array of craft beers amid local art and soaring ceilings. Check website for hours. 2534 Agricola St. 902-496-0022. STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL High-quality pub food, including fresh seafood. Live jazz, featuring local and visiting acts. Open 11am to midnight. On the waterfront, next to the ferry terminal. 5075 George St. 902-492-1800. TIMBER LOUNGE Lumberjack-themed bar serving local beer and hosting axe-throwing events. Watch the axe-citement from the bar through a Plexiglas window. Open Monday through Thursday, 4pm to 1pm; Friday and Saturday, 1pm to 1am. 2710 Agricola St. 902-453-8627.


BONEHEADS BBQ Southern-style smokehouse serving sausage, wings, pulled pork, brisket, and other BBQ mainstays. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday to 10pm. 1014 Barrington St.: 902-407-4100. WOODY’S BAR-B-Q BBQ favourites abound, including pulled pork, baby back ribs, brisket, and desserts like banana pudding. Open daily. 159 Hector Gate, Dartmouth Crossing: 902-463-9663. 75 Peakview Way, Unit 110, Bedford: 902-446-9663.


BATTERY PARK This hip beer bar’s menu includes local craft brew aplenty and tasting boards of charcuterie, fruits de mer, formaggio, and antipasti. Open Sunday to Wednesday, Thursday, 2pm to 12:00am; Friday and Saturday 2pm to 1:00am. 62 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth. CHARM SCHOOL PUB The tap room at Unfiltered Brewing (next door to the brewery) is small but the line-up of beers on tap isn’t. Grab a pint and a locally made snack or fill a growler. 6041 North St. DOWNEAST BEER FACTORY Upscale casual locale highlighting house-made and local craft beer and an eclectic menu of pub fare, noodle bowls, and burgers. Offers a kids’ menu and a patio. Open 11am to 11pm daily. 612 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. THE GAHAN HOUSE The popular Prince Edward Island brewpub’s first Nova Scotian location serves house-made beers alongside an extensive menu of pub cuisine: burgers, pizza, ribs, and more. Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St. 902-444-3060

Voted by Coast magazine as the Best Chinese food for 2015

GOOD ROBOT BREWING Don’t just pick up a growler, pull up a seat. This warm taproom offers house-made beers and favourites from across the region, plus an array of snacks. 2736 Robie St. 902-446-1692. ROCKBOTTOM BREWPUB Diverse menu. Six different craft beers are brewed on site. Also offers an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-2938. STILLWELL Showcasing craft beers from Nova Scotia’s flourishing craft brewing community and beyond, Stillwell pairs a dynamic beer list with Chef Graeme Ruppel’s artful smallplate snacks. A must-visit destination for beer lovers. 1672 Barrington St. 902-421-1672.


AGORA CAFÉ BISTRO Compact eatery focusing on the tastes of Turkey’s Aegean region: savoury phyllo pockets filled with lamb, vegetables, and spices, all-day breakfast, plus housebaked sweets. 2394 Agricola St. 902-404-7020. BISTRO LE COQ French country cuisine. Duck confit salad, croque monsieur, escargot, a daily crêpe special, and steak frites. Weekend brunch. Open Sunday to Thursday, noon to 10pm; Friday and Saturday until 1am. 1584 Argyle St. 902-407-4564.

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CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO Chefs and owners Craig Flinn and Darren Lewis draw heavily on their East Coast roots, classical training, and international experience, using fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Open daily, 5pm to 9:30pm. 1537 Barrington St. 902-420-9626. EPICURIOUS MORSELS Specializing in French Mediterranean cuisine. The menu includes in-house cold smoked salmon, a variety of unique salads, and lots of fresh seafood (try the lobster strudel or succulent grilled scallops). Take-out available. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday; weekend brunch. 5529 Young St. 902-455-0955. LE BISTRO BY LIZ Halifax’s original French bistro, serving favourites like Crêpe Marocaine and the house specialty, lemon pie. 1333 South Park St. 902-423-8428.


ACE BURGER COMPANY Specializing in high-quality burgers, including The Deluxe, rib burger, lamb burger, po’boys, and fries. Serving at Gus’ Pub and Grill, 2605 Agricola St.: 902-423-7786.

