Halifax, Nova Scotia is an ideal harbour city with an ever increasing population and has lots of great places to eat, drink and explore. No matter your interests or tastes Halifax is full of many charming places to enjoy on the perfect date. Grab your partner, swipe right, or invite your friends and enjoy our list of the best unique Halifax date ideas.
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1. Enjoy a boozy brunch at Lot Six Bar & Restaurant
Halifax has some of the best brunch spots and Lot Six Bar & Restaurant is one of our favourites for a date! For only $20, you can enjoy bottomless mimosas during their weekend brunch service alongside incredible dishes such as Eggs Benedict, Lobster Croquettes, and a Steak & Egg Burrito. Who says a date needs to happen at night? Start with brunch and see where the day takes you!
Grab a seat on their patio when the sun is shining or sit indoors in their verdant atrium.
When: Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 1685 Argyle St, Halifax.
2. Explore Halifax Harbour on the Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise
Climb aboard the Tall Ship Silva and enjoy a cruise around the scenic Halifax Harbour. The 130 footlong ship sails past major landmarks like George’s Island, Historic Properties, all along the Halifax waterfront and more. Enjoy the sights from the deck or the onboard Murphy’s Pub, with staff telling you all about the local history and their contrasting modern-day stories of life at sea.
For other great Halifax date ideas be sure to also check out the Ambassatours Wines on the Water tour, a cocktail cruise, Ciders on the Sea or beer garden sails and tours.
When: Saturdays & Sundays, June 5 – June 26, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Daily, June 27 to October 2, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: 1751 Lower Water St., Halifax.
3. Take in the city sights by bike with I Heart Bikes Hfx
I Heart Bikes is an innovative company offering a variety of bike rentals including e-bikes. Book your bike & gear and map out a pretty route that suits your fitness level. It’s a great way to see the city and get some exercise at the same time. Their website even has suggested journeys from an easy 1-hour cycle around Point Pleasant Park to a more intense ride around downtown Halifax and even a full-on 100 km adventure to Peggy’s Cove. They also offer guided tours if you are unfamiliar with the city or are new to the joys of biking.
Tip: Pack a picnic for a cute Halifax summer date idea!
When: Seasonal (Spring/Summer)
Where: Halifax Waterfront 1549 Lower Water St.
4. Sip on inventive craft cocktails at Bar Kismet
Looking to impress your date with a few fancy cocktails? Bar Kismet is a small, family-owned and operated restaurant and bar serving inventive cocktails, thoughtfully curated wine, fresh seafood, and homemade pasta. They were recently announced as one of North America’s 50 Best Bars so you know it’s the number one contender in the city for a cocktail date. Enjoy drinks with names like: King of Impracticality, Badge of Honour and Some Kind of Shadow. Or go out on a limb and ask the bartender to surprise you with something unique!
When: Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM by reservation only
Where: 2733 Agricola St. Halifax.
5. Plan a coffee date at BLISS Caffeine Bar
BLISS Caffeine Bar opened their doors last spring and has quickly become one of our personal favourite coffee shops for a sweet afternoon date. With their Parisian feel, tasteful aesthetic, and cozy interior, it’s definitely going to be your go-to for a caffeine fix. They’re also so much more than your classic café, offering brunch and signature cocktails as well as pastries, sandwiches and a variety of espresso drinks.
When: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: 1451 South Park St, Halifax.
6. Explore Nova Scotia Wine Country with Grape Escapes
Exploring Nova Scotia’s wine country is one of the most magical date ideas! Enjoy scenic views of the valley, sip on locally-made wine, and indulge in some of the best culinary creations in the province.
Grape Escapes offers a variety of public tours from Halifax so that you can sit back and enjoy a romantic escape from the city. This is also the perfect getaway for a girl’s weekend, bachelorette party, or anniversary.
When: May to December 4-6 days a week.
Where: Departing from the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott 1919 Upper Water St. taking you to Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.
