Wa­ter­front

Whether you’re vis­it­ing on va­ca­tion or a daily board­walk walker, to-go and dine-in op­tions abound here, as does cold, craft beer.

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ALEXAN­DER KEITH’S NOVA SCO­TIA BREW­ERY

The tra­di­tional source of the fa­mous lo­cal liq­uid: Charm­ing tour guides in pe­riod cos­tumes pro­vide a lit­tle song, a lit­tle dance, a lit­tle his­tory and as a re­ward, a lit­tle beer sam­pling. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-455-1474

ANNA’S CAFE & GRILL

Lunch fare that treats both your wal­let and your taste buds kindly. Anna’s of­fers nothing but pure, mouth­wa­ter­ing flavour with con­ti­nen­tal and Mediter­ranean wraps and side sal­ads to die for. 5151 Ge­orge Street, 902-444-1820

THE BAT­TERED FISH

The Queens Wharf lo­ca­tion of The Bat­tered Fish, open May-oc­to­ber, is a busy spot when the sun’s out. Serv­ing fresh, made-to-or­der fish, this bright stall is just as pop­u­lar with lunch­ing lo­cals as it is with tourists. 1751 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-491-3474

BEAVERTAILS

Fried dough, shaped like a part of our buck-toothed na­tional an­i­mal, topped with sweets like cinnamon sugar, frost­ing, Skor bits and choco­latey peanut but­ter. Open sea­son­ally. Queens Wharf

THE BI­CY­CLE THIEF

This spot is noisy and crowded in the best pos­si­ble way—the bustling en­ergy runs through the res­tau­rant while it pumps out great Ital­ian food to pasta-slurp­ing pa­trons. From crostata to gnoc­chi, to rack of lamb and filet mignon, they’ll be steal­ing your taste buds’ hearts. A year-round pa­tio will have you cud­dling in furs in the win­ter and sip­ping cham­pagne cock­tails in the sum­mer. An­di­amo! Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7993

BISHOP’S CEL­LAR

A fre­quent Best of Food- win­ning shop with over 1,000 wines and a som­me­lier al­ways on staff to rec­om­mend the per­fect wine for your plea­sure. With over 400 wines un­der $20, the Bishop’s Land­ing wa­ter­front bou­tique an oenophile’s par­adise. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-490-2675

BLACK BEAR ICE CREAM

A multi-flavour, multi-cone-op­tion ice cream stall open in the sum­mer to keep us all cool. Queens Wharf

CHEELIN RES­TAU­RANT

Fresh and flavour­ful, this Szechuan and Bei­jing res­tau­rant has made its mark on the city’s res­tau­rant scene, en­joy­ing a word-of-mouth pop­u­lar­ity thanks to its au­then­tic vibe, 25 years ex­pe­ri­enced chef, lo­cal NO-MSG in­gre- di­ents and gluten-free op­tions. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-422-2252

CHOCO CAFE

Started as a home busi­ness in 2006, this gourmet choco­late shop out­grew its Bed­ford digs and set up a shop in 2011, of­fer­ing im­ported Bel­gian cho­co­lates, fon­due, cof­fee, tea and of course, hot choco­late. 1360 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-407-8844

CUT STEAK­HOUSE AND UR­BAN GRILL

The Grill at the CUT pro­vides a gourmet burger with so­phis­ti­cated top­pings and sides, while the CUT

Steak­house fine din­ing brings top qual­ity USDA prime beef­steak grilled to a fine ten­der­ness. Com­bined with a har­bour view and sum­mer pa­tio din­ing, CUT is great for a meet­ing or a din­ner with a spe­cial some­one. 5120 Sal­ter Street, 902-429-5120

DA MAURIZIO

For spe­cial oc­ca­sions or when­ever you’re in the mood for fan­tas­tic north­ern Ital­ian cui­sine, look­ing out over the wa­ter to boot, Da Maurizio has been con­sid­ered one of the city’s best fine din­ing restau­rants for more than 20 years. His­toric Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-423-0859

DAVE’S LOB­STER

Al­ready beloved in Char­lot­te­town, Dave’s Lob­ster makes an ap­pear­ance on the Hal­i­fax Wa­ter­front for sum­mer 2015, bring­ing its sig­na­ture lob­ster rolls, lob­ster tacos and grilled cheese sand­wiches with it. Queens Wharf

GA­HAN HOUSE

A spin-off of the Char­lot­te­town­fa­mous brew­pub, here brew­mas­ter Karen Allen brews up fine craft beer that’ll go just right with Ga­han’s re­li­able and cre­ative pub eats. 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-444-3060

