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Welcome to Nova Scotia

You really couldn't have picked a better point in Nova Scotia's history to come for a visit or count yourself as one of its residents. The local food scene has been exploding for years along with locally made craft beer, wine, spirits, and cider. It’s all come together like a well-rehearsed symphony and you get to enjoy the performance. THE CURATED GUIDE is all about highlighting these successes. It's collection of our region's best food and drink destinations, mixed in with some entertaining attractions and must-attend local events. What's important to note is that everything was hand-selected by our team of judges, ensuring that each listing is in for all the right reasons. I encourage you to use this guide to explore and discover, and have an authentic and contemporary Nova Scotian experience fitting of our province. Giddyup!

Alexander Henden OWNER, CHIEF CURATOR THE CURATED GUIDE


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SPRING GARDEN ROAD & SOUTH END

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HALIFAX'S NORTH END

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LOCAL EVENTS

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FOOD & DRINK ICONS TO MAKE THIS GUIDE AS USER-FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE, WE'VE CREATED A SET OF ICONS WHICH GIVE FURTHER INSIGHT INTO WHAT TO EXPECT FROM EACH FOOD & DRINK LISTING ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES. Local Connections Halifax's 25 Best Local Eateries 2016

Patio seating available during patio season

Local Connections Halifax's 25 Best Local Eateries runner up 2016

Minimum of 5 Nova Scotia seafood items on menu

Minimum 5 beers or 50% of beer selection is Nova Scotian craft beer

Farm-focused menu celebrating local producers

Minimum of 5 wines or 50% of wine selection is Nova Scotian wine

Significant number of vegetarian or vegan dishes on menu

Serves cider made in Nova Scotia

Take-out ice cream cones or gelato for kids of all ages

Specializes in making craft cocktails

Café that serves locally roasted coffee

Happy Hour featuring Nova Scotian beverages

Live music at night

For availability of live music, please check with individual listings.

WE'VE ALSO INCLUDED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING PRICEPOINT, DAY PART, AND/OR WHETHER GLUTEN FREE OR VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. $ - ENTRÉES UNDER $10

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For hours of operation, please check with individual listings.

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CREDITS PUBLISHER ALEXANDER HENDEN WORDSMITH JORDAN WHITEHOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY RILEY SMITH PRINTING TRANSCONTINENTAL DARTMOUTH Special thanks to this year's selections panel for helping us choose all the destinations seen on the pages of this guide.

DISCLAIMER While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure information in this guide is current and accurate, Local Connections Halifax accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions on these pages. No part of The Curated Guide may be reproduced in any way without written consent from the publisher.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOODS & REGIONS IN THIS GUIDE

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hen it came to producing this, our first ever Curated Guide, we wanted to create the best guide experience possible. To achieve this, we set the goal of creating something insightful, authentic, sincere and, most of all, useful to everyone who picks the thing up and gives it a whirl. It was a big task, that’s for sure, so we needed to focus our efforts. As the producer of Local Connections Halifax, the city’s #1 urban and lifestyle magazine, we chose to concentrate on our area of expertise—the food and drink scene in Halifax’s urban core, the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore. It’s here where we’ve invested the last four years getting to know the players in the game. From local restauranteurs and food producers, to winemakers, brew masters and distillers, we’ve put in the time and done our homework. It’s here where we feel qualified in making recommendations to you, and it’s here where we’re suggesting you begin your journey.

CELEBRATING THE BEST OUR REGION HAS TO OFFER

CELEBRATING THE BEST OUR REGION HAS TO OFFER

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Whether you’re looking to take a bus or hop on the harbour ferry to Downtown Dartmouth, the city’s public transit system is generally a very clean, easy to use and cost-effective way of getting around.

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HALIF URBAN

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eninsular Halifax and downtown Dartmouth are in the midst of a renaissance, and you can see the signs on almost every block: new residential developments rising to the skies, more people on the streets and, of course, more food, drink and entertainment options to keep them company. What hasn’t changed, thankfully, is the city’s historic charm, and just how walkable—and harbour hop-able—our city truly is. Seriously, with a sturdy pair of shoes you can get a good taste of Halifax’s urban core in a day. A good place to begin is in the heart of the city, downtown Halifax, with the waterfront and the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market on the continent as the anchors, and the iconic Citadel Hill presiding over it all. In between, a grid of streets and buildings testifying to the city’s 200-plus years and twenty-first century hopes, where craft beer bars and classic pubs reside alongside casual and fine-dining restaurants, bistros with seafood caught today and late-night Lebanese takeout joints. When you get full, put on your dancing shoes and head over to Argyle Street, the city's entertainment district. For a bit of culture, try the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21 or Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Next up, the north end, a neighbourhood with strong AfricanNova Scotian roots that’s becoming an enclave for artists, craft brewers and chefs looking to tap into the area’s built-in grit while forging something new. Ground zero may be Agricola Street, where you’ll find places like Ace Burger, a gourmet burger joint in a hardscrabble bar, and Agricola Street Brasserie, which is all about locally inspired French comfort food in a sleek setting. There's also The Hydrostone for, arguably, the best pizza (Salvatore’s), Robie Street for the freshest coffee in town since 1938 (Java Blend) and Gottingen Street for unbeatable brunches (Edna). The nearby west end might not always receive the attention it deserves, but that’s changing fast. Quinpool Road is one of the most diverse culinary streets in the Maritimes, packed with sushi houses, cafés, an old-school diner, a delightful vegetarian restaurant and even a place dedicated entirely to cheesecakes. Over on Cunard Street, Studio East Food + Drink is a Cambodian-via-Nova-Scotia dream

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FAX'S N CORE

C U LT U R A L , A N D C U L I N A R Y C E N T R E of an eatery. On the same block, there's also an all-new wine bar, and a brunch and lunch hotspot right around the corner, while tucked away up on Windsor Street is The Brooklyn Warehouse, a laid back, farm-to-table bistro that tops most chefs’ best-of lists. In the south end and on bustling Spring Garden Road, the flavour is old-school soul with a contemporary attitude. This area is also synonymous with Halifax’s growing cosmopolitan character, where award-winning Thai and Japanese restaurants send out mouth-watering wafts near Turkish and Persian gems. Further south on Spring Garden is the city’s newest and proudest icon, the Central Library, a five-floor glass living room with two cafés, including one on the top floor with breathtaking views of the harbour. And if you need a little green to balance the bustle, there’s the 16-acre Public Gardens and 75-hectare Point Pleasant Park. Round out your day’s journey by hopping on a ferry, crossing the second largest harbour in the world. The views of the Halifax skyline from the other side of the harbour alone will be worth the trip, but the destination is the true reward. A proud neighbourhood with a weekend farmers’ market at the ferry terminal, downtown Dartmouth is growing quickly with the help of young creatives moving in. Once a blue-collar area, it’s slowing becoming a place where vintage shops and crêperies share streets with craft beer bars, and cafés with beans roasted next door. Keep your eye out for resident and legendary singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett, and don’t forget: the last ferry to Halifax sets sail at 11:30 pm. So there you have it; five neighborhoods in a nutshell. They’re all doable in a day, but if it sounds like too much, you better make a weekend of it, and you better return—the urban core’s boom is just getting started. █

NOW, ONTO THE BEGINNING OF YOUR OWN CURATED ADVENTURE!

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1. BAR STILLWELL

At this stylish beer bar, the always rotating draughts, written in chalk above each tap, pair well with Chef Graeme Ruppel’s bar snacks, the industrial design and the arcade games downstairs. A masterclass for Nova Scotia craft beer fans. 1672 Barrington Street, Halifax

$-$$ D

2. BISTRO LE COQ

Like any good French bistro, here you’ll find a casual atmosphere and a bright space to enjoy a glass of wine and classic dishes ranging from salade niçoise to duck confit. When it’s warm, head outside to the white-picket-fenced patio. 1584 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D

3. BURRITO JAX

Your first choice, easy: burrito, burrito bowl or quesadilla. Your next ones, not. Starting with the fill options—messy pork or pulled brisket, for example—it only gets harder. The good news: lunch to late night, you can’t miss. 5215 Blowers Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

4. CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO

Since 2001, Craig Flinn and his team have been plating and pouring the province’s freshest bounty from this regional treasure on Barrington. The season dictates the unpretentious menu and the décor—bistro casual with elements of nature. 1537 Barrington Street, Halifax

$$$ D (GF/V)

5. CIBOULETTE CAFÉ

A small café famous for its made-from-scratch food, especially its always-changing grilled sandwiches. The soups, served with Chives Canadian Bistro’s scrumptious buttermilk biscuits, and breakfast wraps are just as good. 1541 Barrington Street, Halifax

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6. DURTY NELLY'S IRISH PUB

Designed and built in Ireland, Durty Nelly’s is a true Irish pub—cozy and casual with hearty Irish fare, a drink menu the length of a rugby pitch, and live music five nights per week. 1660 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D

