The Citadel




Thursday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Saturday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Sunday9:00 am – 8:00 pm.

14 Rangiora Street, Castlecliff

06-344 7076

Formerly known as a suburb a little rough around the edges, Castlescliff is working to redefine its somewhat ragged reputation by bringing a new dose of diversity and community to its centre. Joining forces with rejuvenation project ‘Progress Castlecliff’ means The Citadel really is more than just a café, and with a desire to create a safe central location and bring the hub back to this particular suburb, this place couldn’t be more aptly named.

Playful, bright and welcoming, the café and restaurant practices what it preaches too with coffee served in ceramic cups made by local clay worker Ivan Vostinar, who believe it or not, has his studio just over the road. The team behind The Citadel have also put careful thought into what makes a space work, and by raising the roof, adding a sheltered deck and prepping the inside with plenty of colour they have well and truly mastered the art. An epic kid’s playground in the outdoor area means even small humans will grow to love this place.

A menu dominated by burgers grew from the fact that The Citadel team were never satisfied with the former offerings in the township, and when push comes to shove sometimes ‘you just need a bloody burger’, and so they stepped up to the mark and designed a menu to give Whanganui locals exactly that. Twelve different offerings make choosing your burger a relatively easy affair, however don’t be surprised if deciding your loaded chips comes with a little more umm-ing and ahh-ing. Cheezy Weezy, Firey Frida, Benny Boy are just a few of your options, and alongside your big burger these provide a solid lunch or dinner feast. Fries not your thing? Then there’s four different salads to choose from instead, and if you’re feeling extra greeny, the burgers can be made in lettuce buns in place of bread.

A ‘pay it forward’ scheme has recently been introduced too with diners given the opportunity to add a little to their bill should they wish, which will then be passed on to families in need, or good sorts needing some congratulations in their neighbourhood. The place feels fresh, clean, young and full of good vibes, and for a place with underutilised beauty like Castlecliff, exactly what’s needed to encourage people back to the area.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

14 Rangiora Street, Castlecliff

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