GAR­RI­SON BREW­ING COM­PANY AND COLD BEER STORE

You’ll rec­og­nize Gar­ri­son’s digs down near the pier by the tell­tale cannon logo. In­side you’ll find award-win­ning craft ales, in­clud­ing the Tall Ship am­ber, Ir­ish red, nut brown, rasp­berry wheat and Im­pe­rial IPA. Sea­sonal favourites in­clude Martello Stout, Win­ter Warmer and jalapeno ale. 1149 Mar­ginal Road, 902-453-5343

GET­AWAY FARM BUTCHER SHOP

Of­fer­ing Nova Sco­tia beef at its Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket shop, Get­away Farm raises its cat­tle with a strict grass-feed­ing pol­icy, rather than us­ing grain. Every­thing at the shop is freshly cut and un­frozen, and the staff will help with any cook­ing or recipe questions you may have. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

THE GREAT WALL RES­TAU­RANT

The Great Wall could be con­sid­ered one of Hal­i­fax’s seven won­ders, turn­ing out sig­na­ture Can­tonese and Szechuan dishes such as ginger fried beef, salt and pep­per squid and Gen­eral Tao chicken for over 20 years. The com­bi­na­tion plates are great deals, rang­ing from $7.95 to $12.95 per, and the dim sum is su­perla­tive. 1649 Bed­ford Row, 902-422-6153

HIS­TORIC FARMERS’ MAR­KET

The city’s Satur­day pride and joy (7am-1pm), and one of the best places in the city to catch up with peo­ple. Get a sense of the sea­sons— from maple syrup in the spring to the sum­mer’s bounty of wild blue­ber­ries—and your com­mu­nity with lo­cal farm pro­duce, meat, flow­ers, deli, fish and bak­ing. His­toric ar­chi­tec­ture makes it feel like an old Euro­pean mar­ket. 1496 Lower Wa­ter, Alexan­der Keith’s Brew­ery, 902-492-8772

HAL­I­FAX SEA­PORT FARMERS’ MAR­KET

A hub of lo­cal food and art, lo­cated in one of the green­est build­ings in At­lantic Canada. It’s here you’ll find or­gan­i­cally farmed pro­duce, sweets from Gour­man­dise Av­enue, qual­ity meat from Sweet Wil­liam’s, au­then­tic eats from around the world and a host of lo­cal crafts­peo­ple and ar­ti­sans. A weekly Hal­i­fax tra­di­tion. 1209 Mar­ginal Road, 902-492-4043

HAMACHI STEAK HOUSE

For a meal that’s as much about the joys of food prepa­ra­tion as eat­ing, try Hamachi’s Tep­pa­nyaki grill-side din­ing. Each com­mu­nal ta­ble wraps around a metal grill, where a chef cooks your choices from a Ja­panese Fu­sion menu of qual­ity fresh cut steaks, fish, chicken, pork, shrimp, Digby scal­lops, At­lantic lob­ster and veg­e­tar­ian op­tions. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1477 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-422-1600

HARBOURFRONT LOUNGE

This new Casino lounge is lo­cated on the main floor, bring­ing live mu­sic in on the week­ends. It now closes when the casino does, at 4am. Casino NS, 1983 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7777

HARBOURSTONE SEA GRILL & POUR HOUSE

The Mar­riott Habourfront’s res­tau­rant has seen a se­ri­ous makeover, bring­ing a re­laxed chic and mod­ern place to eat fine food, and knock a few back, on the wa­ter­front. A lo­cally in­spired menu and ar­ti­san cock­tails, and clean bright at­mos­phere make this hot spot more than just a ho­tel res­tau­rant. 1919 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-421-1700

JAVA FAC­TORY, HAL­I­FAX

If a host of fair trade in­ter­na­tional flavours is what you yearn for in your mug—try Nicaraguan, Ethiopian Yir­gach­effe Colom­bian, Su­ma­tran or French roast—this lo­cally owned cafe is the place to be. 1113 Mar­ginal Road, 902-468-2326

THE JUICE PRESS

Hal­i­fax’s first raw, fresh-pressed juice bar comes cour­tesy of the All­away sis­ters—tif­fany, Kensey and Spenser—who are pas­sion­ate about keep­ing healthy. Whether you’re go­ing for a full juice cleanse, or just pop­ping in for a re­fresh­ing drink (or smoothie bowl) this spot’s sure to leave you en­er­gized. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street

LOWER DECK, HAL­I­FAX

Since 1974, the Lower Deck pub has had what ails you if you’re look­ing for a Mar­itime good time. The worn wooden and stone floors are marked with the foot­prints of thou­sands of stu­dents, tourists and fish-and-chips eaters. Up­stairs is the up­scale but ca­sual Beer Mar­ket, a per­fect en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy na­chos while over­look­ing the har­bour. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1887 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-425-1501