7. ELEMENTS ON HOLLIS

Fine dining fundamentals are on display here with award-winning chefs executing local favourites and international picks with equal parts creativity and simplicity. Sunday brunch is a must, as is a taste of a cocktail or a provincial wine. 11181 Hollis Street, Halifax

$-$$ B/BR/L/D (GF)

8. ELLE’S BISTRO

A family business with a no-frills interior and a downhome menu to match: allday breakfast, roast turkey dinner, soups, salads and fresh-baked desserts. It’s the burgers, though, all eleven of them, that will keep you coming back. 1678 Barrington Street, Halifax

$ B/BR/L/D (GF/V)

9. FLIP BURGER

With six classic no-additive burgers, nine signatures (try “Three Little Pigs”) and over 20 toppings to create your own, what more do you need? How about draught beer, eight milkshakes, hand-cut fries and a clean, contemporary interior? 1565 Argyle Street, Halifax 12

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10. GAHAN HOUSE HARBOURFRONT

A spin-off of Charlottetown’s go-to brewpub, here you’ll be treated to equal doses of in-house beer—sixteen, including five seasonal—and fresh pub eats, all housed in the Historic Properties with the best waterfront patio in Halifax. 1869 Upper Water Street

$$ L/D (V)

11. GARRISON BREWING

This award-winning microbrewery sparked Nova Scotia’s craft beer boom. Saddle up to the bar for classics like Irish Red or Raspberry Wheat, or try seasonals like the fruity Nit-Wit. On the way out, grab a growler to go. 1149 Marginal Road, Halifax

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12. GIO

Consistently inventive chefs, a sommelier-selected wine list and a chic room inside the Prince George Hotel to match the originality on the plate. Sip a martini, try the scallops, examine a painting—this is hotel dining at its finest. 1725 Market Street, Halifax

$$ L/D

13. HARBOURSTONE SEA GRILL + POUR HOUSE

Contemporary but not uptight, this Marriott Harbourfront eatery is where to go for elegant coastal cuisine in a relaxed, nautically-inspired setting. Add a local beer or artisan cocktail, and you quickly realize this isn’t your typical hotel restaurant. 1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax

$$ B/L/D (V)

14. HEARTWOOD

The seasonal sis to Quinpool Road’s beloved vegetarian bistro, Heartwood’s waterfront takeout spot serves up vegan bowls, cookies, drinks and more. Almost all-vegan, the menu is mostly organic, locally sourced and one of the freshest on the boardwalk. 1701 Barrington Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

15. JOHNNY K’S AUTHENTIC DONAIRS

From this building, John Kamoulakos invented the donair, and now Johnny K’s carries on the tradition, shredding up spit-fired beef and chicken, and rolling it in pitas with that oh-so-sweet sauce. Greek gyros, Turkish kebabs, salads and poutine, too. $ L/D (V)

The Stubborn Goat Gastropub

5246 Blowers Street, Haifax

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16. LE FRENCH FIX

Get your macaron fix at this quaint café—you won’t find any better. Geoffroy Chevallier’s other sweet, buttery and fluffy treats will be hard to match, too, and you can learn how he does it at a pastry class. 5233 Prince Street, Halifax

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17. LOT SIX BAR & RESTAURANT

It’s the cocktails, oysters and glass-ceilinged atrium that may initially draw people here, but it’s the service and fine balance between international flavours and local ones that keeps them coming back. 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D

18. MEZZA LEBANESE KITCHEN

A quick-service family business is doing Lebanese food right: rotisserie-roasted chicken shawarma, dense falafel, doughy pita and bright tabbouleh salad. Most ingredients are sourced locally, while others come direct from Lebanon. 1558 Barrington Street (and Scotia Square, Halifax)

$ L/D (V)

19. MORRIS EAST

Your pizza search goes to a whole new level at this neighborhood restaurant featuring a rotating cast of about a dozen locally-inspired, wood-fired pies. Pair it with a cocktail and a salted caramel tart, and that’s amore. 5212 Morris Street, Halifax

$$ L/D (GF/V)

20. OBLADEE - A WINE BAR

A small, unpretentious wine bar with smart, dedicated staff who can find you a wine whether it’s your first glass or you’re a practicing sommelier. Make sure to match your choice with a charcuterie or cheese board. 1600 Barrington Street, Halifax

$-$$ D (GF/V)

21. PIATTO PIZZERIA + ENOTECA

The place for authentic, Neapolitan wood-fired pizza—seriously, they have official approval from Italy. Over 15 make the menu, as well as an impressive Caesar salad, a solid wine list, handmade desserts, rich Illy coffees and more. 5144 Morris Street, Halifax

$$ L/D (V)

22. ROUSSEAU CHOCOLATIER

Watch Julien create over 15 types of artisanal chocolates, brownies, macarons and chocolate bars, and then make your painfully rewarding choice. Match it with a house hot chocolate, and take your sugar high to the next level. 1277 Hollis Street, Halifax

ARTISINAL CHOCOLATES

23. SCANWAY BAKERY + CAFÉ

Relax in the sunlit café, and start with a sandwich—smoked turkey, maybe—on fresh-baked bread. Then go for a doughnut—maple smoked bacon, please. Leave with a signature cake, warm loaf, glowing. Repeat. 1567 Grafton Street, Halifax

$ BR/L/D (V)

24. SMILING GOAT ORGANIC ESPRESSO BAR

Expect a stylish, comfortable coffee bar specializing locally-roasted, fair trade coffee made one cup at a time. They also have baked goods, treats, panini, soups and salads, along with local beer, wine and cider. 1475 Lower Water Street, Halifax 16

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25. STORIES CASUAL FINE DINING

Chef Scott Vail tells one captivating tale here about Nova Scotia’s bounty every piece of seafood, game or produce plated. Whether in the lush courtyard or the intimate dining room, even the most discerning foodie will be hooked. 5184 Morris, Halifax

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26. SUGAH! CONFECTIONARY & ICE CREAM

Get your sugar buzz on at this waterfront haven specializing in handcrafted sweets, including sea salt harvested from the Atlantic and Lunenburg cranberries. For a special treat, get these confections hand-paddled into ice cream. 1479 Lower Water Street, Halifax

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27. TEMPLE COCKTAILS & KITCHEN

Craig Flinn’s third Barrington spot is more bar than restaurant, featuring 15-plus cocktails from sweet to bitter, NS craft beer, wines by the glass, a 25-foot bar and exposed brick. Small plates are—farm-to-table—with international twists. 1533 Barrington Street, Halifax

$-$$ D (V)

28. THE AUCTION HOUSE

Exactly what you want from a classic public house: over 25 taps, including a couple for in-house brews; familiar but delicious pub fare; a dark wood, cavernous interior; and a formally-dressed but easy-going staff. 1726 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D (V)

29. THE BICYCLE THIEF

Blending old-world Italian charm and new-world creativity, The Bicycle Thief and its summer/winter patios will steal your heart and have you returning for more handmade ravioli, fall-off-the-bone short ribs and a wine list rivaling any in Halifax. 1475 Lower Water Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ L/D (GF/V)

30. THE CARLETON

A multiple Venue of the Year award-winner from Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Association, a go-to for the best intimate and roof-raising bands, and an upscale pub menu as strong as the historic walls. $$ L/D (GF)

The Old Apothecary

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YOUR WATERFRONT DESTINATION FOR HAPPIER HOURS. With Executive Chef Trevor Simms’ expertly crafted coastal cuisine, a warm environment and welcoming staff, harbourstone sea grill & pour house is your premier waterfront destination for catching up with good friends.

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31. THE FIVE FISHERMEN

Once a schoolhouse, then an art college, The Five Fishermen has been schooling us on seafood since ’75. Upstairs it’s finer dining and all the crustaceans you can dream of. Downstairs: a laidback grill, perfect for oysters and wine. 1740 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ D

32. THE FOGGY GOGGLE

A cozy bar and patio with 10 draught beers that boasts “comfort food with attitude,” no deep fryers and no waiting for dinks. Go for the lobster mac and cheese, foggy spuds, vegetarian/vegan options or Hali-famous weekend brunch. 1667 Argyle Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D (V)

33. THE HENRY HOUSE RESTAURANT & PUB

A three-level Halifax institution and National Historic Site with a solid scotch list, English-style ales—most brewed locally by Granite—and a menu heavy on British pub fare and Maritime goodness. Bread pudding and black-and-tan fans, unite. 1222 Barrington Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D

34. THE HIGHWAYMAN

This modern, elegant speakeasy has a Field Guide pedigree, so yes, expect charcuterie and great cocktails, but think Spanish influenced sharing plates, mains and drinks, too. A good choice for late night sips and small bites. 1673 Barrington Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ D (V)

35. THE OLD APOTHECARY

Whatever ails you, The Old Apothecary has what you need: eclairs, salted caramel brownies, pies, cakes, bread, even a warm lunch. The croissants will bring tears to your eyes, and the bright, vintage couches will keep you around ’til you’re cured. 1549 Barrington Street, Halifax

