Halifax, Nova Scotia

by Matt on June 13, 2012

So what can I say about my first day in Halifax? It’s nice. And before you say “Nice? That’s all?” I want to back up and say that I mean it in the strongest sense of the word, not in a “well I don’t have anything else to say so nice is a good harmless word” way.

I’m guilty of overusing the word, rendering it pretty bland. That’s not how I mean to use it here.

When I say nice I mean this: friendly, courteous, polite, jovial, approachable, wonderful, beautiful. Nice. From top to bottom. And it’s a place where one can feel at ease, walk around, take in stunning views and meet gracious residents along the way. It’s a contrast to the hurried urban scenes I usually explore.

And it’s also delicious.

In my first day I’ve sampled fantastic coffee, amazing pastry, deliciously local ingredients, and even a glass (or two) of wine from the area. I plan on full reports shortly, but I’m thrilled to be exploring Halifax like a local, taking in all the sites and sounds of this very special place. I’m so happy to be here.

Oh Canada, I love you!

More soon!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food June 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

I’ve heard amazing things about Halifax… my husband has been, but he went when we had just started dating and I was still in school, so I totally missed out. Glad you’re having fun!

Brenda June 13, 2012 at 6:28 am

Matt..If you are falling in love with Halifax in early summer and of course you would, it is wonderful, come to Prince Edward Island in September for our early fall month long culinary festival “Fall Flavors” I am assured you will find it very ‘nice’ !!

Dana Murray June 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

Try John’s Lunch (Dartmouth) for seafood!!! Yummmm!!!!

Taylor Redmond June 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This is not something I like to share but I feel the secret is out and it is already too late for my special place to stay mine.
The Wild Caraway Restaurant in Advocate Harbour is a stop you should try to fit in. Sure it is 2.5 hours from Halifax but worth every bump in the road.
Believe me, you will experience impressive scenery on route, awesome welcome as you come through the door and for sure, you will be dazzled by what ever dish chef Andrew is dishing that day.

The Culinary Chase June 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Matt, so many places to eat!! If you don’t mind me suggesting these places (in no order of importance):

Chez Tess (Halifax’s only creperie)
5687 Charles Street

Two If By Sea Cafe (amazing cappuccinos & larger-than-life-croissants!)
2 locations – Historic Properties in Halifax & Octerloney in Dartmouth

Seasons by Atlantica (Chef Luis Clavell & team)
Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Chives Canadian Bistro (Chef Craig Flinn)
1537 Barrington Street

Saege Bistro
5883 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Best lobster roll (Martime style) – you have to eat at 44 North restaurant at the Marriott Harbourside. Enjoy the lobster roll outside if it’s nice and watch the boats in the harbour.

Anyway, there’s loads more but I’m sure you have an agenda.


Laura P June 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Try to hit the Smiling Goat on South Park St by the Lord Nelson Hotel. They make a mean cup of coffee and the iced mochas are to die for.


Fid is amazing as I am sure you’ve discovered and I also fully recommend Morris East on Morris St for great wood fired pizza.

Halifax is an awesome city – lived there for eight years and I definitely miss it!

Mila June 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm

You do such a great travelog wherever you go, Matt! I loved the chance to visit Halifax long ago and the food was to die for! P.S. Thanks for making our Canadian hearts glow with pride ;)

Mary June 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

Another awful day in the life of Matt. Nice! hee-hee!

Maureen June 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Welcome to Halifax, we are glad to have you here! There are so many great places to eat here that I don’t even know where to begin with recommendations. There have been some other great suggestions in the comments, and I’m sure you will find lots of deliciousness during your visit.

Will you be visiting other parts of the province as well?

The Culinary Chase June 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Whet Cafe in the North End on Agricola Street – a must visit. It’s in a building that used to be a bank and owners Fred Connors (he’s running for mayor) and his partner, Joel Flemming, renovated the building where it now is home to Fred. (a combo of hair salon, art gallery & cafe). The cafe serves locally sourced food and is worth the visit. :)

aida mollenkamp June 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I have a dear friend from there who always tells me how amazing it is! Enjoy every moment and do take lots of photos for us to peruse!

Dawn June 16, 2012 at 3:18 am

Welcome to Nova Scotia! Hope you enjoy yourself! I was delighted to read you were in Halifax :)

Kathie June 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I second the vote to come to PEI for the Fall Flavours Festival – it’s amazing!

Ayngelina June 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

You are in my home province, enjoy the hospitality!

JB June 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

If you have a chance, pick up a round of Dragon’s Breath (blue cheese) at That Dutchman’s stand at the Seaport Market (or a marked-up version at Pete’s Frootique).

Dina July 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

i know what you mean. people in nova scotia are nice! it is a good word to describe them.

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