Sunny breakfasts developed just for kids*, all including a choice of Cora orange juice, milk, chocolate milk, bottled juice or fruit drink.

Halifax, 1535 Dresden Row, Downtown Clayton Park, 277 Lacewood Drive, Halifax Bedford, 1475 Bedford Highway, Bedford Dartmouth, 644 Portland Street, Dartmouth Wright Avenue, 16 Garland Avenue, Dartmouth

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DINING CHEESE CURDS GOURMET BURGERS + POUTINERIE Gourmet beef, pork, salmon, lamb, veggie, and chicken burgers, plus poutine, onion rings, and hot dogs. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 10pm. 380 Pleasant St., Dartmouth: 902-444-3446. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth: 902-446-4400. FLIPBURGER Choose from over 10 fresh made signature burgers, hand-cut fries, and poutine featuring cheese curds from Quebec. Open Sunday to Wednesday 11am to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 4am. 1585 Argyle St.: 902-453-3547. 277 Lacewood Dr.: 902-431-3547. KRAVE BURGER Fast-casual burger joint boasting creative burgers and hot dogs, three varieties of macaroni and cheese, milkshakes, and more. Wash it down with a Krave Lager from local craft brewer Propeller. 5680 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-5728. RELISH GOURMET BURGERS Fun, casual restaurant features a range of gourmet burgers inspired by different people and places. Open daily. 6024 Quinpool Rd.: 902-474- 4152. 507B Larry Uteck Blvd.: 902-832-2551.


ANNIE’S PLACE CAFÉ Relaxed atmosphere. All-day breakfast, plus many lunch items. Baked goods made fresh in-house. Catering available. Open daily 7am to 2pm, Saturday 8am to 2pm. 1592B Queen St. 902-420-0098 THE BOARD ROOM GAME CAFÉ Some 400 games to choose from, $5 cover to play as many as you like. “Game Bosses” on site to teach and recommend games. Craft beer on tap, espresso bar, and casual dining. Ages 19+ after 6pm. 1256 Barrington St. 902-423-7545. Map 1 CABIN COFFEE With its log walls and rock fireplace, this coffee shop serves up hearty homemade fare in a rustic setting. Relax in a big comfy armchair or an Adirondack chair as you sample from fair-trade coffee, espressos, homemade soups, sandwiches, chili, milkshakes, ice cream, banana bread, and more. 1554 Hollis St. 902-422-8130. THE CANTEEN Gourmet sandwiches, classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine, local wine and beer. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and supper, for brunch on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 22 Portland St., Dartmouth. 902-425-9272. CHOCO CAFÉ & CHOCOLATES BY DESIGN American/Middle Eastern café. Offerings include gourmet Belgian chocolate and signature hot chocolate (available iced). 1360 Lower Water St. 902-407-8844. CIBOULETTE CAFÉ This cozy café is a local favourite for its gourmet sandwiches featuring fresh local ingredients. Popular offerings include paninis (Southwest chicken club, ham and brie, meatloaf) and ham or veggie breakfast wraps. Fresh-baked goods. Fair trade tea and coffee. Open Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4pm. 1541 Barrington St. 902-423-5282. COASTAL CAFÉ Breakfast creations like Belgian waffles and Huevos Rancheros. The lunch menu includes paninis, burgers, and daily soups and salads. Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 2731 Robie St. 902-405-4022. COBURG COFFEE HOUSE Popular student hang-out, steps from Dalhousie University. The menu includes light lunches, sweets, bagels, fair-trade coffee, specialty drinks, and more. 6085 Coburg Rd. 902-429-2326. HUMANI-T CAFÉ Newly renovated: cozy fireplace, stone fountain and funky chairs. Near the Hydrostone Market. Live 58 MARCH 2017

