What do you get when you cross a pizza place, a pizza place, a pizza place, and a church?
Halifax young’ns love this intersection where three pizza places sit adjacent to a church, which provides the ultimate seating arena after you buy your slice. It’s the perfect place to stumble to after the pub, most of which line the downtown area in a few square blocks. The few I saw were impressively stocked (Maxwell’s Plum offers 60 different types of beer on tap. Sixty! That’s just insanity!) and the food was pretty good, not to mention cheap. Happy hour is big in Halifax, and for $5, you can get a decent amount of booze for your travelers tummy.
The rest of downtown is filled with cool shops and touristy findings. Because the waterfront is right nearby, there are a lot of tours and things to partake in if you’re interested. I didn’t do any of them, I prefer the old fashioned way of learning a town’s layout – walking around until you get lost and then finding your way out again.
One of the cool things I stumbled across in my wanderings is a very cool candy store called Freak Lunchbox. It’s packed to the brim with candy from all over the world, and it’s a little expensive, but it’ll satisfy anyone. I also found some awesome jewelry at The Black Market, and walked around Pete’s Fruitique, which has great fruits and veggies.
The best part of the day, though, was the nachos at the Shoe Shop. It’s a weird name for a pub, I know, but it fits the place to a tee. The bar is actually an amalgam of four buildings, and it’s all fitted with mis-matched chairs and trees inside the bar. It was quite the atmosphere, and the nachos were the best. Seriously. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say they are the best nachos in Canada. Now, I know I just started this trip, but I’ll go ahead and say that I don’t think I’ll find better nachos. These were perfect.
I spent some time at Reflections at night. It’s a LGBT bar, and I had perfect timing, because I arrived in the middle of Pride week! They had a tribute night to Madonna and Michael Jackson complete with video screens playing the music videos. There were quite a few people dancing and getting their freak on, which was a lot of fun. The drinks were expensive, though, and there was a cover.
So, best memories of Halifax:
1. I already mentioned the nachos, right?
2. Walking along the waterfront and in Point Pleasant Park to touch the Atlantic Ocean.
3. The historical building district downtown. There are some amazing buildings, quite beautiful to see.
Catch you in Charlottetown…