A trip to Nova Scotia’s capital doesn’t have to break the bank. From historic accommodations to lively happy hour deals, here’s how to enjoy the best of the city on a shoestring budget.
Stay at the Waverly Inn
Located right in downtown Halifax, the Waverly Inn is a historic, boutique inn, complete with Victorian-era furnishings and antiques. Rooms start at $135 during high season and include a continental breakfast buffet.
Eat at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
A trip to Halifax isn’t complete without a stop at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, where you can choose from a wide variety of vendors selling local and international food. You’re spoiled for choice, but a crepe from Wholly Crepe is only about $5 and pairs perfectly with a coffee from Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters ($2). Head up to the rooftop deck to enjoy your meal with ocean views. Open daily, but most vendors are only open Friday to Sunday.
Drink at Niche Lounge and The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Start your evening at Niche Lounge, located on Barrington Street, to take advantage of the patio and daily happy hour—4 p.m. until close—which includes $3.50 beers and $4.25 for house wine. Then head a few blocks over to popular Argyle Street for live music at The Carleton Music Bar & Grill (ticket prices vary but there are often shows for just $10).
Go on a walking tour
Explore the city on foot with Halifax Free Walking Tours, which run from June to September (by donation). These 90-minute tours include stops at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and The Seahorse Tavern. Or, if you want discover Halifax’s creepier side, check out the city’s most haunted spots on Tattle Tours’ Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax tour ($15, May to October).
Explore the new Halifax Central Library
The city’s newest library, Halifax Central Library, is located right downtown and is a must-visit. Head to the top floor to grab a coffee and enjoy a view of the city from the rooftop terrace. The library also hosts lots of free events including movie screenings, acoustic song circles and yoga classes.
Chill on the waterfront
After you’ve walked the waterfront and explored all the shops and galleries, relax in one of the hammocks or Adirondack chairs overlooking the water (summer only). They’re the perfect place to people-watch and to enjoy a snack from the nearby food vendors.
Shop for vintage clothing
A vacation isn’t complete without souvenirs. Hunt for treasures along “Vintage Row,” a strip of vintage clothing stores on Queen Street downtown, or head over to the city’s vibrant North End and check out the consignment shops, Makenew and Lost & Found.
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