Minutes from downtown Halifax and easily accessible by bus, Halifax Shopping Centre has all the departmental stores, clothing shops (including the largest Gap in the Maritimes), electronics, games and hobbies, books, and food services you want. Having opened in 1962, this shopping center has become a favorite among the locals. There is plenty of parking, some just for expectant moms and those with young children.
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.
The Hydrostone District is the name of a neighborhood towards the northern limit of the city. Designed by architect Thomas Adams, it began as a community to accommodate the survivors of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Constituting mainly of middle-class families, the residential neighborhood featured many row-houses and duplex homes. Today, Hydrostone forms a vibrant community of creative professionals with smaller families and also major businesses like restaurants, retail shops and much more. The area is also highly popular among shoppers as it has several boutiques, specialty shops and is home to the historic Hydrostone Market.
Spring Garden Road, along with a few nearby roads, comprise one of the major commercial districts in Halifax. The beginning of the road is marked by an arch with the words "Welcome to the Land of the Mayflower" etched on it. Along with several major fashion boutiques where you can probably spend hours shopping and a number of, bars, cafes and restaurants, the street also has several important tourist attractions including the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library and Victoria Park.
Dartmouth Crossing is a massive hub for shopping in Dartmouth. The complex is a fantastic mix of shopping destination, entertainment space and business hub. Home to several shops, department stores, boutiques and lots more. It has cost-effective departmental stores such as Costco, Marshall's and Walmart, to name a few, but also houses fashion brands and labels such as Melanie Lyne, La Vie En Rose, Tommy Hilfiger, Laura and lots more. You will also find popular restaurant chains as well as independent eateries in its vicinity.
Known as "The Most Mall," Mic Mac Mall houses over 160 outlets for food, clothing, music, electronics, books, toys, sports equipment, banking, dry cleaning and anything else your heart may desire. One of the largest malls in the city, this place is a shopper's paradise. Popular brands like H&M, Forever 21 and Old Navy have outlets here. If you work up an appetite after a day of shopping, you can dine at restaurants like KFC, Villa Madina and Sukiyaki. A number of sales, great offers and deals as well as fun events are organized here from time to time to keep people coming back for more.
Fireworks Gallery, a Victorian era shop, is the ultimate destination to shop for some excellent jewelry. The range offered and the designs available are simply amazing. Whether you like diamonds, sapphires, emerald or ruby, this store sure has something for every taste. The Aquamarine Diamond Ring is one of the best, and is sure to make a few heads turn, wherever you go. The highly skilled resident goldsmiths come up with unique designs, have blended old world techniques, like hand engraving and filigree, with today's state of the art technology. So, flaunt your style statement by visiting this jewelry store in the city's downtown historic district.
Artistic types could be happily lost in this grand store for hours, surrounded by paints and canvas, brushes, framing materials and books to tell you how to do paint if you don't already know. Tons of supplies for arts and crafts at DeSerres will please the professional and hobbyist alike. It is difficult to imagine a better selection anywhere else. Staff is knowledgeable and eager to help. A great place for gifts and something to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.
Drala Books & Gifts is the place to find items created especially for the spiritual side of your life. It is an interesting little shop if you want books on Buddhism for the novice or the long-time practitioner. There is also a fine selection of ornaments and home decor items like lamps, candles and wind chimes for decorating your home. So come by to buy things here that are not easy to come by elsewhere.
The only producer of crystal in Canada, Nova Scotian Crystal takes pride in helping to preserve the Irish tradition of creating beauty from sand and heat. The exquisite goblets, bowls, vases and more are made the way they have always been, with care and an almost intuitive feel for the materials. As corporate gifts or additions to your own collection, these pieces may be just what you're looking for. During the summer months, take time out of your walk along the harbor front to watch the glassblowers work their amazing craft.
Scotia Square Mall is located on the Scotia Square which is a commercial hub in downtown Halifax consisting of a hotel, shops, tall buildings and this mall. Many tourists visiting the area come in here for a quick and inexpensive bite to eat at the mall's food court which has several cuisines as well as a number of fast food joints. The mall also has quite a number of shops including fashion stores, health and beauty shops as well as various kinds of services and specialty shops. Price ranges vary as there is everything from designer products to dollar store items.
Located in downtown Halifax, Granville Mall is a pedestrian area which is home to number of shops, boutiques and pubs. The area was earlier a part of the Granville Street, but due to nearby infrastructural development this area became unfit for traffic. Due to this very reason a pedestrian mall was started where people could stroll, shop or eat.