The Daily Sampler Abroad: Haliax – Humani-T Cafe

Another day, another coffee shop, and I’m pleased to say, I’ll be visiting Humani-T Café whenever humanly possible.  I don’t mean to gush, but I think I’m going to a little.  Maybe it’s just from the perspective of someone who spends many hours in coffee-based establishments, but I truly appreciate when the atmosphere is nice,  and when the options and seating are plentiful.  Humani-T has it all, with maybe the exception of seating options at what oddly seemed to be their peak afternoon time, between 2-3PM.

I walked in to the location at 1451 South Park St. in downtown Halifax, and was surprised how large the cafe was.  It’s a brightly patterned Pinterest fantasyland, complimented by pillow-filled seating nooks and geometric lighting fixtures.

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The fun continues as you walk first past the gelato (!) counter.  The choices rival many of the Italian cafes I frequented this summer.  Great.  Just when I thought I was free and clear to begin my new diet.  I also appreciate that a small gelato is accurately labeled, “piccolo.”  Viva Italia!

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Once you’ve talked yourself out of gelato because it’s 2PM and you still haven’t worked out, you will encounter the cakes, pastries, and chocolates case.  Good luck.

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Thankfully, Humani-T offers a pretty wide variety of sandwiches, panini, soups, oatmeal, and breakfast that’s offered all day long.

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Because I’m boring, I ordered a medium roast house coffee and drank it a little too quickly.  Hadn’t had coffee yet at this point.  I did get a little nervous about going up for another hit once things got pretty crowded in there; didn’t want to tease patrons with my seemingly empty seat.  I braved the long line and was so grateful when the barista told me the refill was on the house!  I don’t know if that’s policy at Humani-T, but after what I’ve seen in and around Halifax, free refills are a thing of the past.  How lovely!

Clearly, I think you should stop in to Humani-T Cafe’s downtown location.  I am aware of the North End locale, and heard it’s quite different, however owned by the same family.  It’s a great place to set up shop and work, have a drink, a snack, a dessert, or a full out lunch.  I forgot to mention their extensive selection of teas, which I plan to sample during my next trip.

The shortage of seating during the mid-afternoon hours may have been an issue had I just arrived at that time, but this did seem to clear up at about 4PM.  Also, (just is a personal preference of mine,) there was Splenda available in a canister, but nothing to serve it up with.  I’m partial to the little packets for my terrible habit, but would be open to using the bulk version had there been a spoon.

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