music on Friday nights with a free open-mic show. Free Wi-Fi. Baklava, cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls baked fresh on-site. Open daily. 5755 Young St. 902-4549999. JAVA BLEND Coffeehouse and craft coffee roaster in Halifax’s North End, specializing in globally sourced sustainable beans, offering coffee drinks and other beverages and baked goods. 6027 North St. 902-423-6944. JULIEN’S PATISSERIE BAKERY & CAFÉ One of Halifax’s most beloved cafés/bakeries, serving an array of fresh baked items, including almond croissants and a dozen bread varieties. The courtyard patio is understated and rustic, with simple pine tables. 5517 Young St. 902-455-9717. THE MIDDLE SPOON If you’re the kind of person who skips straight to dessert, this is the spot for you—specializing in decadent desserts and cocktails. Open Monday to Saturday from 4pm. 1559 Barrington St.: 902-407-4002. 1595 Bedford Highway (Sunnyside Mall), Bedford: 902-446-4082 THE NOOK Friendly café serving local java by day, hip cocktails and beer by night. The menu highlights all-day brunch, sandwiches, and baked goods. After-dark nibbles include nachos, dips, and vegetarian options. 2118 Gottingen St. 902-444-9889. PAVIA ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ Two locations in the Halifax Central Library (on the first and fifth floors), offering locally roasted coffee, Italian espresso, gourmet paninis, and baked goods. Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd. 902-407-4008. SMITH’S BAKERY & CAFÉ Halifax’s oldest independent bakery, offering breads, cakes, and other goodies baked on-site daily. Eat-in café serving breakfast and lunch, plus fresh-brewed coffee and cold drinks. 2525 Agricola St. 902-429-1393. SWEET HEREAFTER Rich and luscious cheesecake. Dozens of flavours, with gluten-free and dairy-free options available. Catering service available. Open Monday to Wednesday noon to 10pm and Thursday to Saturday noon to 11pm. 6148 Quinpool Rd. 902-404-8001. TWO IF BY SEA Gourmet coffee, loose tea, and hot drinks galore, plus fresh, quality pastries and desserts. The light, flaky, buttery croissants draw locals from every part of the city. Halifax location open Monday to Saturday, Dartmouth location open daily. Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St.: 902492-4600. 66 Ochterloney St., Dartmouth: 902-469-0721. TRIDENT BOOKSELLERS AND CAFÉ A coffeehouse, tea room, coffee roaster, and used bookstore in Halifax’s South End. Browse the shelves for used books or sit and enjoy specialty coffee drinks and pastries and loose tea, among the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. 1256 Hollis St. 902-423-7100. UNCOMMON GROUNDS Gourmet coffee and tea; muffins, scones, cheesecakes, and other desserts baked on-site. Sandwiches and soups. 1030 South Park St.: 902-431-3124. 1237 Barrington St.: 902-404-7288. WAFFLE LOVE Tiny breakfast joint dishing up made-to-order sweet and savoury waffles, plus Polish perogies and sweets. Open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, weekends 8am to 4pm. 5530 Kaye St. 902-445-5683.


CHEELIN Szechuan and Beijing cuisine. Buffet lunch on Tuesday and Friday. Lunch Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2:30pm; dinner Monday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm. Brewery

Market, 1496 Lower Water St. (Also at Seaport Market.) 902-422-2252. CHI BISTRO Traditional breakfasts, crêpes, and light lunches meet reimagined Southern Chinese dishes and tapas-style small plates at this cozy spot with a summer patio. 5687 Charles St. 902-406-3133. SHENG’S CHINESE RESTAURANT Szechuan, Cantonese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. Make-your-own daily specials, plus lunch specials from $5.50, Monday to Friday. 6-362 Lacewood Dr. 902-446-3838. FAN’S CHINESE RESTAURANT A diverse Chinese menu. House specialties include Peking duck, Moo Shu pork, and Seafood in Bird Nest. Open daily. 451 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth. 902-469-9165. GREAT WALL Cantonese and Szechuan food in pleasant surroundings. Daily specials. Dim Sum on Sunday, from 11:30am to 3pm. Free delivery downtown. Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 11:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday to 11pm. 1649 Bedford Row. 902-422-6153. JEAN’S RESTAURANT Chinese and North American favourites. Offerings include chicken-fried noodles, egg foo young, sweet and sour shrimp, and more. Open daily. 5972 Spring Garden Rd. 902-444-7776.


