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.
Dining in Downtown Halifax
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. For a delicious 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 waterfront. 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 Street, 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, Bianca Aperitivo Bar French cuisine, and the newest location for Gahan House serving great food and locally made beer.
Not all of the great dining experiences in Halifax are centred around the downtown. In recent years, 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 Street you'll find Agricola Street Brasserie and Unchained Kitchen.
Dartmouth Hot Spots
Across the harbour, Downtown Dartmouth's restaurant and bar scene has made a name for itself. A few of the popular spots in the ares are The Canteen, Dear Friend Bar, Portland Street Crepêrie, Stone Pizza, Battery Park and the Wooden Monkey . Many eateries in Downtown Dartmouth feature locally sourced foods and local beers and drinks.
In many Dartmouth areas, such as Cole Harbour, Woodside, and Woodlawn, you will find local, neighbourhood restaurants serving up great food and drinks inspired by the community around them. John's Lunch in Woodside has received national recognition and is a must-go according to any local. In Woodlawn you'll find a wide variety of restaurants along Main Street and Portland Street, including Mizu, Holy Moly Bubble Tea, and Steak and Stein.
Chain Restaurants in Halifax
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, Jack Astors, Montana's and East Side Mario's to name a few.
Dinner And A Show
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.
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