There are so many tastes to experience at Fortress of Louisbourg! From traditional recipes, epic picnics, historic spirits to the most authentic historic culinary experiences, remember to get a taste of history during your visit! 


Location L’Épée Royale (#29 on the map)

A chocolate and caramel covered cheesecake in a white ramekin

Indulge in the tastes of 18th century French colonial life at our charming café, operated by our trusted partners at the Fortress Louisbourg Association. Located inside the historic L’Épée Royale, this café serves up Louisbourg 1713 French Roast coffee, along with a selection of espresso drinks and a tempting array of French pastries and Cape Breton sweets, all within a comfortable indoor space with outlets available for device charging.

Café L’Épée Royale is open
May 23 to October 13, 2023
10:00 am to 4:30 pm


Location The King's Bakery (#9 on the map)

Fresh loaves of bread pulled from a fire oven on a wooden tray held by a baker

Experience the authentic taste of freshly baked bread at the King's Bakery, located within the historic Fortress of Louisbourg.

Discover the traditional bread-making process and savour the delicious aromas and flavours of three types of bread inspired by soldier, middle-class, and upper-class recipes. Bread is baked fresh daily in wood-fired ovens that have been rebuilt on top of the original 300+ year old floor. Don't miss the opportunity to take home a piece of history with the small retail section featuring King's Bakery memorabilia. Come and taste the authentic flavors of the past at the King's Bakery!

The King's Bakery is open
June 25 to September 23, 2023
10:30 am to 3:00 pm


Location Grandchamp House (#32 on the map)

Two people sit at a linen covered table and speak with an 18th century dressed woman. On the table is fresh bread, a salad, and a basket of fresh herbs.

Savour delicious meals inspired by 18th century French cuisine and local Cape Breton Island ingredients at the Grandchamp House. Feast off of pewter dishes as you enjoy an etiquette lesson from servers in period costume who explain how to dig into your hearty meal with nothing more than a spoon! Visit Fortress Louisbourg Association for more information, and to view the Grandchamp House menu.

Grandchamp House is open
June 25 to September 23, 2023
10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location Hôtel de la Marine (#31 on the map):

Four young adults sit at a picnic table on a sunny day. They are eating fresh fruit, cheese and wraps and drinking lemonade in mason jars.

Visit the historic Hotel de la Marine where our trusted partners at the Fortress Louisbourg Association offer a tantalizing takeaway menu featuring delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, and tempting sides. This is also where you can pick up your Perfect Picnic.

Hôtel de la Marine is open
June 18 to September 23, 2023
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Perfect Picnic

Location Outdoor dining from Hôtel de la Marine (#31 on the map)

A family of three sits on the grass while they have a picnic at the Fortress of Louisbourg

Everything tastes better when you eat it outside!

Grab your Perfect Picnic takeout meal and enjoy outdoor dining throughout the fortress grounds, or along a nearby trail or day use area.

Visit the Perfect Picnic page for ideal picnic spot locations, and a sneak peek at menu options.

Perfect Picnic is available from
June 18 to September 23, 2023
Your perfect picnic can be picked up at the Hôtel de la Marine.
11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Location Storehouse Tavern (#35 on the map)

Two patrons smile at an 18th century dressed server as they receive beverages

Step back in time and relax with a selection of local craft beers, ciders, and Nova Scotia wine at the Storehouse Tavern, located in the historic Bigot Storehouse. Sip on delicious drinks and sample tasting flights that tell the stories of the Fortress through beers and ciders developed in partnership with local breweries. Indulge in a small selection of finger foods as you take in the unique ambiance of this historic tavern. With its prime location and delicious offerings, the Storehouse Tavern is the perfect place to unwind and experience the history and flavours of the Fortress of Louisbourg. On special days, tap your toes to local music, or test your skills with 18th-century games.

Your visit won’t be complete without a sample of Fortress™ Rum which is aged at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site! Did you know that rum was the most popular drink in this 18th century town? Learn more about the fascinating history of this strong spirit at the Rum Exhibit. You can even see original bottles that were excavated from the site!

Planning a special occasion with friends and family? Book a tasting experience with the Fortress Louisbourg Association.

Raise a glass just as Louisbourg’s residents did 300 years ago. À la santé! Cheers!

Storehouse Tavern is open
June 18 to October 13, 2023
11:00 am to 4:30 pm

Last call at 4:00 pm

Restaurants are run by the Fortress Louisbourg Association, which is a charitable organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of 18th-century Louisbourg. Revenues generated are used to support this mission. For more information, please call 902-733-3548.

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