Coffee bar and Regimental shop
Coffee Bar - Serving up a slice of history!
The scent is unmistakable. It’s freshly brewed coffee, and the aroma alone is enough to perk you up. Follow it and you’ll find the Halifax Citadel Coffee Bar and Soldier’s Library - a warm, welcoming café with a distinctly 19th century flavour.
Tucked away in the historic Cavalier Building of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, this used to be the library for the soldiers of the 78th Highland Regiment. Today it’s transformed into a cozy, relaxing space where tasty refreshments are the order of the day. And the only hint of its past life is the books that line the shelves.
Come in. Take a seat. Enjoy one of our light, delightful lunches, or our delicious home-style sweets. The Halifax Citadel Coffee Bar is open daily from May 7 to October 31 to serve you.
The Perfect Picnic at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Our twist on "take-out": Everything tastes better when you eat it outside! So go ahead—let nature design your dining space and take your meal out.
Stay inside the historic British fort and take your seat on the Cavalier porch bench for a front row view of the 78th soldiers preforming their drill, or sit along the grassy ramparts behind the North Magazine, high above the city, and ponder what life was really like for the soldiers and their families garrisoned here in the 19th century.
Outside the fort’s stone walls, Citadel Hill provides amazing cityscape views as well as some shaded areas, perfect for a relaxing picnic in the center of a bustling city!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Place your order at the Coffee Bar
2. Choose to take your lunch ‘out’
3. Find your perfect picnic place at the Halifax Citadel and enjoy!
Note, no pre-ordering required, supplies and selection may be limited.
Halifax Citadel Perfect Picnic Place Locations:
We have identified four special areas for visitors to consider for their picnic. These locations are easily identified on the postcard that accompanies their meal. Guests can choose to have their lunch packed in a special limited issue Parks Canada branded Picnic box or not – it’s their choice.
1. Grassy ramparts behind the North Magazine
2. On the hillside of Citadel Hill with a view of the cityscape/waterfront and Town Clock
3. On the hillside of Citadel Hill overlooking the Garrison Grounds.
4. Bench on the Cavalier Porch or Balcony
Visitors should be reminded to leave no trace and to please use waste receptacles where available.
Regimental Shop - Souvenirs, gifts and more!
Step inside the Halifax Citadel Regimental Shop and you’ll find a little piece of history waiting for you. In fact, you’ll find a treasure trove of items celebrating Halifax’s proud military heritage, from t-shirts and ornaments to books and postcards.
The Regimental Shop is open daily from May to October. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Interac debit payments.
Coffee Bar and Regimental Shop Manager - (902) 423-0907