City Guides

Six cool things to do in downtown Halifax

Think it’s all ales and lobster tails? Think again! Get ready to shop, nosh and gallery hop in this lively seaside district.
By Mai Nguyen
Art-Gallery-of-Nova-Scotia Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

1. Must-see photography 

Get your pop culture fix at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where there’s currently a sneak preview of the Annie Leibovitz collection (the full exhibition will be open at a date to be announced). For now, see her famous photos of Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, and Niagara Falls. And don’t miss the pieces by Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s beloved folk artist. 1723 Hollis St.

Steve-O-Reno's-brunch-Halifax Steve-O-Reno's

2. Best brunch

You’ll love Steve-O-Reno’s bright, kitschy decor and eco-conscious vibe. Be sure to stop by for weekend brunch (the huevos rancheros and the traditional strata are to die for), or go any time for a rich cup of the fair trade dark roast. People-watching from its adorable front porch is the best! 1536 Brunswick St.

Crimson-Clover-vintage-shop-Halifax Crimson Clover

3. Hot designer vintage

If you love a classic Chanel suit as much as we do, make a stop at Crimson Clover, the city’s go-to for vintage designer clothes. Inside the quaint yellow house, you’ll find everything from snappy Michael Kors jackets and Coach purses to sexy Dolce Vita booties. 1469 Birmingham St., 902-492-8677.

4. Italian soul food

Be prepared to linger all night over great food and wine at the Bicycle Thief, which brings authentic Italian eats to the waterfront. Try the gnocchi with caramelized pears or the pan-seared scallops. The name alone makes it reservation-worthy, and you’ll love the rustic, cozy vibe. 1475 Lower Water St.


5. Ultimate spa day

Grab your girls and head to Remedy Spa for the self-serve facial bar. With the help of friendly estheticians, you can personalize a Blemish Buster or Hydrating Healer facial and apply it while you sip martinis. It’s the most fun you can have cleaning your face! 1546 Granville St.

Stillwell-Beer-Bar-Halifax Stillwell Beer Bar

6. Top taps & snacks

Of course you can’t visit this ’hood without stopping for at least one pint! Locals love Stillwell Beer Bar for its incredible rotating selection of craft beer (draft, cask and bottle) and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Rock out to DJ-spun tunes while you dig into perfectly sharable snacks. 1672 Barrington St.


Subscribe to our newsletters for our very best stories, recipes, style and shopping tips, horoscopes and special offers.

By signing up, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.