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Things to do in Halifax

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Great place to walk around and sight-see. Walk the water's edge or follow the trails to the forested interior and view some of the remaining artillery batteries on the property. This is a large park, approximately 75 hectares, and a good amount of parking. In the summer, Shakespeare by the Sea is held in the park, which is a live outdoor theater production.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This historic fortress is located in the middle of the city overlooking the Halifax harbour! Tons of restaurants and shops within walking distance!”
  • 121 locals recommend
Garden
“Victoria era gardens established in 1867. Located in the centre of Halifax near the popular Spring Garden Road shopping and restaurant district. In the summer months, they often have bands playing on Sunday afternoons.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Over 250 local artisans and food vendors right on the Halifax Waterfront. A great way to spend a few hours, tasting local foods and viewing art and local treasures.”
  • 96 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is the best restaurant in Halifax. Period. Food is local, service is great, decor is trendy. People line up early for Sunday brunch because it fills up at 10am. It is just 75m away.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Museum
“Nestled on the Halifax Waterfront, this museum takes you through sea life and maritime history.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Exclusive shopping located in one central location. Recently named one of the best malls in the country. Over 170 stores and services. Approximately 15 minute drive into the city.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great location, as it's right on the Halifax waterfront. Food is incredible! ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is an anchor of Nova Scotia’s cultural tourism, home to iconic artworks that reflect Nova Scotia’s culture to the world, as well as a showcase for temporary exhibitions that highlight the art of this region and this country. Home to over 17,000 artworks and host to numerous exhibitions and events annually, the Gallery is a hub of cultural activity in our community. Make art a part of your presentation! The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in historic downtown Halifax, offers spectacular setting for presentations, performances and parties! Host your next reception, audio-visual presentation, seminar in our 80 seat theatre, flexible seminar space or beautiful galleries - the picture perfect venue for events. Couple your function by adding a tour of our great schedule of exhibitions. On-site caterer; perfect for your next sit-down dinner or cocktail party. Make your event an artistic masterpiece.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Playground
“Halifax waterfront is a really fun way to spend the day. Wander through local shops, gift shops and get some great seafood! Tons to do and family friendly! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Featured on the Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here". Nestled in the district known as the Hydrostone, with a few little shops and other restaurants.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Museum
“Countless Journeys. One Canada. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Brasserie is synonymous with the North End of Halifax, the region’s most vibrant food destination, serving local products in an iconic neighborhood. French inspired food in a stylish atmosphere with sustainable seafood & ambitious sophisticated cooking”
  • 51 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Upon opening in 2009, TIBS quickly became known for its baked goods -colossal croissants and super-sized scones are just the tip of the homespun iceberg. Neighbours and master roasters, Anchored Coffee, provide the epic brew. There is no shortage of love at TIBS.”
  • 61 locals recommend
History Museum
“Exhibits of natural sciences, artifacts, and culture including Mi’kmaq artifacts.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Cafe
“Lion is the booze bar, bright is the barista bar, and breakfast to late night it’s all a loft-like space where the hip and non-hip sip coffee, wine or craft beer, and devour everything from French toast to haddock tacos.”
  • 48 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“This is the best restaurant in Halifax. Period. Food is local, service is great, decor is trendy. People line up early for Sunday brunch because it fills up at 10am. It is just 75m away.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great location, as it's right on the Halifax waterfront. Food is incredible! ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Featured on the Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here". Nestled in the district known as the Hydrostone, with a few little shops and other restaurants.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Brasserie is synonymous with the North End of Halifax, the region’s most vibrant food destination, serving local products in an iconic neighborhood. French inspired food in a stylish atmosphere with sustainable seafood & ambitious sophisticated cooking”
  • 51 locals recommend
Brewery
“"A brewery run by three BFFs, Good Robot's home base is an incubator for good times. Both a cold beer store and slick-as-hell tap room, the north end hangout serves Robot brews, fellow locals and delish snacks both indoors and out—check out its sweet Gastroturf beer garden."”
  • 42 locals recommend
Cafe
“Lion is the booze bar, bright is the barista bar, and breakfast to late night it’s all a loft-like space where the hip and non-hip sip coffee, wine or craft beer, and devour everything from French toast to haddock tacos.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Halifax's oldest coffee roaster. This family-owned Halifax icon may look a little rough around the edges, but they have consistently supplied the city with some of the best roasted and brewed coffee. An excellent spot to chill (if you can get a seat) or just grab a pound of beans, or a cup of your favourite coffee choice.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Internationally inspired menu with local ingredients, craft cocktails, beer, cider & happy hour.”
  • 36 locals recommend

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