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The Best Cheap Eats In Nova Scotia

If you know anything about the Halifax food scene, you know that donairs, those spicy, sauce-slathered, roasted beef wraps, are a big deal. They’re delicious, they’re incredibly messy to eat, they’re basically a provincial treasure. If you take a trip to Halifax, you have to have one—just don’t attempt to survive on donairs alone. We’ve compiled a list of more must-try, cheap eats to sample while you’re in Nova Scotia.

That said, let’s start with the donairs. Halifax’s King of Donair truly rules the scene. The Quinpool Rd. location was the first donair shop in all of Canada. Today, there are franchises in Sackville and Dartmouth. Also: we enjoy the photoshopped donairs on their Insta account. Hey, Kim.

Pizza Corner is a Halifax legend. The late-night food landmark at the intersection of Blowers and Grafton Streets used to have pizza joints on three of the four street corners. As of 2015, only Sicilian Pizza remains, but the shop consistently wins best slice in the city. Surprise: they all also serve donairs.

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There’s always time for donuts (aka “breakfast”). Halifax’s Scanway Bakery is loved by locals for their lemon creams, their apple cinnamon glazes, and this dream pastry: the Acadian maple donut topped with smoked bacon.


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Voted best food truck in 2015, Halifax’s Gecko Bus serves up their own version of modern Mexican street food. See: the Bombay vegan lentil curry burrito. It roams the city so check the website for locations. That said, it’s pretty hard to miss.

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Overall, we’d say Halifax’s food truck scene is killing it. Check out the Tin Pan Alley truck. Get fries.

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Home to Halifax’s best barista, The Nook on Gottingen St. is the place to get your morning (or early afternoon, depending on how late you were out eating donairs) caffeine fix. They do smoothies, pastries, and lunch too. See also: The Smiling Goat.

Go to Lunenburg, try the Lunenburger at The Grand Banker. It’s topped with butter-soaked, Nova Scotia-caught lobster meat. At $17 it might seem like a bit of a splurge but trust: it’s worth it.

Lunenburg lobster poutine at The South Shore Fish Shack on Montague St.? Hell yes. Just pace yourself if you’ve recently eaten a Lunenburger.

If you’re going to check out the Bay of Fundy, make a stop at the Wolfville Farmers Market. It’s stocked with fresh bagels, spicy noodles, and gourmet donuts priced at $13 a dozen (the best in car snack for the drive to the Bay). The market is open Saturdays, 8:30 am to 1pm, year-round and Wednesday evenings from May to December.


Like this post? Check out our Guide To Farmers’ Markets In Nova Scotia and The Best Places To Eat & Listen To Music In Nova Scotia, too!

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