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You'll want to get up bright and early on a Saturday, since the Historic Farmers' Market opens up at 7a. Among the many food stalls are craftsmen with their gorgeous wares of jewelry, tiny paintings of local scenes, hand-made shoes, carvings, baskets, sweaters and socks. Pick up freshly baked bread and a pie, a wild boar steak for supper, delicious herbs, and, depending on the season, willows or gladiola to grace the table. There is so much you can find here, and the local vibe is sure to fill you up with warmth.
Harbourside Market is situated within the famous Historic Properties on Halifax Waterfront, which makes it one of the most popular attractions for locals and sightseers alike. Aisles of fresh fruits, spices, seafood and local food specialties beckon you. The stalls also sell a range of ornaments, home decor items, accessories and souvenirs. There is an extensive patio by Halifax Harbour, where you can enjoy ready-to-eat Canadian, Middle Eastern and Caribbean dishes. The wonderful background music, waterside panorama and the splendid architecture of the historic building add much flavor to the shopping experience.
Halifax Farmers' Market was established in 1750. This market is one of the oldest of its kind in the continent that is still in operation. It is home to over 250 vendors and features local and organic products. Peruse the market for fresh produce, cheese, meats, seafood, baked items, coffee, spirits, and crafts. Their maple products make for trademark Canadian souvenirs.
After the Halifax Explosion in 1917, the Hydrostone District was created and, within that area, The Hydrostone Market stands. A Federal Heritage Site, it has won the Nova Scotia Heritage Award and is well worth a stroll. Nine shops of pastries, woven treasures, household accessories, gourmet tasties and more, nestle side by side. Shop for a while and have a lunch outside on a sunny day. Wander about the neighborhood, it is truly one of a kind. Business hours vary but most shops are open seven days a week.