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36. THE PRESS GANG

Pull up a seat at the oyster bar or sit by the stone walls with a single malt and Cornish hen. Either way, don’t stray far from the grand piano for live jazz, soul or blues on Friday and Saturday nights. $$$-$$$$ D (V)

Peter Nahas - Johnny K's Authentic Donairs

5218 Prince Street, Halifax

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37. THE STUBBORN GOAT GASTROPUB

Though it can fit 170 people, the vibe is tightknit, no doubt boosted by upscale comfort food meant to be shared, and craft beer for any taste. New waterfront satellite site coming this summer (see below)! 1579 Grafton Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

38. THE STUBBORN GOAT BEER GARDEN

A waterfront open-air bar with a similar feel to the Goat’s Grafton Street location. The menu: street-food inspired; the beer and wine: 100% Nova Scotian. Pick from the table service side or more casual beer-drinking area with long social tables. 1601 Lower Water Street,Halifax

$-$$ L/D (GF/V)

39. THE WOODEN MONKEY

A tasteful restaurant with a green conscience where vegans, vegetarians and carnivores are at home. Local and organic is the mantra; free-range roast chicken, Valley-grown pizza toppings and Acadian Soy chocolate tofu pie are just three tasty results. 1707 Grafton Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ L/D (GF/V)

40. 2 DOORS DOWN

This Craig Flinn offspring boasts seasonal comfort food, local and international wines, craft beer, and original cocktails. It’s the younger sis to nearby Chives, and a healthy rival for showing off the best our region has to offer. 1533 Barrington Street, Halifax

$$ L/D (GF)

41. TWO IF BY SEA

TIBS, as the locals call it, is known for its strong coffee and rich, buttery croissants baked onsite alongside scones, cookies, muffins and more. An outpost of the popular Dartmouth café, TIBS is where Haligonians fuel up. 1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax

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42. WORLD TEA HOUSE

This is your spot, tea buffs, for organic, fair trade, loose leaf teas from around the world. Black, green, herbal, oolong, roiboos—they’ve got it, small batch and hand blended. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea latte, cider and matcha, too. ORGANIC TEA RETAILER

The Henry House Restaurant & Pub

1475 Lower Water Street, Halifax

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1. ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA

The AGNS is now the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada, housing temporary exhibits and a 17,000-piece permanent collection in two renovated heritage buildings. The acclaimed folk art collection is always a big draw, especially the Maud Lewis house. Also the home of the new Pavia location. 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax

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2. CANADIAN MUSEUM OF IMMIGRATION AT PIER 21 Between 1928 and 1971, this terminal and immigration shed was the gateway to Canada for over one million newcomers. Now it’s a National Historic Site where exhibits include first-person stories, leftover luggage and a replica ocean liner cabin. 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax

pier21.ca

3. CITADEL HILL

Whether you’re up there for the unbeatable views, a history lesson inside the star-shaped fort, or a picnic on the grassy, windswept hillside, there are few better perspectives on Halifax and its people than from this big green reprieve. 5425 Sackville Street, Halifax

4. DISCOVERY CENTRE

Nova Scotia’s only hands-on science centre is meant to stimulate young Einsteins with a digital planetarium, films, science demos, and travelling and permanent exhibits, including The Bubble Room, a building centre and a suspension bridge. 1593 Barrington Street, Halifax

thediscoverycentre.ca

5. HALIFAX SEAPORT FARMERS’ MARKET

Though it’s the oldest, continuously operating farmers’ market on the continent, the Seaport Farmers' Market doesn’t show its age. Taste the bounty of over 250 vendors, and then head up to the green roof for coffee or lunch overlooking the harbour. 1209 Marginal Road, Halifax

FARMERS' MARKET

6. HARBOUR FERRY

Criss-cross the second largest harbour in the world for views of downtown you won’t get anywhere else. Commuters and merchants have been setting sail since 1752, making this the oldest, continuous salt-water passenger ferry service in North America. Ferry Ramp, Halifax

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7. MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

Holding over 30,000 artifacts, the Maritime Museum is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada. Get up close to Nova Scotia’s marine history with a 180-foot steamship, a Titanic deck chair, Halifax Explosion photos and way more. 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax

maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca

8. TUNES AT NOON

Get out your dancing shoes for this annual summer concert series in Grand Parade. Happening on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays every week in July and August between 12 pm and 1 pm, it features Nova Scotian musicians performing in a variety of genres. Grand Parade (on Barrington Street between Duke and Prince).

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1. BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT

This sleek, bright resto all about brunch by day and small plates, craft beer and cocktails by night fits in just fine. The brainchild of former Gio chefs, Black Sheep goes easy on preciousness and heavy on inventive comfort food. 1569 Dresden Row, Halifax

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2. BONEHEADS BBQ

Follow those smoke scents to the bottom of Barrington for authentic southern barbecue. The finger-lickin’ pork, ribs, chicken and brisket are smoked fresh every day, and the cornbread and mac and cheese rival any this side of the Mason-Dixon. 1014 Barrington Street, Halifax

$-$$ L/D (GF)

3. HABANEROS MODERN TACO BAR

Build tacos, burritos, quesadillas and burrito bowl salads your way with slowcooked pulled pork, lime and cilantro sour cream, curry raisin rice, and dozens of other unique, farm fresh fillings. A new twist on Mexican food. 1551 South Park Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

4. HUMANI-T CAFE

Elevate your consciousness with a little help from a pot of tea and the best handmade gelato in the city. Take it to the next level, inside or out, with fair-trade coffee, divine panini, and heaven-sent truffles. 1479 South Park Street, Halifax

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5. INDOCHINE BANH MI

A fresh, healthy, Asian-fusion alternative to fast food known for banh mi, pho, rice noodle bowls, Korean tacos, fusion salads and bubble tea. Not to mention its signature citrus mayonnaise, meant to get your mouth watering for more. 1551 South Park Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

6. JUST US! COFFEE ROASTERS CO-OP

You’ll feel right at home in this three-story Victorian sipping fair-trade coffee and nibbling an organic treat or taking yoga. Just Us! was Canada’s first fair-trade coffee roaster, and its people-first philosophy is still a cornerstone at its seven locations. CAFÉ WITH LIGHT SNACKS

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7. KRAVE BURGER

An old-school burger joint with a modern attitude: local, grass-fed beef burgers ground daily; hearty mac and cheese; craft beer; and six tasty milkshakes. Inside, it’s clean white walls and simple red chairs. 5680 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

$ L/D (GF/V)

8. LA FRASCA CIBI & VINI

The Bertossi Group brings the rustic, handmade dishes of Friuli, Italy, to the heart of Halifax in this lively, brick-walled restaurant with a beautiful bar. Lunch, dinner or late night snack, those Friulano family vibes and simple flavours are on full display here. 5650 Spring Garden Road

$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

9. LE BISTRO BY LIZ

With its atrium and classic bistro details like red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, Le Bistro by Liz takes you street side in Paris. The food is French comfort—think beef bourguignon, crepes, crème brulee—and the service is unmatched. 1333 South Park Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

10. PAVIA GALLERY – ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ

With two cafés in the Central Library—one on the top floor, one on the bottom— you have a choice: Florence-sent espresso, house-made panini and blissful baked goods with stunning views of downtown or the bustle of Spring Garden. 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

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11. PETE'S FINE FOODS

Made from the items you’ll find on this popular market’s shelves, Pete’s healthy takeaway options range from build-your-own salads, to sandwiches, to risotto balls, to smoothies. Upstairs is a gluten-free eatery with soups, pizzas, baked goods and more. 1515 Dresden Row, Halifax

$ B/L/D (GF/V)

12. PRIMAL KITCHEN

Carnivores, rejoice—this is your spot for smoked, cured and freshly butchered meats. Go for charcuterie boards and beer-braised short rib. Stay for local craft brews and toffee pudding. Return for oysters, frog, marrow—just feed that animal instinct. 1463 Brenton Street, Halifax

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13. SMILING GOAT ORGANIC ESPRESSO BAR

Grab a plush seat inside or patio chair outside, and watch the world go by while sipping premium coffee made one cup at a time from local and international craft roasters. Trust us: you’ll leave beaming. 1551 South Park Street, Halifax

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14. SUZUKI RESTAURANT

Authentic Japanese dining in a stylish setting with an always popular sushi bar, city-famous soups and traditional room with screened walls and floor seats. For a special treat, try the Nabemono, Japanese-style fondue. 1579 Dresden Row, Halifax

$$ L/D

15. UNCOMMON GROUNDS

Uncommon Grounds’ seasonal café (May to October) is inside a 1840s horticultural hall within the Public Gardens. Take your coffee, snacks or hand-paddled ice cream out on the terrace, and soak up that tranquility. Halifax Public Gardens 32

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1. HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY

Touted Halifax’s living room, this award-winning, five-floor glass sensation isn’t your grandma’s library. There is a rooftop patio, 300-seat theatre, two cafes, First Nations reading circle, boardrooms and plenty of comfy seating to relax in and, yes, books to read. 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

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2. HALIFAX PUBLIC GARDENS

A 16-acre Eden that’s been here since Confederation. Three ponds, 140 species of trees, ornate fountains and extensive flower beds—it’s a breath of fresh air in the middle of the city. Don’t miss the free Sunday summer concerts. 5668 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

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3. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

From Mi’kmaq artifacts to an 18-foot animated globe, ancient fossils to live specimens, discover Nova Scotia’s natural wonders at this interactive museum with permanent and visiting exhibits. Don’t forget to meet Gus, a 90-year-old tortoise and beloved Haligonian. 1747 Summer Street, Halifax

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4. POINT PLEASANT PARK

A 75-hectare wooded park on the southern tip of the peninsula with 39 kilometres of trails and wide paths. It also features fort ruins, a beach and Shakespeare by the Sea, whose actors perform plays in the park every summer.

