The NewActon precinct is one of the most exciting places in Canberra for adventurous dining in a modern setting with artistic flair. It is known for its restaurants and cafes, as well as its dynamic design and outdoor art collection.
Internationally recognised urban village
At the heart of this urban village is the intriguing Nishi building home to new kid on the block, Hotel Hotel. This architectural gem is home to a popular restaurant drawing on seasonal local produce, a cinema, a studio, a hair salon, pop-up festivals and public artwork.
The much-loved building recently won International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London, cementing Nishi as a truly world-class building. The award submission focussed on not only Nishi’s irrefutable sustainability credentials, but also the strong focus on design and artist involvement throughout the creation of the building.
Visitors can also stay at the Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra, a luxury art deco boutique hotel in the historic NewActon Pavilion.
Močan & Green Grout is a popular spot in NewActon for a great cup of coffee or a delicious meal. Močan & Green Grout was conceived as a place that evokes the warmth and familiarity of eating in a good friend’s kitchen. The dinner menu is a collection of shared dishes inspired by diverse world cooking traditions that change every week, and the ethical café serves fair trade coffee and uses local produce and herbs grown in a planter by the front door.
Nearby, traditional Italian restaurant Bicicletta remains a favourite dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a range of delicious produce sourced from local suppliers as well as from Italy.
The decadent and lavish Parlour Wine Room continues to be well recognised as the place to whet your tastebuds with a choice of wines from around the world, including a wide selection of premium Canberra district wines.
A new arrival, A.Baker first launched as a pop-up espresso bar inside the Nishi building but moved to a permanent location which combines an artisan bakery, eatery and an intimate wine bar with a focus on classic cocktails and table service.
A walkway past A. Baker provides access to the Nishi building, home to the Palace Electric Cinema. Movie-lovers can enjoy a drink or coffee from the Prosecco Bar and gourmet tastings from the Electric Espresso Cafe and take it in to watch a film. Movies are also screened in the Courtyard Cinema during the warmer months under NewActon’s stunning 100 year old Oak tree.
In between, and sometimes on, the buildings that make up NewActon is an extraordinary collection of work by contemporary artists, craftspeople, and specialist designers. Nationally recognised artists were commissioned to custom design works of art around the precinct, including The waiter and The watcher in NewActon South lobby, Time thief sculpture in the green spine of the eastern courtyard, and much more.