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Things to do in South End, Halifax

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
Museum
“Nestled on the Halifax Waterfront, this museum takes you through sea life and maritime history.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great location, as it's right on the Halifax waterfront. Food is incredible! ”
  • 62 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
Museum
“Countless Journeys. One Canada. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story.”
  • 42 locals recommend
History Museum
“Exhibits of natural sciences, artifacts, and culture including Mi’kmaq artifacts.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Open 24 hours, this is the closest full grocery store in the neighbourhood.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Internationally inspired menu with local ingredients, craft cocktails, beer, cider & happy hour.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The largest professional theatre company in Atlantic Canada. Wide variety of live plays in downtown Halifax.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
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“A great place to visit on a rainy day. Geared for children, but usually quite fun for adults as well.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Downtown Halifax right on the historic waterfront. Live music most often featuring Acadian East Coast music. This pub offers great food as well. ”
  • 41 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! ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Internationally inspired menu with local ingredients, craft cocktails, beer, cider & happy hour.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
“Right next store. Best ice cream in Halifax. They also have awesome Burritos. You will not be disappointed”
  • 37 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Downtown Halifax right on the historic waterfront. Live music most often featuring Acadian East Coast music. This pub offers great food as well. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Working closely with Nova Scotia and some Maritime farmers and artisan food producers, their menus change with the seasons and always attempt to showcase the best of what our great region has to offer.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This upmarket veteran known for its local seafood menu also serves steaks, burgers & martinis... Also, well known for it's ghost stories as it served as a morgue in the early 1900's during two major disasters, ie Titanic and Halifax Explosion. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“A nice Irish bar located across the bridge in Halifax. Great place to have a pint and take in a local band. ”
  • 20 locals recommend

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