AGRICOLA STREET BRASSERIE Stylish stop featuring locallysourced, seasonal fare and housemade charcuterie alongside craft beer and a carefully curated wine list. Suitable for intimate meals and large groups. Monday-Saturday 4pm-12:30am. 2540 Agricola Street. 902-446-7664. THE ARMVIEW RESTAURANT & LOUNGE Long a beloved community diner, the Armview renovated a few years ago, now boasting stylish décor and a contemporary menu. The selection includes gourmet burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, weekend brunch, and more. The Dagwood Sandwich is a local favourite. Open daily. 7156 Chebucto Rd. 902-455-4395. THE BICYCLE THIEF Offers “North American food with an Italian soul.” Cocktail/wine bar, harbour view. Bishop’s Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. 902-425-7993. BROOKLYN WAREHOUSE With an ever-changing menu, this trendy neighbourhood spot showcases local and sustainable cuisine. Famous for its burgers. 2795 Windsor St. 902-446-8181. CAFÉ 101 Chef Erwin Palo offers contemporary international cuisine in a casual bistro atmosphere. Open Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.30am and 5pm to 10pm, weekends 7am to 11am and 5pm to 10pm. Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Rd., Dartmouth. 902-463-1100. THE CARLETON Restaurant, bar, and entertainment venue offers upscale casual dining (with an array of wines and spirits) and showcases Nova Scotian and international talent. 1685 Argyle St. 902-422-6335. EDNA Communal and private dining at a funky restaurant inspired by the life and poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Closed Mondays. 2053 Gottingen St. 902-431-5683. HARBOUR CITY BAR AND GRILL Modern hotel eatery preparing Canadian cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, plus a robust list of local craft beers, wines, and spirits. 1990 Barrington St. 902-492-6443. PRIMAL KITCHEN Butchery inspired restaurant with a focus on sustainable local meats and craft beer. Local meats smoked,

cured, and butchered in-house. One of Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants in Canada for 2015. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 10pm. 1463 Brenton St. 902-429-3499. ROBIE STREET STATION Serving all-day breakfast and brunch plus global comfort food specialties in a colourful and trendy diner atmosphere. 2394 Robie St. 902-423-2524 SEASONS BY ATLANTICA Fresh, local cuisine. Warm urban décor, views of Halifax Common and attentive service. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Atlantica Hotel Halifax, 1980 Robie St. 902-490-3331. STORIES Inventive regional cuisine in intimate dining rooms. Chef Scott Vail has crafted a diverse menu selecting East Coast seafood, premium beef, and local game and lamb. The Halliburton, 5184 Morris St. 902-420-0658. TEMPO FOOD + DRINK Contemporary locale dishing up nternationally influenced fare with a twist from an open kitchen. 1875 Barrington St. 902-428-3676. 2 DOORS DOWN A relaxed and stylish dining room on the main floor of the historic Halifax Mason Building. Seasonally inspired menus, highlighting local suppliers. Open Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 10pm, Sunday 4pm to 10 pm. 1533 Barrington St. 902-422-4224.


THE BATTERED FISH Seasonal waterfront outlet of a popular local chain offering made-to-order fish and chips, seafood tacos, poutine, and more. 1751 Lower Water St. 902-491-3474. CORA Specializes in breakfast. Creative dishes with lots of fresh fruit. Crêpes, french toast, waffles, and eggs. Open Monday to Saturday, 6am to 3pm; Sunday, 7am to 3pm. Lunch from 11am. 1535 Dresden Row: 902-490-2672. 287 Lacewood Dr.: 902-457-2672. 1475 Bedford Hwy., Unit 17, Bedford: 902-832-5252. 644 Portland St., Dartmouth: 902-433-0079. 16 Garland Ave., Dartmouth: 902-481-9685. JACK ASTOR’S BAR & GRILL Sizzling fajitas, grilled steaks, pasta, and homemade hearth-baked thin-crust pizzas. Kitchen open until midnight. Open Monday to Thursday, 11am to 1am; Friday and Saturday to 2am; Sunday to midnight. 184 Chain Lake Dr.: 902-450-1370. Dartmouth Crossing, 107 Shubie Dr., Dartmouth: 902-468-6080.


