Cafés

ANNIE’S PLACE CAFE
Steps from Spring Garden Road. Friendly neighbourhood café serves hearty homestyle meals, all-day breakfast and tasty desserts. Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm; Saturday, 8am to 5pm. 1513 Birmingham St. 420-0098.

THE BEAN SPROUT CAFE
Funky modern café is a place for kids to play while parents relax. The menu offers popular items like curry chicken wrap, turkey and swiss on foccaccia, chai latté and café mocha. Free wireless Internet access. For the kids, there’s a play area with toys, books, play kitchen and computer games. Glenbourne Plaza, 480 Parkland Dr., Clayton Park West. 404-3771. http://www.beansproutcafe.com

BLOWERS ST. PAPERCHASE NEWSSTAND & CAFE
The newsstand carries magazines and newspapers from around the globe, plus funky greeting cards. On the second floor, the café offers fair trade organic coffees, smoothies, chai ciders and sandwiches. Homemade soups, carrot cake, muffins and specials prepared daily. All day breakfast. Free wireless Internet access and on-site computers available for rental. 5228 Blowers St. 423-0750.

CABIN COFFEE
With its log walls and rock fireplace, this coffee shop serves up hearty homemade fare in a rustic setting. Relax in a big comfy armchair or an Adirondack chair as you sample from fair-trade coffee, espressos, homemade soups, sandwiches, chili, milkshakes, ice cream, banana bread and more. 1554 Hollis St. 422-8130.

CHEAPSIDE CAFE
Works of art hang on the wall and adorn your plate at this spot in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, offering a menu to delight even the most discerning palate. Renowned Halifax restaurateur Unni Simensen puts her creative touch to the soups, sandwiches, salads, hot entrées, specialty coffees and afternoon tea. Open during gallery hours. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 425-4494.

THE COASTAL CAFE
Chef Mark Giffin brings his passion and creativity to breakfast creations like Belgian waffles and The Steph (berry salad with yogourt and homemade toasted granola). The lunch menu includes paninis, roast leg of lamb and daily soups and salads. Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 2731 Robie St. 405-4022. http://www.thecoastal.ca

COBURG COFFEE HOUSE
Popular student hang-out, located steps from Dalhousie University. The menu includes light lunches, sweets, bagels, fair-trade coffee, specialty drinks and more. 6085 Coburg Rd. 429-2326.

PERKS COFFEE LTD.
Locally owned and operated coffee house with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Meet friends and relax with breakfast, lunch and a cup of coffee, tea or a specialty drink. Also has locations at 6100 Quinpool Rd., Halifax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac Mall. 1781 Upper Water St. 429-9386. Map 1

SMILING GOAT ORGANIC ESPRESSO BAR INC.
Fair-trade organic coffee, plus exceptional espresso drinks, and organic apple cider. Sample from a variety of loose teas, baked goods, toasted bagels and grilled paninis. The first espresso bar in the city using the award-winning Clover VacuumPress coffee brewer. Open daily. Paramount Plaza, 1551 South Park St. 446-3366. http://www.smilinggoat.ca

UNCOMMON GROUNDS
New York-style coffeehouse features gourmet coffee and tea, along with muffins, scones, cheesecakes and other desserts, all baked from scratch on-site. For lunch, try the European sandwiches and homemade soups. Monthly art exhibits and wireless Internet access. 1030 South Park St.: 431-3101. 1801 Hollis St.: 404-3117. Corner of Sackville and Argyle streets:
446-9115. http://www.coffeesoldhere.com

THE WIRED MONK COFFEE BISTRO
A historic downtown building has been transformed into a warm, welcoming space. Serves mochas, chai frappes and specialty drinks galore. The selection also includes organic tea and coffee, hot grilled panini sandwiches, desserts and more. Hosts live music and spoken-word performances. Wireless Internet access. 5147 Morris St. 422-2219. http://www.wiredmonk.com

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