A Long Weekend in Halifax Metro

photo of halifax citadel with view of harbour

Halifax Metro is Nova Scotia’s largest city, the provincial capital and a cultural hub. Full of unique dining, shopping, live music venues and nightlife, Halifax Metro is the perfect destination for your next city staycation! Whether it’s what to do or where to eat, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a staycation guide to the perfect long weekend in Halifax Metro.

Day 1 – Saturday 

Walk along the Halifax Waterfront 

Halifax Harbour

Wake up and beat the crowd to take a walk on the Halifax Waterfront! At nearly 4km long, this is one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks. Make sure to walk across the 250-foot floating sea bridge and check out our members with locations on the waterfront, like Heartwood Restaurant and Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory.

Brunch at The Ostrich Club 

bacon, eggs, sausage and toast

Located in the North End’s Hydrostone neighbourhood – listed as one of Canada’s greatest neighbourhoods – The Ostrich Club opened its doors in the summer of 2018. During its brief existence, it has already become a casual gathering spot for friends and locals to enjoy brunch. Enjoy a mimosa – or two – at this restaurant and bar after your walk. 

Take a tour 

Learn more about Halifax on a city tour on both land and sea aboard the Harbour Hopper, a tall ship cocktail cruise, or a deep-sea fishing cruise. If you’d rather stay on land, enjoy a bicycle tour with I Heart Bikes or Segway tour with Segway Nova Scotia

Dinner at The Canteen On Portland 

Photo of Renee Lavallee and her family outside of The Canteen

Take the ferry to Dartmouth and enjoy dinner at The Canteen on Portland. At the helm in the kitchen is award-winning chef and co-owner, Renée Lavallée. Her menus are influenced by classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine – with a little bit of Renée’s magic thrown in. Signature items include The Canteen Burger and Seafood Chowder. 

Stay the Night at Hotel Halifax 

Take the ferry back and stay the night at Hotel Halifax. The hotel includes 295 air-conditioned rooms (King, Queen, Double), some with harbour views and balconies!

Day 2 – Sunday 

Breakfast at Harbour City Bar & Grill

Grab breakfast in your hotel’s lobby restaurant, Harbour City Bar & Grill. Harbour City Bar & Grill embodies what it means to dine like a true East Coaster. Their culinary team, led by Executive Chef Andrew Camm, works with local farmers and fishers each season to create the freshest regional dishes, served alongside warm, impeccable, maritime hospitality.

Go Shopping at one of Halifax’s Markets

The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, is the oldest, continuously operating farmers’ market in North America and proudly hosts over 250 vendors each weekend. While you’re there, check out The Cake Lady and Gourmandises Avenue Chocolaterie. If you go to the Warehouse Market, make sure to check out the fresh seafood at the Afishinado Fishmongers stand. Lastly, if you decide to hit up the Brewery market, check out The Old Apocothary’s new location and delicious baked goods.

Lunch and Drinks at Chain Yard Urban Cidery 

A flight of cider at Chain Yard Urban Cider

Chain Yard Urban Cidery ciders range from dry to sweet, easy-drinking to complex & funky. They are always excited to use other Nova Scotia ingredients in our ciders such as pear, berries and honey and they stay on top of cider trends around the world. Bonus: Their menu by, “Unchained Kitchen” is always changing and serving delicious eats. 

Hangout at the arcade at Propeller Brewing Company 

Propeller New Branding

Hidden in the basement of Propeller Brewing Company’s Gottingen location, just off their original brewery, you’ll stumble across their newest addition: an all-authentic brewery and arcade. Featuring a rotating cast of pinball and arcade machines as well as 8 taps of Propeller craft beer, you’re sure to have a fun afternoon! 

Dinner at 2 Doors Down 

Photo of: 2 Doors Down-Fish-and-Chips-

Enjoy seasonally-inspired, locally-sourced unpretentious menus with a hint of international flare at 2 Doors Down

Stay the Night at The Barrington Hotel

The historic façade and animated, kilt-clad bellman are your first hint that The Barrington Hotel in Halifax isn’t one of your typical hotels. Arriving guests are warmly greeted and ushered into a travel experience that is redefining personalized service, one guest at a time.

Day 3 – Monday

Grab + Go Breakfast at Tempo

tempo green smoothie

Check out Tempo Food + Drink in your hotel lobby for their Grab + Go Breakfast options. Their Grab + Go counter offers breakfast, lunch and coffee on the run, and features Halifax’s first Mason Jar Salad Exchange Program.

Have a picnic with Obladee

Back in 2009, siblings Heather and Christian Rankin created Obladee, a Halifax wine bar combining the international concept of a bar à vin, with our unique Nova Scotian spirit and hospitality. They are currently offering take away charcuterie boxes, perfect for your next backyard picnic.

Collect a Good Cheer Trail Stamp

Visit Compass Distillers or another Good Cheer Trail stop in Halifax where they passionately create, showcase & distribute local, world-class rum. You can even collect a stamp for the Good Cheer Trail!

Dinner at Stories Restaurant

dinner at stories

Tucked under a canopy of mature elms, Stories Restaurant is a refreshing escape from the busy downtown. Daily cheese boards, savoury charcuterie and ‘Stories’ seafood selections from the dining room are seamless matches for thoughtful alfresco offerings of micro-brews and wines by the glass.

Bring a Taste of Halifax Metro Home With You

Take home a meal from Halifax on your way out of town! Whether it’s lobster from Fisherman’s Market or Clearwater Seafoods, seafood from A.C. Covert Distributors, or a meal kit from Kitchen Door, you can easily bring home ingredients to make something delicious.

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