Over the past few years, Downtown Dartmouth has grown into a vibrant community and a must-visit destination filled with top-notch cafes, gourmet restaurants, chic shops, fabulous lunch spots, unique galleries, and an overall plethora of amazing things to do.
Downtown Dartmouth’s range of locally-owned businesses demonstrates exactly why the area — just a short $2.50 ferry ride from Downtown Halifax — has become a favourite place and a go-to destination for visitors and locals alike.
There’s so much more to Dartmouth than stunning views of downtown Halifax and these 10 AWESOME businesses prove it!
1 – Dart Gallery + Picnic at Dart
Gallery + Restaurant | 127 Portland Street
Enjoy art, amazing food and drinks in a relaxed and elegant setting.
Chef Al is trained in classical French cuisine and his dishes at Picnic at Dart take inspiration from the current art show at Dart Gallery, and the menu even changes with each new exhibit.
It’s an experience you won’t want to miss out on.
2 – New Scotland Yard
Record Store, Barber Shop + Recording Studio | 45 Portland Street
Owned and operated by Canadian rock musician Joel Plaskett, New Scotland Yard is not only the local artists recording studio, but also an epic record store (Taz Records) and hip barber shop (Elk’s Haircutting).
3 – Room 152
Consignment Boutique | 152 Portland Street
Love designer clothing at an affordable price? Then Room 152 will quickly become your favourite spot.
It’s a chic boutique offering a mix of new and gently pre-loved pieces like Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, and Tori Burch, to name a few.
4 – KEW
Furniture & Home Decor | 102 Portland Street
KEW recently found a home in Downtown Dartmouth, a modern furniture and trendy home accessories store with exclusive stylish products that will be sure to add an extra special touch to your home.
5 – Portland Street Creperie
Restaurant | 55 Portland Street
The new kids on the block, Portland Street Creperie provides a Nova Scotian twist on European favourites with their sweet and savoury crepes.
6 – Stone Pizza
Restaurant | 79 Alderney Drive
Stone Pizza is also a newer addition to the Downtown Dartmouth area. Not your average pizza place, all the toppings are your choice and made to order right in front of you!
7 – P’lovers Dartmouth
Eco-Friendly General Store | 52 Queen Street
P’lovers, short for ‘Planet Lovers,’ derives its name from Nova Scotia’s Piping Plovers. This small Nova Scotia shore bird was declared an endangered species in 1985. Just like the Piping Plover, P’lovers focuses on the concept of treading lightly on earth and offers eco-friendly products to reflect this.
8 – Hazelnut & Rose
Maternity Boutique | 46 Queen Street
Hazelnut & Rose is the perfect shop for the mother-to-be, carrying stylish and chic maternity and nursing clothes.
9 – Just Us! Café
Café | 15 Kings Wharf Place
Not only is Just Us! Coffee amazing, their large open space in King’s Wharf is the ideal location to spend an afternoon reading a great book or working away on your computer.
10 – Kept
Gifts & Houseware Boutique | 75 King Street
Items sold at Kept boutique are sourced both locally and internationally and include everything from home decor, jewelry, paper goods, children’s clothing and toys, and much more.
Can’t get enough Dartmouth? Check out PART 2 of this blog!
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