Blog written by Laura MacDougall with Nova Scotia Business Inc
One of the best parts about living and working in Halifax is the unbeatable quality of life. How many cities offer an ocean view from your office, or let you walk along the waterfront during your lunch break? As the business hub of the Maritimes, we’re proud to show Halifax off to our clients, customers and business partners from near and far around the world.
Whether you’re here for a conference, meeting, or are new to our booming local business community, squeeze in some time after the work day has finished and see what our small but jam-packed city has to offer.
While summer is arguably the best time to check out any city, this rings especially true for Halifax. From the bustling waterfront and sparkling blue harbour, to the public gardens and beer gardens, there’s an endless amount of fun things to do. Even if you’ve only got a few hours after a conference or before a meeting to take it all in, you won’t be disappointed. The go-to spot for locals and visitors alike? The Halifax waterfront.
It can feel like the options are endless when it comes to food in Halifax, even just on the waterfront alone. You can head down Duke Street and stop at Cow’s for an ice cream, head inside the Historic Properties Privateers Wharf and grab an Americano and a legendary croissant at Two If By Sea, or have fresh Atlantic fish and chips at The Battered Fish.
If you’d rather have a seat while you eat, the new favorite local spot is the Stubborn Goat Waterfront Beer Garden. In addition to their craft brews, they’ve got great options for food and an unobstructed harbour view. On a breezy day, try Murphy’s on the Water for their covered patio, or sit inside at Salty’s or Gahan House while still taking in the ocean views.
Continue strolling south-bound along the boardwalk and you’ll eventually hit the Halifax Seaport, which is home to Halifax’s biggest farmer’s market. Its most popular days are Saturday and Sundays, but it’s open throughout the week. In addition to food, there are plenty of unique vendors selling everything under the sun – artwork and paintings, handmade wood products, jewelry, fine local wines, and plenty of Nova Scotia takeaways. Across the street you’ll find the ever-popular East Coast Lifestyle clothing shop, and traditional craft brewery, Garrison Brewing Co.
Much like to the highland dancers and bagpipes you’re more than likely to come across on your harbour stroll, most of what you’ll find is born and bred in the Maritimes. These local businesses are filled with charm and make our waterfront, and your visit to Halifax, extra special.
Start planning your next trip to Halifax here!