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Hot Dining


By Kim Hart Macneill

Bottoms up
• Rockbottom Brew Pub on Spring Garden Road highlights house-made beers and offers live entertainment most nights. Pair a hearty burger with the Stay or Go dark mild, or the curried chicken penne with Fathom IPA.
• For a classic Nova Scotian experience, try The Old Triangle Irish Ale House on Prince Street. This boisterous spot is known for live Celtic music and traditional pub grub. The menu features an unofficial provincial beer tour with local breweries aplenty.

Weekend feasts
• Cora is known nationwide for titanic breakfasts served with towers of freshly cut fruit. Halifax offers five locations to get your fill. From eggs Benedict to savoury crepes, and teen favourites like the brunch burger, you’ll wonder how to decide on just one plate.
• Dartmouth visitors can discover local favourite Nena’s All Day Breakfast on Wyse Road. This old-school dinner serves-up classic breakfasts like steak and eggs and pancakes. Or try something different: the breakfast poutine features hashbrowns mixed with diced bacon and sausage, smothered in Hollandaise sauce and topped with two eggs any style.

Sushi salvo
• One of Halifax’s best-known sushi houses, Sushi Nami Royal, offers four locations for fine Japanese cuisine. In addition to the expected rolls, the menu features a host of innovative creations, and a wide array of hot Japanese dishes.
• New on the sushi scene is Kitsune Food Co. on Young Street. This pint-sized eatery is built for take-out with only 4 seats, but those who dine-in get a show. Long-time restaurateur Ami Goto produces sushi, dumplings, and other home-style eats in full view of the counter.

Afternoon elegance
Take an afternoon off from sight-seeing for high tea at Ma Belle’s Café on Octerloney Street. Reservations are required (and worth it). Enjoy your choice of coffee or tea alongside an elegant high-tea stand featuring dainty sandwiches, raisin scones, jam, and assorted squares and treats.

Sublime seafood
• Hidden away in a strip mall on Oland Cres. in Bayers Lake sits Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House. The whole eatery seats only 12. The casual stop is small but the portions aren’t. A two-piece fish and chips features two sizable pieces of lightly battered haddock with a mountain of chips.
• Waterfront Warehouse on Lower Water Street is a downtown favourite for a seafood feast. Housed in a historic building, this restaurant boasts the city’s largest selection of oysters. The Atlantic lobster dinner is a must-try, and the seafood tower artfully displays the bounty of local seafood. Reserve a spot near the fireplace for a romantic evening, or a large octagonal booth for larger parties.

Editor’s Pick
Taste of Turkey
New bistro-cafe Agora Café Bistro on Agricola Street offers an array of light lunches in a cozy, light-filled atmosphere. The menu is largely foods from Turkey’s Aegean region: Borek, a phyllo pastry filled with vegetables, meat, or both; lacha paratha, a flat bread that requires 12 hours of resting time before baking; and moon cookies filled with raisins, chocolate, and walnuts.

Hot Entertainment


By Trevor Adams

Continuing through October
Discover Nova Scotia’s maritime history with Bluenose: The Legend Lives: a 15-minute 4-D 360-degree cinematic experience delivered in a geodesic dome. Visitors will feel the breeze, smell the salt air, and hear the waves as you virtually explore Nova Scotia’s coast. Find it on the Halifax waterfront near the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Cecilia Concerts is back for another season of innovative music, this month featuring Ruby Trio. Violinist Terri Croft returns to Halifax with cellist Amahl Arulanandam and pianist Alexander Seredenko. See them at Lilian Piercy Concert Hall on Chebucto Road.

In his latest work Made in China, Vancouver’s Wen Wei Wang teams up with Gao Yanjinzi, artistic director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company. Award-winning musicians Qiu Xia He of Silk Road Music and emerging media artist Sammy Chien join them for a unique Live Art Dance Productions at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

• Continuing through November 16 at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery on the Bedford Highway, Home Economics showcases 100+ hooked rugs, including the work of contemporary artists Joanna Close, Nancy Edell, and Hannah Epstein.
• Take a walk In the Artists’ Footsteps at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street. Continuing through October 16, explore Halifax’s history with a unique exhibition and self-guided walking tour.
• Continuing through October, Art 1274 Hollis features paintings by local artists Heather Crout and Denise Soper.
• Means, Motive, Opportunity runs at Viewpoint Gallery from October 6 to 30. The group show spotlights photography by gallery members.
• Opening October 14 at Studio 21 Fine Art Gallery on Hollis Street, Defiant Specimens by Susan Feindel and Cindy Stelmackowich explores the intersections of art and science.

