Best 6 Places to get a Coffee in Halifax!


Coffee. It perks us up, makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside and is often a necessity for most each morning… and afternoon. But just because it’s a necessity for many, doesn’t mean we have to settle for drinking something that tastes like burnt water.

Instead of making coffee a means to an end, it should be something that is savoured and enjoyed (and okay, something that gives you that little boost you’re seeking).

With that in mind, here are 6 of the best places in Halifax to get your coffee fix!

1. Pavia – Halifax Central Library + 995 Herring Cove Road
While not new to Halifax, Pavia is becoming more of a household name thanks to their location in the new Halifax Central Library.

With an emphasis on preserving Italian coffee culture in Nova Scotia, Pavia imports their espresso from a micro-roastery in Florence, Italy. Their drip blends are roasted locally and are only available at their two locations.

Don’t hesitate to try their baked goods and Paninis as well, I can’t recommend the Ricciarelli enough. Actually, you better get two.

2. The Old Apothecary – 1549 Barrington Street
A new face on Barrington Street, The Old Apothecary is a bakery and coffee shop that focuses on sourcing local goods whenever possible. Their bread, pastries, cakes, fillings and frostings feature seasonal ingredients and are baked on site – you can see them being made right inside the door!

If you’re looking for something different from your usual drip coffee, The Old Apothecary focuses on pour over coffee – enhancing your coffee experience.

3. Scanway Bakery + Cafe1567 Grafton Street
Scanway is known throughout Halifax for their successful (and delicious!) catering company of the same name. If you’re looking for something more coffee break-sized, be sure to visit their café location on Grafton Street. Perhaps best of all, they make their own donuts – the perfect companion to your cup of coffee.

4. Java Blend – 6026 North Street
A personal favourite, Java Blend is legendary on the Halifax coffee scene. Established in 1938 by Theodore Sideris, Java Blend focuses on the motto of “direct from our roaster to your cup,” ensuring the freshest, most flavourful cup of coffee, every time.

Another plus: since they’re brewing their own coffee – no middleman – the prices are extremely affordable. If you can’t make it in to the Java Blend shop, the good news is many cafes around the city brew Java Blend beans.

5. Two if by Sea – 66 Octerloney Street + 1869 Upper Water Street
TIBS, as the locals call it, grew its reputation with their insanely large and delicious croissants. Now, especially after the creation of their roasting company, Anchored Coffee, they’re celebrated for not only their buttery goodness, but also their coffee.

Anchored uses a direct trade model for green bean purchases and roasts their coffee weekly. They roast a single origin espresso roast and medium roast profiles. Expect a great cup of coffee, every time.

6. Smiling Goat –
1551 South Park Street + Bishops Landing
Smiling Goat has built its reputation as being one of the premier destinations for coffee and espresso in the city, if not the region as a whole.

What sets them apart?

Not only do they serve top quality espresso and drip coffee from both local and afar roasters, they also use top technology to make the best cup. At their South Park location, you can experience the Clover – a finely tuned machine that allows the baristas to make subtle changes to the dose, grind and brew time.  South Park also features the Hario v60 for pour-over coffee. Visitors to the Bishop’s Landing location can try coffee from the Trifecta – Total Immersion/Air Injection machine.

No matter which location you visit, expect some of the best coffee in Atlantic Canada.

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