Culture of Study Abroad

Local Amenities



Coffee Shops

Frozen (and sweet) treats

Other places of interest (grocery stores/markets & breweries)

Local Attractions




The Great Outdoors

Aerial photo of the Saint Mary's campus and downtown Halifax.




Within 10 minute walk from the Westin hotel:


The Henry House (1222 Barrington Street): Open daily 11:30am-12:45am

  • Traditional English-style pub food.


Boneheads (1014 Barrington Street): Open: Sun-Th 11am-9pm/F-Sat 11am-10pm

  • BBQ sandwiches, plates (chicken, pork, sausage, ribs), and wings!
  • Sides, desserts, and alcoholic beverages also available.


Café Chianti (1241 Barrington Street): Open for lunch M-F 11:30am-2:30pm and for dinner        M-Sat from 4:30pm onwards.

  • Italian.


Piatto Pizzeria & Enoteca (5144 Morris Street): Open: M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-Sat 11:30am-       11pm/Sun 5-9pm


Ristorante aMano (1447 Lower Water Street): Open: M-Sat 11:30am-10pm/Sun closed

  • Voted Best Pasta and Best Italian by The Coast.


Bicycle Thief (1475 Lower Water Street): Opens at 11:30am M-F/ 5pm Sat/ closed Sun

  • Italian.
  • One of the most popular restaurants in Halifax and it’s right on the harbour!


Vinnie’s Pasta Bar (5361 Inglis Street): Open daily 5-10pm

  • Appetizers, entries, and pastas including seafood and vegetarian options.
  • Consistently voted one of the Best Pastas in Halifax according The Coast.
  • Big winner of The Coast’s Best of… including Best Restaurant, Best Italian, Best Fine Dining, Best Wine List, Best Martini, and Best Patio.


Grand Taj Restaurant (5175 South Street): Open M-Th 12-11pm/F 11:30am-11pm/Sat-Sun       12:30-11pm

  • Lunch specials starting at $8.95 (Monday-Thursday)
  • All you can eat lunch buffet from 11:30am-2:30pm on Fridays ($14.95)


Talay Thai (1300 Hollis Street): Open daily 11:30am-10pm

  • Gluten-free options and lunch specials.


Gingergrass Thai and Vietnamese Restaurant (1284 Barrington Street): Open M-Sat    11:30am-2:30pm and 4:30-9pm

  • Gluten-free options.


Hamachi Steakhouse (5190 Morris Street): Open daily 11am-12am / (1477 Lower Water                         Street): Open: M-Th 11:30am-10pm/F-Sat 11:30am-11pm/Sun 4 -10pm

  • Voted Best Sushi 2004-2012 in The Coast.

A little further a field:

Spring Garden Road area (15-20 minute walk from the Westin hotel):


Darrell’s Restaurant (5576 Fenwick Street): Open daily 11am-10pm

  • Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and salads.
  • Vegetarian options.
  • Lunch menu.
  • Home of the Peanut Butter Burger: Winner of The Coast’s Best Burger 10 years in a row!
    • Voted one of the eight Best Burgers in Canada according to Reader’s Digest!
    • Also home of award winning (absolutely delicious) milkshakes!


Habaneros (1551 South Park Street): Open: Sun-W 11am-8pm/Th 11am-9pm/F-Sat 11am-10pm

  • Mexican with a twist!


Indochine Bahn Mi (1555 South Park Street): Open daily 11am-8pm

  • Vietnamese.
  • Vegetarian options.


Cha Baa Thai (1546 Queen Street): Open: M-F 11:30am-10pm/Sat-Sun 12-10pm

  • Lunch specials.


The Great Wall (1649 Bedford Row): Open daily 11:30am-10pm

  • Chinese.


