Discover the best spots to sip on Nova Scotia's Capital City, Halifax

4 Must-Try Halifax Coffee Shops
4 Must-Try Halifax Coffee Shops

While in Halifax, you may find yourself craving a quick bite or a caffeinated beverage. Nova Scotia’s capital is no stranger to great coffee shops, here are a four to stop in at.

Two If By Sea Café
The original location may be in Dartmouth, but the Halifax location has become quite popular too. Located in the Historic Properties, the café takes coffee very seriously. Beans served here are roasted next door at Anchored Coffee, and Two If By Sea offers a variety of options for coffee preparation—brewed coffee is available in either the pour-over method or in an individual French press if you’re feeling really fancy. If you are looking for a bit to pair with your beverage try the crispy and buttery pain au chocolat with the perfect amount of chocolate.

Steve-O-Reno’s Cappuccino
Looking for more than coffee? Like a delicious breakfast! Steve-O-Reno's serves up tasty breakfast items (the huevos rancheros on weekends can’t be missed), pastries and smoothies from its shop on Brunswick Street downtown. This petite café has been a Halifax institution for more than 20 years. Should you find yourself there later in the day try some of their baked goods such as the new tiramisu squares which have a chocolate crumb base, espresso almond filling and a cream cheese icing.

Uncommon Grounds
Over in the city’s south end you will find this coffee stop. Other locations are on Barrington Street and in the Public Gardens. The café’s cozy vibe will make you want to settle in and stay a while. Serving up a variety of beans sourced from all over the world, the shop roasts locally in Nova Scotia. Try something unique and order Fog Burner Blend, which is their signature blend. Warning though, this may turn into an addiction but the good news is your can order their beans online and have them shipped to your doorstep. Want to pair it with a yummy treat? Try the scones. They are baked fresh daily with savoury and sweet options—go for the cheddar and herb if it’s available.

Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar
Need we say more? Coffee and Wine the same place! This establishment is newer to the Halifax coffee scene (opened in Jan 2014) and is thriving. The large space, complete with WiFi and power plug-ins, serves as a coffee shop and work space by day and moonlights as a restaurant and wine bar by night, with a large selection of beer, wine and dishes made with local ingredients. Try their unusual, yet tasty twist on a classic: French toast made with dark chocolate and parsnip bread and topped with whipped cream and a strawberry rhubarb compote. 

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