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Hydrostone | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax
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The Coolest Neighbourhoods in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Updated: 5 September 2017

The majority of tourists rightfully flock to Halifax’s downtown, but this is by no means the only happening neighbourhood! Take a look at our list of the coolest areas in the city.

The North End

The North End has undergone a major transformation in recent years, and what was once a pretty sketchy part of town is now one of the most happening spots in the city. Basically Halifax’s version of Brooklyn, come here for hip coffee shops like Lion & Bright and Seven Bays, cool restaurants including EDNA and vegan Envie, and bars and beer gardens galore. You’ll also find cool vintage shops, spas, and beautifully restored town homes. Just a walk through the streets here will make you feel a little bit cooler.


Halifax’s beautiful downtown is constantly evolving, and you’ll find an inviting blend of new cool restaurants and shops mixed with old historic buildings. Couple this with views of the ocean, pretty parks, friendly locals, and a bustling waterfront, and you’ve got an amazing place to visit.

The Coolest Neighbourhoods in Halifax

Halifax | © Courtesy of Destination Halifax

The Hydrostone

This picturesque spot is like a little slice of Europe right in the middle of Halifax. It’s really more of a street than a full neighbourhood, but it really packs a punch. Quaint shops, cafes, boutiques, and salons line both sides of the street, with a small park running through the middle. Compare pizza slices at Mother’s Pizza and Salvatore’s, grab a coffee and pastry at Julian’s, and shop for treasures at Lady Luck and Made in the Maritimes.

Downtown Dartmouth

Hop across the harbour and explore the tiny but mighty downtown Dartmouth. A number of new establishments have opened in recent years and between the building of the new living complex, King’s Wharf, and the area’s ‘I Heart Dartmouth’ campaign, the formerly rather empty downtown has become a bustling hub. Visit the neighbourhood for Two If By Sea’s city wide famous croissants, hipster eats at The Canteen, beers at Battery Park, and killer views of downtown Halifax. The ferry ride over to Dartmouth is a fun experience too!