shopping in halifax // caught in canada

what surprised me about halifax this trip was actually the shopping. i’ve found myself drawn to local boutiques over larger chains and i didn’t think halifax had anything like we had in phoenix but i was very, very wrong. if you have been to Halifax chances are you have heard of jennifer’s which is the most touristy local shop in all of province. although nothing is wrong with this, here are a few more places to add to your shopping list when you visit.

1. The Black Market

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the ring i bought from this trip is the circle ring on my pointer finger!

the black market has been a must visit location for me since i can remember becoming aware that shopping was a thing (it’s funny because we could never remember where it was, but if you need a point, it’s basically on pizza corner and if you ask anyone in halifax they’ll probably know where that is). it is filled with all kinds imported goods that range from clothing to home decor but my favorite thing to buy from here is jewelry. they have an amazing selection of silver rings. i already wear two of their rings every single day and i bought a new daily wearer while i was there this trip!

2. Vintage Shops on Queens Street

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this pick is a little more broad but stay with me. at the intersection of spring garden and queens street is a beautiful street of colored buildings that are the home of some really cool vintage shops and have a lot to choose from! you could easily spend in afternoon looking through these shops.

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this is the place that i bought the most stuff this trip! I would say that made in the maritimes is a more “hip” version of jennifer’s and from what I’ve heard there is more than one location. the particular one we visited was at the hydrostone which turned out to be a cool location i didn’t know about! i bought a few candles and soap for my friends at work and they were a big hit! the fresh flowers candle is for sure on my birthday list.

4. Earth GoddessKAW_0464

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this is another shop we stumbled across while at the hydrostone. it is right next to a waffle shop (yup, a waffle shop!) and across the street from made in the maritimes. the women in the shop was super nice and conversational and everything in the shop was BEAUTIFUL! although not everything was made in halifax i am pretty sure everything is made in canada. i bought this adorable card wallet for another friend at work and it says “take more detours” which just fit her perfectly!

5. Lost and Found Vintage

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i didn’t take any pictures outside or inside this shop but i bought this print that i am OBSESSED with. i literally have shown this to everyone because i think it just explains me like too perfectly. good humor and start and finish with coffee. so i’m adding this super cute shop in there! go go go! lost and found

do you have any secret cool shops in your city??

 

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eating in halifax // caught in canada

halifax has many different amazing places to eat all across the province! today i wanted to talk about the places i went during my past trip because they were all places i’d never been to but absolutely adored.

1. Le Bistro By Liz

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first off is le bistro by liz. tucked at the bottom of an apartment building it may be easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for, le bistro is an adorable french cafe with amazing food. myself and my two grandma’s all went for different salads and a cup of their soup of the day which happened to be mushroom rosemary. the food was crazy good and the atmosphere of the restaurant mimicked a small french bistro perfectly.

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although i didn’t personally partake in this meal I HAD to include it in this post. these wonderful french fry creations are courtesy of tin pan alley, a food truck that has come inside at scotia square. my grandma had the butter chicken and my aunt had one of their steak offerings. growing up Scotia square would not have been my first choice for cool food but i would make a stop in next time you’re in town!

3. The Dairy Bar

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finally, the shop that inspired this whole post: the diary bar. when looking for cool places to check out in halifax this was the first place i found! the dairy bar is just off spring garden road and is a hip new take on classic ice cream treats. my grandma got the rhubarb and strawberry creampuff sandwich and I got the cheat day sundae ( vanilla soft serve topped with pretzels, potatoes chips, chocolate sauce and a malteser). this place is absolutely adorable and has the best ice cream i’ve had in halifax! this is my #1 must visit place on your next trip 🙂

 

where are your favorite places to eat??

 

coffee in halifax // caught in canada

hello my lovely blog readers! i’m so excited to be back in the blogging saddle! i took a super quick trip up to canada for a wedding and i didn’t post anything while i was gone because i was sick, helping the bride and honestly because i was trying to see as much of halifax as i could!

so today i bring you a post i have been planning since i booked this trip and it is about all the coffee places i visited. i made a choice not to visit tim hortons or starbucks because i was pretty sure everyone knew how their coffee tasted, but i gathered a short list of places i wanted to try and here is what i came up with!

1. Second Cup

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my first day in halifax i was pretty out of it and didn’t fancy driving too far so i ended up at second cup coffee company. if you live in canada this is a pretty common coffee chain and you can find it in almost any city. because it was a place i had never tried i still figured it was worth a few words in this post.

i would describe second cup as just… not great. my quad shot latte cost 7$ which is crazy and i honestly couldn’t even taste the coffee. the best part of this place was how close it was to my grandma’s apartment in bayer’s lake. if you’re in a rush to get a coffee i would recommend sticking with your normal starbucks than going to second cup.

2. Lucky Penny Co.

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lucky penny is probably the most esthetically pleasing coffee house we got to visit! from the moment you walk in the cozy feeling and beautiful decor invites you to stay a while. the coffee wasn’t anything special, but i think that if i lived in halifax, this coffee place would be my choice to sit in and study. something they did that was different was they steamed my soy milk before putting it over ice, but it tasted good so all was well! because it is on quinpool road parking is more difficult but so worth it!

3. Local Jo Café

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local jo is an adorable café tucked away in what seems to be a residential neighborhood. this place was PACKED when we went, with almost every table filled with people chatting away. the coffee wasn’t my favorite (mainly because i was dumb and didn’t ask how many shots were in a latte and only ended up with one in my drink) but i wish i hadn’t had breakfast because the food looked to be the main attraction of the place!

4. Jumping Bean

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jumping bean was a recommendation from my grandmother! (she somehow knew the owner and as i’ve come to realize it’s common in halifax for everyone to know everyone’s mother). this was my day two coffee and after suffering through second cup on my first day jumping bean was a god sent! the coffee was amazing and the bright orange decor on the walls was cheery. if you’re in bedford head over to jumping bean!

5. Java Blend

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java blend is another coffee shop that was very inviting! it was busy on the Sunday morning we popped over and for good reason. the coffee was absolutely perfect. it had a sweeter flavor to the espresso with almost subtle hints to caramel. another big plus to this place was it was easy to find and had great parking!

6. Cortado Tasting Room

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finally we have cortado. this place blew me out of the water and is my #1 must try coffee place. to start the decor was amazing and had a very modern yet home-y feel. the staff was AWESOME(!); i went with both of my grandmothers and the women at the cash was nice and helpful to answer questions they had. also the barista who made our coffees was joking with us about his coffee art (which ps was awesome, even if he said it’s ‘blob art’). but most importantly, the coffee. i got the same thing at each coffee shop (an iced soy latte) and this was leaps and bounds above the rest. that is because i have never tasted a coffee where the espresso itself had so many flavor layers. it is hard to describe, but if you have the opportunity, take a dip into cortado to discover the magic for yourself!

where is your favorite coffee place??

(ps. the header picture is of a print i got from lost and found in halifax!)