Still playing catch-up around here, and this one is a long time coming. I wanted to write about these cafes a year ago after I visited them in summer 2011, but it just never happened. On our trip to Halifax this past September, I stopped in at one of them again, and I’d like to tell you about it.
Java Blend is on North street, just a few blocks from my mother’s house, and is a fixture in the North end of the city. They roast their own beans, and also offer the cheapest latte in town – only three dollars! But it’s fantastic. The cafe is cozy, small and always crowded with people.
I remember going to Trident when I was a kid in its old location on Argyll Street. It’s now down on Hollis Street, right near the Seaport Farmers’ Market, and my mom and I visited right after our trip to the market in July 2011. I didn’t get back there on this past visit, but only for lack of time. Trident is a brilliant business – second-hand bookstore and cafe all in one. It has a lovely vintage, homey feel and serves a very good latte (they ALSO roast their own beans at the cafe), along with a great selection of baked goods, including some GF treats (I didn’t try any because I had indulged at the market already). And what’s better than browsing a lovely selection of books while sipping your coffee?
(P.S. Can you spot the classic Nova Scotia oatcakes up there?)
Other great cafes in Halifax:
Just Us – 5396 Spring Garden Rd. and 1678 Barrington St.
Two If By Sea – 1869 Upper Water St. (and in downtown Dartmouth)
Uncommon Grounds – 1030 South Park St. and 1237 Barrington St.
Coburg Coffee House – 6085 Coburg Rd.
Local Jo – 2959 Oxford St.