Canberra's cafe scene and coffee is trending internationally
Diners enjoy coffee and food at Penny University, a popular Canberra cafe located in the suburb of Kingston

Canberra coffee and cafes

Explore the local cafe scene and the city's coffee spots from north to south.  Here are some of the most popular places to catch up with friends, enjoy a weekend breakfast or brunch, relax over a long lunch or stop for a caffeine fix and some people-watching. Canberra is proudly the home of ONA founder and 2015 World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic. 

Canberra coffee roasters

Several of our local coffee providers are also roasting their own beans and supplying a range of specialty coffee to outlets across the region and country. You can also find your favourite Canberra coffee in local restaurants and even our National Attractions roasted daily. For passionate devotees, many of the local cafes also sell coffee equipment like filters, presses and take home supplies.

The following cafes roast their own beans and offer seasonal blends, specialty coffee and single origin options all served with a dedication and passion that makes the local scene so vibrant.

Ona Coffee Manuka and Fyshwick

Shop 4 The Lawns, Manuka, 02 6295 0057
68 Wollongong Street Fyshwick, 02 6162 3320
As a Canberra-based, locally owned and roasted, specialty coffee company, the team behind Ona Coffee pride themselves on their “relentless passion towards coffee”. Ona Coffee Manuka is popular for both its takeaway coffees and as a place to sit and enjoy a good cup in relaxed surroundings. Owner Sasa Sestic is Australia's Barista Champion for 2015 and is also the 2015 World Barista Champion, creating a signature coffee featuring fermented Shiraz Viognier grape juice sourced from renowned local wine maker Tim Kirk of Clonakilla Wines.

Lonsdale Street Roasters

7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, 02 6156 0975
23 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, 02 6247 9882
The Lonsdale Street Roasters has gained a loyal following among Canberra coffee addicts, due to the high quality, locally roasted coffee they supply. On a busy Saturday Lonsdale Street Roasters customers can get up close to the roasting process, taking in the sights, sounds and the aroma of freshly roasted coffee.

Two Before Ten

68 Bandjalong Cres Aranda 02 61621260
Canberra coffee stalwarts Two Before Ten have opened in Aranda on the northern side of Canberra’s iconic Black Mountain. They’ve been sourcing and roasting small lots and supplying many great Canberra restaurants with fresh coffee for years.

Red Brick Espresso

Shop 4/35 Curtin Place, Curtin, 02 6285 1668
The southside suburb of Curtin is home to Red Brick, a team who have a dedication to sourcing, roasting and sharing the simple pleasure in serving a cup each and every day.

Canberra cafes

The following cafes are just a sample of the range of venues serving great coffee across the nation's capital.

Patissez

2/21 "The Lawns" Bougainville Street, Manuka 
Visit this newly opened cafe causing a sensation around the world for their "Freak Shakes" which are more of a dessert in a glass. The cafe also has incredible pastries and cakes in addition to its shakes. is very small with limited seating, but everyone agrees it is worth the wait. 

The Elk & Pea

21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, 02 6162 0222
You’re guaranteed to enjoy a satisfying breakfast with your brew at the Elk & Pea in Braddon. Found in the heart of the bustling Lonsdale Street, the Elk & Pea provides a casual and relaxed venue to catch up with friends and family over a coffee.

The Cupping Room

1/13 University Avenue, Canberra City, 02 6257 6412
The Cupping Room is a cafe project of Ona Coffee, which began with the aim to involve, engage and educate coffee drinkers in the finer appreciation of coffee. While it’s known for its delicious coffee, The Cupping Room is also becoming one of the most popular choices for brunch in the capital. 

Močan & Green Grout

1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, NewActon, 02 6162 2909
Močan & Green Grout is an ethical café that’s as much an art and design experience as a place to enjoy a good cup of coffee over food. You can match your fair trade coffee with Močan & Green Grout’s breakfast and lunch menu, which reflects Canberra’s seasons with produce sourced from local farmers.

Good Brother

1/20 Challis Street, Dickson, 02 6162 0819
This great little cafe is a breath of fresh air in this popular Canberra dining precinct. It has quickly earned a following among the inner north community due to its seriously good coffee.

Farmers Daughter

27 Bentham Street, Yarralumla, 02 6281 2233
North Quarter, Canberra Centre, 02 6249 8809
134/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, 02 6281 2233
This Yarralumla institution recently expanded to a second site in the Canberra Centre and a third in Braddon. All three Farmers Daughter locations are popular spots for breakfast and lunch with their selection of freshly made sandwiches, cakes and macaroons, and delicious Campos coffee.

Beess & Co

5/29 Bentham Street, Yarralumla, 02 6285 0116
Delightfully located under grand London Plane trees at the Yarralumla Shops, Beess & Co Cafe is the ideal spot for a superb meal or a delicious cup of Cosmorex coffee.

Silo Bakery

36 Giles Street, Kingston, 02 6260 6060
As locals know it can be almost impossible to resist a visit to Silo Bakery in Kingston. You have plenty of delicious meal options to match with you coffee including the freshly made breads and tarts the eatery has become so well known for.

Penny University

15 Kennedy Street, Kingston, 02 6162 1500
Penny University builds on the tradition of 17th Century London coffee houses where patrons paid a penny to enter into a world of eclectic patrons united in a common love of learning and coffee. Like days of old, with a modern twist, people will arrive for the atmosphere and leave with enlightened tastebuds.

The Coffee Lab

26 Narellan Place, Canberra City, 0448 333 338
Coffee Lab is a specialised coffee house rather than a typical cafe. Every cup of coffee uses the finest coffee beans and machinery. Discover coffee made by passionate baristas using high performance machines such as the Sanremo Opera and the only Alpha Dominche Steampunk in Canberra,drop into the Coffee Lab for specialty coffees served with care and precision.

38 Espresso

4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore, 02 6162 3027
The Kingston Foreshore is blessed with great delights when it comes to food and dining and 38 Espresso stands proud as one of the earliest arrivals along the waterfront. Drop by for their water views, signature blends, light eats and great coffee.

Remedy by Lonsdale Street Roasters on the Kingston Foreshore

Kingston Foreshore 0420 591 901
The Lonsdale Street Roaster crew have expanded with Remedy on the Kingston Foreshore. Look out for select single origin coffees pouring plus blends roasted in the distinct Lonsdale way.

Chatterbox

40 Cameron Avenue, Belconnen, 02 6251 7453
Popular with office workers for micro lot beans roasted to their specifications. Chatterbox prides itself on friendly baristas – hence the name. Open early for breakfast and lunch.

Stand by Me

1 Lyons Place, Lyons, 0458 962 716
Reinvigorating the inner south shopping centre of Lyons in Woden Valley, Stand by Me offers innovative menus and themes to match their coffee and suburban cafe ambience. Keep an eye out for their daily witty and quirky chalkboard messages.

Tupelo Coffee Co.

92-100 Alinga Street, Canberra City
Tupelo are a group of young coffee professionals creating exceptional espresso and filter-based drinks. They are also gaining a great reputation for their jaffles and other nostalgic and creative food.

 

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