MARY’S BREAD BAS­KET

The best way to find Mary’s Bread Bas­ket within the labyrinth-like His­toric Farmers’ Mar­ket is to look for the huge line. With amaz­ing loaves of bread, crois­sants (try a blue­berry al­mond) and cook­ies, the wait is al­ways worth it. And did we men­tion the cinnamon roll? It’ll change your life, hence why it owns our Best of Food sur­vey’s Best Cinnamon Roll ti­tle in per­pe­tu­ity. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-423-2974

MCKELVIE’S

Orig­i­nally a 1906 fire­house, the only flames now erupt from Mckelvie’s sea­son­ally chang­ing set-tast­ing menu, lob­ster din­ners, a sprawl­ing list of en­trees from the sea, steaks and more cre­ative fare like pota­tocrusted had­dock and lob­ster risotto. Lunch here is worth a trip, too, with lob­ster pou­tine, crab cakes and fish tacos on the menu. 1680 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-421-6161

MUR­PHY’S RES­TAU­RANT

Mur­phy’s On The Wa­ter is both a wharf­side res­tau­rant and the city’s largest tour-boat op­er­a­tor, home to the Har­bour Hopper and Theodore Too. Not sur­pris­ingly, in­side the res­tau­rant seafood rules and lob­ster is king. Ca­ble Wharf, 1751 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-420-1015

THE OLD TRI­AN­GLE IR­ISH ALE HOUSE

Look un­der the Celtic knot and you’ll find a pub-tas­tic triad of rooms: the Snug, the Pour­house and Tigh An Cheoil. The Old Tri­an­gle is ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing an au­then­tic Celtic ex­peri- ence, with tra­di­tional menu op­tions such as boxty (stuffed Ir­ish po­tato bread) and Dublin Pastie, live mu­sic, danc­ing and pints a-pourin’. 5136 Prince Street, 902-492-4900

PETE’S TOGOGO, HOL­LIS

Pete’s takes its pop­u­lar deli counter from the Dres­den Row lo­ca­tion and du­pli­cates it down on Hol­lis. 1801 Hol­lis Street, 902-431-4646

RED STAG TAV­ERN

A neigh­bour­hood pub in the down­town core with plenty of Nova Sco­tian and Keith’s mem­o­ra­bilia to keep you com­pany. Nightly spe­cials, share­able ap­pe­tiz­ers, tasty pub fare and a killer pa­tio make the Red Stag a pop­u­lar post-work un­wind. Brew­ery Mar­ket, 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-422-0275

RISTORANTE A MANO

With a brick oven-baked, thin-crust piz­zas made in an open kitchen, the menu has ex­panded to in­clude more mains and pas­tas, as well as sal­ads, soups, desserts and an ex­ten­sive wine list. And the ge­lato and cakes are some­thing to write home to Napoli about. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1477 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-423-6266

RYAN DUFFY’S STEAK & SEAFOOD

For an old-school steak­house ex­pe­ri­ence try Ryan Duffy’s, where fine cuts of meat are cut and trimmed at the ta­ble, com­ple­mented by a solid seafood menu and of course, lob­ster, with fresh herbs grown on a rooftop gar­den, along with honey from Duffy’s bee­keep­ing op­er­a­tion. 1650 Bed­ford Row, 902-421-1116

SALTY’S

If you want to im­press your friend from out of town, find a pa­tio seat on Salty’s wa­ter­side deck and watch the boats breeze by. En­joy a ca­sual all­day menu at the down­stairs bar and grill with heap­ing por­tions of fish and chips, or head up­stairs to the din­ing room for fresh At­lantic seafood. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-423-6818

SAWADEE TEA HOUSE

Own­ers Michel St. Jean and Mie Mie Sein bring the flavour of South East Asia, In­dia and Aus­tralia to our sea­side town, with a broad se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional teas, art and gift­ware. 1871 Granville Street, 902-422-4192

SCHOOL­HOUSE GLUTENFREE GOURMET

At this bak­ery’s busy farmers’ mar­ket stand there are no de­mands that you put up with dry, crumbly bread be­cause that’s the price of for­sak­ing flour. In­stead you get choco­late brown­ies, bread and cake with­out that nag­ging sus­pi­cion you’re eat­ing some­thing your body isn’t to­tally thrilled with. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

SELWOOD GREEN/ NOR­BERT’S GOOD FOOD

Nor­bert Kungl has long been an in­sti- tu­tion at Hal­i­fax’s farmers’ mar­kets. In his cor­ner of the mar­ket find some of the best pro­duce avail­able lo­cally, and tasty com­fort food and break­fast op­tions fea­tur­ing in­gre­di­ents from his farm, and other mar­ket faves. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