A feast for the senses, Nocturne is annual celebration of art after dark. It brings exhibitions, performances, and special projects to galleries and public spaces around the city from 6pm to midnight. Free bike-valet and Halifax Transit shuttle-bus service.

Perfect for history and nature buffs, the McNab’s Island Fall Foliage Tour explores the historic island at the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Tour boats sail at 10am from Government Wharf in Eastern Passage and the Cable Wharf on the Halifax waterfront. Advance booking required.

October 1
The Man in Black
Singer and guitarist Shawn Barker headlines this tribute to music legend Johnny Cash at the Dalhousie Arts Centre.

October 15
Tyrone Reveen carries on his hypnotist father’s legacy, bringing his Superconscious Experience show to Halifax.

October 17
Dylan Moran
The acerbic Irish comic and writer brings his dark observational comedy to Halifax.

October 21
Dartmouth Community Concert Association
Siblings Bryan Cheng (cello) and Silvie Cheng (piano) comprise the Cheng² Duo, offering a fresh twist on classical music.

October 22
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
With self-deprecating wit and a gift for storytelling, Iglesias is sure to offer a hilarious evening at Scotiabank Centre on Duke Street.

October 29 and 30
Symphony Nova Scotia
Garret Wang (of Star Trek: Voyager fame) hosts Sci-Fi Symphony, a special concert of science-fiction inspired music.

Hot Shopping


By Suzanne Rent
• Spindrift Brewing Company on Frazee Avenue in Burnside brews its beers with patience, pure water, and basic ingredients. There’s the Coastal Lager, a full-flavoured amber, Riptide IPL with a blend of American and German hops. And Knotty Buoy is the brewery’s distinctive golden lager. Get a can, four-pack, growler, or keg. Pick up a growler or bring in your own for a refill.
• Good Robot Brewing Company on Robie Street is anything but mechanical. Three college friends produce the brews here, with crafty names such a The Shocking Pink and Ol’ Scurvy Bastard. The retail store also stocks swag such as coasters, growlers, glasses, lamps, and onesies for your little one.

• A visit to Panache Luxury Linens on Isleville Street is the perfect way to warm up for sleep during the winter months. Find cozy and luxurious linens. Designs include those made in Canada using the high-quality silk, Giza Egyptian cotton, linen and micro modal fabrics, woven by specialty mills in Germany and Italy. The assortment includes foaming bath, soaps, and other beauty products.
• Find inspiration for your home décor with a visit to Thornbloom on South Park Street. Find essentials such as bedding, kitchenware, and furniture, as well as accent pieces, including pillows, frames, and candles. There is something for every room in your house. This is also a great place to find unique gifts.

• The Perfect Fit on Bedford Highway is a consignment store with a special shopping experience. Stocked with designer brands, this shop is perfect for the shopper with great taste and style, but who’s budget conscious, too. Friendly staff will help you find the right fit. Bring in your clothes for consignment, too.
• Foreign Affair on Barrington Street is a mainstay of designer fashion in the city. This is the place to go to be style, and not just shop for clothing. Find the best brand names such as Canada Goose, Helmut Lang, Michael Kors, and dozens of others. An on-site seamstress can make any garment fit to a tee.

Haskap berries are blue, delicious and versatile. They are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Haskapa in Bishop’s Landing turns these sweet berries into artisan products such as jams, juices, chocolates and condiments. Pick up items for your own pantry, or choose a gift basket for a friend.

Editor’s Choice
Situated on the Halifax waterfront, NovaScotian Crystal puts on quite a show for its visitors. It’s here highly skilled glassmakers produce the only mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal in Canada. And guests are invited to watch. In the on-site shop, find the products of this craftsmanship, shaped into goblets, bowls, vases, and candleholders.

• Located in Park Lane on Spring Garden Road, John David Shoes, brings to its clientele the best names in women’s footwear and one of the largest selections in the region, including boots made for autumn walking in style. The seasonal sales are a must-visit. The staff here offers excellent service and knowledge.
• The footwear at Preamble on South Park Street combine comfort and style. Look for brands including Birkenstocks, Camper, Clars, Fit Flop, The North Face, and Wolky. Expert shoe fittings for the best fit.

Hot Shopping for August

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The Ikebana Shop on Quinpool Road creates beautiful floral arrangements in traditional Japanese design. Choose from an arrangement of fresh flowers or one with permanent botanicals of silk or dried blossoms. Take a lesson or join in on a demonstration or workshop. The retail shop offers flower containers, Japanese pottery, incense, tea, and apparel.

