Halifax on a Budget: Shopping

Halifax City Specialist Tara McClair shows you the best places to shop in Halifax on a budget


Halifax is a university town (full of frugal students) and, as an alumnus of University of Kings College, I know how to stretch a dollar. One of the best things about the city is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. Here’s a list of independently owned boutiques and consignment stores, malls and more to enjoy on your next trip to Halifax.

Shopping on Spring Garden Road

Shopping on Spring Garden Road

In the mood for some shopping, but don’t have tons of money to spend? I have a solution for you, fellow shopaholics: take an afternoon and shop on Spring Garden Road, the busiest street in Atlantic Canada.

  • Take a look at Love, Me Boutique or Put Me On Consignment for unique artwork and clothing from local artists and designers.
  • Sweet Pea Boutique is perfect for one-of-a-kind girly dresses, and includes designs from talented local designer Katrina Tuttle.
  • The Black Market has tons of funky jewelry, scarves, and home decor imported from Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico. The boutique also sells clothing made from all natural material and has every incense scent imaginable.
  • Dressed in Time or Elsie’s Clothing are perfect for those who like discovering vintage treasures.

This downtown area is filled with independently owned boutiques and consignment stores making shopping that much more unique and affordable.

Shopping Halifax’s Malls

For those shopping addicts who are looking to do some high end shopping in Halifax, try visiting one of Halifax’s shopping complexes to find that designer outfit at a discount price.

Park Lane

Park Lane Mall is an upscale yet unique mall, located right on Spring Garden Road, so you can go from second hand bargains to quality brand names in only a matter of minutes. Park Lane is home to John David Shoes, where you could literally spend hours trying on shoes and pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City (I know I’m not the only one who does that).

The store imports designer shoes from Guess, Jessica Simpson, Prada, Nine West, and Michael Kors, just to name a few. The best part? There are always sales going on, regardless of the season. You’ll also find high end boutiques such as Foreign Affair, Debut Fashions, Silken Lingerie, Envy, and Splurge—just make sure to check out the sale sections first.

While you’re there, stop into P’Lover’s, a store dedicated to green, environmentally friendly products.

As an added bonus, the bottom level of Park Lane is home to Empire Theatres and the top level is Victor’s Bar & Grill, so you can catch dinner and a movie if you budget your shopping money.

Halifax Shopping Centre

Halifax Shopping Centre is Halifax’s biggest shopping complex, with over 170 stores, you’re guaranteed to find a deal. The mall is located in Halifax’s west end, just minutes from downtown.

No matter what you’re looking for (and what your budget is), chances are you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here. Inside the Shopping Centre, you’ll find classic retail stores like Banana Republic, Jacob Boutique, Le Chateau, Gap, MAC, and Club Monaco, along with electronic stores, department stores, shoes stores, book stores and jewelry stores. The mall recently underwent extensive renovations, resulting in a new food court, bowling alley, comfortable seating areas, and customer service centre.

Tourist Shopping

The Harbourside Market has a prime location in Historic Properties, right next to the harbour. The market is a popular destination for tourists and sightseers to find that perfect Nova Scotia souvenir to take home.

Local specialty stores sell handmade crafts, keepsakes, artwork, and jewelry, along with offering spectacular views of the scenic waterfront along the way.

Local Favourite: Biscuit General Store

Argyle Street is packed with restaurants and bars, but it’s also home to one of Halifax’s best clothing stores: Biscuit General Store.

A popular shop with Haligonians, the store is hard to miss with its red and white striped awning, vintage mannequins, and retro vibe. Don’t let the gingham fool you: this is no mom and pop store.

Inside you’ll find a variety of modern clothing and accessories, from brand name dresses and men wear, to funky shoes, locally made jewelry, beauty must-haves, fun sunglasses, and unique home décor. With a “bargain basement” and quirky gift ideas for under $20.00, this locally owned boutique is not to be missed on your Halifax shopping adventure.

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