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Halifax Peninsula $395,104

Lunenburg (South Shore) $180,481

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1. ACE BURGER

Cooked up by The Brooklyn Warehouse, Ace is a flatiron burger haunt inside Gus’ Pub with five-plus delicious messes at any one time. Everything is locally sourced and universally loved. Affordable gourmet pretty much sums it up. 2605 Agricola Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

2. AGRICOLA STREET BRASSERIE

The vision: French-inspired comfort food in a sleek, brick-walled room with an open kitchen. The result: earthy, seasonal dishes—beet-and-goat cheese tarts, seared duck breast, for example—served in a warm atmosphere that’ll keep you hanging around. 2540 Agricola Street, Halifax

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3. COUSIN'S RESTAURANT

This Halifax landmark and family-owned restaurant has been around since 1964, tempting those in the know with its delicious home-style Greek platters, fish and chips, classic burgers, diner sandwiches and staff who treat you like one of their own. 3545 Robie Street, Halifax

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4. DEE DEE'S ICE CREAM

Famed for its dense and creamy handmade ice cream (rum and raisin or Mexican chocolate, anyone?), social conscience, and unbeatable burritos, Dee Dee’s is a neighborhood beacon we hope never goes out. 5668 Cornwallis Street, Halifax

$ L/D (V)

5. EDNA RESTAURANT

North end cool with downhome ambience and service, this bistro is all about plating what’s fresh and best right now. For brunch, that could be Atlantic-caught salmon gravlax. Dinner: PEI ribeye. Always: exceptional and unpretentious. 2053 Gottingen Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D (V)

6. ENVIE - A VEGAN KITCHEN

Vegan or not, you might be inspired to go herbivore after downing enVie’s crispy mushroom and waffles, vegan poutine, or spinach and feta ravioli, let alone any healthy and sustainable dish this bright eatery comes up with. 5775 Charles Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

7. FIELD GUIDE

A small restaurant with big flavours sourced from nearby farms and lots of creativity. The menu’s always changing, but expect charcuterie, nose-to-tail eating, just-caught seafood and unrivalled cocktails. 2076 Gottingen Street, Halifax

$$ D (V)

8. GOOD ROBOT

This gluten-reduced brewery and two-level taproom may have the most drinkable beers in Halifax and most laidback attitude to boot. And similar to its unconventional beers, you don’t have to fit in, but you will be treated like a friend. 2736 Robie Street, Halifax

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9. HALI DELI

An old-school deli with wood-panelled walls and Jewish family recipes for breakfast or lunch. Whether it’s the corned beef hash, loaded latkes or piled-high smoked meat sandwiches, it’s all hearty and homey comfort food. 2389 Agricola Street, Halifax 38

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10. HUMANI-T CAFÉ

This community hub, like its South Park sibling, offers homemade gelato, sorbetto and vegan pastries, along with paninis, gluten-free soups, salads, and organic fair trade espresso and tea. There’s a huge deck, too, and even open mic nights. 5755 Young Street, Halifax

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11. JANE'S NEXT DOOR

Launched by lauded restaurateur Jane Wright beside her daughter’s eatery, Edna, Jane’s Next Door offers ready-to-eat gourmet sandwiches, salads, sweets, frozen entrees, soups and coffee to go. It’s tiny, but for takeout it doesn’t get better. 2053 Gottingen Street, Halifax

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12. JAVA BLEND COFFEE ROASTERS

Since 1938, fresh-roasted coffee scents have wafted from this family-run roastery. It now seduces with an airy café and 15-plus bean varieties to take home, each meticulously sourced from some of the planet’s finest small farmers. 6027 North Street, Halifax

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13. JULIEN'S PATISSERIE, BAKERY & CAFE

A timeless French bakery in the heart of The Hydrostone with all the warmth that fresh-baked artisanal bread, traditional pastries, buttery croissants and craftroasted coffee can provide. In the summer, take to the lush patio. 5517 Young Street, Halifax

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14. LION & BRIGHT

Lion is the booze bar, bright is the barista bar, and breakfast to late night it’s all a loft-like space where the hip and non-hip sip coffee, wine or craft beer, and devour everything from French toast to haddock tacos. 2534 Agricola Street, Halifax

$-$$ B/L/D (V

15. MOTHER'S PIZZA

With wood-fired ’zas, seasonal salads and garlic fingers, Mother’s makes you feel right at home in her uncrowded, open space. If she tempts you with blueberry pie or Mothers Brew (a light ale made special by Garrison), don’t refuse. $$ L/D (V

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16. NORTH BREWING

A Belgian-inspired, small-batch brewery with a goal to go zero emissions someday. In the meantime, discerning beer buffs and craft newbies alike will keep lining up for blonde ales to summer saisons to dark ales to special collaborations. 2576 Agricola Street, Halifax

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17. PROPELLER BREWING CO.

Prop has quenched our thirst with award-winning British-style ales and lagers since ’97. Extra Special Bitter and IPA are the big sellers, but the six other year-round offerings and seasonals—available in cold bottles or refillable growlers—are hits, too. 2015 Gottingen Street, Halifax

MICRO BREWERY

18. RATINAUD FRENCH CUISINE

A genuine artisanal charcuterie where everything is handmade and the shelves and fridges are stocked with pâté, rillette, cured meats, sausages, cheese, housebaked bread and seasonal prepared meals, like cassoulet and quiches. 2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax

TAKE-OUT CHARCUTERIE

19. SALVATORE'S PIZZAIOLO TRATTORIA

Most who line up for its thin-crust pies know this boisterous restaurant as Halifax’s crowning pizza jewel. Tossed with love, brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, topped with mozza, then homemade sauce, Sal’s pies and heros are perfection. 5541 Young Street, Halifax

$$ L/D (V)

20. TAREK'S

For over 15 years, this casual, family-run restaurant has been wooing repeats with Lebanese and Greek staples like shawarma and souvlaki, Canadian dinerstyle favourites, vegetarian plates like eggplant parmesan, and free soup. Once discovered, it’ll feel like home. 3045 Robie Street, Halifax

$-$$ L/D (V)

21. T DOGS

Hot dog stand meets dressed-down gourmet, T-Dogs handcrafts its own tubulars and condiments from Nova Scotia ingredients. The stable menu includes a classic dog, chili dog and veggie dog, while a weekly special was once a Big Mac-inspired creation. HOT DOG CART

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22. THE COASTAL CAFÉ

You can get bacon and eggs anywhere, but where can you get a buttermilk waffle sandwich with peanut butter, bananas, local bacon and maple syrup? Right here, it turns out, a truly original breakfast, weekend brunch and lunch spot. 2731 Robie Street, Halifax

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23. THE ITALIAN MARKET

An Italian culinary adventure, this grocery store, deli, restaurant and bakery is where locals go for everything from made-to-order Italian sandwiches to spaghetti and meatballs, insalta caprese to olive salads, medium roast to macchiato. Buon appetito! 6061 Young Street, Halifax

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24. THE KITCHEN TABLE

Snag one of the 20 seats at Frédéric Tandy and Joe MacLellan’s Kitchen Table for an eight-course tasting menu starring local and foraged ingredients. Available Wednesday to Saturday, this could be the most unique dining experience in Halifax. 2157 Gottingen Street, Halifax

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25. THE NOOK

No need to compromise on espresso and a sandwich or beer and nachos, The Nook’s a neighborhood café and lounge with all-day breakfast, Laughing Whale beans, craft beer, cocktails, inventive snacks and homemade baked goods. 2118 Gottingen Street, Halifax

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26. UNFILTERED BREWING CO.