Sushi Nami Royale (1535 Dresden Row): Open: M-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm/Sun 12:30-      10:30pm


Turkish Delight (5680 Spring Garden Road): Open: M-Sat 11:30am-11pm/Sun 12-10pm


Obladee: A Wine Bar (1600 Barrington Street): Open: M 4pm-12am/Tu-W 11:30am-12am/Th-   F 11:30-1am/Sat 4pm-12pm


The Wooden Monkey (1707 Grafton Street): Open: M-Th 11:30am-9pm/F-Sat 11:30am-             10pm/Sun 11:30am-9pm

  • Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free galore!
  • Pizza, salads, burgers, meat, seafood, and, of course, desserts.


The Argyle Bar and Grill (1575 Argyle Street): Open: M-W 11am-10pm/Th-F 11am-11pm/Sat   10:30am-11pm


The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar (5218 Prince Street): Open: Sun-W 5-10pm/Th-     Sat 5pm-12am


Pub-style food:


The Economy Shoe Shop (1663 Argyle Street): Open daily 11:30am-2am


Foggy Goggle (1667 Argyle Street): Open: M-Th 11:30am-12am/F 11:30am-2am/Sat 12pm-         2am/Sun 12pm-12am


Tom’s Little Havana (5428 Doyle Street): Open daily 11:30am-2am


Your Father’s Moustache (5686 Spring Garden Road (upstairs)): Open Sun-W 10am-12am/Th-  Sat 10am-1am


Rockbottom Brewery (5686 Spring Garden Road (downstairs)): Open: M-W 12pm-12am/Th-F   12pm-2am/Sat 4pm-2am/Sun 4pm-12am


Fickle Frog (5675 Spring Garden Road): Open daily 10am-2am


Pizza Delight (5680 Spring Garden Road): Open: Sun-W 11am-2am/Th 11am-3am/F-Sat 11am-5am


Feel like staying in? Order for Delivery.


Manhattan Pizza (1030 South Park Street) – (902) 310-3101


Alexandra’s Pizza (1263 Queen Street) – (902) 425-1900


Mezza Restaurant (1558 Barrington Street) – (902) 425-8882

  • Lebanese food, pizza, donairs, and perhaps the best Chicken Shawarma in the city!


Sicilian (5245 Blowers Street) – (902) 455-5555



Coffee Shops:


Uncommon Grounds (1235 Barrington Street)

  • Serving teas, coffees, and a variety of cold drinks.
  • Breakfast and lunch options.
  • Delicious baked goods.


The Wired Monk Coffee Bistro (5147 Morris Street): Open: M-F 7am-7pm/Sat-Sun 8am-8pm

  • Breakfast and lunch options.
  • Coffees, teas, and even select alcoholic beverages.
  • Baked goods.


Choco Café & Chocolates by Design Espresso Bar and Chocolate Boutique (1360 Lower       Water Street): Open: M-Th 7am-10pm/F 7am-12am/Sat 8:30am-12am/Sun 8:30am-10pm

  • Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate (including bouquets of chocolate!)
  • Cakes, pastries, and other treats.
  • Cold and hot drinks.


Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar (1475 Lower Water Street): Open: M-Sat 7am-7pm/Sun     8am-6pm / (1551 South Park Street): Open: M-F 8am-7pm/Sat 8am-6pm/Sun 9am-5pm

  • Lots and lots of coffees!
  • Locally baked goods, bagels, and other treats.


Narrow Espresso (5570 Fenwick Street): Open: M-F 6:30am-6pm/Sat-Sun 8am-6pm

  • A variety of coffees, teas, and smoothies.
  • A selection of baked goods and breakfast options.


Gingerbread Haus Bakery (1138 Queen Street): Open: M-F 9am-7pm/Sat 8am-6pm

  • A delicious selection of European pastries and cakes, as well as artisan breads.
  • Also serving coffees, teas, and cold drinks.
  • Small breakfast offering and lunch menu (soups, sandwiches, salads).


