A city steeped in tradition and culture, a location near all things seafood and in proximity to great local farms & produce, Halifax is a city with a vibrant restaurant and entertainment scene. Whether you are looking for a funky coffee shop, a casual meal with family and friends or a high-end dining experience like no other, Halifax has something to offer everyone.
In recent years, Halifax's culinary scene has exploded with great new restaurants and bars while maintaining traditions with establishments that have been here for decades. In addition, the influence of the many cultures calling Halifax home has been a real boom for the industry with new multi-cultural restaurants opening regularly in all areas of the city.
Downtown Halifax has lots of options for dining from early morning to late at night. For your early morning coffee fix there are lots of your standard chain coffee shops around but for something different and local, check out places like Steve-O-Renos Cappuccino, a pioneer in the specialty coffee movement in Halifax 20 over 20 years ago. Other great local coffee shops downtown include Pavia with locations in the Central Halifax Library and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Wired Monk on Morris St. For an awesome coffee and a little something chocolate visit Rousseau Chocolatier, located on South St right next to our office.
Dining in downtown Halifax, you will find great restaurants like the Bicycle Thief and aMano located on the boardwalk. As you move up through the city, restaurants and pubs can be found on every street including places like Morris East and Piatto for great, wood-fired pizza, The Old Triangle for classic pub food and the Barrington Steakhouse for a delicious steak dinner and oysters. Visiting Argyle St, you'll find a number of restaurants and pubs serving a variety of local food and drinks. A few notable places include Durty Nelly's Irish Pub, Bistro Le Coq French cuisine, and the newest location for Gahan House serving great food and locally made beer.
Follow this link to a great roundup of all that downtown Halifax has to offer in terms of amazing places to eat.
Not all of the great dining experiences in Halifax are centred around the downtown. In recent years, areas like the North End of Halifax and the Hydrostone area have exploded with coffee shops and eateries serving all kinds of delectable food to its residents. On Gottingen St you'll find popular places like Edna, Vandal Doughnuts, Hop Yard and Field Guide to name a few. In the Hydrostone, Salvatores Pizza will satisfy your pizza cravings and on Agricola St you'll find Agricola Street Brasserie and Unchained Kitchen.
Across the harbour, Dartmouth's restaurant and bar scene has seen the rise of popular restaurants such as the Canteen, Il Trullo, Battery Park and the Wooden Monkey. All feature great locally sourced foods, local beers and drinks. In all areas of the city, you will find local, neighbourhood restaurants serving up great food and drinks based on the communities they are located in.
If you are looking for some of the popular restaurant chains, Halifax has them all. Many of the chain restaurants are located in the business parks like Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake. Here you will find Moxie's, Boston Pizza, and Jack Astors to name a few.
In addition to great dining, many of the local pubs and restaurants also offer nightly or weekly entertainment. In downtown Halifax, places like the Lower Deck, Split Crow Pub, and The Old Triangle provide nightly local entertainment. Whether a single person or a full band, entertainment is a huge part of the dining and night life scene in Halifax.