5 Romantic HIDDEN GEMS in Halifax


Whether you’re on your first date, or celebrating your tenth anniversary, it’s always nice to do a little something out of the ordinary. Halifax has amazing date spots that we’re all familiar with – the Halifax Boardwalk, eating at the Bicycle Thief, the rooftop of the Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market – but sometimes it’s best to get outside the norm. Looking to try something new for a romantic outing in the Halifax Regional Municipality? Don’t worry; we’ve done all the legwork for you. Here are 5 Romantic Hidden Gems in the HRM:

The Patio at Stories Restaurant – Haliburton Hotel.
The Haliburton Hotel is routinely named one of the best romantic getaways in Halifax, but have you heard about their restaurant, Stories? While eating in their dining room is always a special experience, sitting outside on their hidden patio is the perfect combination of romantic and private, despite being in the heart of the city. Famous for showcasing local fare, including game and seafood, both the inside and outside eating areas of Stories are comfortable and private, allowing you to enjoy quite conversation and great food at the same time. If you’re looking for something a little louder, our next spot might be the one for you.

Halifax Vintage
Does your special someone appreciate the finer things in life – like vintage arcade games? The ultimate date night just might be Halifax Vintage Arcade, hidden away at 2860 Oxford Street. With a rotating set of arcade games, Halifax Vintage Arcade will appeal to hardcore gamers, as well as those who are just looking to play pinball for the first time in 10 years. Get serious and make some bets – perhaps the loser buys drinks at our next date suggestion?

Looking to get outside of the city? Hidden in the village of Herring Cove, Pavia Gallery and Espresso bar is worth the 20-minute drive from downtown. Take time to explore the intimate contemporary fine art gallery, which features work from both local and international artists alike. After you’re done discussing your favourites, enjoy some of the best coffee in the city – and don’t pass up on the made in-house sweets. While the venue is licensed and features both wine and beer, we suggest getting your coffee (and treats, of course) to go, for a little sunset picnic at our next location.

Purcell’s Cove Road Lookout
Whether you live in the Halifax Regional Municipality, or you’re just visiting, the one thing that’s not a secret is we’re lucky to have so much great outdoor space. Another great thing about the HRM is one moment you’re in the thick of downtown, and 20 minutes later you can find yourself a salty sea breeze and the crashing of waves at the ocean. When returning to the city from Pavia, take the scenic route on Purcell’s Cove road. You’ll find a small parking area, and from there you’re at the look out. While there are no benches or designated seating areas (this is a hidden gem, afterall!) there are plenty of rocks to sit on and watch the sunset and get some alone time with your sweetie. Looking for something to do after dark? We have the best idea.

Citadel Hill Ghost Tour
You might be thinking – what’s so romantic about a ghost tour? But think about it – nothing gives you a better reason to snuggle in real close than a scary story. A lot of people might be familiar with the ghost tours that take you around Halifax, but did you know that Citadel Hill has it’s own ghost walk dedicated to the historical site?
The tours run from July 11 to October 31 (we’ve taken the tour on Halloween before!) and get you into places that aren’t generally open to the public. There’s also a story of lost love, sure to tug at the heartstrings of all the lovebirds in the group. After you’re successfully spooked make sure to head out for a dessert at the Middle Spoon, or if you’re lucky you’ll come across the password to Noble, their secret speakeasy…

Hopefully some of these ideas will help make the perfect getaway weekend complete, or help you freshen up your dating game in the Halifax Region. What hidden gems did we miss? Let us know!