A view into a boutique store in Braddon, a precinct renowned for its shopping, cafes, dining and bars near the Canberra city centre

Spend some time exploring the hip Lonsdale and Mort streets in Braddon where you’ll discover an array of funky fashions, original designers, handcrafted gifts and stylish homewares. This ever-changing shopping and foodie precinct offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, cool cafes, bakeries, restaurants, car yards and hairdressing salons.

After a shopping spree, visit Eightysix for a bite to eat. 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.

Keeping with that theme, the restaurant has an evolving menu drawn up on a giant chalkboard that runs the length of much of the restaurant which can at times include steak tartare, pickled pork terrine, confit duck salad, and buttermilk fried chicken. The caramel popcorn sundae with peanut brittle, rich popcorn ice-cream and a broken waffle cone has proven to be a hit with diners.

While you’re in the area you should also grab a coffee at Lonsdale Street Roasters, where they roast their own beans onsite and walk across the street to sample the range of street food from parked food vans and pop up stalls at The Hamlet.


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