Although Halifax may not be as famous as cities like Toronto or New York for having well-defined and characteristic neighbourhoods, we do have several unique areas of our own that many Haligonians are proud to be a part of.
Atlantica Hotel is part of an exceptional community called the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District. What sets us apart from other neighbourhoods in Halifax? A whole lot, we feel. We are a neighbourhood with character and diversity. We house city landmarks and offer an enormous range of services, shops, products and food – all packed into one very accessible street.
Why We Love Living at Robie & Quinpool
Where else in Halifax can you get your taxes done, have a manicure, consult your lawyer, get your oil changed, book a vacation AND get your passport photo taken, stop for a pint, buy your wedding cake, get fitted for a suit, pick up a bottle of wine to go with your organic groceries, visit the dentist, take your cat to the vet, buy a house, pick up a Tim’s, eat food from your choice of 11 different countries, go for a work out, purchase a new bicycle and, of course, check into a four star hotel… all in the same street? And that’s even close to covering it all.
Below I’ve highlighted some of our awesome neighbours who represent the range of products, services or experiences you can have on Quinpool Road. I’ve included only locally-owned businesses (like us). There are many, many more great establishments who didn’t make it into this article – and that’s simply because there are way too many to choose from.
Where to Shop
If you’re looking to create a beautiful space in your home, Zephyr Home and Rug is an upscale furniture boutique where you’ll find some of the most beautiful interior pieces in Halifax. They only carry high-end brands and offer in-home style consultations as well. For those less worried about the state of their furniture, Bib ‘n Tucker Children’s Shop is not far, featuring the cutest in children’s and babies’ clothing, toys and accessories. Whether you have a family or you’re preserving your interior design, we could all use some inner balance. Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Store represents inspired living by offering yoga clothing and accessories with an emphasis on local and Canadian designers.
Where to Eat
Of course I have to start off by mentioning the new Seasons by Atlantica. This isn’t a shameless plug – we really do have some of the tastiest and most creative cuisine in the city and an award-winning executive chef. On the more ethnic side, try the Greek Village, a tiny diner with authentic and very reasonably priced Greek dishes, or the B-Well Sushi and Café whose specialties are sushi and coffee. Further on down the road, try Halifax landmark the Ardmore Tea Room for a famous cheap breakfast and other diner delights.
Where to Drink
Due to strange liquor licensing laws on Quinpool there are actually only two places you can stop in for solely an adult beverage. The beautiful lounge in Seasons by Atlantica that offers a panoramic view of the Halifax Commons, or, Freeman’s Little New York, the long-standing Quinpool joint whose claim to fame is New York style pizza, more specifically, it being available until 5 am! For caffeine-based liquid try Ireland32, a chic and mini café offering espresso drinks and a limited yet tasty food menu.
Where to Watch
Renting a movie? You need to check out Video Difference. This Atlantic Canadian-run company has two locations in HRM, one being on Quinpool, and is like a dream for movie buffs, indie fans, documentary watchers, or anyone, really. The selection will knock your socks off and their customer-oriented attitude (with drop off locations literally all over town) will put a smile on your face. If you’d rather catch a flick still at the box office, visit the renowned Oxford Theatre. True, it is Empire (so doesn’t count as locally-owned) but they typically play critically-acclaimed movies that are not available in large theatres. Also, the interior is grandiose and retro, so just going is an experience in itself.
Where to Create
Many opportunities to create something beautiful await you during your visit to Quinpool Road. Visit Clay Café with the kids and paint your own colourful clay creation, craft your own bead necklace at Beads R Us, or help to design your wedding cake with a top notch pastry chef at Scanway Catering and Cake Shop.
Where to Beautify
There are actually twelve different hair salons, spas or nail spots on Quinpool Road. Indulge in a treatment with Aveda spa products at Key Lime Pie Salon Spa (we offer the Aveda line in our guestrooms as well). Or, simply stop in at Lee’s Nails for an express manicure on your lunch break.
Where to Stay
With us, obviously! We take pride in being a landmark Halifax hotel, and although we may have changed a few things about our property recently, we’ve marked the corner of Quinpool & Robie since opening in 1974 – and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Us being built in May 1973 – Image Courtesy of Halifaxhistory.ca