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If you love croissants, visiting Two If by Sea is an absolute must. This popular spot is known for their giant, buttery croissants. They tend to sell out early, so go in the morning to snag a fresh-baked prosciutto and provolone cheese-stuffed croissant. It’s definitely worth losing a few extra minutes of sleep! If you're in the mood for something sweet, they also make a delicious pain au chocolat, or almond croissant.
Head to the seaside harbour for live music and rows of wooden booths selling chowder, lobster rolls and everything in between. Take a stroll on the boardwalk and watch for boats, or just sit on a bench and people watch.
The Bicycle Thief has been stealing hearts and serving up fantastic Italian food at this Halifax hot spot. Grab a seat on the patio and watch the ocean as you sip on a glass of rosé. Bliss!
Peggy’s Cove just may be home to the world’s most picturesque lighthouse. Just an hour away from Halifax, this stunning rocky cove draws visitors from all around the world. The lighthouse was built in 1915 and is located in a tiny fishing village.
Take a moment to yourself, or go for a romantic stroll at the Halifax Public Gardens. This lush garden is 16-acre of beauty in the heart of downtown Halifax. Enter the gardens through a pretty, traditional wrought iron gate. Inside, there are ornate fountains, over 140 different types of trees, a pond, beautiful bridges and dahlia flowerbeds. Resident Toulouse Geese, Flora and Diana, inhabit the bird enclosure within the park.
Lunenburg is a charming fishing village has colourful houses, seaside restaurants and shops to explore. It is a bit of a trek from the city (2 hours away from Halifax) but makes for a wonderful day trip. The town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its winding narrow streets and unique buildings. Visit the harbour to see the Bluenose II. It may look familiar; the original Bluenose is on the Canadian dime.
The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers' market in North America. It was formed by royal decree in 1750. Today, the market is a whopping 265 years old. The market is robust, featuring over 250 vendors. Shoppers can grab fresh fish, baked goods, handmade soaps, artisan goods and so much more.
History buffs will want to visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Here, you’ll find the largest collection of wooden artifacts from the doomed Titanic. Halifax has deep connections to the Titanic. The city came to the ship’s aid, and many passengers have been laid to rest here.
Catch beautiful views of the harbour and city along with a bit of history at the Halifax Citadel. Check out the clock tower and explore the original military fortifications. Every hour on the hour, you can watch the uniformed sentry that guard the front gates change. If you stay until after dark, you can also join in on a ghost and legend tour of the area.
Indulging in a donair is an absolute must when in Halifax. Johnny K's Authentic Donairsserves up this classic dish in a couple of different ways. First, you may be wondering what a donair is. A donair is a messy pita sandwich filled with roasted shaved beef, topped with veggies and drizzled with spicy, garlic donair sauce. It's similar to a shawarma and is the official food of Halifax.
Written by Amanda Nunes
Amanda is a freelance writer, illustrator, and designer exploring, eating, shopping and living in the general Toronto area. She lives to travel, loves to read and has a mild tea addiction. You can follow Amanda on her blog girl.heartless-ink.com or on social.