Being the clingy human that I am, I couldn’t not tag along on Nick’s work trip to Halifax this time. around. He last visited in December, and I had serious FOMO. That being said, when he told me he was going this summer, I immediately booked off and booked my flight. It was my first time traveling SOLO as we had different flights and he was basically working the whole time. So, here is what I did for the 4 days I was in Halifax!
One of the perks of tagging along on Nick’s business trip is that the hotel was already booked and covered for by his employer, which made my life easier and saved me quite a bit of money. The Barrington Hotel was in such a prime location, walking distance from pretty much everything except Peggy’s Cove. We had a bit of a hick up checking in, but they offered us vouchers to their restaurant for the inconvenience. It had a great quiet pool, which I used twice while we were there and the rooms were simple but comfortable.
Halifax was, to my surprise, full of great food. Unfortunately, I don’t eat seafood (but goes to Halifax lol I know) so I don’t have any seafood recommendations for you, but will still share some that I received at the end, because apparently you have to try lobster rolls while in Halifax! Although, here is what I ate!
This was by far, the most recommended place I received, so I had to try this bad boy out on my first day. Once I landed, I headed straight for the harbor and headed towards this place for a delicious lunch. Not only was the decor adorable, the food was absolutely delicious. Like, best pasta I’ve had in years lol. The staff was also so friendly and the patio was absolutely gorgeous! I enjoyed some delicious bread and red pepper hummus, a refreshing summer sangria and enjoyed the red ravioli as my main dish. This place is a must if you visit Halifax and I could have (and should have) eaten there everyday.
Sugah is a cute little candy and ice cream shop down on the Harbor front. The ice cream was delicious and refreshing and I highly recommend you try an ice cream while walking on the boardwalk!
If you are like me and you can’t visit a city without trying their doughnuts, you HAVE to try Fortune Doughnut in Halifax. These doughnuts are massive, hefty and delicious. We got a random mix of their fun flavors and LOVED them! Highly recommend.
Other food recommendations I received but didn’t get the chance to try are:
Tours & Activities:
When I researched Halifax, one of the biggest things I was recommended was a visit to Peggy’s Cove. It is stunning and such a landmark! Although, the cove is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Halifax, which makes it difficult to get to if you haven’t rented a car (FYI – they don’t have Uber or Lyft).
Peggy’s Cove with Picture Perfect Tours:
That being said, I wanted to find a tour company to take me, at the best possible time so that I could get the best photo ops. While searching on google, I found Picture Perfect Tours, a tour company that specializes in tours for photographers and rated #1 on TripAdvisor ifor tours in Nova Scotia! The tour I took was called Peggy’s Cove Morning Light Tour and was led by Geordie. Geordie’s tour was so much fun and he taught me so many tips and tricks about taking photos, as well as the history behind Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. Since the tour started early (6 am), Peggy’s Cove was empty and taking photos was so easy (no editing anyone out yay!). The group size was small, which I prefer as it is more personal. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took a good dive onto some rocks during my visit, but Geordie was great about it and his first aid skills were top notch! He even emailed me asking how I was holding up!
If you are visiting Peggy’s Cove, I highly recommend checking out Picture Perfect Tours. They are so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They even do pick-ups and drop-offs at your accommodation and send you off with the sweetest little souvenir! If you do decide to book with them, please let them know how you found them and that I say hello. 🙂
While I was in Halifax, I visited these gardens twice. They are soooo beautiful and so peaceful. Definitely a great place to pack a picnic and have your lunch. It was full of stunning blooms, ponds, adorable ducks, birds, arches and fountains. It is such a romantic little park and it is FREE. I highly recommend you stop by for some relaxation or a romantic little outing.
When visiting Halifax, it is basically mandatory that you visit the waterfront. There is so much to do just there! From the farmers market, to souvenir shops, to ice cream and delicious food, you can easily spend a day by the water on the boardwalk. You can also visit ships and see some street performers while enjoying ice cream, lobster rolls, Beavertails, whatever your heart (and stomach) desire.
While I was there, I obviously did some shopping because I am a shopaholic lol.
My favorite shopping stop was the Halifax Shopping Centre, which is Nova Scotia’s largest shopping centre! It had all my favorite stores and they were all so big. I definitely recommend stopping by if you want to go shopping while you visit, because they basically have everything.
Overall, I had a great experience travelling solo for the first time. It was lovely and so liberating to be able to do what I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to. It was a nice little break from my routine and Halifax was beautiful. It was my first time visiting the East coast of Canada and now I want to explore all the other provinces! Where should I go next? 🙂
If you are planning a trip to Halifax soon, I hope you have the very best time. If you have already been, please feel free to leave extra recommendations below for everyone else (and for me, who will definitely visit again).