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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Great place to walk around and sight-see. Walk the water's edge or follow the trails to the forested interior and view some of the remaining artillery batteries on the property. This is a large park, approximately 75 hectares, and a good amount of parking. In the summer, Shakespeare by the Sea is held in the park, which is a live outdoor theater production.”
  • 128 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This historic fortress is located in the middle of the city overlooking the Halifax harbour! Tons of restaurants and shops within walking distance!”
  • 121 locals recommend
Garden
“Victoria era gardens established in 1867. Located in the centre of Halifax near the popular Spring Garden Road shopping and restaurant district. In the summer months, they often have bands playing on Sunday afternoons.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Over 250 local artisans and food vendors right on the Halifax Waterfront. A great way to spend a few hours, tasting local foods and viewing art and local treasures.”
  • 96 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“This is the best restaurant in Halifax. Period. Food is local, service is great, decor is trendy. People line up early for Sunday brunch because it fills up at 10am. It is just 75m away.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Campground
“Lots of places to hike, waterfalls to see, beaches and seafood. Fat biking, snowshoeing ....”
  • 57 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“The Art Gallery to see in the city and home to The infamous Charlottetown Theatre Festival ... including the musical Anne of Green Gables. ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Museum
“Nestled on the Halifax Waterfront, this museum takes you through sea life and maritime history.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Exclusive shopping located in one central location. Recently named one of the best malls in the country. Over 170 stores and services. Approximately 15 minute drive into the city.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Nature
“20 min drive from our cottage Food on site Beach walks on the ocean floor Highest Tides Hiking”
  • 44 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great location, as it's right on the Halifax waterfront. Food is incredible! ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Beach
“Less than 10 minutes away, you get beautiful sandy beaches and walking along boardwalks and trails”
  • 38 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is an anchor of Nova Scotia’s cultural tourism, home to iconic artworks that reflect Nova Scotia’s culture to the world, as well as a showcase for temporary exhibitions that highlight the art of this region and this country. Home to over 17,000 artworks and host to numerous exhibitions and events annually, the Gallery is a hub of cultural activity in our community. Make art a part of your presentation! The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in historic downtown Halifax, offers spectacular setting for presentations, performances and parties! Host your next reception, audio-visual presentation, seminar in our 80 seat theatre, flexible seminar space or beautiful galleries - the picture perfect venue for events. Couple your function by adding a tour of our great schedule of exhibitions. On-site caterer; perfect for your next sit-down dinner or cocktail party. Make your event an artistic masterpiece.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Playground
“Halifax waterfront is a really fun way to spend the day. Wander through local shops, gift shops and get some great seafood! Tons to do and family friendly! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Campground
“Beach! Extremely busy during high season. Warmest waters North of South Carolina.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Featured on the Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here". Nestled in the district known as the Hydrostone, with a few little shops and other restaurants.”
  • 54 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“This is the best restaurant in Halifax. Period. Food is local, service is great, decor is trendy. People line up early for Sunday brunch because it fills up at 10am. It is just 75m away.”
  • 90 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great location, as it's right on the Halifax waterfront. Food is incredible! ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Featured on the Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here". Nestled in the district known as the Hydrostone, with a few little shops and other restaurants.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Brasserie is synonymous with the North End of Halifax, the region’s most vibrant food destination, serving local products in an iconic neighborhood. French inspired food in a stylish atmosphere with sustainable seafood & ambitious sophisticated cooking”
  • 51 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great busy people-watching vibe. A must for craft beer drinkers and the food is fresh, local and fun. Amazing patio overlooking Main street. Catch a beer, a parmesan haddock dinner, and a live show! They have an amazing live music line up and often have show in one or more of their 3 venues. ***Steph has worked here for 7 years so this review is biased :) Ask for more info! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
“"A brewery run by three BFFs, Good Robot's home base is an incubator for good times. Both a cold beer store and slick-as-hell tap room, the north end hangout serves Robot brews, fellow locals and delish snacks both indoors and out—check out its sweet Gastroturf beer garden."”
  • 42 locals recommend
Café
“Lion is the booze bar, bright is the barista bar, and breakfast to late night it’s all a loft-like space where the hip and non-hip sip coffee, wine or craft beer, and devour everything from French toast to haddock tacos.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Internationally inspired menu with local ingredients, craft cocktails, beer, cider & happy hour.”
  • 36 locals recommend

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