BEAVER SAILOR DINER Spartan operation featuring a handful of tables, dishing up handmade noodles and bubble tea, plus Chinese, Thai, and Japanese snacks. 1820 Hollis St. 902-932-9550. ELIOT & VINE European-influenced menu features favourites like pork belly with cheddar polenta, basil, and pistachio crusted lamb, and beef carpaccio. Ever-evolving wine list. Elegant and chic. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm. 2305 Clifton St. 902-332-1557. GIO Global New Age cuisine: ingenious signature dishes and an extensive selection of wine and cocktails. The décor is modern and chic, offering contemporary comfort. Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market St. 902-425-1987. HIGHWAYMAN RESTAURANT & BAR Simple yet stylish 40-seat dining room preparing Spanish-inspired entrées and small plates alongside hip cocktails and a curated wine and beer list. 1673 Barrington St. 902-407-5260. MARCH 2017


DINING LOT SIX BAR AND RESTAURANT Inspired by the great bars of the world, Lot Six features a globally inspired small-plates menu, unique cocktails, whiskies, craft beers, and select wines. 1685 Argyle St. 902-428-7428. STUDIO EAST FOOD AND DRINK Tapas-inspired Asian fare with an East Coast flair, known for spicy meat sticks served with housemade dipping sauces. Open Tues/Wed/Sun 5pm–10pm; Thurs 5 pm–11pm; Fri/Sat 5pm–12am; Brunch on Sat/Sun 10am–3pm. 6021 Cunard St. 902-449-9800. TRUCK-SIDE Canada’s first “indoor food-truck food court.” Several different kitchens serve up food-truck style food: Chinese, Italian, and seafood, alongside popular Cheese Curds burgers and Habaneros Mexican cuisine. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday until 9pm. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth.


DEE DEE’S ICE CREAM Handcrafted, small-batch ice cream made with local milk and cream and fair-trade raw cane sugar. Also serves hot and cold drinks, burritos, chili, soup, and baked goods. 5668 Cornwallis St. year-round, plus seasonally at 110 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Peggy’s Cove. 902-407-6614.


CURRY VILLAGE Indian cuisine in a comfortable setting. One of the “Top 100 Recommended Places to Eat in Canada.” Open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday; dinner daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-429-5010. MIRCHI TANDOOR Authentic and time-tested Indian recipes, made with fresh ingredients. Highlights include slow-cooked Tandoor chicken, vegetable korma, and prawn curry. Open Tuesday to Sunday. 5232 Blowers St. 902-429-4647.


CAFÉ CHIANTI Large selection of fresh seafood, pasta, veal, steak, lamb, and duck dishes. Eastern European specialties include homemade Hungarian paprika sausage. Open Monday to Friday for lunch; daily for dinner. 1241 Barrington St. 902-423-7471. daMAURIZIO FINE DINING Known for impeccable service, extensive wine lists, and a celebrated northern Italian menu featuring calamari, gnocchi, lamb, and seafood. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 902-423-0859. LA FRASCA CIBI & VINI Inspired by the rustic dishes of Friuli in Northern Italy. Authentic home-style dishes made to order by hand, with a passion for freshness and quality. Open Monday to Saturday. 5650 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-2866. LA CUCINA Casual family-style Italian comfort food: pizza, sandwiches, pasta, risotto, and more. Eat in or take out. 220 Chain Lake Dr.: 902-406-3075. 151 Hector Gate, Dartmouth: 902-481-6367. IL MERCATO Popular trattoria offering a casual European menu. Northern Italian dishes are the speciality—pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. The desserts alone are worth the visit. Sunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Hwy., Bedford. 902-832-4531.

THE VINES PASTA GRILL Italian favourites with an emphasis on creative pasta. The take-out menu offers quick food to go, and Sundays feature a brunch buffet. Open 4pm to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm Sunday. 4 Panavista Dr. 902-434-4114.


FUJIYAMA Specializing in sushi and hibachi, this casual spot offers a wide variety of Japanese cuisine, with an extensive selection of sashimi and teriyaki dishes as well. Open daily. 5244 Blowers St. 902-492-1133. KITSUNE FOOD CO. Takeout spot dishes up homestyle Japanese fare including seaweed salad, nigari and maki sushi, and hand-folded pork and vegan dumplings. Check Facebook for hours. 5710 Young St. 902-406-5010. MOMOYA RESTAURANT Offering a broad range of Japanese dishes in a casual setting, including sushi, udon and soba noodles, tempura, and maki rolls. 1671 Barrington St. 902-492-0788. SUSHI NAMI ROYALE Japanese fine dining with traditional and fusion sushi, plus exotic cocktails. The décor is modern with traditional accents. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to midnight; Sunday, 4:30pm to 11pm. 1535 Dresden Row: 902-422-9020. 278 Lacewood Dr. 149 Hector Gate. Map 1


