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Top Choice Historic Site in Halifax

Citadel Hill National Historic Site

Canada's most visited national historic site, the huge and arguably spooky Citadel is a star-shaped fort atop Halifax's central hill. Construction began in 1749 with the founding of Halifax; this version of the Cita…
Top Choice Museum in Halifax

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Pier 21 was to Canada what Ellis Island was to the USA. Between 1928 and 1971 over a million immigrants entered Canada through Pier 21. Their stories and the historical context that led them to abandon their homelan…
Top Choice Italian in Halifax

Bicycle Thief

Named for the classic 1948 Italian film, this shabby-chic waterfront restaurant has won similar critical acclaim by local foodies – and with good reason. Start with regional oysters or polenta with wild mushroom rag…
Top Choice Pub Food in Halifax

Henry House

Jazz and classical music lilt above the din of respectably dressed diners chatting by the open fire in this handsome 1834 ironstone, serving upscale pub fare. When the gorgeous yet unpretentious Drawing Room upstair…
Top Choice Market in Halifax

Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

Although it has operated in several locations since its inception in 1750, what's now known as the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market (in its present location since 2010) is North America's longest continuously operatin…
Top Choice Modern Canadian in Halifax

2 Doors Down

Reservations aren't accepted at this food-lovers haunt that tempts with a welcome array of staples such as burgers, curries, and fish and chips to more elevated offerings such as shrimp-and-snow-crab-stuffed shiitak…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Halifax

En Vie a Vegan

Finally, a restaurant focused on sustainable, organic, locally sourced plant-based eating that has universal appeal. There's nothing bland or boring about what's on offer here. Most menu items, from the coconut shri…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Halifax

Lot Six

This slick bar and restaurant has a fabulous glass atrium that delivers extra atmosphere points, whatever the season. Score a cushy seat at the counter if you're flying solo or an extra-cute two-person booth if you'…
Museum in Halifax

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Part of this popular waterfront museum used to be a chandlery, where all the gear needed to outfit a vessel was sold. You can smell the charred ropes, cured to protect them from saltwater. There's a range of permane…
Museum in Halifax

Museum of Natural History

Daily summer programs introduce children to Gus the gopher tortoise and demonstrate the cooking of bugs. Exhibits on history and the natural world will keep parents engaged, too.