Amazing Coffee, Espresso, Food & Drink ~ Incredible Service.

Halifax, NS


We would like to share our excitement, enthusiasm and passion for coffee, espresso, food & drink with you. Our attention to detail, exceptional customer service and focus on local sourcing has made the Smiling Goat the one of the premier espresso bar / café destinations in Atlantic Canada.

We’ve put together some information about us, our coffees, food menu & drinks and how they come together. Explore the site and if you have any questions, please send us a message … or, even better, drop by one of our locations to talk in person.


Bishop’s Landing Location.

Spring Garden Location.

South Park Location.

Barrington Street.



Our Fair Trade/Organic house espresso from Java Blend Coffee Roasters is velvety smooth, smokey and sweet with definite chocolate, brown sugar and cherry notes. Our Decaf  espresso is a Fair Trade/Organic dark roasted Sumatran that has been Water Processed to remove the caffeine. It is always freshly ground for your drink and has a rich, full bodied smokey nuttiness with just a hint of brightness.
You’ll love it if you taste it and do check in at our stores on a regular basis, as we are keep on adding new products to our menu.
We brew coffees fresh for our customers using a variety of cutting edge technologies as well as simple and traditional methods. Our goal is to present each coffee in the most delicious way possible, highlighting the natural flavour notes that exist within each coffee and create an amazing experience for you!
Clover – Vacuum French Press
Although Starbucks bought the company that made & owned the patents on this machine a few months after we bought ours, we are still very happy with it’s performance and the coffee we can create using it. With very subtle changes to the dose, grind and brew time, we can craft and exceptional cup of coffee that has an extremely balance taste profile and does an excellent job of highlighting subtle taste notes.

South Park only.

Trifecta – Total Immersion/Air Injection

We love this machine! Using a portafilter similar to an espresso machine, the Trifecta is a total saturation brewer that allows us to control an amazing number of brewing variables. It brews coffee using precisely temperature controlled water and then injects/bubbles air through it as it’s brewing. This leads to a relatively quick brewing time with nice definition of flavour notes.  Drop by to see what coffees we are showcasing!

Bishop’s Landing only.





We are very big fans of the ‘Local’ movement and source all of our delicious food and supplies from local vendors.

*** We are now creating our own baked goods, treats, sandwiches (panini’s), soups, salads and other delicious offerings in our own kitchen at our Bishop’s Landing location.  We still use Staff of Life and Bandha Bars for additional baked goods, Izzys Bagels for our bagels and Cocoa & Honey for our chocolates.





We’re very excited to be able to offer an incredible selection of Local Draught Beer, Local Bottled Beer, Local Cider and a delicious selection of wines!

We’re serving Local Cider from Bulwark Traditional Craft Cider and have at least one delicious Red & White wine available.







Smiling Goat Organic Espresso bar was originally opened on South Park Street in August of 2007. Our focus has always been serving exceptional coffee with outstanding customer service. The Smiling Goat has grown to become one of the premier coffee & espresso locations in Atlantic Canada.

The first location is ideally situated right across from the Halifax Public gardens, immediately beside the Lord Nelson Hotel and very close to busy Spring Garden Road.

We are proud to announce our third location at Spring Garden. This prestigious area is a perfect fit for the Smiling Goat brand and we are very excited to take our place amongst the other remarkable establishments.


Our name is based on the origins of the magical bean!

Legend has it that a young Ethiopian goat-herder named Khaldi drifted off to sleep one bright sunny day. When he awoke sometime later, his goats were nowhere in sight. Slightly concerned, he set off hurriedly up the Ethiopian mountainside to find them.

Imagine his surprise when he finally found them much higher on the mountainside than he had ever been. They were up on their hind legs dancing around with huge smiles on their faces. As he watched, he noticed that every once in a while one or two of the goats would take a break from their grinning gambol and eat some of the bright red fruit on the small trees nearby.


Khaldi, obviously curious about his goats behaviour and definitely hungry after his search, decided to join the goats and feast upon the bright red fruit.

A little while later a monk, taking a break from his duties at the local monastery, wandered by and discovered the smiling shindig. Not quite believing his eyes, the monk took Khaldi aside to extract an explanation for the smiling and dancing goats.

After sampling them and experiencing the same rush of energy, they deduced that it must be the red fruit – which we now know as coffee cherries. The monk and Khaldi then gathered the cherries and returned to the monastery where they experimented with roasting and brewing the pits – coffee beans.

From that time on, the grinning monks never again fell asleep at prayer and Khaldi, with big smile on his face and a spring in his step, never again lost his Smiling Goats.

For a more detailed, and perhaps slightly less embellished history of coffee 😉 please visit Wikipedia.


New Ownership

February 05, 2016  /  SmilingGoat As you may know, The Smiling Goat Organic Espresso Bar is now operating under new ownership. As we continue through this transition, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Geoffrey & Andrea for creating the two locations of The Smiling Goat that many have come to know and love. …


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