ATHENS RESTAURANT Greek mainstays with an emphasis on classic dishes such as kleftiko lamb, moussaka, saganaki, and souvlaki. 6273 Quinpool Rd. 902-422-1595. CHEF ABOD CAFÉ Traditional Middle Eastern and Canadian cuisine, including shawarma, falafel, shish kebabs, roasted chicken, and more. Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 9pm, Sunday 2pm to 9pm. 3217 Kempt Rd. 902-455-3881. EFENDY TURKISH & MEDITERRANEAN GRILL Authentic cuisine at a reasonable price. Everything is hand-made, with meat cooked on a charcoal grill. Popular items include mixed kebabs, lamb shanks, tuna steak, vegetarian options, and more. Open daily. 1569 Dresden Row. 902-444-8064. Map 1 ELA GREEK TAVERNA Recommended by Anne Hardy’s Where to Eat in Canada for five consecutive years. Over 90 menu items, including steak and pasta. 215 Chain Lake Dr., Bayers Lake: 902-876-8899. 150 Hector Gate, Dartmouth Crossing: 902-481-7999. THE GREEK VILLAGE Simple space known for homestyle Greek fare and an array of all-day breakfast options, plus twofor-one dinner specials. 2733 Agricola St. 902-405-3750. RAY’S ORIGINAL LEBANESE CUISINE Long one of the city’s favourite spots for tasty and inexpensive Lebanese fare, Ray’s is a lunchtime favourite: combo plates, all-day breakfast, grilled fish, classic Halifax donairs, and more. 120 Susie Lake Cres. 902-425-7297.


PIATTO PIZZERIA + ENOTECA Neapolitan-style pizza, the first VPN certified pizza in the Maritimes. Open daily. 5144 Morris St. 902-406-0909.

BURRITO JAX Quick and casual spot offering freshly prepared Mexican food. Scratch-made burritos are the house specialty. Open Monday to Saturday. 5215 Blowers St. 902-406-0088.

RISTORANTE A MANO The menu features Italian specialties and gourmet pizzas, from the restaurateurs behind Bish and Il Mercato. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 10pm. 1477 Lower Water St. 902-423-6266.

HABANEROS MODERN TACO BAR This quick and casual spot boasts modern Mexican cuisine with a twist, all featuring locally sourced ingredients. From the creators of the burger joint Cheese Curds. Unit B, 1551 South Park St. 380 Pleasant St., Dartmouth. 600 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth.

TOMAVINO’S Cozy, romantic atmosphere. Dining by candlelight. Pizza, pasta. Gluten-free crust and pasta. Delivery. Open daily. 1113 Marginal Rd. 902-425-9111. 60 MARCH 2017

MEXICALI ROSA’S The California-style Mexican menu features sizzling fajitas. Take-out orders and party bookings available. Open daily. 5472 Spring Garden Rd. 902-422-7672.

MEXICO LINDO With a menu boasting of the “real Mexican taste in Halifax,” this unassuming and casual spot offers traditional dishes like Mexican-style chicken soup, chilaquiles, and burritos. Indecisive? Try a combination plate. 3635 Dutch Village Rd. 902-445-0996.


THE BITTER END Wine and martini bar, tapas. Casual dining and spirits. Voted as makers of Halifax’s best martini and bloody caesar. 1572 Argyle St. 902-425-3039. ECONOMY SHOE SHOP Check out The Backstage for a glass of wine or head to the Diamond and choose your own music on the juke box. Full menu till 11pm, tapas till 2am. Open from 11am to 2am. 1663 Argyle St. 902-423-8845. MENZ & MOLLYZ Billed as an “all-inclusive LGTBQI community destination.” Karaoke, dancing, and drag shows. Vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. 2182 Gottingen St. 902-446-6969. NICHE Supper club/lounge. The menu emphasizes tapas and international flavours. Variety is the hallmark of the wine list. Open daily. Maritime Centre. Corner of Spring Garden Rd. and Barrington St. 902-423-6632. OBLADEE A selection of wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie. Some 30 wines available by the glass, 40 by the bottle. Open weekdays from 11:30am, and weekends from 4pm. 1600 Barrington St. 902-405-4505. TABOO NIGHTCLUB Chic nightclub offering private booths and attentive service. Packages include a host/hostess, private booth, complimentary admission, and coat check. 1735 Grafton St. 902-423-8226.


