Tucked away inside this East Coast city’s many historic buildings is a treasure trove of local shops.
Settle into the Westin Nova Scotian, a grande dame railway hotel, just steps from the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Fuel up with a farm-fresh breakfast at Norbert’s Good Food and wander the market’s many vendors. Then, head over to Historic Properties on the waterfront to explore its former warehouses that now house boutiques and restaurants—be sure to check out designer Lisa Drader-Murphy’s glam flagship boutique.
After authentic Indian cuisine at Rasa (try the chicken biryani), browse Spring Garden Road mainstays John David Shoes and Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia for handicrafts from local artisans. Next, hone in on Argyle Street and stop by local favourite Biscuit General Store for trendy clothes and gifts. Celebrate your finds at The Bicycle Thief with the lobster-laden linguine all’aragosta and end your satisfying day with a play at renowned Neptune Theatre.
Set your sights on the hip North End. Weekend brunch legend EDNA is small and often jammed, but the food’s amazing—try the Sweet and Salty, two ricotta pancakes served with bacon, sausage and eggs. Next, shop Agricola Street’s Sattva Boutique for modern clothing from local and national designers, and Penelope’s Boutique, a dream for vintage lovers. On Gottingen Street, score funky kitchenware at The Independent Mercantile Co. and killer croissants at LF Bakery. Head back to the waterfront and catch the $2.50, 15-minute ferry to Dartmouth for coffee at beloved café Two If By Sea, and browse giftware hotspots The Trainyard General Store and Kept. Finish your day back in Halifax by watching a live show at music venues such as The Seahorse Tavern or The Carleton.
[This story appears in the November 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine].