Hidden gems nestle among Canberra's leafy northside.
Exterior of Tilley's Devine Cafe in the north Canberra suburb of Lyneham, a popular precinct for dining and entertainment in Canberra

Canberra’s north is known for its bustling local shops, exceptional cuisine and exciting events.

Nestled in the suburbs you’ll find casual yet stylish eateries that are worth a detour. Dickson, Ainslie and Lyneham are popular suburbs for dining, with a rich variety of options from quaint cafes to a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014 hatted restaurant.

In Lyneham, head to Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery, a Canberra icon. The Front Gallery & Cafe has also added a certain vibrancy to the Lyneham shops as a venue for art exhibitions, theatre, live music and creative expression.

Try European bistro-style dishes with a twist at Pulp Kitchen in Ainslie, a one-hat Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2014 restaurant, or enjoy creative Asian cuisine at the Lanterne Rooms in Campbell.

Popular O’Connor shops pub Duxton and the Loft offers a rustic environment where you can relax and choose from their extensive wine and cocktail list and delicious tapas.

Dickson offers a small flourishing Chinatown and much more. Share platters at Fekerte’s Ethiopian Cuisine or great value Asian food at Jimmy’s Place, Asian Noodle House, the Scholar and Ruby Chinese. There’s a great vibe, not to mention terrific dumplings, at Dickson Dumpling House. You’ll also find Korean, Malaysian, Turkish, Italian, Indian and Thai food all within a short walk.

Dickson hotspot Sub-Urban encompasses an Aussie pub, wine bar and iconic Italian restaurant, offering great live music and a sunny outdoor area. Nearby, Trinity has a seemingly endless cocktail menu.

Nearby in Mitchell, Exhibition Park in Canberra is home to hundreds of events each year including the Saturday morning Capital Region Farmers Market, which is one of Australia’s largest and most authentic farmers markets.

Belconnen is home to GIO Stadium Canberra , home ground for the Raiders and the Brumbies. Next door is the Australian Institute of Sport, which you can explore and hear about the strenuous training regimes elite athletes undertake to make it in their sport on an athlete-guided tour.

Westfield Belconnen is the fashion, lifestyle, homewares and fresh food hub of Canberra’s north, offering more than 250 stores. Visit the entertainment precinct where you’ll find Hoyts cinemas, plenty of dining options and TunzaFun.

The Gungahlin Town Centre is quickly becoming a lively hub in the fast growing district in Canberra’s north with a library, cafes, restaurants, bars, special retailers and department stores. A big attraction for visitors to the Gungahlin Town Centre is its ‘urban village’ atmosphere.

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