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Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your IKEA Halifax Shopping Trip

The largest IKEA store in North America is now open in Dartmouth Crossing, and at 330,000 square feet, there is a lot to take in!

Fortunately, making a visit doesn’t have to be akin to mounting a Swedish invasion; it can be a positive and PRODUCTIVE experience if you plan it right.

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The Halifax Area Farmers’ Market Bucket List: 7 can’t-miss markets

Haligonians love a good Farmers’ Market and a well-known Saturday tradition in Halifax is rolling out of be to hit the markets for fresh produce, breakfast, people-watching, or a classic combo of all three!

To help you to organize your market visits, we’ve put together this list of 7 can’t-miss markets in the area. Happy browsing!


1 – Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market
About a 30 minute drive from downtown Halifax, the community of Musquodoboit Harbour hosts a small but mighty market in their community center every Sunday.

Offering everything from handmade woodwork, to fresh local vegetables and baked goods, the market in Musquodoboit Harbour has a Nova Scotian downhome feel.

I grabbed a couple of Bakehouse Cheese rolls from Dobbit Bakehouse and took the drive to Martinique Beach and had a snack on the white sands.

Location: 67 Park Road, Eastern Shore Community Centre
Hours:
June to December – Sunday 9am – 1pm. January – May – Every second Sunday


2 – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market 
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the most popular of all the Halifax markets, drawing the biggest crowds and offering the largest selection of vendors.

Located right on the waterfront with a beautiful rooftop patio, it’s no wonder people make a Saturday morning tradition out of heading to the market for breakfast and enjoying the view.

Location: Pier 20, 1209 Marginal Road on the Halifax Waterfront
Hours:
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 7am-3pm; Sunday 9am-3pm

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3 – Historic Farmers’ Market 
The Historic Farmers’ Market – also known as the Brewery Market – is the original Halifax market.

Housed in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street, this market stretches through hallways and down to the lobby area of the Keith’s Brewery, ensuring there’s always something lovely to see (and taste, and smell).

Location: 1496 Lower Water Street
Hours: Saturday 7am – 1pm

The Farmers' Market at Keith's Brewery in downtown Halifax
The Farmers’ Market at Keith’s Brewery in downtown Halifax

4 – Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market
The Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market has become a bustling market with PLENTY of Saturday regulars, right on the Dartmouth waterfront.

Full of ready to eat foods, as well as freshly baked bread, herbs and homemade preserves, we’re just saying, you’re going to want to make sure to bring a big basket or bag to haul it all home!

Location:
Alderney Landing – 2 Octerloney Street
Hours:
Saturday 8am – 1pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

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Local tip: If the weather is nice, park your car by the Halifax Seaport Market, take a walk down the waterfront and hop on the ferry over to Dartmouth. The ferry drops passengers off right at the entrance to the market! Talk about convenient.


5 – The Vegetorium – Fall River
The Vegetorium is a one-stop-shop for free range eggs, vegetables, locally-roasted coffee and more. Make the drive out to the beautiful area and you won’t be disappointed – by the views or the food!

Location: 2900 Highway 2
Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm

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6 – Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market
This market was designed as an easy stop for community members to pick up fresh, local produce, meats and baked goods on the way home from work, as well as a means to support the community itself.

While it features the usual farmers’ market food items, you can also expect to find local woodworking, including screen doors fabricated from recycled lumber. Local and environmentally sustainable – we like it.

Location: 787 Kearney Lake Road
Hours:  
Thursday 2:30pm-6:30pm


7 – Tantallon Village Farmers Market
The Tantallon Village Farmers Market is a real community affair, giving those that live in the area not only a place to support their local farmers and craftspeople, but also to connect with their neighbours.

Want the full scoop on who you can expect at the Tantallon Market? Learn more here.

Location: 5209 St. Margaret’s Bay Road – Redmond’s Shopping Plaza
Hours:
May-October – Tuesday 2pm – 6pm


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a farmers’ market is a great place to discover the Halifax region and its residents. If you’re looking for more information on markets around the area, visit farmersmarketsofnovascotia.com.

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Halifax’s BEST Second-Hand Clothing Shops

Second hand shopping doesn’t just save you money, it’s a fun and eco-friendly way to find unique pieces for your wardrobe! Fortunately for Haligonians and visitors, we’ve got tons of great second hand clothing shops right here in Halifax. Let the shopping – and the saving! – begin.


Downtown

Elsie’s Used Clothing
1530 Queen St.
A treasure trove of beautiful vintage finds, Elsie’s is arguably the most well known thrift store in the city.

Brilliant Clothing Boutique
1539 Birmingham St.
If you’re a label lover, this is the place for you.  You’ll find stylish, high-end items at a fraction of their original price.

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Put Me On! Consignment
1526 Queen St.
Come here for an eclectic mix of used clothing, vintage pieces, local jewelry, and the store’s own label CRANKY.

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East of Montreal
5486 Spring Garden Rd.
Got a special occasion?  Stop by East of Montreal to browse their selection of gently worn formalwear.  You’ll find cocktail dresses, gowns, prom dresses, and a range of accessories.


North End

MakeNew Curated Thrift Shop
2698 Agricola St.
This stylish, airy spot looks more like a fresh boutique than a second hand clothing store.  Come here for beautiful minimalist clothing and accessories.

Lost & Found Art Vintage Kitch
2383 Agricola St.
Offering hip vintage options and an impressive record selection, Lost & Found fits right into to the cool hipster neighbourhood in which it resides.

Penelope’s Boutique
5685 Cunard St.
A high-end collection of vintage and modern consignment pieces, this shop is aimed at a slightly older crowd that some of the other North End spots.


Dartmouth

Room 152 Clothing Boutique
152 Portland St.
From the same owners as Brilliant, Room 152 in downtown Dartmouth offers a great mix of second hand designer clothes as well as brand new sample size items.

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Bay B Boutique
145 Portland St. & 3548 Novalea Dr. (Halifax)
Why should adults have all the fun?  With two locations, Bay B Boutique offers great deals on second hand baby and kids clothing.


Bayer’s Lake

Value Village
165 Chain Lake Dr.
Roll up your sleves and clear your schedule- a trip through the massive Value Village in Bayers Lake isn’t for the faint of heart, but it can earn you some great deals and awesome finds.


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