WATER­FRONT

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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, mouth-wa­ter­ing flavour with con­ti­nen­tal and Mediter­ranean wraps and side sal­ads to die for. 5151 George Street, 902-444-1820

BEAVERTAILS

Fried dough, shaped like a part of our buck-toothed na­tional an­i­mal, topped with sweet things like cin­na­mon sugar, frost­ing, Skor bits and choco­latey peanut but­ter. Hal­i­fax Water­front at Sal­ter

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 pas­taslurp­ing pa­trons. From cala­mari to gnoc­chi, to lamb chops and beef ten­der­loin, 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 902-425-7993

OBISHOP’S CEL­LAR

A fre­quent Best of Food­win­ning shop with over 1,000 wines and a som­me­lier to rec­om­mend the per­fect wine for your plea­sure. With hun­dreds of 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 ice cream stall open in the sum­mer to keep us all cool.

THE CAKE LADY

You’ll rec­og­nize The Cake Lady and her mas­sive pret­zels, Ger­man cakes, cook­ies and squares from the Sea­port Farm­ers’ Mar­ket—but sum­mer 2017 she’ll join the water­front snack bri­gade. with her own hut. Hal­i­fax Water­front at Sal­ter

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

Started as a home busi­ness in 2006, Choco Cafe is the brain­child of Lama Issa, her brother Rami and hus­band Omar Kharta­bil. Their gourmet choco­late shop out­grew its Bed­ford digs and set up its sweet shop down­town in 2011, of­fer­ing im­ported Bel­gian choco­lates, fon­due, cof­fee, tea and of course, hot choco­late. 1360 Lower Wa­ter Street 902-407-8844

COWS

This sea­sonal stand is the only Nova Sco­tia lo­ca­tion of the Pei-based ice cream phe­nom­e­non. Known as much for the cold stuff as for the t-shirts that are some­times bril­liant, some­times cringe-wor­thy bovine twists on pop­u­lar cow­ture. Errr, cul­ture. His­toric Prop­er­ties, 1869 Up­per Wa­ter Street, 902-422-9336

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 for, and to 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 now also makes an ap­pear­ance on the Hal­i­fax water­front in the sum­mer­time, bring­ing its sig­na­ture lob­ster rolls, lob­ster tacos and grilled cheese sand­wiches with it. Hal­i­fax Water­front at Sal­ter

DEEP-SEA DONUTS

One hun­dred per­cent would pur­sue a ca­reer on the ocean if you could re­ally catch dough­nuts like fish. But since that dream’s not a re­al­ity, you can reel in cof­fee and baked goods at this har­bourfront stall. Hal­i­fax Water­front at Sal­ter

GA­HAN HOUSE

A spin-off of the Char­lot­te­town­fa­mous brew­pub, Ga­han House of­fers spe­cialty, 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 award­win­ning craft ales, in­clud­ing the Tall Ship am­ber, Irish red, nut brown, rasp­berry wheat and Im­pe­rial IPA. Sea­sonal favourites also in­clude Martello Stout, Win­ter Warmer and zingy 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

HAL­I­FAX DISTILLING CO.

Arla John­son and Julie Shore bring their distilling skills to Hal­i­fax, in­tro­duc­ing JD Shore—a line of rums to ri­val the Cap­tain’s—made in their water­front lo­ca­tion. En­joy the lo­cal, af­ford­able and flavour­ful spirit at the bar, or take a bot­tle home for your next dark and stormy night. 1668 Lower Wa­ter Street 902-431-0505

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 sea­son— 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, Alexan­der Keith’s Brew­ery, 902-492-8772

OHALIFAX 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, treats, qual­ity meats, 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 Casino lounge is lo­cated on the main floor, bring­ing live mu­sic in on the week­ends. 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

HASKAPA PRE­MIUM BERRY PROD­UCTS

A home for all things haskapa. Shop here for the Nova Sco­tia grown su­per food in jam, jelly, syrup and juice form. 1477 Lower Wa­ter Street 902-624-8039

HEARTWOOD BY THE SEA

A har­bourfront dose of Heartwood’s healthy eats and a great coun­ter­point to all the fish and chips, order up rice bowls, smooth­ies and other colour­ful snacks. Hal­i­fax water­front, at Sal­ter Street 902-425-2808

JAVA FAC­TORY

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 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

