Pavia – Espresso Bar & Café

FRESHLY BREWED! The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia location has a new café!

Visit the new Pavia Gallery – Espresso Bar & Café before or after your Gallery visit, for weekend brunch, or simply grab a gourmet beverage & pastry to go. 

Welcome to Pavia Gallery – Espresso Bar & Café, which opened its location at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax in April 2016. Pavia is patterned after a European/Italian style espresso bar. They serve a modest selection of exceptionally well-made menu items, including gourmet coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and more.

The 5 panini selections are made from as many fresh, local ingredients as possible. They are grilled on artisanal sourdough bread. Pavia always has a soup that is wheat free, dairy free, and meat free and made on-site using as many local and fresh ingredients as possible. They also offer a beautiful antipasti plate that has small tastes from our menu that pair well with the some of the beers and wines on offer.

All of the baked goods are also made by Pavia. Their wonderful bakers meticulously make everything using the best ingredients they can source. Follow PAVIA on Twitter,  where almost every morning you can see what is being made along with the music that inspires the baking.

The drip coffees, including the Pilot Boat Medium Roast Blend and the Italian Dark Roast Blend, are roasted locally and are only available at Pavia Gallery -  Espresso Bar & Café – and the espresso is imported directly from a micro-roastery in Florence, Italy. In fact, Pavia is the only café in North America who do so, and a number of its staff actually trained to make espresso, cappuccino and caffè latte at the Scuola di Caffè in Florence.

Whether it’s a traditional Italian Cappuccino with a Ricciarelli (a delicious almond-flavoured pastry) first thing in the morning, a Nuova Scozia Panino with a cup of Sweet Potato, Lime & Ginger Soup at lunch, or a glass of a Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico later in the day, we hope that you will come and experience our little piece of Europe located within the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s downtown Halifax location.


Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pavia is the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s official caterer for functions booked at the Halifax location. Planning your next event at the Gallery? Contact the Gallery at or call (902) 424-5820.

FOR MORE INFO about Pavia Gallery – Espresso Bar & Café:
(902) 407-4008