Hot Dining for August

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BiOne Korean BBQon Quinpool Road is a compact dining room known for table-top barbecue and hot-pot. Large tables easily accommodate groups and its extensive menu is packed with authentic dishes such as kimchi, bibimbap, and ddukbokgi.
Long-standing Japanese stop Dharma Sushi on Argyle Street offers more than the name suggests. This simple environs serves up traditional hot dishes such as donburi, noodle soups, and gyudon, a beef and onion dish with a soy broth served on rice.

Hot Entertainment for August

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August 25 to 27
The talent behind classics like “The Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian music legend. He visits the Dalhousie Arts Centre on University Avenue for a three-show stand.

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Someone Wake Paddy O’Brien at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre (page 21) is a rollicking high-energy show, featuring live Celtic favourites and pop hits aplenty. Alongside the performance, enjoy a three-course dinner, including offerings like seafood chowder, braised sirloin, and java cake.

Hot entertainment for July

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July 22
Co-founder of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman has been a legend on the Canadian rock scene for decades. He plays an intimate solo show in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia on Upper Water Street.

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July 8 to 11
Back for its 67th year, the Maritime Fiddle Festival is a rite of summer, celebrating old-time fiddling in a variety of styles. This year’s lineup includes performances by Kimberley Holmes (July 8) and Ivan and Vivian Hicks
(July 9), plus dances, master classes, and competitions. The Dartmouth East Community Centre on Caledonia Road hosts.

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Summer Festivals
July 7 to 17: Spanning many seaside villages, the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts celebrates local talent with several exhibitions and events. Visit Peggy’s Cove on
July 9 to 11, as dozens of artists descend on the village for Paint Peggy’s Cove.
July 7 to 10: During the Lebanese Festival, Halifax’s vibrant Lebanese community celebrates with art, music, food, games, and more. Visit Olympic Community Centre on Hunter Street.
July 9: At the Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Banook, dozens of paddlers race in colourful crafts to raise funds for amateur sport.
July 14 to 24: The Halifax Pride Festival is Atlantic Canada’s largest pride celebration; the colourful downtown parade on July 23 draws thousands of spectators.
July 27 to August 1: Dozens of magicians, comedians, acrobats, and street performers from around the world take over the downtown for the annual Halifax International Busker Festival.

Hot dining for July

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Craft-beer mecca Stillwell opened its beer garden in June. This year the Stillwell Beer Garden moves from the Halifax waterfront to the bustling Spring Garden Road shopping district. In addition to pouring Canadian microbrews, the garden hosts Manual Food + Drink Co.’s pop-up dairy bar slinging soft serve and baked goods.

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Halifax’s newest seafood spot, Shuck Seafood + Raw Bar on Salter Street, is known for lightly cooked and raw fare. The raw menu feature scallops and an array of local oysters, plus sashimi and ceviche.
After 70 years, the Shore Club in Hubbards boasts serving over one million of its world-famous lobster suppers. A fresh Atlantic lobster stars in the meal, supported by potato salad, and unlimited local mussels. Stick around for the Saturday night dance. July’s live acts include the Joel Plaskett Emergency (July 8) and the Mellotones (July 23).

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Burrito Jax dishes up fast-casual Tex-Mex eats in three locations on Blowers Street, Kempt Road, and Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville. Customize your made-from-scratch burrito with chicken, beef, vegetables, or North Atlantic cod and toppings aplenty.

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Quinpool Road brings the taste of Montreal to Halifax at the recently opened East Coast Bakery. This new spot doles out chewy, Montreal-style bagels laced with poppy or sesame seeds. Get there early for that hot out of the oven taste.
The city’s oldest independent bakery, Smith’s Bakery on Agricola Street, dishes up fresh bread, sweet treats, and fair trade coffee. Start your day in the cozy café with a breakfast sandwich topped with a local egg, tomato, and a house-made sausage patty, bacon, or ham.

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Dartmouth recently welcomed Downeast Beer Factory on Windmill Road. In addition to three house-made beers, this sizable pub serves local microbrews like Propeller and Nine Locks. The menu features pub grub classics like burgers and noodle bowls, plus a kid’s menu.
Agricola Street’s Timber Lounge is a lumberjack themed bar decked with raw wood and plaid. The bar features local taps and bottled beers, but axe throwing is the main draw. In a separate area from the bar, patrons throw full-size axes at a target. Fear not: staff are on-hand to train and supervise.

