Wa­ter­front

A harbourside stroll serves up a hell of a view with a side of fresh seafood, sun-soaked pa­tios and scoops upon scoops of ice cream.

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ALEXAN­DER KEITH’S NOVA SCO­TIA BREW­ERY

The tra­di­tional source of the fa­mous lo­cal liq­uid: Charm­ing 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, mouth- wa­ter­ing 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 fish, this bright lit­tle stall is just as pop­u­lar with lunch­ing lo­cals as it is with tourists. Queens Wharf, 902-491-3474

BEAVERTAILS

Fried dough, shaped like a part of our buck-toothed na­tional an­i­mal, topped with sweet things like cinnamon sugar, frost­ing, Skor bits, cream cheese ic­ing and choco­latey peanut but­ter. Queens Wharf

THE BI­CY­CLE THIEF

This spot is noisy and crowded in the best pos­si­ble way—the bustling en­ergy runs through the Bishop’s Land­ing 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. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7993

BISHOP’S CEL­LAR

A fre­quent Best of Food­win­ning 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 and easy on the wal­let. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street,902-490-2675

BLACK BEAR ICE CREAM

A multi-flavour, multi-cone op­tion old-fash­ioned hand­made ice cream stall open in the sum­mer to keep us all cool. Whether you’re into soft serve or the hard stuff, this is your spot. 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 in­gre­di­ents and gluten-free op­tions. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-422-2252

CHOCO CAFE

The home of im­ported Bel­gian cho­co­lates, fon­due, cof­fee, tea and of course, hot choco­late. 1360 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-407-8844

COWS

Hal­i­fax’s lo­ca­tion of the Pei-based ice cream phe­nom­e­non, known for its cold stuff and punny bovine mer­chan­dise. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street

CUT STEAK­HOUSE AND UR­BAN GRILL

CUT Steak­house pro­vides fine din­ing, top qual­ity USDA prime beef­steak and de­lec­ta­ble seafood and sal­ads. It of­fers a beau­ti­ful har­bour view, with pa­tio din­ing in the sum­mer. A per­fect spot to dress up and treat your 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 set up on the Hal­i­fax wa­ter­front last sum­mer, bring­ing its sig­na­ture lob­ster rolls, lob­ster tacos and grilled cheese sand­wiches with it. Dave’s back for another sea­son! Queen’s Wharf

GA­HAN HOUSE

A spin-off of the Char­lot­te­town brew­pub, Ga­han House of­fers high-qual­ity beers which are the per­fect com­ple­ment to its tra­di­tional fish and chips. Pair that with the gor­geous back­drop of the Hal­i­fax wa­ter­front and you’ve got the mak­ings for an un­for­get­table night out. 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 black, white and red cannon logo. In­side you’ll find great and award-win­ning craft ales, in­clud­ing the Tall Ship am­ber, Ir­ish red, nut brown, rasp­berry wheat and Im­pe­rial IPA. 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 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

HAL­I­FAX DIS­TILL­ING COM­PANY

A lo­cal rum dis­tillery with a view of the Hal­i­fax har­bour. Hal­i­fax Dis­till­ing Com­pany—a sis­ter com­pany to Prince Ed­ward Dis­till­ing— will open this sum­mer, bring­ing its IC Shore Rum to life in the former home of the Dragon King Buf­fet and Mother Tuck­ers. 1668 Lower Wa­ter Street

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 Street

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 it is eat­ing, try Hamachi’s Tep­pa­nyaki grill­side 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. They now close when the casino does, at 4am. Casino NS, 1983 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7777

HARBOURSTONE SEA GRILL & POUR HOUSE

A per­fect blend of ca­sual and el­e­gant. Let chef Trevor Simms tempt you with a sea-in­spired menu fea­tur­ing seared scal­lops, miso black cod or if seafood isn’t your thing, try the sump­tu­ous lamb osso bucco. With ar­ti­san cock­tails and clean, bright at­mos­phere, this hot spot is more than just a ho­tel res­tau­rant. 1919 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-421-1700

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 via fruit and veg­gie good­ness. 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. 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street

LIT­TLE OAK

Wine, cock­tails and small, deca­dent dishes brought to you by the team be­hind Agri­cola Street Brasserie. Lit­tle Oak is a 27-seater in Bishop’s Land­ing with a menu de­signed by chefs Lu­dovic Eveno and Ben Rid­g­ley. Open­ing June 2016. 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 wood-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 in. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1887 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-425-1501