FREEMAN’S LITTLE NEW YORK Italian-American dishes like pizza and hearty pasta make Freeman’s a favourite spot for a late-night nosh. Open daily, 11am to 5am. Offers online ordering. 6092 Quinpool Rd. 3671 Dutch Village Rd. 1726 Grafton St. 552 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. 902-455-7000. MORRIS EAST Intimate spot specializing in pizza, prepared in a wood-fired oven. The dynamic menu showcases locally sourced ingredients. Open Tuesday to Sunday. 5212 Morris St: 902-444-7663. 620 Nine Mile Dr., Bedford West: 902-444-7671 MOTHER’S PIZZA Raw-edged wood tables and terrariums create a homey vibe at this pie parlour serving a compact menu of hand-tossed, wood-fired pizzas made with local ingredients. 5710 Young St. 902-406-5050. SALVATORE’S PIZZAIOLO TRATTORIA New York-Italian cuisine. Best known for its original cheese pizza and Italian hero sandwich. Everything scratch-made on site. Open daily. 4451 Young St. 902-455-1133.


THE CELTIC CORNER Friendly neighbourhood pub serving traditional, hearty favourites. Traditional East Coast music Thursday to Sunday; open-mic on Tuesday. Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to midnight; open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. 69 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth. 902-464-0764. DURTY NELLY’S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB From the perfect pint to a menu showcasing traditional cuisine (fish and chips, pan-fried haddock, lamb stew), this pub offers a truly Irish experience. Open daily from 11:30am; weekend brunch until 3pm. Corner of Argyle and Sackville streets. 902-406-7640.


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DINING THE LOCAL Locally sourced pub food, craft beers, and ciders. The menu features BBQ and vegan options, plus local charcuterie. Patio, live entertainment. Pool. Attached to Marquee Ballroom and Seahorse Tavern. Open 11am to 2am daily. 2037 Gottingen St. 902-492-3018. THE LOWER DECK PUB—BEER MARKET Try a house-made burger or traditional bangers and mash. The Beer Market has many popular beers on tap. Historic Properties. 902-425-1501.


THE BARRINGTON STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR Locally sourced ingredients, modern and inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff. Atlantic Canadian beef, local seafood, and wines selected by the in-house sommelier. Located in a historic building in the heart of the downtown. Open daily. 1662 Barrington St. 902-407-5001. CUT STEAKHOUSE Sublime service and contemporary décor. Beef dry-aged on-site. Open daily from 5:30pm. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120.

THE MAXWELL’S PLUM Enjoy the city’s largest selection of great micro-draft beers from all the Maritime breweries. Sixty beers on tap, even more varieties in bottles and cans. 1600 Grafton St. 902-423-5090.

FIVE FISHERMEN Fresh lobster, Atlantic salmon, and Digby scallops are among the specialties. Dinner from 5pm. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch from 11am to 3pm. 1740 Argyle St. 902-422-4421.

MIDTOWN-BOOMERS TAVERN & LOUNGE Classic pub offerings like steak and fries, hot turkey sandwiches, and more. Open Monday to Saturday until 2am, Sundays noon to 9:15pm. 1744 Grafton St. 902-422-5213.

FREDIE’S FANTASTIC FISH HOUSE Counter-serve diner known for generous portions of fish and chips. Other offerings include Newfie poutine (with dressing), fried clams, and burgers. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm. 8 Oland Cres. 902-450-3474.

THE OLD TRIANGLE IRISH ALEHOUSE A taste of Ireland in the heart of downtown Halifax. Three-room pub offers live entertainment nightly (no cover charge) and Irish pub-style food. 5136 Prince St. 902-492-4900. Map 1 RED STAG TAVERN Historic setting. Specials include half-price appetizers and two-for-one. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 902-422-0275. SEAMUS DAVID’S PUB Traditional pub fare with Irish flair. Open daily. Weekend brunch. 21 Logiealmond Close, Dartmouth Crossing. 902-462-2034.

