Coffee Bar and Parks Canada Perfect Picnic

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Come in and take a seat for lunch, a drink, or a snack at the Coffee Bar at the Halifax Citadel. Or choose a Parks Canada Perfect Picnic take-out lunch!

Halifax Citadel Coffee Bar – Serving up a slice of history!

The Halifax Citadel Coffee Bar is open daily in the historic Cavalier Building. 

Enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, cold drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), soups, salads, shareable snacks, sandwiches, and burgers.

Entrees and historic menu options include: 

  • Fish and chips
  • Butter chicken
  • Cedar plank maple glazed salmon
  • Ploughman’s Lunch
  • Soldiers’ Stew
  • ¼ roasted chicken
  • Luski Mi’kmaw Bannock Bread

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.

Parks Canada Perfect Picnic

Our twist on "take-out"! Everything tastes better when you eat it outside!

The Parks Canada Perfect Picnic is available here from May to October 31.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Place your order at the Coffee Bar in the Cavalier Building. No pre-ordering required. Supplies and selection may vary.
  2. Choose to “take-out” your lunch.
  3. Find your perfect picnic place at the Halifax Citadel and enjoy!

Grab and Go (Self-serve menu)

Ham and Cheddar Cheese – $8.50

Turkey Swiss and Bacon – $9.95

Roast Beef and Havarti – $8.50

Mediterranean Vegetable – $7.50

Fruit Cup and Yogurt Dip – $6.50

Granola Parfait – $6.50

Veggies and Hummus – $4.50

Selection of chilled water, pop and juices – From $1.75 to $5

Find your Perfect Picnic place!

Inside the fort walls

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.

On the grassy hill outside the fort walls

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!


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 Pick up your lunch at the Coffee Bar

Four special picnic areas

1. Grassy ramparts behind North Magazine – a secluded hideaway

2. Cityscape – view of Old Town Clock and city

3. Overlooking the Garrison Grounds – Relax on the grassy hillside

4. Cavalier Building – Sit in the shade on the porch or balcony

Facilities and services

 Gift Shop





Accessible parking

First aid and security

This map shows our best Perfect Picnic places at the Halifax Citadel. Please use waste receptacles where available and leave no trace.

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