KATCH—A MOD­ERN SEAFOOD SHACK

An al­ways-busy spot when the sun’s out. Serv­ing fresh, made-to-order fish this bright lit­tle stall is just as pop­u­lar with lunch­ing lo­cals as it is with tourists. Hal­i­fax Water­front at Sal­ter, 902-491-3474

KO DORAKU

A sec­ond help­ing of Spring Gar­den Place’s prized sushi spot at Purdy’s Wharf. Here you can find the best lunch deals ever. 211-1949 Up­per 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. It’s a must-try water­front des­ti­na­tion. 1475 Lower Wa­ter Street

LOWER DECK

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-and­chips 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

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 WaterStreet, 902-420-1015

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 rooftop pa­tio make the Red Stag a pop­u­lar post-work un­wind. Brew­ery Mar­ket, 1496 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-422-0275

ORISTORANTE 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 se­lec­tion of cake is some­thing to write home to Napoli about. Bishop’s Land­ing, 1477 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-423-6266

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

SELWOOD GREEN/ NORBERT’S GOOD FOOD

Norbert Kungl has long been an in­sti- tu­tion at Hal­i­fax’s farmer’s mar­kets and re­mains at the fore­front of Nova Sco­tian or­ganic agri­cul­ture with his farm near New Mi­nas. In his corner of the mar­ket find some of the best pro­duce avail­able locally, and tasty com­fort food fea­tur­ing in­gre­di­ents from his farm, and other mar­ket faves. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

SHUCK SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR

This seafood restau­rant com­bines ca­sual with lux­ury. At Shuck—a sib­ling eatery to Cut—it’s fine-din­ing qual­ity in a laid­back en­vi­ron­ment. Cus­tomers can pe­ruse a se­lec­tion of whole fish, a menu of raw seafood and clas­sic dishes cour­tesy of ex­ec­u­tive chef, Luis Clavel. Shuck yeah. 5120 Sal­ter Street, 902-429-5120

SMIL­ING GOAT OR­GANIC ES­PRESSO BAR

The water­front lo­ca­tion of this highly caf­feinated cafe also serves booze, so check out happy hour specials once you’ve had your daily fill of joe. 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 902-422-6762

SPRINGHOUSE

Get raw with healthy snacks, drinks and pre­pared meals to-go. Ev­ery­thing is raw, ve­gan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and made with lo­cal, or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. Seat­ing and free wifi avail­able. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road, 902-266-3858

STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL

Stayner’s has gained a great rep­u­ta­tion for its nightly live mu­sic. But it’s 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 SEA­PORT FARM­ERS’ MAR­KET

Fuel your pe­rus­ing and peo­ple­watch­ing with a dose of North Moun­tain Cof­fee from the mar­ket out­post of this cafe in­sti­tu­tion. Hal­i­fax Sea­port Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, 1209 Mar­ginal Road

STUB­BORN GOAT BEER GAR­DEN

A sec­ond serv­ing of the Stub­born Goat takes over the Sum­mit Am­phithe­atre, of­fer­ing clas­sic pic­nic table seat­ing and plenty of stand­ing room to en­joy your craft beer, lo­cal wine, gastropub eats or brunch. And it’s all be­ing served to you out of a ship­ping con­tainer. Sum­mit Am­phithe­atre, 1617 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-405-4554

SUGAH!

Wipe the drool from your face, and march through the won­der­ful smell of home­made fudge, marsh­mal­lows and choco­late-cov­ered caramel­coated pop­corn and waf­fle cones to find this sweets shop. And don’t for­get the ice cream, hand-pad­dled on a frozen mar­ble slab as you pick your favourite mix-ins. Hey, you’re drool­ing again! Bishop’s Land­ing, 1479 Lower Wa­ter Street, 902-421-6079

TALL SHIP SILVA

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

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 902-422-0077

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

WATER­FRONT PIZZA AND WRAPS

The name re­ally says it all for this sea­sonal, board­walk resto. Lunch op­tions abound—wraps, pani­nis, pizza, hot dogs and ham­burg­ers—along with ice-cold slushies, smooth­ies and var­i­ous other fruity and fizz bev­er­ages. Hal­i­fax water­front at Sal­ter Street

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

Shuck Seafood & Raw Bar MEGHAN TANSEY WHIT­TON

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