Restaurants, local dining and places to eat in Canberra

Canberra is a great treat for food lovers. The city is often reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita in Australia. Staff are attentive and friendly. Most eateries and dining venues are wheel chair accessible.

Relax in modern cafes, hip eateries and pop up dining venues. Experience hatted and nationally awarded restaurants with innovative cuisine using local Canberra district produce. Dine with mountain and city views or taste award-winning Canberra wines and fresh food among rural surrounds. 33 wineries are within 35 minutes drive from the city.  Canberra chefs honour local ingredients as much as our local dishes and follow a genuine appreciation of international cuisine. Restaurants happily cater for diners with dietary preferences like vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and paleo.

In addition to our restaurants, Canberra is blessed with great coffee roasting houses, cafes and bars, options for cheap eats, superb bakeries, chocolatiers and providores all providing delicacies and dishes to delight. 

With such a large range of choices across the city and surrounds, we've conveniently grouped choices for you by cuisine, dietary options, light meals and fine dining options. If you're not sure what you're really hungry for, you can easily browse through search options and read Trip Advisor reviews to satisfy your hunger for what other diners have experienced. You can also read what Gourmet Traveller and Good Food have to share about dining in Canberra. 

We advise booking ahead during popular holiday times and during major Canberra events. Some restaurants and cafes take a break during holiday periods like Easter and Christmas, so we suggest you check opening hours on their websites to avoid disappointment.

Still not sure what you feel like eating? Check out our curated range of local dishes and highlights saved to our Pinterest page. Remember, if you find a great tip, dish or scrummy dessert be sure to share it on social and tag us with #visitcanberra. We love to dine out on everyone's favourite food pics!

An interior view of Molly, a popular, but well hidden Canberra speakeasy bar

Bars

Browse through our range of selected wine bars and pubs and join good friends or meet new ones for a drink and a bite to eat in Canberra. With a great range of local craft beers on tap and wine lists featuring Canberra District wines, get a taste of the region and experience our warm hospitality and local Canberra culture.

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A guest peers into a beer brewing vat at BentSpoke Brewery Co. in Braddon, a popular Canberra precinct

Breweries

The launch of Canberra’s newest microbrewery and taphouse, BentSpoke Brewing Co, was another milestone in the city’s transformation into a handcrafted boutique beer hub. The Braddon brewery joins the likes of Zierholz Premium Brewery and the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery offering handcrafted beer in Canberra.

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People learning to cook at 3Seeds cooking school

Cooking Schools, Lessons and Workshops

Learn from the best and test your culinary skills at a great line-up of Canberra cooking classes, such as the popular 3seeds at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

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A shopper pays for fresh, organic produce at a market stall at the Capital Region Farmer's Market, held every weekend in Canberra

Fresh Local Produce

Canberra has a thriving supply of fresh, regional produce and many outlets for people interested in buying direct from small local producers. From wine and olive oil to smoked meats and chocolate, you can find delectable produce in the nation’s capital.

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A dish created at Morks in the Kingston Foreshore precinct of Canberra

Restaurants and Cafes

There’s a lot to love about Canberra’s food scene. Bistro-style eateries and quality cheap eats blend perfectly with stylish restaurants and award-winning dining experiences. Feeling hungry? Then get set to tantalise your tastebuds. 

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Ken Helm, Canberra District wine maker and Australia's king of Riesling presents a glass of his wine to a guest in front of a range of barriques in his cellar at Helm's Winery near Murrumbateman, part of the Canberra District wine region in Australia

Wineries

Small enough to have an intimate cellar door experience and meet the winemaker, yet large enough to find all the varieties of a premium wine growing region, Canberra District wineries have much to offer. You’ll find more than 30 boutique cellar doors within 35 minutes drive of the city.

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