The city centre, heart of shopping and nightlife known as Civic
Civic, the city centre of Canberra is a popular dining, shopping and entertainment precinct for visitors and locals

Canberra precincts - Civic

Whatever your tastes, Civic, Canberra's city centre, has something for you. It’s a hive of activity with shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife options to suit everyone.

City shopping hub

The city’s shopping hub at the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street offers more than 300 retail outlets including Zara, sass & bide, Hugo Boss, Sportscraft and Oroton, plus cinemas and an alfresco dining and cafe strip known as the North Quarter. The strip dishes up some hot city eats: try Cream, Sammy’s Kitchen, popular Mexican restaurant Guzman y Gomez and new kid on the block, Jamie’s Kitchen, Australia’s third Jamie Oliver franchise.

Step outside the Canberra Centre and you’ll find boutiques, street fashion, alternative music and independent book stores in arcades in City Walk and Garema Place.

Canberra's cultural centre

While in the city you can take in a show at the Canberra Theatre Centre or the Street Theatre, You can also explore the Canberra Museum and Gallery, a vibrant place in the heart of the city that celebrates the region's social history and visual arts with dynamic exhibitions and events.

City dining

After a busy day in the city, why not treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the many exciting restaurants and cafes that call Civic home?

Superb Italian fare can also be found at Mezzalira in the Melbourne Building. This historic building is home to Thirst Wine Bar and Eatery, offering a quick fix of modern Thai. Also in the Melbourne Building is the Jewel of India for fresh regional dishes and the Charcoal Restaurant which has served mouth-watering steaks for an incredible 50 years.

Head to Courgette for some of Canberra’s most upmarket fare or Benchmark Wine Bar for one of the city’s biggest wine lists matched with food.

A night on the town

Or why not dance the night away at the city’s hottest nightclubs and bars? Check out West Row in the Melbourne Building, Northbourne Avenue and Bunda Street. You will find vodka bars, wine bars, techno clubs, pubs and cocktail bars, as well as cafes and fine dining options, or have a flutter at Casino Canberra

If a pub is more your style head to King O’Malley’s for live music, pub food and local entertainment  or try an award-winning brew from the Wig & Pen Tavern and Brewery.

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