For a 10% off discount when booking use code: NSExplorer
7. Beat the heat with a sweet treat from Taiyaki 52
Downtown cafe, Taiyaki 52, specializes in Taiyakis – traditional Japanese desserts that resemble a Western waffle or pancake. They come in a variety of different filling flavours including traditional red bean, vanilla custard, and hazelnut chocolate. The Taikakis are often fish shaped as well which makes them quite unique. We recommend trying the Jaw Dropper – soft-serve ice cream in a crunchy taiyaki waffle cone, decorated with fruity corn puffs, pocky sticks, and sprinkles!
When: Daily 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Where: 2009 Brunswick St. Halifax
8. Order a beaker beer flight at Jekyll & Hyde
Jekyll & Hyde is an intimate pub in the North End with a cool, gothic vibe. They offer fresh and delicious food options, great service, and a variety of local craft beer on tap served in fun laboratory beakers. Their outdoor patio is also a gorgeous spot for a romantic date night dinner or a brew stop on your patio crawl.
When: Monday – Wednesday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM & Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Where: 3061 Gottingen St. Halifax.
9. Go for a romantic stroll at Shubie Park
Shubie Park in Dartmouth is a 40-acre urban park that features significant historic canal features, a series of well-maintained multi-use trails, water sport rentals and beaches. Located just a 15minute drive from the Halifax waterfront it is a great piece of nature to explore so close to the city. Be sure to stop by the lockside canteen, Lemon Dogs, as well for some meatless smash burgers, handmade popsicles, and delicious veggie dogs.
When: Lemon Dogs is open May – Sept. Friday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM & Saturday – Sunday from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: 54 Locks Rd, Dartmouth.
10. Let out your inner rage with your date at Rage Room Halifax
Rage Room Halifax is not only one of the most unique date ideas in Halifax, it’s also a stress relief technique that’s perfect for a Friday night date after a long work week. You and your date can let out your inner rage in a room full of smashables including 2 electronics and 28 items. Smash away, impress your date, let out your inner rage monster and have fun!
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 2820 Isleville St. Halifax.
11. Bonus Halifax Date Idea!
Get a Halifax Foodie Card from FoodieCard.ca and grab some great discounts and support local at some great restaurants and shops! Grab a cafe mocha at Rousseau Chocolatier and get a tasting of 3 chocolates free! Head to Underground Snax and stock up on the candy and chocolate of your childhood along with an ice cream taco and get BOGO drinks and 15% off your purchase. Or head over to Julep Kitchen & Cocktails and enjoy a tasty app of tuna tatare cannoli and get an extra cannoli free!
There are so many great deals offered with the Halifax Foodie Card that make for a perfect date night, or two, or three! They are only $19.99 for $150.00+ in deals. Grab yours now before they sell out!
When: July – December 2022
Whether you decide grab a bite to eat, sip on some coffee, try some delicious new cocktails, or explore the great outdoors you are sure to have a great date in Halifax.
What are you favourite date ideas and locations in Halifax? Share them in the comments below!
Creator of Date Night Halifax
After moving to Halifax in 2018, I felt a bit lost trying to find fun things to do especially when it came to date ideas. After meeting a wonderful group of friends and my partner, I decided to create an IG blog called Halifax Date Ideas in 2019 to document and share all the fun experiences I had been on in the city and surrounding areas.
This fun creative outlet turned itself into a part-time job for me when I was asked to join datenight as an Editor in Halifax. This has been an amazing opportunity that has introduced me to so many amazing creators in Nova Scotia along with some of the best local brands and businesses. I currently work full-time with Health Canada as a Regulatory Affairs Officer conducting post-market surveillance activities for medical device products in Canada, but I continue to enjoy tapping into my creative side and sharing some fun Halifax date ideas through datenight!”
For more great Halifax date ideas follow Dale on Instagram @DateNightHalifax
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