Navigating the Boardwalk: Tasting the Halifax Waterfront

Oysters at Gahan House.

Follow my lead for a guaranteed tasty time on a sunny Halifax day by the seaside.

_DSC8442Getting a croissant and coffee at Two If By Sea is the right way to start your morning. The croissants are as big as your head, and are famous in town. Whether you want the plain croissant, the chocolate, the prosciutto and provolone, or the weekly special croissant (like, this week’s strawberry balsamic with black pepper) you’ll leave full of butter, and smiling. The coffee shop also has it’s own roastery, Anchored, which supplies all their beans.

You can’t beat oysters on the water. Gahan House has an oyster bar for serious slurpers with a handful of different maritime farms and producers, and the chimichurri that’s served with the half-shelled beauties is a perfect, zingy accompaniment.

There’s a cornucopia of local food and drink at the Seaport Farmer’s Market. For locals and tourists alike the market is a great way to experience the bounty of the province and country within the city. Some of the market highlights are the local wine tasting booths, beer vendors, Ran-Cher Acres, That Dutchman’s Cheese and Noggins Corner Farm. These are also many prepared food vendors selling everything from breakfast pizza to handmade samosas.

_DSC8477One of the newest, and best, additions to the waterfront is the Stillwell Beer Garden, the ultimate answer to summer patio drinks. This outdoor bar is full of trees, picnic tables and local microbrewed beer, perfect for soaking up the sun with a salty breeze and view of the ocean. The short but pointed menu is made up of beer-friendlies like sausages (with a plethora of toppings) and pretzels, for decent prices. If it’s pouring rain, find the full bar on Barrington Street.

The Bicycle Thief outdoor bar is another place that provides a classy, upscale experience for people who want a glass of champagne and a bite to eat. They have a great staff and knowledgeable charismatic bartenders. This restaurant, and their outdoor bar, is always packed, so show up early.

The best liquor store in the city, Bishop’s Cellar, is also just steps off the boardwalk, so if you’re looking to retire to a hotel, or friend’s place, but need some elixir, you’ll find spirits, beer and lots of wine there. This beautifully curated boutique store is also open later than the provincial liquor stores.

_DSC8467For a healthier option, Heartwood is an environmentally conscious restaurant with vegetable noodle bowls, salads and fresh baked goods. There are options for vegetarians, vegans, those with gluten intolerance and those who are simply looking to eat lighter. Their menu items are fresh, bright and flavorful. The full restaurantis on Quinpool Road. 


This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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