1. Must-see photography
Get your pop culture fix at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where there’s currently a sneak preview of the Annie Leibovitz collection (the full exhibition will be open at a date to be announced). For now, see her famous photos of Queen Elizabeth II, Nelson Mandela, and Niagara Falls. And don’t miss the pieces by Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s beloved folk artist. 1723 Hollis St.
2. Best brunch
You’ll love Steve-O-Reno’s bright, kitschy decor and eco-conscious vibe. Be sure to stop by for weekend brunch (the huevos rancheros and the traditional strata are to die for), or go any time for a rich cup of the fair trade dark roast. People-watching from its adorable front porch is the best! 1536 Brunswick St.
3. Hot designer vintage
If you love a classic Chanel suit as much as we do, make a stop at Crimson Clover, the city’s go-to for vintage designer clothes. Inside the quaint yellow house, you’ll find everything from snappy Michael Kors jackets and Coach purses to sexy Dolce Vita booties. 1469 Birmingham St., 902-492-8677.
4. Italian soul food
Be prepared to linger all night over great food and wine at the Bicycle Thief, which brings authentic Italian eats to the waterfront. Try the gnocchi with caramelized pears or the pan-seared scallops. The name alone makes it reservation-worthy, and you’ll love the rustic, cozy vibe. 1475 Lower Water St.
5. Ultimate spa day
Grab your girls and head to Remedy Spa for the self-serve facial bar. With the help of friendly estheticians, you can personalize a Blemish Buster or Hydrating Healer facial and apply it while you sip martinis. It’s the most fun you can have cleaning your face! 1546 Granville St.
6. Top taps & snacks
Of course you can’t visit this ’hood without stopping for at least one pint! Locals love Stillwell Beer Bar for its incredible rotating selection of craft beer (draft, cask and bottle) and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Rock out to DJ-spun tunes while you dig into perfectly sharable snacks. 1672 Barrington St.