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Bedford Row is home to the city’s oldest Chinese eatery, Great Wall. The 30-some year old dining pick keeps locals coming back for Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies and old standbys such as ginger beef, eggrolls, and almond soo guy, plus a popular weekend Dim Sum menu.

Hot Shopping for July

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After a long walk on the downtown waterfront, visit the shops of Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. For fine jewelry stop into Frida Custom Jewellry Design to purchase custom pieces. Or if you prefer jewels from the sea, Pearl City offers pearl pieces including necklaces, bracelets, and more. The locally owned and operated Alexa Pope has the latest fashions. And for some sweet treats, stop into Sugah for ice cream or candy or Rum Runners Cake Factory for a rum-filled dessert.

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Freak Lunchbox Barrington Street and in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford offer must-stop shopping for summer treats when out exploring the area. This colourful store is like a carnival filled with nostalgic sweets such as Pez, Cracker Jacks, and bottled soda from Pop Shoppe. Buy your treats in bulk from the selection or pick a pre-packaged favourite.
For gourmet treats or a basket of sweet goodies, stop into Sweet Jane’s on Queen Street. The staff here will put together arrangements for any tastes or celebrations. Try some gourmet truffles or a basket of retro candies.

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For your summer recipes, visit Liquid Gold in The Hydrostone in Halifax or in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. All the oils here are extra premiums, fresh with unique distinctive flavours. Taste samples on site and have your favourites blended with your choice of balsamic vinegar.

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The aroma of freshly made waffle cones will lure you to Cow’s Ice Cream in the Historic Properties on Lower Water Street. Get a scoop or two from a variety of flavours, including many with local ingredients and catchy names. But there’s more than ice cream here. Browsing the selection of bovine-inspired clothing, giftware, and novelties will mooove you with inspiration.
Located on Cornwallis Street in Halifax’s North End and at Peggy’s Cove, Dee Dee’s produces home-style, fresh ice cream, all with local and seasonal ingredients. Try flavours such as mango, shaker lemon, banana cardamom, and Mexican. Take a tub home for late night treats.

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For summer fashions for men or women, shop at Colwell’s on Upper Water Street. Men can check out casual wear, including jeans, pants, t-shirts, or knitwear. Meanwhile, the ladies can browse for dresses, skirts, tops, or visit the selection in the Michael Kors Shop. Or pick up a hot summer look perfect for weddings or festivals.

Hot Shopping for June

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The Pier 21 Gift Shop at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, on Marginal Road is the place to go for gifts from one of the city’s most unique museums. Get a ball cap for the kids, a book for the history buff, or a pewter gift for the collector. Its line of signature products, including mugs, passport covers, and key tags, are embossed with the museum’s logo.

At the Designer Craft Shop on Marginal Road, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council members display their works, including artistic etchings, silk clothing, and handmade jewelry. An expert jury approves every item in the shop.

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Lobster is a treat year round, but pick up some fresh crustaceans at Clearwater on Bedford Highway or at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport for your summer gathering or barbecue. Other fresh offerings include clams, snow crab, scallops, shrimp, and masago. The airport location offers lobster securely and freshly packed for travel.

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Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique in Sunnyside Mall and the Hydrostone Market showcases boutiques of handmade goods, all produced by Maritime artisans. Its owners focus on a buy-local movement and source products such as funky art prints, whimsical handcrafted pillows, fashionable jewelry, and delicious food products.

To find local works of art, the AGNS Gallery Shop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on Hollis Street. Find unique and collectible pieces of sculpture, pottery, paintings and more. Maud Lewis is among the many local talents whose work is featured here.

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Sweet Pea Boutique on Queen Street has all the best summer dresses for any occasion. Find a basic style for everyday wear, flirtier frocks for weekends, or a cocktail dress for a wedding or other summer celebration. Choose from accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and hair pieces to complete your look.

Turbine on Upper Water Street or in Sunnyside Mall features the work of Canadian designer Lisa Drader-Murphy. There are dresses and tops for all tastes. Browse the belts, shawls, and skincare collection too. Try on the Zain dress, a innovative style that can be worn six different ways. Locally made jewelry and hats round out this boutique’s fare.

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Featuring designs by artists from Nova Scotia, Canada, and Israel, Bedazzled in Sunnyside Mall
offers eye-catching jewelry for your summer outfits. Look for brands such as Toni XO, Earth Goddess, and Wendy Jack. Occasional trunk shows give the designers a chance to show off their latest collections.

