After our glorious five nights/four days in PEI, the hubs and I headed to Halifax for the weekend. We’d never been there, and we thoroughly enjoyed checking out this smallish, vibrant city on the water.
I’ve said it before: on vacation, we like to wander and we like to eat. That is exactly what we did in Halifax, for two days.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon, checked into our Airbnb apartment, and immediately went a-wandering. We found the Halifax Common, and a few streets away, DeeDee’s ice cream.
(J’s berry-swirl ice cream happened to match his polo.)
I had raspberry passionfruit sorbet, which is as tart and delicious as it sounds.
We strolled the neighborhood a while longer, then drove down to the waterfront that evening for dinner at the Bicycle Thief.
While we were waiting for our reservation (it was crowded), we walked along the harbourfront. Live musicians, food trucks, cool old ships, and lots of families out enjoying the lovely evening.
When we did have dinner, it was delicious. I had a truly amazing lobster-corn chowder with new potatoes and bacon. (Also: their bread is focaccia and it’s homemade. Yum.)
We sat outside, and the view was as fantastic as the food.
We wandered around town in the long dusk, and split a decadent chocolate torte with raspberry sauce at the Middle Spoon. I could not get a good picture, but it was scrumptious.
The next morning, we headed to Annie’s Place for breakfast.
Annie herself welcomed us, and we had huge chai lattes (not that either of us were complaining) and excellent eggs, bacon and toast.
We spent most of the day exploring after that. First up was Woozles, an utterly charming children’s bookstore down the street from Annie’s.
We didn’t spot any Heffalumps (or Woozles), but there were plenty of gorgeous books.
We also stopped by Bookmark – I’d been to their Charlottetown store, but enjoyed exploring this location.
The Halifax Public Gardens are close by, and they are gorgeous.
We’d heard the Halifax Central Library was worth seeing – though, to me, a library is always worth seeing. This one did not disappoint.
For dinner that night, we ate at 2 Doors Down – really good pub food and local Nova Scotia wines.
We weren’t quite ready for dessert, so we spent a while playing board games and eating popcorn at the Board Room Game Cafe. A Canadian friend had told us about this trend – it was so fun.
We capped off the night by splitting a slice of cheesecake at Sweet Hereafter. (It’s J’s favorite dessert.)
We had to hit the road on Sunday, but stopped at Coastal Cafe for brunch first. J’s face says it all. (The huevos were amazing – some of the best Mexican food we’ve had outside of Texas.)
Halifax, you are charming. Cheers!