Weekend foodie adventure
A mecca of casual breakfast spots, fine dining venues and everything in between, Canberra has a place for even the pickiest foodie. Stay the weekend and take your tastebuds on a culinary journey through the city with our 48 hour itinerary as your guide.
Day 1 - Saturday
Breakfast Silo Bakery
Famous for its artisan breads and pastries, this iconic bakery is the perfect place to kick start a weekend in Canberra. Featuring a menu with a seasonal approach, and a cheese room stocking truffle butter, French butter and more, Silo Bakery brews superb coffee every time.
Morning The Essential Ingredient
After breakfast, get all your cooking needs sorted by heading to The Essential Ingredient for a spot of shopping. With an exceptional range of quality kitchenware, specialty cheeses, and culinary books and gourmet food products in stock, this boutique-cum-café also offers gourmet food products for purchase and is a must-visit for foodies.
Lunch Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
From traditional Italian to fresh pies, sashimi to laksa, Canberra’s oldest market, the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, is a popular spot for a leisurely lunch. Grab a boutique cider and stay for the live music or trawl the shops for fresh baked breads, fine cheeses, fresh fruit and deli goods and head out over to Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding grounds for a picnic.
Afternoon 3seeds Cooking Classes
You don’t need to venture far after lunch to take part in a 3seeds cooking class. Located within the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, the classes are constantly changing, from Spanish food and BBQ-focused courses to learning knife techniques. Enjoy your creation at the end of the class along with a complimentary glass of wine. Classes are extremely popular so they must be booked well in advance.
Dinner Monster Kitchen and Bar
Perfect for late night eats with a bar menu running till 1am, Monster Kitchen and Bar specialises in shared plates like pulled lamb shoulder and slow cooked pork cheek. As Hotel Hotel’s newest addition, this eco-chic eatery is quickly becoming a Canberra favourite.
Day 2 - Sunday
Breakfast The Elk and Pea Eating House
This relaxed dining venue, located within the bustling Braddon precinct, is an all-day eatery serving Central American inspired food, with menu items such as Paprika Spiced Eggs and the Dulce – a pear and raspberry bread creation served with coconut cream, Mexican shortbread and vanilla syrup. Enjoy a cheeky morning cocktail with your breakfast, from Bloody Marys to Mimosas.
Morning Pialligo Estate Farmhouse
When you’ve eaten your fill, venture a little out of Canberra to Pialligo Estate Farmhouse, with a boutique smokehouse selling melt-in-your-mouth cured meats and seafood. Housed on the grounds of Pialligo Estate, the smokehouse is a mecca of all-natural, hand prepared products that showcase the best of the region.
Lunch Pod Food
With the sweeping gardens of Pialligo’s plant farm as its view, this quaint 1930s cottage turned restaurant uses only the freshest local produce in their dishes. Choose a table in the cottage or the Gallery, on the deck or the garden terrace and delight in something from their a la carte menu, such as the confit duck leg, served with red cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, apple and puy lentil.
Afternoon Mount Majura Vineyard
Named Canberra District’s ‘Star Cellar Door’ by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. With a vineyard that grows on red volcanic soil containing limestone, the perfect conditions for producing flavoursome boutique wines, Mount Majura also lends a stunning view that can be taken in during the Gumboot Tour.
If time permits Robyn Rowe Chocolates
On your way out of Canberra, visit Robyn Rowe Chocolates' Chocolat D'or in Murrumbateman. Creating ethically produced Belgian chocolates, using only fresh ingredients for the fillings and handcrafted with European methods, Robyn Rowe offers a variety of flavours from hazelnut praline, ginger and French vanilla to jasmine green tea, Frangelico and Butterscotch Schnapps.
If you’re planning on staying in Canberra for a little while longer, Josiah Li, owner of restaurants Chairman & Yip, and Lanterne Rooms recommends dining at Italian and Sons for authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist.
Foodie friendly accommodation in Canberra
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