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As far as food goes, Halifax is a city best known for its fresh seafood and the elusive donair, but step inside the historic Seaport Farmers’ Market and you’ll be exposed to plenty of exciting flavours from across the globe. As the oldest continuously running market in North America, the Seaport Market has seen its share of food vendors, currently hosting over 250.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all those food choices, so here are the five places you can’t miss:
Tucked away behind a butcher stand, Chenpapa offers up some of the best Asian food in the city. Distinguishable only by a sign that reads ‘noodles,’ it could be easily missed—but you’d be very sorry you did. Serving up handmade dumplings drizzled with a highly addicting secret sauce (think hints of cinnamon) and shanghai noodles to die for (pork or veggie), Chenpapa’s is a fave amongst locals and open for business seven days a week.
Run by one woman at a small table (versus other established brick-and-mortar spaces), Viji’s Veggies is an unassuming spot that boasts the best samosas in the market. The chicken and beef samosas are crowd favourites, but Viji’s also offers lots of other really tasty homemade Indian food at unbeatable prices.
Looking for your caffeine fix? Look no further than Laughing Whale. Roasted in Lunenburg, NS (a quaint seaside town outside of Halifax), Laughing Whale’s beans are always super fresh and flavourful. Grab a seat overlooking the harbour while sipping on their brew, and be sure to buy some beans to take home with you! They’ll grind them however you like.
With two locations in Halifax (the second one in the Historic Brewery Market), Crêperie Mobile is popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Onsite chefs prepare savoury and sweet creations right before your eyes, and they never disappoint. Perfectly fluffy every time, a meal at Crêperie Mobile is one you won’t soon forget.
This wouldn’t be a Halifax Farmer’s Market best eats list without a seafood spot. And what seafood better represents the East than lobster? Goldwater Lobster Shack almost always has a long line, but it’s always worth the wait. Made with fresh Nova Scotia lobster with just a hint of lemon and garlic in their homemade sauce, lobster rolls at Goldwaters are the quintessential Nova Scotian lunch.
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is open seven days a week and offers free parking on the weekends.