Hot Dining For June

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Photo: Jessica Emin

Beer lovers rejoice! Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill on Cumberland Drive in Dartmouth boasts 16 taps. Irish favourites share space alongside local craft beers from Propeller, North Brewery, Tatamagouche, and Unfiltered, as do house offerings Jamieson’s IPA and Jamieson’s Special Dark Ale.

Craft cocktails abound at Lot Six (page 61) on Argyle Street. The menu travels through space and time. The 1794 Fish House Punch from London, England, contains Appleton Jamaican rum, cognac, peach brandy, lemon, and black tea. Don’t miss oyster happy hour from 4pm to 6pm daily.

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Waffle Love on Kaye Street knows that a light, airy waffle is the key to culinary bliss. The compact menu features a traditional waffle with maple syrup, a fruit covered waffle, or sweet toppings like Skor or Oreo crumble.

For heartier fare, try the weekend brunch buffet at Athens Family Restaurant on Quinpool Road. Known for Greek cuisine, this casual spot presents an all-you-can-eat option starring breakfast stalwarts like bacon and eggs, alongside fresh fruit, perogies, fish cakes, Greek sausages, and more.

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Backoos Korean ToGo Food on Birmingham Street is a nook featuring only a counter and three stools for people awaiting pick-up orders. Deep-fried chicken dominates the menu, which also includes traditional sides like kimchi (fermented cabbage salad) and japchae (sweet potato noodles).




Relish Gourmet Burgers celebrates local history with location-specific burgers at each franchise. Quinpool Road serves the Halifax Explosion topped with fresh pineapple, pancetta bacon, curried onion, and aged cheddar. At Larry Uteck Boulevard, diners can toast the street’s eponymous college-football coach with the Couch-U: topped with balsamic jalapeño blueberry preserves, bacon, crispy pickled peppers, and cheese curds.

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Nothing says big night out like steak. The Keg on Market Street is a long-time favourite, known for classics like the applewood-smoked bacon wrapped tenderloin or the New York strip.

Candle-lit Cut Steakhouse on Salter Street presents USDA prime beef that’s aged and butchered in-house. The à la carte menu invites diners to add a range of sides to their steaks, from frîtes to bread pudding to pan-seared beets.

Hot Shopping for May

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Tom and Marla Dorward have owned Halifax Folklore Centre on Brunswick Street since 1971. Since then, they have provided musicians and music lovers in the city with a shop where stringed instruments are bought, sold, traded, and consigned. The knowledgeable staff can help clients shop for just about any instrument.

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Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road showcases the best work of more than 200 artisans from around the region in its store. Artisans include Cheticamp Hookers, Amos Pewter, Grohmann, Nancy Postman, and many others. Find products for the home such as dishes, cookware, and food, or products for yourself such as bath and body items and jewelry.
Kept Gifts and Housewares, an independently owned and operated boutique on Portland Street in Dartmouth, houses a vast and eclectic collection of handmade and local products. Much of the stock features a Maritime artisan flair. This is a source of well-crafted gifts perfect for any occasion.

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To add some heat to your spring wardrobe, visit Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street. Here, a team of resident goldsmiths will create a distinctive piece of jewelry for your collection. Bring in your ideas, photos, or magazine clippings to help make a piece that includes the best gold, silver, platinum, or gemstones. Designs are created using a combination of Old World techniques such as engraving and filigree with innovative technology.


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Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is one of the region’s largest shopping destinations. Anchored by The Bay, it boasts 120+ shops, including Winners and Homesense, Gap, Old Navy, Peoples, and Lush. Have a break at the food court on the third floor.
On the Halifax side, Halifax Shopping Centre
on Mumford Road is undergoing a transformation, bringing its guests a quality selection of shops and services, all within a new and bright renovated space. Retailers such as Mac, Sephora, Banana Republic, Hollister, and Michael Kors have all set up shop here.

Outdoors In

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It’s the perfect time of year to explore the great outdoors. Take it Outside in Dartmouth Crossing or Upper Water Street is the place to get geared up for those spring adventures. Suit up with jackets, pants, footwear, backpacks, and more.
Women on the go will love Lolë on Upper Water Street for its spring collection of active wear. Check out their line of organic cotton clothing with fresh looks for spring, including tanks, capris, jumpsuits, leggings, and tunics.

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If you love homemade baked treats, visit Susie’s Shortbreads on Upper Water Street and Chain Lake Drive. Take home a dozen cookies or cupcakes, a cake, candy, mini cheesecake, or a frozen treat. All of the sweets are baked from scratch using fresh ingredients. Cupcake batter and cookie dough are available, too, so you can make the treats at home