Self-described as “great beer with a bad f---ing attitude,” Unfiltered has Greg Nash (aka “Nova Scotia’s hops king”) at the helm, so expect hop-heavy suds at the brewery and Charm School pub, where seven or eight beers and local snacks await. 6041 North Street, Halifax

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27. WILLMAN'S FISH N CHIPS

Willman’s may not be widely known, but it’s been here since ’46, now with updated digs and satisfying any grease craving with light- or traditional-battered fish, hand-cut fries, seafood goodness and pizzas. Can’t decide? Go for the Gigantic Seafood Platter. $$ L/D

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1. ANCHORED COFFEE ESPRESSO BAR & TOASTERY Snug inside the Pro Skates skate shop is this tiny coffee bar serving up the Hali-famous brown stuff that’s roasted in Dartmouth, fancy toast topped with cinnamon sugar and more, pop tarts, and other baked goodies. 6451 Quinpool Road, Halifax

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2. ARDMORE TEA ROOM

An old-school diner and Halifax institution that’s been here since 1958. Think hot turkey sandwiches, homemade meatloaf, all-day breakfast, old-fashioned milkshakes, plenty of booths, and charm out the wazoo. 6499 Quinpool Road, Halifax

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3. BRAMOSO PIZZERIA & BEER BAR

You’ve got choice at Bramoso, where the brick-oven pizzas can come gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. 17 signature ’zas and 10 classics, all made with homemade and local ingredients, and plus a great selection of craft beer and local wine for pairings. 6169 Quinpool Road,Halifax

$$ L/D (GF/V)

4. ELIOT & VINE

Fine European dining with a menu inspired by the market and a tightly curated wine list. Fifty-five seats in total, some at the bar or window banquette, others by Jean Bradbury art, and for the real gourmands: a few at the chefs’ counter. 2305 Clifton Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ BR/L/D (V)

5. FREEMAN'S LITTLE NEW YORK

Classic Big Apple pizzeria complete with deep booths, low-hanging lightshades, and exceptional pizza between doughy and crispy served in elevated tin trays. Where it differs is in the unrivalled garlic fingers, live music and a closing time of 5 am. 6092 Quinpool Road, Halifax

$$ B/L/D (GF/V)

6. HEARTWOOD

It doesn’t get greener in Halifax’s dining scene than at this quaint vegan and vegetarian eatery famous for its bowls, steamed greens, bean burritos and veggie burgers. Pair with organic wine and a candle for even more natural ambiance. 6250 Quinpool Road, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

7. MEZZA MEDITERRANEAN GRILL

Classy Lebanese dining specializing in tapas-style offerings under soft lighting in a room that can fit 140. Chefs source only the freshest from local suppliers and import items direct from Lebanon for an authentic Mediterranean experience. 6386 Quinpool Road, Halifax

$$ L/D (V)

8. RELISH GOURMET BURGER

Start with your patty: Alberta Angus, turkey or vegetarian. Choose a theme: “Halifax Explosion,” maybe, with pineapple, pancetta, habanero and onion frites. You'll be wondering where these messy chef-inspired beauties have been all your life. 6024 Quinpool Road, Halifax

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9. ROBIE STATION

With global comfort food like bread puddin’ French toast, rosti topped with smoked salmon, and banh mi, Robie Street Station is reinventing diner fare inside a colourful, modern restaurant with big views of Robie and the Halifax Common. 2394 Robie Street, Halifax 50

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10. STUDIO EAST

Cambodian-inspired fare with bold flavours and big love for local meat, veg and drink. Highlights: pork belly steam buns at brunch, warm sushi or the Ultimate Ramen Bowl at dinner, and Thai citrus chicken sticks late at night. 6021 Cunard Street, Halifax

$$ BR/L/D (GF/V)

11. SWEET HEREAFTER

Decadence is the word here, from Sweet Herafter’s interior—chandeliers, finely upholstered seating, royal wallpaper—to its multitude of rich cheesecakes (by the slice or whole), which include caramel praline, lemon blueberry and vanilla chai latte. 6148 Quinpool Road, Halifax

CHEESECAKE HEAVEN

12. THE BROOKLYN WAREHOUSE

The menu changes daily, but the food is always original and spot on, and that’s what made this tucked away, laidback bistro a standout and award-winner year after year. Farm-to-table isn’t a saying here; it’s the foundation. 2795 Windsor Street, Halifax

$$-$$$ L/D

13. THE OTHER BEAN SANDWICH & COFFEE BAR

A coffee bar and Quinpool hub with no pretension, Java Blend beans, and baked goods from local suppliers like Jane’s Next Door. Stick around for craft beer, fresh sandwiches (“Gobble-gobble,” please), and weekly trivia. Don’t miss the back patio. 6220 Quinpool Road, Halifax

$ B/L (V)

14. TRULY TASTY

At this Quinpool beacon, it’s all about homemade dumplings—each slightly crispy but juicy inside—and ramen with earthy, salty broth and tender noodles. Balanced by a sleek, minimal aesthetic, the name says it all. 6214 Quinpool Road, Halifax

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15. WASABI HOUSE

Halifax’s go-to for fresh, creative sushi and Japanese cuisine at an affordable price. Lunch specials (11 am – 3 pm) and Happy Hour (9 pm – close) entice the crowds. Great service, complimentary rolls and consistent deliciousness bring them back. $$ L/D (GF/V)

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1. BATTERY PARK BEER BAR & EATERY

A gorgeous craft beer bar with 15 east coast taps, smaller snacks (think oysters and lamb pops), larger sharing boards (think charcuterie and antipasti), and ample socializing and mouth-watering goodness. 62 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

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2. EVAN'S SEAFOOD

Reeled in from Evan d’Entremont’s boat in Pubnico, Nova Scotia, and served up in this Alderney Landing restaurant by his family, Evan’s scrumptious seafood includes haddock (with chips), lobster, scallops and clams. Gluten-free options available. Alderney Landing, Dartmouth

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3. HUMBLE PIE KITCHEN

Humble on the outside, brazen on the inside, the flaky, buttery and handcrafted meat pies made here are like warm hugs. Choose from steak and cheese, chicken cranberry camembert, pulled pork, donair, and more—all for under $10. 77 King Street, Dartmouth

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4. IL TRULLO

Designed with the conical trullo huts of Puglia, Italy, in mind, Il Trullo plates classic Italian fare—handmade ravioli and gnocchi, for example—alongside innovative dishes, such as a new, successful take on Caesar salad. 67 Kings Wharf Place #102, Dartmouth

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5. NORTH BREWING

Bring a growler or just a thirst for good Belgian beer to the lower level of Battery Park, where North Brewing has a fill station with four taps. Usually a seasonal, IPA, Saison and special brew are pouring. 62 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

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6. PORTLAND STREET CREPERIE

This little bistro may be small, but its 12 crepes pack big flavour. On the sweet side, go for Oreo Cheesecake (house-made cake, Oreo cookie crumble). On the savoury, Mushroom Melt (sautéed local mushrooms, brie, roasted garlic aioli). 55 Portland Street, Dartmouth

$ B/L (GF/V)

7. THE CANTEEN

Sandwiches, soups, salads and take-home meals made from scratch by star chef Renée Lavallée and her team. The menu changes daily, and the small but open-concept eating area lets you see the chefs’ handiwork nearby and Two if By Sea below. 66 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

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8. THE WOODEN MONKEY

Like its older sibling on the other side of the harbour, The Wooden Monkey Dartmouth has a serious commitment to upscale comfort food with a green conscience. The difference: stunning views of Halifax from its home at Alderney Landing. Alderney Landing, Dartmouth

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9. TWO IF BY SEA

A community hub that has its beans roasted next door and its famous big and buttery croissants, cookies, scones and other treats baked in-house every day. The vibe is neighbourhood friendly, the room bright and open. 66 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth 56

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ova Scotians have always been a thirsty people, and now we’re quenching ourselves, and the world, with more craft beer, wine, spirits and cider made in the province than ever before. This isn’t to say good local drink doesn’t have a long history with this place—heck, in the 1600s the area was one of the first to cultivate wine grapes in North America—but if you look around, a libations industry is thriving in 2016. Today, there are over 70 grape growers and more than 15 wineries in seven different regions in Nova Scotia. By the end of 2015, there were 27 craft breweries dotting the landscape from Yarmouth to Sydney, and by the end of this year, there should be about 40. Even cideries and distilleries are getting in on the action, where five of each are found across the province. In other words, this is a booze traveller’s Eden, yet lucky for the road weary, you’ll find many of these local concoctions on a menu wherever you are. But let’s start with wine, shall we? Moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, this is one of the coldest grape-growing regions in the world. It’s not surprising, then, that cool-climate whites are a staple here, including L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and Vidal. The white wine crown jewel, though, is Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia’s first wine appellation. A crisp, aromatic beauty inspired by every winery across the province, it’s a perfect pairing to the seafood caught off nearby shores. Although Tidal Bay wines must follow the same standards, including using 100 per cent Nova Scotia grown grapes, each is slightly different depending on how the winery crafts it. The climate here is ideal for making sparkling wines, too, and some of the best in Canada are produced at Benjamin Bridge, a gorgeous winery on the slopes of the Gaspereau Valley where the growing season is remarkably similar to Champagne, France. And let’s not forget about the province’s underrated reds, which are usually full-bodied and dry with earthy, smoky and berry characteristics.