MARY’S BREAD BAS­KET

The best way to find Mary’s Bread Bas­ket within the His­toric Farmers’ Mar­ket is to look for the huge line. With amaz­ing loafs 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.. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-423-2974

MCKELVIE’S

Orig­i­nally a 1906 fire­house, the heat now comes from Mckelvie’s sea­sonal tast­ing menu, lob­ster din­ners, a sprawl­ing list of en­trees from the sea, steaks and more cre­ative fare like po­tato-crusted 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 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

NOR­BERT’S GOOD FOOD

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

PETE’S TOGOGO

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 is 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. In­dulge in the dry aged AAA ten­der­loin, fresh At­lantic lob­ster—or why not have both? It also of­fers week­end brunch, Wednesday night prime rib, and a Sun­day night surf-and-turf spe­cial. 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 all-day 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 teas, art and gift­ware. 1871 Granville Street, 902-422-4192

SCHOOL­HOUSE GLUTEN-FREE GOURMET

At this bak­ery’s busy mar­ket stand there are no lec­tures on the dan­ger of wheat belly. In­stead there are cute pack­ages of choco­late brown­ies,muffins, mac­a­roons, breads, bis­cuits and pieces of cake that daz­zle your mouth and dis­ges­tive sys­tem. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

SHUCK SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR

At Shuck—a sib­ling eatery to Cut—cus­tomers can pe­ruse a se­lec­tion of whole fish and oys­ters at the bar be­fore or­der­ing at the cash. It’s fine-din­ing qual­ity in a laid­back en­vi­ron­ment. Shuck yeah. 5120 Sal­ter Street, 902-429-5120

SMIL­ING GOAT OR­GANIC ESPRESSO BAR

The harbourside lo­ca­tion of this much-loved, highly caf­feinated cafe, where espresso is strong and pourover cups are care­fully brewed. The Goat is up on the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and the best beans. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-446-3366 ext 2

SMOKE’S POUTINERIE

More ooey gooey fries/gravy/curds com­bi­na­tions than you can shake a plas­tic fork at. Queens Wharf

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. 5075 Ge­orge Street, 902-492-1800

STUB­BORN GOAT BEER GAR­DEN

A sec­ond serv­ing of the Stub­born Goat takes over the Sum­mit Am­phithe­atre, of­fer­ing plenty of room to en­joy your craft beer, lo­cal wine, gastropub eats or brunch serv­ing out of a ship­ping con­tainer. Sum­mit Am­phithe­atre, 1617 Lower Wa­ter Street

SUGAH!

Home­made fudge, marsh­mal­lows and choco­late-cov­ered caramel­coated pop­corn, hand-pad­dled ice cream and rum cake are among the sweets that make this a must-stop shop. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1479 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-421-6079

TALL SHIP SILVA

A gor­geous Hal­i­fax-docked tall ship, avail­able for late-night par­ties, har­bour cruises, cor­po­rate events and wed­ding re­cep­tions. 1751 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-429-9463

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 tra­di­tional Cana­dian dishes. Casino NS, 1983 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-496-4690

TWO IF BY SEA CAFE

The sec­ond lo­ca­tion of the pop­u­lar Dart­mouth cafe, known for its cof­fee, cook­ies and gi­nor­mous crois­sants. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-492-4600

TAWA GRILL

A break­fast, lunch and din­ner spot spe­cial­iz­ing in Hi­malayan, Nepalese In­dian and Pak­istani cui­sine. Tawa caters, of­fers daily spe­cials and a killer lunch buf­fet. 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street

WA­TER­FRONT PIZZA AND WRAPS

The name re­ally says it all for this sea­sonal, board­walk resto. Lunch op­tions abound—wraps, pizza, hot dogs and ham­burg­ers. Queens Wharf

WA­TER­FRONT WARE­HOUSE

With a ca­sual at­mos­phere and sweet board­walk lo­ca­tion bring­ing the tourists and fam­i­lies, it’s also the only res­tau­rant in town to of­fer live lob­ster, crab and oys­ters. 1549 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-425-7610

Cow’s Ice Cream. SAM KEAN

Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farmers’ Mar­ket. JOR­DAN BLACK­BURN

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