Canberra precincts - Braddon
The inner-city suburb of Braddon continues to attract attention as it becomes known for its eclectic mix of homeware stores, vintage op shops, pop up art displays, fashion and design shops and restaurants as well as car yards from the suburb’s more industrial beginnings.
Hip venues and eats on cool streets
Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is the hip Lonsdale Street, the heart of Braddon’s ever-changing shopping and foodie precinct. It offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, cool cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bars. An exciting variety of pop up stores lines Lonsdale Street, including an eclectic selection of independent small businesses, artists, florists and hairdressers.
The new Ori Building in Braddon is home to a range of popular fashion, homeware and design stores, such as Handsome Pretty, AGENCY, Assemblage Project, Groomed and Rebel Muse, as well as cafes, a florist – Moxom and Whitney – and the ever-popular Frugii Dessert Laboratory.
Grab a bite to eat from vans and street food vendors at The Hamlet. Fans of BrodDogs, Nookie Espresso, Mr Papa, Spit Shack and April’s Caravan have been beating a path to this urban village since it set up shop on the vibrant street.
Elk & Pea on Lonsdale Street has quickly become one of the ‘must visit’ brunch destinations in the national capital for its quirky mix of filling breakfasts with Central American flair and a breakfast cocktail menu.
Nearby on Lonsdale Street, Italian and Sons continues to set the benchmark for authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service across the capital. A modern interpretation on the Roman trattoria, Italian and Sons uses the best local produce available, including from their very own farmyard.
With a similar ethos and passion for quality, the arrival of Autolyse Bakery to Braddon has been welcomed by local foodies. Another Lonsdale Street venture, the concept for Autolyse is deliberately simple with freshly made light meals, bakery products and coffees. They also make a wonderful variety of breads, tarts and croissants and you can view the bread making in action all day long in the open kitchen.
Across the road is the restaurant, Eightysix. The owners of Eightysix said they are all about giving people good modern food, booze and a really good time. The eatery was named after the act of crossing off or '86-ing' a dish from the menu due to the kitchen selling all examples prepped for service. The caramel popcorn sundae with peanut brittle, rich popcorn ice cream and a broken waffle cone has proven to be a hit with diners.
The suburb is also well known for its coffee with the original Lonsdale Street Roasters, which now has two Braddon locations.
Knightsbridge Penthouse is well known as the place to go for music and martinis in Braddon, and Debacle, now in Mode3, is a great little bar serving ales, wine and pizza. A popular craft brewpub, BentSpoke Brewing Co, serves beer, locally pressed ciders and food featuring ingredients used in the brew process. While the most recent watering hole Hopscotch, with its outdoor beer garden and impressive barbecue, is the perfect spot for a Sunday session.