Our fashion accessory creator Katja Presnal is the founder of Skimbaco Lifestyle a brand that she initially launched in 2006 (her backstory is an interesting read). The Skimbaco ENJOY LIFE essential oil diffuser jewellery is a design collaboration with a Texas-based artist (view the full collection here).
Originally from Finland, Presnal lives an international life with her husband and three children, and they currently are living a “Skimbaco Life” in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Who better to ask than a lifestyle blogger for her top picks for a weekend in Halifax?
Coffee Time in Halifax:
Julien’s Patisserie Bakery & Café in the Hydrostone District is where I get our almond croissants almost every weekend. The historic Hydrostone District is not to be missed.
Julien’s Patisserie Bakery & Café
5517 Young Street
Halifax,Nova Scotia, B3K 1Z7
In downtown Halifax, I like Pavia Cafe in the new public library. The library is my favourite architectural building here, and the top floor cafe offers views of the city. Added bonus: all of the free magazines to read while you sip your coffee.
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1E9
(902) 407-4008 ext.3
My hidden gem is Armview Restaurant & Lounge; they have a sinful Morning After Poutine, and I also recommend their lobster Eggs Benny with fresh local lobster.
The Armview Restaurant & Lounge
7156 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 1N4
Lunchtime on the Coast:
Morris East has the best thin crust pizzas in Halifax with options like peach and goat cheese pizza, or their speciality: Lumberjack pizza with smoked bacon, maple-brushed sausage, caramelised onions and maple syrup drizzle.
5212 Morris Street
Halifax Nova Scotia B3J 1B4
Dinner in Halifax:
Five Fishermen and McKelvies should be on anyone’s fine dining list for Halifax, but my off-the-path dining suggestion is Edna on Gottingen Street. I love their laid back atmosphere and fresh local food options.
1740 Argyle Street
Halifax NS B3J-2B6
1680 Lower Water Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2Y3
2053 Gottingen Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 3B2
Don’t miss Biscuit General Store on Argyle Street for fashion and fun, and check out The Independent Mercantile Co. on Gottingen Street for home decor. The Hydrostone District also has several cute little shops.
Biscuit General Store
1661 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2B5
The Independent Mercantile Co.
2091 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS B3K 3B2
Don’t miss this! Iconic Nova Scotia experience:
Peggy’s Cove. I don’t know what it is, but this grand old lighthouse and the village has my heart.
Where the local’s go:
Point Pleasant Park in the south end of the Halifax peninsula is a historic 75-hectare wooded park with 39 km of easy walking trails. Go in the mornings to catch the sunrise at the beach or for afternoon walks. Dogs can run free in some parts of the park, and this is where city dog owners mingle while throwing the ball.
Images credits: All photos were provided by and published with the permission of Skimbaco