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As for craft beer, the industry might not be as aged as the province’s wine trade, but Nova Scotian beers are some of the most respected in the country. Kevin Keefe, who started Granite Brewery out of a Halifax pub in 1985, is the godfather of the scene, and just over a decade later, Garrison Brewing and Propeller Brewing arrived in Halifax with national and international award-winning beers. All three paved the way for the craft beer boom that really sparked about four years ago. Within that short timeframe, breweries have popped up across the province, from Big Spruce Brewing and Breton Brewing in Cape Breton, to Tatamagouche and Uncle Leo’s on the north shore, to Boxing Rock and Hell Bay on the south shore. In the Halifax region alone, there are nine breweries, most with attached pubs or taprooms to sample the freshest suds. The best part about these beers: whether it’s a North Brewing “Strong Dark Belgium” or Bad Apple “Honey Wagon Pale Ale,” no two breweries’ creations are the same. Taste exactly what we mean at restaurants and bars across the province, particularly craft beer bars like Bar Stillwell in Halifax or Battery Park in Dartmouth, which proudly feature rotating lineups of local brews on tap. Craft spirits and cider may be Nova Scotia’s next alcohol frontier. There are certainly signs. Lunenburg’s Ironworks Distillery, for instance, makers of vodkas, rums, liqueurs and brandies from an old blacksmith’s shop, has been a huge success since launching in 2009. And considering that Nova Scotia is home to the Apple Capital of Canada (Berwick), it’s no wonder more are turning to this province’s fresh, crisp ciders. Yes, Nova Scotia’s beer, wine, spirits and cider scene is on firm, fertile ground. Reinforced by a unique terroir, makers passionate about experimentation, and a people thirsty for all things local, the industry can only grow from here. Cheers to Nova Scotia, indeed.

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hough the Annapolis Valley and South Shore are separated by less than a hundred kilometres of dense forest and scenic lakes, their differences are striking. One is a fertile trough between two mountain ranges along the Bay of Fundy where vineyards and small farms dominate the landscape. The other is a rugged coastline of historic shipbuilding communities and picturesque fishing villages with pristine beaches and some of the best seafood in the province. What they share, however, is that familiar Nova Scotian hospitality and their distance from Halifax—both are within an hour’s drive of the capital city.

A N N A P O L I S VA L L E Y “The Valley,” as it’s known, stretches from Digby and the Annapolis Basin in the west to Wolfville and the Minas Basin in the east. Snug between its two ridges—the North Mountain and South Mountain—the area is well protected from the big bay and the Atlantic, creating a micro climate that’s quite mild for the region. When coupled with fertile glacial sedimentary soil, the result is lush apple orchards, corn fields as far as the eye can see and gently sloping vineyards. Have a taste of that fresh bounty on Saturday mornings at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market, and then head out into the fields to see and toast where it comes from. A good place to start is at a few of the nine wineries found here, many becoming famous for their award-winning sparkling wines and bright, crisp Tidal Bay whites. For a good overview, take a Magic Winery Bus tour from Wolfville, or perhaps book a tour with Uncorked or Grape Escapes. Some wineries have restaurants—the elegant Le Caveau at Domaine de Grand Pré, for example—but consider a backroad beauty like Summerville’s The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery, which sources most ingredients from within 15 minutes away, or Berwick’s Jonny’s Cookhouse for inventive gourmet burgers and heavenly soft-serve ice cream. And when you’ve had enough, or you want to work up an appetite, go whale watching off Digby Neck, take to Cape Split for stunning views of the entire region, or walk on the ocean floor at Bunrntcoat Head Park, home of the world’s highest recorded tides.

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SOUTH SHORE If you follow the meandering Lighthouse Route south of Halifax all the way to the Acadian shores, you’ll see exactly why National Geographic named the South Shore one of the Top 10 Coastal Destinations in the world. Endless kilometres of beautiful craggy coastline interrupted by sandy beaches, multiple lighthouses, fishing villages frozen in time, and scenic towns plating and pouring the freshest seafood and craft beer in the region. In three words: quintessentially Nova Scotia. Perhaps the biggest draw to the South Shore is the town of Lunenburg, one of only two urban communities on the continent designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seventy per cent of its original buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries are still standing, and inside you’ll find some of the province’s most acclaimed restaurants, art galleries, quaint inns and testaments to the town’s shipbuilding history—the most prominent being the iconic schooner Bluenose II, moored in the harbour. But Lunenburg should be just a jumping-off point. Don’t forget nearby tranquil Mahone Bay or the once capital of Acadia, LaHave, a short cable-ferry ride across a river with a legendary waterfront bakery. Further down the coast are soughtafter spots like Liverpool and Shelburne, home to Hell Bay Brewing and Boxing Rock Brewing, and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown, which tells the stories of the hundreds of courageous black families who migrated to Nova Scotia following the American Revolution. So, convinced of the Annapolis Valley and South Shore yet? What are you waiting for? Take to the road, and let the beauty of these two treasures be your guide.

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1. AVONDALE SKY / D'VINE MORSELS

Named 2015 Winery of the Year at the Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards, Avondale also has a patio restaurant focusing on seasonal, medium plates. Inside the restored church or looking out over the vines, it’s bucolic dining at its finest. 80 Avondale Cross Road, Newport

$ L/D

2. BENJAMIN BRIDGE

Nestled in the heart of the Gaspereau Valley, Canada’s most acclaimed sparkling wine house offers tours of its 40-acre vineyard and sleek winery, along with tastings of those celebrated sparklings and limited edition reds, rosés and whites. Gaspereau Valley

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3. BLOMIDON ESTATE WINERY

A boutique winery beside the sparkling Minas Basin where you can tour the 10-hectare property, enjoy a tasting, and relax on the patio with a red, white, sparkling or dessert wine. Pair it with local cheese, snacks and ocean breezes. 10318 Highway 221, Habitant

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4. FLYING APRON COOKERY

This picturesque backroad gem features an ever-changing restaurant menu sourced with ingredients from within 15 minutes away, a four-star inn with five rooms, and a variety of cooking classes to learn how Chef Chris Velden does it. 3 Summerville Wharf Road, Summerville

$$ BR/L/D (V)

5. FOXHILL CHEESE

Visit this sixth-generation family farm year-round to sample, buy and see how they make their luscious cheese, yogurt, gelato and milk. Then step onto the timber frame deck with your treat for panoramic views of the surrounding lush fields. 1678 Church Street, Port Williams

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6. GASPEREAU VINEYARDS

The oldest winery in the Gaspereau Valley is notorious for its Rieslings and fruitforward, terroir-driven whites and robust reds. Try a glass on the patio, or grab a picnic and bike to truly explore this gently sloping 50-acre vineyard. 2239 White Rock Road, Wolfville

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7. JONNY'S COOKHOUSE & ICE CREAM SHOP

Roadside burger joint meets gourmet appeal, Jonny’s has locals and those in the know lining up for homemade buns, Meadowbrook Farm protein, creations like “The Sweet Maria” (pineapple, bacon, sweet chili sauce), and heavenly soft-service ice cream. 4287 Evangeline Trail, Berwick

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8. L'ACADIE VINEYARDS

One of the premier producers of traditional method sparkling wines in Nova Scotia, L’Acadie was also the province’s first certified organic vineyard and winery. Sip an award winner at the tasting bar paired with panoramic views of the Gaspereau Valley. 310 Slayter Road, Gaspereau

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9. LE CAVEAU / GRAND PRE WINERY

Start by strolling through the rolling vineyard to see proof of this winery’s commitment to Nova Scotia grape varieties. End by sipping the award-winning proof on the pergola or inside Le Caveau, an elegant, seasonally-inspired restaurant with global flair. 11611 Highway 1, Grand Pré 66

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10. LUCKETT VINEYARDS

Another Pete Luckett success that boasts stunning views overlooking the Minas Basin; decorated wines like L’Acadie and Tidal Bay; al fresco dining; and an iconic red phone booth in the vineyard. 1293 Grand Pré Road, Wolfville

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11. PLANTERS RIDGE

Equipped with a state-of-the-art winery in a renovated 150-year-old barn, Planters Ridge is rooted in the belief that wine is made in the vineyard. Taste its unique terroir from the patio or barn while soaking up the Tuscan-like views. 1441 Church Street, Port Williams

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12. SEA LEVEL BREWING

Tuck into a Planter’s Pale Ale, Rojo Mojo Red Ale or other Randy Lawrence concoction at the Valley’s first microbrewery, and let these approachable brews and nearby tidal river take you to your happy place. 980 Terrys Creek Road, Port Williams

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13. TANGLED GARDEN

A must stop for any green thumb or connoisseur of homemade jellies, jams, chutneys, mustards, vinegars or liqueurs. Try the fresh ice cream while wandering the four-acre garden and working farm—just don’t miss the sweeping vistas. 11827 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Grand Pré

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14. THE UNION STREET

Locally-minded before “local” was a buzzword, The Union Street is, as Chef Michael Smith said, “Canadian cuisine at its best.” It’s also a quality live music venue where the likes of Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith have played. 183 Commercial Street, Berwick

