Halifax’s North End has undergone a major resurgence in recent years to emerge as one of the Maritimes’ coolest neighbourhoods. From hip bars to chic shops, this hot spot has it all.
Shop for gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces at Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in the historic Hydrostone Market, a popular micro-neighbourhood within the North End. You’ll find a wide range of locally made art, gourmet food, body products and furnishings.
Makenew has become a favourite among the city’s young and fashion-forward crowd since opening its doors in 2010. With an emphasis on trendy, minimal and quality pieces, you’ll find everything from clothing to accessories to homeware.
Get your heart rate up at RIO, the neighbourhood’s avant-garde yoga, Pilates and barre studio. Tone up and unwind with its unique classes, which include favourites like Stone Out Stress Yoga, a combination of restorative yoga poses, hot stone therapy and massage.
Snag an appointment at FRED, one of the city’s hottest hair salons. Owner Fred Connors splits his time between Halifax and NYC, where he runs his Lower East Side location, which has been listed among the top 20 salons in New York.
Head to Good Robot Brewing Co. to enjoy a craft beer in its popular beer garden. During the week, chefs from local restaurants take over the menu offering eclectic small plates or smoking pulled pork subs.
The beauty of Lion & Bright is that you can start your day there with an early-morning coffee or end it with late night cocktails and dancing. With its exposed brick, local art and locally inspired menu, this café and wine bar is a Halifax favourite.
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Nova Scotia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
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