Best things to do in Halifax

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. Point Pleasant Park
5530 Point Pleasant Dr
142local recommendations
Oliver says “Located in Halifax’s South End, this 185-acre park is the cornerstone of the city. The #1 spot for ...” ·
2. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
5425 Sackville St
127local recommendations
Julie says “The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site gives visitors the opportunity to explore the history of ...” ·
3. Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
1209 Marginal Rd
96local recommendations
Davis & Kristine
Davis & Kristine says “Another MUST DO while in town, especially on the weekend when all vendors are in full blown selling ...” ·
4. Edna
106local recommendations
Oxana says “Featured in National Post Travel, as a "sophisticated and ambitious eatery" it describes itself as "...” ·
5. Halifax Public Gardens
92local recommendations
Jennifer says “The Halifax Public Gardens are a 16-acre oasis in the heart of downtown Halifax. Officially opened i...” ·
6. Lion and Bright
2534 Agricola St
70local recommendations
Oliver says “Lion is the booze bar, bright is the barista bar, and breakfast to late night it’s all a loft-like s...” ·
7. Two If By Sea Cafe
66 Ochterloney St
66local recommendations
David says “Go for the croissants. My favourite is the prosciutto and cheese but there's always a tempting crois...” ·
8. The Bicycle Thief
1475 Lower Water Street, Bishop's Landing
64local recommendations
Jennifer says “One of the "fancier" restaurants in Halifax. Although pricey, the food is DELICIOUS! Wine list is am...” ·
9. Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria
5541 Young St
61local recommendations
Daniel says “My favorite pizza in Halifax! Sal's from-scratch dough is brushed and infused with garlic olive oil ...” ·
10. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
64local recommendations
Sylvia says “Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Sc...” ·
11. Halifax Waterfront
52local recommendations
Natalie says “The Halifax Waterfront is a must do when in Halifax. Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants or e...” ·
12. Agricola Street Brasserie
2540 Agricola St
53local recommendations
Oliver says “This fine-dining gem has changed things up with a new menu centred on local seafood and house-made p...” ·
13. Java Blend Coffee Roasters
6027 North Street
54local recommendations
Daniel says “Java Blend is Halifax's best coffee, as voted #1 in the "Best of Halifax" series in our local weekly...” ·
14. The Coastal Cafe
2731 Robie Street
47local recommendations
Denise says “It's a Halifax institution/experience (was more a local scene). It has delicious breakfast foods, t...” ·
15. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis St
46local recommendations
Sylvia says “The Exhibition Plan has been planned around 3 guiding principles: Build research on Nova Scotia art...” ·
16. The Lower Deck
1887 Upper Water St
43local recommendations
Chantal says “A local favourite, the Lower Deck is a very popular gathering place with their long tables for shari...” ·
17. Halifax Shopping Centre
7001 Mumford Rd
41local recommendations
Isabel says “Need some retail therapy? The Halifax Shopping Centre is mostly about clothes, jewelry, luggage, and...” ·
18. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Rd
45local recommendations
Jennifer says “A national testament to the Canadian immigration experience, which pays tribute to the citizens of C...” ·
19. Dee Dee's Ice Cream
5668 Cornwallis Street
44local recommendations
Kevin says “Dee Dee’s is renowned for its gourmet ice cream, mixing up your classic flavours from scratch, as we...” ·
20. Gus' Pub & Grill
2605 Agricola Street
40local recommendations
Daniel says “A legendary dive bar, and also home to Ace Burger, voted Halifax's #1 burger. What's better than bur...”
21. Good Robot Brewing Company
2736 Robie St
50local recommendations
Oliver says “The charming goofball attitude at this brewery, two-level taproom and beer garden is the perfect mat...” ·
22. Local Source Market
5783 Charles Street
35local recommendations
Daniel says “A small market specializing in local items - everything from hand lotion, to chocolate, baked goods,...” ·
23. Sobeys
2651 Windsor Street
41local recommendations
Yoko says “Sobeys on North & Windsor St is located only a two-minute walk from my unit. They open 24/7 (except ...” ·
24. Field Guide
2076 Gottingen St
43local recommendations
Ezra says “Fantastic Cocktail bar. They also do amazing small plates if your looking for a light bit of dinner ...” ·
25. enVie A Vegan Kitchen
5775 Charles Street
41local recommendations
Sally says “Neither of us are vegan, but this is our favourite restaurant in Halifax. The food is incredible eve...” ·
26. The Nook on Gottingen
2116 Gottingen St
33local recommendations
Oxana says “When you get tired of fresh croissants at LF Bakery (if ever!), check out this cozy place. Coffee, n...” ·
27. The Halifax Commons
5816 Cogswell St
34local recommendations
Daniel says “The Commons is home to the Emera Oval, multiple sprawling green spaces, an always-populated skateboa...” ·
28. Battery Park
62 Ochterloney St
32local recommendations
Scott says “This is a very popular Craft brew dispenser located in downtown Dartmouth very close to the ferry te...” ·
29. Julien's Patisserie Bakery & Cafe
5517 Young Street
34local recommendations
Grant & Lise
Grant & Lise says “Back door entrance just across Young Back Lane. Coffee, baked goods, sweets and very different bread...”
30. Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street
38local recommendations
Yoko says “Fossil Favourites from Across Canada The exhibition features some of Canada’s most impressive, famou...” ·