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15. WOLFVILLE FARMERS' MARKET

Can’t get your fill of the Valley’s fresh bounty, crafts and live music? Head here to learn, listen and taste from 60 farmers, chefs and artists on Saturday mornings all year, and Wednesdays (4pm – 7pm) between May and December. FARMERS' MARKET

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1. BLOMIDON PROVINCIAL PARK

Six-hundred-foot cliffs, a red sand beach, the world’s highest tides—it’s all right here in this camping and day-use park with 14 kilometres of trails. Get the best views of the Minas Basin atop Cape Blomidon, a perfect picnic spot. 3138 Pereau Road, Canning

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2. CAPE SPLIT TRAIL

This gorgeous 16-kilometre coastal trail rises from sea level to 200 feet through old forest. The reward at the tip of the headland is a grassy field on top of sheer cliffs where the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin meet. Scott's Bay

3. HALL'S HARBOUR

A picturesque fishing community on the shores of the Bay of Fundy that also overlooks the Annapolis Valley. The seaside lobster pound and restaurant is the big draw, but check out the artist studios, antique shops and galleries, too. Hall's Harbour

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4. GRAND PRÉ NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Once the epi-centre of Acadian culture, this site is now a chance to learn about Acadians’ early settlement, their tragic upheaval and their lasting impact on Nova Scotia. Walk the sweeping gardens, visit the church, don’t miss the multimedia interpretation centre. 2205 Grand Pré Road, Grand Pré

5. ONTREE FUN & ADVENTURE PARK

Canada’s largest high ropes course climbing and zip-line park features 12 adult courses, 2 children’s courses, 131 challenges, 34 zip-lines, a Tarzan swing, a spider web and a climbing wall. Explore the forest from a whole new perspective. 370 Martock Road, Windsor

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6. WOLFVILLE MAGIC WINERY BUS

Hop on and off a classic British double-decker at four wineries in the heart of Nova Scotia vineyard country. Together, they’ll give you a broad cross-section of the region’s unique terroir and a taste of some of the most acclaimed wines in the country. wolfvillemagicwinerybus.ca

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1. BOXING ROCK BREWING COMPANY

Named after a shoal where seamen would settle their differences, this brewery in the woods will resolve any dispute with its quenching array of English, red and pale ales. Stop in for a tour and taste Fridays and Saturdays. 78 Ohio Road, Shelburne

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2. CHARLOTTE LANE CAFÉ

Down a quiet lane sits this yellow clapboard café that’s won awards for its food and service. Swiss-inspired with Nova Scotia flair, it’s famous for lobster and scallops brandy gratin, but seriously consider pasta, and always leave room for dessert. 13 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne

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3. ELLIOT’S AT WHITE POINT

Planked salmon chowder, house-smoked Nova Scotia pork chop, old-school tiramisu, Atlantic panoramas—you get it all and then some at White Point Beach Resort’s renowned restaurant. This is upscale ocean-side dining with a chill beach feel. 75 White Point Beach Resort Road, White Point

$$-$$$ B/L/D (GF/V)

4. GRAND BANKER BAR & GRILL

When a South Shore resto has “Blue Rocks Fish Cakes” and Acadian-style stew, you know it takes fresh seriously. And when it comes with harbour views, Maritime hospitality and scrumptious comfort food, you know not to pass it up. 82 Montague Street, Lunenburg

$$-$$$ BR/L/D

5. HELL BAY BREWING COMPANY

Whether it’s the Dark Cream Ale, Hell Bay English Ale or a seasonal, expect bold malt flavour balanced with hoppy aroma and bite from this small-batch brewery just off Liverpool’s main drag. Samplings and basic tours most days. 38 Legion Street, Liverpool

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6. IRONWORKS DISTILLERY

Showcasing the Annapolis Valley’s crisp produce, Ironworks is a micro-distillery in a nineteenth-century blacksmith’s shop that makes vodkas, rums, liqueurs and brandies using only natural ingredients. Drop by the shop for a taste, but call ahead for tours. 2 Kempt Street, Lunenburg

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7. LAHAVE BAKERY

The bread, made from stone-ground, organically-grown wheat, is legendary. The baked sweets are to die for. Lunch and brunch, taken inside or in an Adirondack chair by the river—hearty, home-style and always good. NS-331, LaHave

$ BR/L (GF/V)

8. LINCOLN STREET FOOD

Simple yet stylish with a short market-inspired menu featuring changing small and big plates like warm mushroom salad and pan-seared salmon next to gin-glazed plums. Ironworks figures prominently, as do local beers and wines from sustainable vineyards. 200 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg

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9. MATEUS BISTRO

Maybe the purple clapboard siding or wafts of charcoal barbecue from the patio will pique your interest. Just give in. With upscale food to suit the harvest, 20-plus local wines, art on the walls, old-Europe charm, it’s a can’t-miss. 533 Main Street, Mahone Bay 76

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10. PETITE RIVIERE VINEYARDS

On drumlin slopes in one of the oldest grape-growing regions in North America sits this grower of elegant, complex wines. The winery, with its French style and large terrace overlooking the vineyards, will make you think you’re in the south of France. 1300 Italy Cross Rd, Crousetown

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11. RIME RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR

Every serving here, whether it’s smoked duck or wine from the cellar, has a story about the land and sea nearby. Told with an international flair in a room with big windows, they’re some of the finest tales around. 9 King Street, Lunenburg

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12. SALT SHAKER DELI

The menu is home-cooked gourmet—think seafood chowder, pad thai, thin-crust pizza—paired with ample craft draughts, while the atmosphere is casual, whether on the patio overlooking the harbour or inside the open bistro. 124 Montague Street, Lunenburg

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13. THE KIWI CAFÉ

It’s all about choice at this Chester mainstay: all-day breakfast, homemade baked treats, big salads, daily soups, fresh sandwiches, Java Blend coffee, a lengthy libation list, and specialty groceries. Pick the sunny patio outside or chair near the woodstove inside. 19 Pleasant Street, Chester

$ B/L (GF/V)

14. THE QUARTERDECK BEACHSIDE GRILL

Once a canteen perched over a mile of pristine beach, The Quarterdeck has become a must-stop for anyone craving a classic Nova Scotia seafood fix on a patio. Need more views and scallops? Stay over in a villa or loft. Summerville Beach, Port Mouton

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15. THE SOUTH SHORE FISH SHACK

End your fish-and-chips search at this classic takeout spot, where the Propellerbattered haddock and hand-cut fries are simply the best. Devour with beer or wine on a patio, and next time go for lobster, scallops, cod tongues or clams. $$ L/D

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108 Montague Street, Lunenburg

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V I S I TO R AT T R AC T I O N S

SOUTH SHORE

1. BLACK LOYALIST HERITAGE CENTRE

In the late 18th century, Birchtown, Nova Scotia, was the largest free black community in British North America, and now this state-of-the-art facility tells the story of their journey here. Trace your own heritage through the names in the “Book of Negroes.” 119 Old Birchtown Road, Shelburne

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2. FISHERIES MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

Experience life at sea, up close, through this acclaimed waterfront museum’s aquarium, wharf-side vessels, a movie theatre, heritage interpreters—including retired fishermen and captains—hands-on demonstrations and way more. 68 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg

fisheriesmuseum.novascotia.ca

3. HIRTLES BEACH

More than three horseshoed kilometres of white sand and rolling surf welcome you to this ocean reprieve that’s just a 20-minute drive south of Lunenburg. Want to swim but not up for the Atlantic’s chill? Jump in the two nearby lakes instead. Hirtle Beach Road, Kingsburg

4. HISTORIC SHELBURNE WATERFRONT

Stroll down Dock Street and imagine what life was like in this shipbuilding community and once Loyalist haven. It won’t be hard with restored buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries—some used in movies and miniseries. 8 Maiden Lane, Shelburne

5. PEGGY'S COVE

Few attractions sing “Nova Scotia” like Peggy’s Cove, the charming fishing village with the iconic lighthouse. Scramble over the boulders or just marvel at the Atlantic’s power, breathing in that ocean breeze. Just remember: stay off those dark rocks. Peggy's Cove

6. ROSS FARM MUSEUM

A working farm depicting 19th-century agricultural life in Nova Scotia. Stop in to the new Learning Centre before watching oxen till the land, meeting costumed interpreters and heritage animals, visiting Rosewood Cottage, and taking a wagon ride. rossfarm.novascotia.ca

The South Shore Fish Shack

4568 Highway # 12, New Ross

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Where else but White Point can you get a steaming bowl of local mussels with a hint of curry and a round of golf? Or, a craft beer and a beach! Stay with us, and wake up to crashing surf and Blueberry Griddle Cakes. Come for lunch on the deck, or dinner in Elliot’s Dining Room. Come for s’more making at the firepit, wine tastings, and live entertainment. Just 90 minutes from Halifax on the South Shore, you’ll find the Dark to your Stormy. The crab to your cake. The dream to your destination.

