88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3S 1A2
Phone: (902) 405 4555 Fax: (902) 405 4025
If you're in the west end of the city and longing for a taste of Greece, dine at the Athens Restaurant. The cooks serve up tasty dishes, reasonably priced, and the plates are full. Your meal begins with a loaf of crusty bread and your choices of what follows are many: Spanikopita, perhaps, Souvlakia. The decor is interesting with the entire wall painted in a mural that might make you forget the winter when you dine there in January.
Julien's Patisserie Bakery and Cafe is an authentic French bakery, which offers a variety of mouth-watering pastries and cakes which are touted as the best in the city. The soft and oven-fresh bread is very famous and sought after by tourists and locals alike. If you are a chocoholic, then buy the delicious Belgian Chocolates available in various shapes and sizes. The deli items at Julien's are also definitely worth a try. They roast their own beef, pork, turkey and chicken for sandwiches. The amazing Tuna, Veggie and Chicken Salad sandwiches are yummy.
Brightly lit interiors, good coffee and art, Fred promises you all this and much more! This space, done entirely in white, is a real visual treat given the exotic art on the walls and the quaint bar. Sip on a cup of steaming hot coffee, as you munch on a snack and take in the eye-catching art on the walls. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Don't let the small interiors and cramped look of the Gus' Pub & Grill keep you from having the most rocking experience of your life! That's because this pub is reputed to be one of the best places to hang out at Halifax, if what you're looking for is to guzzle down some freely flowing drinks while you head bang to some extreme death metal, alternative rock, black metal, and other brutal sounds. Some of the best indie bands frequently perform to a wildly cheering North End audience at this venue.
Just Us! Cafe is all that its name suggests it to be. And that's unpretentious, warm, and friendly! Step into this venue housed within a beautiful Victorian historic building in order to awaken your senses with some refreshing live music, and some organic tea or coffee. And after that if you want to connect with your friends from around the world via the Internet, you can use the free wireless Internet access provided by the cafe to do so. Besides the great acoustic, rock and pop music, and the delicious beverages, this place also has on offer some excellent sweets and snacks for you to feast on when you visit.
The Company House opened in January 2009 and has already gained an impetus in the live music entertainment scene in the North End area of Halifax. With a capacity of 150 people, this venue is the place to visit if you want to check out performances by well-known bands, upcoming local musicians, or even top notch North American bands. Owned and managed by Mary-Ann Daye, this place is a haven for all music enthusiasts in the city. The Company House is open from Wednesdays to Saturday from 2p onwards. This place also serves herbal tea and fair trade coffee in the afternoons, and a variety of drinks in the evenings. There's also a small, but tastefully selected menu of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine to gorge on when you visit The Company House. Call for additional information.
Hopping anytime, Your Father's Moustache is most alive on Saturday afternoon. When Joe Murphy and his Water Street Blues Band take the stage, you will simply have to dance. Serving a vast array of foreign beers, good and filling food, (burgers, chicken wings, deep fried zucchini, nachos and the like) the bar also has a pool table, video trivia, and closed circuit TV. If you must catch the Italian soccer game ask your friendly waiter to set it up. There is a great patio upstairs as well. Kitchen closes at midnight.
Here is a great little place for a meal, from breakfast to dinner. The decor invites exploration and you'll be hopping up from the table now and then for a closer look at the drums, or perhaps or the beautiful suit for sale and hanging in the corner. The food is delicious African cuisine that will transport you straight to the deserts of the continent even while in the chilly weather of Canada. Try the curried chicken and beef stew or, for the vegetarians, plantain and rice. Portions are generous and the fire from the hot sauce can be quenched with a bit of mango juice if you go overboard.
Located in the middle of the busiest thoroughfare in Halifax, Gatsby's is perfect for people watching, especially on a sunny day when you can perch at one of the sidewalk tables. As music from the 1940s and 1950s plays on the sound system, patrons can hear the click of cue against ball from the pool tables in the back of the establishment. Main dishes are on the light side with lots of pasta dishes and stir-fry, and pizza lovers can become their own 'designers', choosing from a generous list of ingredients.
Like its namesake, mercato (marketplace), this trattoria is always abuzz with animated conversation and laughter. Even before you've gotten your glass of Merlot, the servers give you a plate of glistening olive oil and a basket of bread. Your wine glass is topped off before you know it is empty. A large, beautifully kept display at the front of the restaurant offers a selection of antipasti. Northern Italian fare includes grilled homemade sausage with roasted sweet peppers and polenta and everything is served hot and fresh.
Escargot is not really considered seafood in Halifax, and this restaurant in the Citadel Hotel, is one of a few that offers the delicious little mollusks. Those seeking lighter fare will be pleasantly surprised by the lobster salad which contains lobster meat and fresh sliced mango atop exotic greens. Heartier eaters will find lamb Evangeline a treat which is essentially a boneless rack of lamb on a bed of spinach. The room at botaniCa Restaurant and Lounge sports tablecloths with warm earth tones under subdued lighting. Comfort is the key here and the serving staff is alert and friendly.
The Daily Grind has just about every paper and magazine you could want and nobody seems to care how long you browse. The shop is well lit, roomy and easy to navigate, and when you need a break there are healthful meals to be had in the dining area at the back. This is the spot to go for a magazine and a tasty sandwich if you are heading to the Public Gardens to sit a spell, a one-minute walk away.