HAMACHI STEAKHOUSE BAR & GRILL Japanese-style Teppanyaki cooking, as diners sit at horseshoe shaped tables with the cook in the middle preparing their meals. Char-grilled steak and seafood. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner only. Bishop’s Landing, 1477 Lower Water St. 902-422-1600. THE KEG Great steaks and a warm atmosphere. Friendly conversations hum cheerfully throughout, above the familiar sizzle and aroma of steaks and seafood on the grill, and the celebratory clinking of glasses. 1712 Market St. 902-425-8355.

SPLIT CROW Maritime pub offers cold drinks and an extensive menu. Live East Coast music every night. 1855 Granville St.: 902-422-4366.

McKELVIE’S Fine seafood and traditional Nova Scotian fare: blackened salmon, potato-crusted haddock, Szechuan shrimp and scallops, lemon-thyme mussels, crab cakes, pastas, Black Angus steaks, and more. Open daily. 1680 Lower Water St. 902-421-6161.

YOUR FATHER’S MOUSTACHE Friendly atmosphere and great food are complemented by fine local entertainment. 5686 Spring Garden Rd. 902-423-6766.

MURPHY’S THE CABLE WHARF Almost every seat is a window seat—an ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon. Open daily. Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower St. 902-420-1015.


RYAN DUFFY’S Dry-aged New York striploin cut tableside, housemade Caesar salads, and seafood menu with lobster. Lounge area with fireplace. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 1650 Bedford Row. 902-421-1116.

BAAN THAI RESTAURANT Comfortable, casual Thai restaurant. Specialties include pad thai, spicy noodles, cashew chicken, massaman curry, green curry, and red curry. 5234 Blowers St. 902-446-4301. BACKOOS KOREAN TO GO FOOD Small and bright take-out spot. Deep-fried crispy Korean chicken is the house specialty. Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9:30pm. 1360 Birmingham St. 902-423-2004. BIONE KOREAN BBQ Casual stop featuring large tables with in-table barbecues, plus a long menu featuring hot-pot, kimchi, and bibimbap, plus Asian beers. 6300 Quinpool Rd. 902-407-4288. I LOVE PHO Steaming bowls of soup, traditional vermicelli dishes and a few Thai dishes served amid a compact and cozy atmosphere. Call for hours. 746 Bedford Hwy. 902-407-6767.

SALTY’S ON THE WATERFRONT Sit dockside in the patio bar, or upstairs in the dining room. Fresh lobster, salmon, scallops, and shrimp. Open daily from 11:30am. Historic Properties, 902-423-6818. SOU’WESTER Set among the rocks in beautiful Peggy’s Cove. Popular offerings include chowder, lobster, and fish and chips. 48 kilometres from downtown Halifax on Rte. 333, Peggy’s Cove. 902-823-2561. SHUCK SEAFOOD + RAW BAR Fresh locally supplied, Oceanwise-certified seafood. Award-winning Chef Luis Clavel highlights the quality and flavour of each offering. Eclectic and affordable wine list. 5120 Salter St. 902-429-5120.

STAR ANISE Specializes in Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Open Monday to Friday, 11am to 9:30pm, Saturday, noon to 9:30pm. 1571 Barrington St. 902-422-2602.

WATERFRONT WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT Fresh Maritime seafood in a casual nautical atmosphere. It’s the only restaurant in the city offering fresh lobster, crab, and oysters all under one roof. Open daily, 11:30am to 10pm. 1549 Lower Water St. 902-425-7610. Map 1

TALAY THAI RESTAURANT Choose from creations like Gung Pad Pik Pow (basil prawn with chili paste), Pla Muek Tod Katem (garlic shrimp), and more. Delivery after 5pm. Open for lunch Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2:30pm; daily for dinner, 5pm to 10pm. 1300 Hollis St. 902-404-3700.

SAWADEE TEA HOUSE Exotic tea house offers 150 types of premium loose tea leaves, fresh from plantations around the world. Open daily. Granville Mall, 1871 Granville St. 902-422-4192.

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