Humani-T Café (1451 South Park Street): Open: M-F 7am-11pm/Sat-Sun 8am-11pm

  • A wide selection of teas, coffees, and cold drinks.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and even dinner options.
  • Cakes, pastries, and gelato!


David’s Tea (5486 Spring Garden Road): Open: M-F 9:30am-8pm/Sat 10am-8pm/Sun 11am- 7pm


Starbucks (5466 Queen Street): Open daily 6:30am-11:30pm


World Tea House (1592 Argyle Street): Open: M-F 9am-8pm/Sat 11am-8pm/Sun 12pm-5pm



Ice Cream Shops:


Gojis Frozen Yogurt (5486 Spring Garden Road): Open: Sunday -Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm, Friday -Saturday 11:00am-12:00am

  • Selection of frozen yogurts, fruit toppings, sweet and sugary toppings, and syrups.


Yeh! Frozen Yogurt (1560 Grafton Street): Open: Sunday-Wednesday 11:00am-10:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 11:00am-2:00am

  • Selection of frozen yogurts, fruit toppings, sweet and sugary toppings, syrups, and crepes!


Cows (1869 Lower Water Street): Open daily 10:00am-6:00pm

The Middle Spoon Desserterie and Bar (1559 Barrington Street): Open M-Th 4-11pm/F-Sat      4pm-1am



Other places of interest:

Grocery Stores/Markets (all include eat-in options)


Halifax Seaport Farmers Market (located behind the Westin hotel!): Open: M-F 10am-  3pm/Sat 7am-3pm/Sun 9am-3pm


Sobeys (1120 Queen Street): Open: M-Sat 6am-12am/Sun 7am-11pm


Atlantic Superstore (1075 Barrington Street): Open 24/7


Pete’s (1575 Dresden Row): Open: M-Sat 8am-8pm/Sun 8am-6pm

  • An excellent selection of local produce and imported foods from Britain and Europe.
  • Winner of The Coast’s Best Salad, Sandwich, and Smoothie.



Local Breweries & Speciality Liquor Stores


Garrison Brewery (located behind the Westin hotel and in front of the Halifax Seaport Farmers             Market): Open: M-Th 10am-8pm/F 10am-9pm/Sat 8am-9pm/Sun 10am-8pm


Bishop’s Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street): Open: M-Th 10am-10pm/F 10am-12am/Sat 8am-      12am/Sun 12-8pm





Citadel Hill (5425 Sackville Street): Open daily 9:00am-6:00pm

  • A National Historic Site of Canada

For more information visit their website here


Museum of the Atlantic (1675 Lower Water Street): Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm

  • A museum focusing on Atlantic Canada’s marine history

For more information visit their website here


Pier 21 (1055 Marginal Road): Hours coming soon

  • Once an immigration center, the museum now focuses on immigration history in Nova Scotia.

For more information visit their website here


Museum of Natural History (1747 Summer Street): Open daily 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Home of Halifax’s beloved Gus (a 90-year-old tortoise)!

For more information visit their website here


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street): Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

  • Various exhibits from Nova Scotia and around the world

For more information visit their website here





Alexander Keith’s Brewery (1496 Lower Water Street): Call for tour information (902-455-1474)

  • The home of Nova Scotia’s most famous brew!

For more information visit their website here


Garrison Brewing Co. (1149 Marginal Road): Monday to Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm, Friday 10:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm

  • A microbrewery originating here in Halifax

For more information visit their website here


Propeller Brewery (2015 Gottingen Street): Open Monday to Tuesday 10:00am-8:00pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm

  • A microbrewery originating here in Halifax

For more information visit their website here



The Great Outdoors:



Point Pleasant Park (5718 Point Pleasant Drive): Always Open!

  • A great place to take a stroll and enjoy the scenery!
  • The location of “Shakespeare by the Sea”. Check their website for show times!

For more information visit their website here


Public Gardens (Spring Garden Road): TBA

  • Check out the beautiful scenery here, or even a free concert at the gazebo!

For more information visit their website here