SHI­RAZ

You might walk by Shi­raz with­out notic­ing it—it’s tiny—so, it’s a good thing the own­ers painted the res­tau­rant a vi­brant lime and yel­low to catch your eye. Fa­mous by wordof-mouth for its cheap and de­li­cious samosas, Shi­raz also has a range of op­tions from a sim­ple hum­mus and pita plat­ter to de­li­cious kabobs and a se­ries of mouth-wa­ter­ing main dishes. 1240 Hol­lis Street, 902-404-3300

SMIL­ING GOAT OR­GANIC ESPRESSO BAR

Get your jolt at An­drea and Ge­of­frey Creighton’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion of their much loved and highly caf­feinated cafe, where espresso is strong and pour-over cups are care­fully brewed. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street, Suite 12, 902-446-3366 ext 2

SMOKE’S POUTINERIE, WA­TER­FRONT

More ooey gooey fries/gravy/curds com­bi­na­tions than you can shake a plas­tic fork at. 1707 Lower Wa­ter Street

SPLIT CROW PUB

The Crow is one of Hal­i­fax’s old­est pubs, but it doesn’t act its age. Pop­u­lar with stu­dents, tourists and week­end rev­el­ers alike, the well-worn hard- wood floors are filled with stomp­ing feet thanks to the bands who bring the house down daily. Or, par­take in the prac­ti­cally fa­mous power hours: Satur­day 4:30-5:30pm, Thurs­day 9-10pm and Wednesday 9-10pm. 1855 Granville Street, 902-422-4366

STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL

Stayner’s has gained a great rep­u­ta­tion for its nightly live mu­sic. But its not just the tunes that keep ’em com­ing back, you’ll find great ser­vice and de­li­cious dishes here, too. Seafood and steak shine on the menu—along­side cre­ative ap­pies, pas­tas and a large gluten-free se­lec­tion—to be en­joyed in one of Stayner’s comfy booth seats. 5075 Ge­orge Street, 902-492-1800

STEVE-O-RENO’S CAP­PUC­CINO

Fuel you Sea­port Mar­ket pe­rus­ing and peo­ple watch­ing with a dose of the good stuff from the third lo­ca­tion of your boy Steve-o. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

STILL­WELL BEERGARDEN

Bar­ring­ton’s Still­well beer bar gives into its love for al fresco drink­ing with this sis­ter project—a wa­ter­front beer gar­den show­cas­ing a chang­ing line-up of six lo­cal beers, a lo­cal cider and white wine. But the fun doesn’t end there. Lo­cal sausages, decked out with hand­made top­pings and sauces, and big ass pret­zels (served from a ship­ping con­tainer kitchen) com­plete the vibe. Sum­mit Am­phithe­atre, 1617 Lower Wa­ter Street

TRAPEZE RES­TAU­RANT

When your fin­gers grow weary of hold­ing those win­ning cards, take a break in this ca­sual Casino res­tau­rant with its menu of Ital­ian bistro spe­cial­ties and trad Cana­dian dishes. Casino NS, 1983 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-496-4690

TWO IF BY SEA CAFE, HAL­I­FAX

The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of the pop- ular Dart­mouth cafe, well-known for its cof­fee, cook­ies and gi­nor­mous, but­tery crois­sants. They also cater. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-492-4600

WA­TER­FRONT PIZZA AND WRAPS

The name re­ally says it all for this sea­sonal resto. Lunch op­tions abound— wraps, pani­nis, pizza, hot dogs and ham­burg­ers—along with ice cold slushies, smooth­ies and var­i­ous other fruity and fizz bev­er­ages. Queens Wharf

WA­TER­FRONT WARE­HOUSE

For­merly a tug­boat re­pair shop, the Ware­house keeps to its Mar­itime roots with ar­ti­facts as dec­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing a ceil­ing-mounted foghorn and dory. With a ca­sual at­mos­phere and sweet board­walk lo­ca­tion bring­ing the tourists and the fam­i­lies, it’s also the only res­tau­rant in town to of­fer live lob­ster, crab and oys­ters. A+ pa­tio also. 1549 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7610

WRAP SO D

Fol­low the sound of singing owner and chef Dar­ren Poirier’s voice to get here—he’s both the D and the in­spi­ra­tion for the mu­si­cal pun in his busy brunch counter’s name. Wrap So D makes omelettes, wraps and treats for hun­gry farmers’ mar­ket vis­i­tors with fresh lo­cal in­gre­di­ents right in front of you in the open­con­cept kitchen. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road, 902-209-3558

Da Maurizio. LENNY MULLINS

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