If you are visiting Halifax for the first time, there are plenty of local gems you need to explore. Instead of relying on travel books and websites that will take you to tourist traps, you can opt for a more authentic look at life in Halifax instead. The problem is, if you don't know anyone who lives in the city, it can be challenging to get honest feedback on what you should experience. So to help you out, we've gathered up a list of places to go in Halifax where locals love to hang out with their friends.

While Halifax might not be as big as cities like Toronto and Vancouver, there is still plenty to explore. Halifax residents will confirm that there are plenty of extraordinary spots to enjoy, like a board game cafe and glow-in-the-dark bowling to keep you entertained. You can also relax at one of Halifax's new bars, or eat well at the many popular cheap restaurants and cute cafes in the city.

Even if you are looking for a low-key afternoon chatting with a friend or a lively night out on the town, we have something that will be perfect for you for any occasion. Here are nine places in Halifax where locals love to go:

The Dairy Bar

Address: 5688 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: This ice cream bar is open seasonally and is a local gem. They offer plenty of unique ice cream flavours.

Garrison Brewing Co.

Address: 1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: At this brewery, they have tons of delicious beer on tap.

The Board Room Game Cafe

Address: 256 Barrington St, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: They have hundreds of different board games you can play.

The Mercantile Social

Address: 1579 Hollis St, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: The Mercantile Social offers plenty of delicious cocktails, and during Happy Hour you can enjoy $1 oysters.

Modo Yoga

Address: 1512 Dresden Row, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: They offer lots of different types of yoga classes, and you can purchase a drop-in pass for one class from $16.

Cafe Lara

Address: 2347 Agricola St, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: This is a charming spot to catch up with your friends over a latte and baked goods.

Yeah Yeahs Pizza

Address: 1663 Barrington Street, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: You can split one of their cheesy pizzas with your friends.


Address: 3459 Desmond Ave, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the night playing glow-in-the-dark bowling with your friends.

Seven Bays Bouldering

Address: 2019 Gottingen St, Halifax

Why You Need To Go: Day passes to go rock climbing start as low as $13 a person.

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