Halifax - 10 Places to See in Nova Scotia's Capital

Halifax - 10 Places to See in Nova Scotia's Capital

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No matter what type of traveler you are - foodie, adventurer, history or art buff - there's plenty to do in Halifax.

No matter what type of traveler you are - foodie, adventurer, history or art buff - there's plenty to do in Halifax. If you've got itchy feet and are looking east longingly, here are 10 places in Halifax you won't want to miss:

In the fall of 2020, restaurant owners John House and David Woodley took advantage of unplanned downtime caused by pandemic closures to completely renovate the new Brewery Market location for their locally sourced and globally inspired restaurant, Black Sheep. Opening for business in June 2021, the vibrant venue occupies the former Red Stag Tavern in the historic Alexander Keith Brewery building. Expect an extensive menu with inventive takes on comfort foods like foie gras French toast, lobster roll with tobiko, and seafood board—an East Coast charcuterie staple.

Planning a trip to Halifax? The luxurious Muir Hotel offers the most stylish accommodation in the city. It boasts bespoke furnishings, its own art gallery and wellness centre. Even if you are not a hotel guest, be sure to visit the Drift hotel restaurant. Headed by Chef Anthony Walsh of Oliver & Bonacini, the waterfront restaurant pays tribute to the province's culinary traditions while offering contemporary fine dining and locally sourced ingredients.

When the pandemic hit, Tarek Hadhad, founder and CEO of Peace by Chocolate, didn't panic. Instead, he looked at these unprecedented times as an opportunity to grow his business. Hadhad, who founded the Antigonish chocolate company in 2016 after arriving in Nova Scotia as a refugee from Syria, opened a second location in Halifax, Queen's Marque, in March. Stop by to sample handcrafted candy bars and candies in dozens of flavors, as well as hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods.

This combination restaurant, café and bakery has become a Halifax favorite since it opened in April 2021. And it's no surprise—with high ceilings, a warm color palette, and contemporary furnishings, Bliss is a great way to start a day of exploring. Founders Jenna Osterholt and Michelle McDonald say their goal was to take urban brunch to the next level. With dishes like the "Bliss Brekkie" with eggs, bacon, sausage, basil-parmesan roasted potatoes and toast with homemade focaccia, it's safe to say they've hit the mark.

Opening its doors in October 2020, it didn't take long for this fast-casual spot to amass a loyal following for its crispy, spicy, savory Korean fried chicken. With eight varieties of chicken, from Hot (seasoned with fresh chiles and other spices), to Queen (maple, garlic and butter sauce) to Snow Onion (coated with a creamy mayo-based sauce and topped with fresh onion slices), there's something... something special for every taste. The ideal nighttime hunger reliever.

As a port city, Halifax has always welcomed immigrants to Canada. Pier 21 was the Canadian point of entry for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. The site is now a museum that tells the stories of immigrants to Canada through powerful, immersive storytelling. The current exhibition, "The World of Yusuf Karsh: A Personal Entity" (until October 16), includes more than 100 portraits of major 20th-century figures by the famed photographer, who came to Canada in 1924 as an Armenian refugee.

Slowly Slowly is a newcomer to the city's shopping scene. It's an ethical fashion and beauty boutique that sells clothing, beauty and home goods from independent designers with a focus on sustainability. Check out beautiful offerings from local designers, including vibrant contemporary clothing from Maggie Jane, genderless scents from perfumer Barré, and accessories from Calica Studio.

History comes to life in this star-shaped citadel, consisting of a series of forts that protected the city's harbor from 1749 to 1906. Take part in a tasting hosted by Compass Distillers; A kilt-wearing 78th Highlander will explain how the British military used spirits in the 19th century, before offering tastings of gin, genever and rum, as well as homemade crackers and cheeses. Finally, if you're brave enough, end your day with a ghost tour of the citadel's cobbled streets and even descend into its underground prison cells.

After two years of running their buzzy dinner pop-up, chefs Brock Unger and Stephanie Ogilvy (who also finished second on Top Chef Canada) decided they wanted to put down roots. They've taken over the space occupied by pioneer Chives Canadian Bistro, which now offers a fine dining a la carte dinner menu as well as brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Serious foodies should check out Wednesday, when the regular dinner menu is replaced by a special chef's tasting menu.

Is there anything more satisfying than a box of fun and trendy donuts? We think not, and so do fans of this quirky bakery located in the northern part of the city. Flavors include Mango Meringue and Munchie, an indulgent combination of Reese's, Oreos, Golden KitKat, peanut butter and pretzel. And you can feel satisfied while eating these treats; during the pandemic, the bakery sold a different charity donut each month and donated proceeds to organizations including Feed Nova Scotia and the Residential School Survivors Society.

Source: theglobeandmail

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