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LOCAL EVENTS

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2016 - 2017 JUNE 18

AUGUST 5 - 6

Lace up your party boots and welcome summer at Luckett Vineyards’ yearly hillside celebration. Admission, dinner and one glass of wine, Sea Level beer or Bulwark cider is $50 (plus tax). Come on, who doesn’t want to bust a move amongst the vines?

Almost 300 different brews will be poured by over 100 producers from Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world. New this year: a booth for cask ales. You won’t find a bigger gathering of craft beer, imports and cider fans on the East Coast.

luckettvineyards.com

seaportbeerfest.com

JULY - OCTOBER

AUGUST 20

SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA

SWING UNDER THE STARS

The largest outdoor summer theatre festival east of Montreal comes with killer settings: woodsy Point Pleasant Park on the peninsula’s tip. The 2016 lineup is Pinocchio, As You Like It and King Lear. Bring a blanket or chair (rent for $1 or $2).

Get your groove on Luckett Vineyards style with good food, drinks and the Annapolis Big Band. Your $50 (plus tax) ticket gets you dinner, a glass of wine, Sea Level beer or Bulwark cider, and all the nightime swing your hips can take.

luckettvineyards.com

SUMMER CELEBRATION ON THE HILL

shakespearebythesea.ca

JULY 14 - 24 HALIFAX PRIDE

Drawing over 150,000 people in recent years, Halifax Pride is a week-plus celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. Expect theatre shows, concerts, lectures, barbecues and way more, culminating in the street-busting parade through downtown. Don’t forget your flag.

halifaxpride.com

JULY 12 - 17

TD JAZZ FESTIVAL The most popular summer festival in Atlantic Canada turns 30 this year. Celebrate with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Metric, and City and Colour on the waterfront main stage, and hundreds of local and international talent throughout the city. Free day-time concerts, too.

halifaxjazzfestival.ca

JULY 27 - AUG 1

HALIFAX BUSKERS FEST The only place in Halifax to watch a guy put his body through a tennis racket, a woman crush apples in her biceps, and . . . Pogo Fred. Thirteen performers will be on five waterfront stages, and though admittance is free, tip the hat, cheapskate.

HALIFAX SEAPORT BEERFEST

SEPTEMBER 1 - 11

ATLANTIC FRINGE FESTIVAL Modelled after Edinburgh’s famous strange fest, this showcase for usually odd and definitely non-mainstream live theatre has been happening since ’91. Wave your freak flag high at playhouses, bars, churches, museums and other venues all over Halifax.

atlanticfringe.ca

SEPTEMBER 16 - 17 HALIFAX OKTOBERFEST

Dust off the dirndl and pull on your lederhosen— Garrison Brewing’s annual German-fest under the tents is back for its 8th year. Expect barrelrolling, chicken dancing, Bavarian folk tunes, too many sausages and plenty of mugs of fresh suds.

hfxoktoberfest.ca

SEPTEMBER - MAY CECILIA CONCERTS

An annual (and affordable) classical concert series featuring everthing from operas to solo recitals performed by local and international stars. Meet the artists after the concerts, or sign up for a master-class or workshop with them if you’re an aspiring musician.

ceciliaconcerts.ca

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NOVEMBER 2 - 6

Spend a day strolling Avondale Sky Winery’s vineyard, sampling local chefs’ garlicy creations, and learning how to best grow and use the pungent bulbs. Plus: live music throughout the day and a juried art show inside 60 tents. Breath mints not included.

Five packed days of food films and good eats in Wolfville, a town in the heart of Nova Scotia’s wine country. Eat up over a hundred screenings, post-show tastings, wine tours, workshops, gala dinners, and talks from visiting filmmakers and top chefs.

avondalegarlicfest.com

devourfest.ca

SEPTEMBER 24

NOVEMBER 4 - 6

THE CASK BEER THROWDOWN

HAL-CON

Taste who pulls the best cask-conditioned brew in Nova Scotia at Halifax’s first cask beer festival. Breweries from across the province will be there for afternoon and evening sessions. A $33 ticket (plus tax) gets you 12 beer vouchers and a 16-ounce Belgian-style glass.

The biggest geek convention in Atlantic Canada takes your milk money but gives you a full weekend of the sci-fi, gaming and fantasy goods. Pick from stage shows, merchandise, music, gaming circles, sessions with some of the community’s pop-culture stars, and more.

localconnections.ca/events

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OCTOBER 2016

DECEMBER 2016

NOCTURNE

HALIFAX HOLIDAY LIGHTS MARKET

A one-night-only chance to see hundreds of contemporary artists flexing their creative muscles and asking you to collaborate. From gallery shows in the Hydrostone to large-scale outdoor projections in the south end, it’s Halifax at its most creative. 6 pm – midnight. Free.

Dozens of local shop owners, chefs and artists tempt you with their creations at this monthlong nighttime holiday market in the Historic Properties. Music, warm drinks and special live entertainment, too. It’s all enough to make any Grinch’s heart grow three sizes.

nocturnehalifax.ca

downtownhalifax.ca/lights

OCTOBER 19 - 22

DECEMBER 2 - 4

HALIFAX POP EXPLOSION

HALIFAX CRAFTERS WINTER MARKET

This new music festival has hosted hip-hop and indie artists like Kardinal Offishall and Arcade Fire since ’93. Now with a creative technology conference and over 150 musicians, comedians and speakers, Pop’s where to discover the next big thing.

Avoid the gift cards and go for something handmade at this indoor market starring 80plus local crafters. With vendors working in metals, ceramics, textiles, woodworks and other mediums, it’s bound to be where you’ll find something even Uncle Al will like.

halifaxpopexplosion.com

halifaxcrafters.ca

OCTOBER 2016

JANUARY 12, 2017

Nova Scotia’s distillery boom is on full display during this weekend in Lunenburg. Meet the eight distillers, taste their spirits, join a cocktail workshop, and finish with a mixologist’s creation paired with food by some of the town’s best chefs.

One all-inclusive ticket gets you in the door at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront and into some of the best local food, craft beer and cider in Nova Scotia.

AVONDALE GARLIC FESTIVAL

SPIRITED AWAY IN LUNENBURG

nsspiritsfestival.com

DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FEST

THE FOURTH ANNUAL CRAFT BEER & LOCAL FOOD CELEBRATION

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SPECIAL EVENTS

POP-UP EVENTS AND EVENINGS AT LOCAL EATERIES

PROP'R CASK NIGHTS

PROPELLER BREWING COMPANY ON GOTTINGEN STREET Semi-regular evening events at Propeller Brewing where the brewers—and you— celebrate unfiltered, unpasteurized cask-conditioned beer. Sip Prop’s latest creation, ask questions, snack on delicious eats, meet new beer friends, repeat. facebook.com/propellerbeer

LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH

TIBS FAMILY DINNERS

TWO IF BY SEA CAFÉ IN DARTMOUTH The Canteen’s Renée Lavallée and the Two if By Sea (TIBS) café crew run this monthly set meal series out of TIBS’s Dartmouth location. Look forward to a fine dining alternative with communal tables and family vibes. BYOB. twoifbyseacafe.ca/dinners.html

EVERY MONTH

THE KITCHEN TABLE

RATINAUD FRENCH CUISINE Snag one of the 22 seats at Frédéric Tandy’s Kitchen Table inside Ratinaud French Cuisine for an eight-course tasting menu starring local and foraged ingredients. Available Wednesday to Saturday, this could be the most unique dining experience in Halifax. ratinaud.ca

WEDNESDAYS THRU SATURDAYS

DINING ON THE OCEAN FLOOR

FLYING APRON COOKERY Join Summerville’s Flying Apron Cookery at the Bay of Fundy’s Burntcoat Head Park, home of the world’s highest recorded tides. Forage for ingredients, feast on a multi-course meal oceanside at low tide, finish with a stunning sunset. flyingaproncookery.com/calendar

SUMMER DATES ONLY

PRE-FESTIVAL POP-UP EVENTS

DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FEST Can’t get enough of the largest culinary movie festival in the world? Then head to these shorts for similar tasty combos of food and film you’ve come to expect from Wolfville’s annual five-day feast for the eyes and stomach. devourfest.com/program

VARIOUS DATES AND VENUES

CHEF'S TABLE AT AGRICOLA STREET

AGRICOLA STREET BRASSERIE Pull up a seat at the kitchen counter of this classy north end favourite and watch Chef Ludovic Eveno and his team put together your French-inspired, home-style meal. You won’t get closer the culinary creative process. agricolastreet.ca/events-media

EVERY MONTH

MARTINI NIGHTS

LE CAVEAU RESTAURANT Every Thursday in July and August, the elegant restaurant at Domaine de Grand Pré winery features discounted martinis, small plates and live tunes. Relax on the pergola and while away a summer evening in the pastoral Annapolis Valley. grandprewines.ns.ca/restaurant

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The Curated Guide 2016  

Food & Drink Guide for the Halifax urban core, Annapolis Valley, and South Shore.

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