March 29, 2019
There’s more to Canberra's art scene than meets the eye, with its innovative, varied and vibrant arts scene complemented by artists who constantly push the boundaries. Offering a variety of events both on and off stage, Canberra is the perfect place to soak up a rich arts culture. Here’s a two-day guide to get you started.
Day 1 – Saturday
In the inner north suburb of Lyneham, head to Tilley’s Devine Cafe Gallery, a Canberra institution known as 'Tilley's' offering a relaxed dining atmosphere both indoors and out. Choose from the selection of hearty breakfast items on the menu and enjoy some live music.Visit Tilley's Devine Cafe
Take a drive to Belconnen and enjoy this multi-disciplinary arts centre, where you’ll find a full program of creative arts activities and events. Take part in a visual arts class or a craft workshop, peruse the weekend markets or catch one of the many art exhibitions in the spacious galleries.Visit Belconnen Arts Centre
Stop at Barrio Collective in the precinct of Braddon on your way back to the city centre. Expect a menu highlighting seasonal local produce and a welcoming atmosphere, and coffee crafted by masters of both traditional and contemporary brewing methods.Visit Barrio Collective
Come face-to-face with the famous, the infamous and the sometimes forgotten icons of Australian history – from the distant past to the absolute present – at the National Portrait Gallery. The Portrait Gallery’s vast spaces host vibrant exhibitions, lectures, education programs and events. You can also take an interactive Portrait Story tour.Visit National Portrait Gallery
Pay a visit to Canberra’s premiere performing arts venue, where you’ll discover world-class performing arts and entertainment to suit all tastes, from Australia and around the world. Take your pick from theatre, drama, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, music, musicals, puppetry and physical theatre.Visit Canberra Theatre Centre
Round out the evening with dinner at one-hatted restaurant Capitol Bar & Grill. Meat and seafood feature heavily here, with favourites Sicilian Style Tuna and New York Sirloin taking centre stage. With its proximity to Canberra Theatre Centre, this is the perfect spot for pre or post show eats. After dinner, continue to the Capitol Bar, where an extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails will have you singing in no time.Visit Capitol Bar & Grill
Day 2 – Sunday
Variety is what makes this buzzy cafe in suburban Deakin great - from the numerous breakfast options and add-ons to the seemingly endless beverage menu. You'll want to try one of everything, so don't be surprised if you find yourself going back again. It's an ideal spot for a lazy weekend brunch.Visit Doubleshot
Wander through Canberra's largest privately owned commercial gallery which was established in 1975. It features three galleries and a dedicated print room showcasing works of contemporary Australian artists. Also with an onsite cafe, theKitchen, it's a few minutes walk from the Royal Australian Mint.Visit Beaver Galleries
The team behind popular Narrabundah eatery XO dish up their own twist on a fusion of Australian and Asian food and rituals connected to morning meals. From twists on the classic avo and egg dishes to Hainanese Chicken you can grabe a bite to eat daily until 3pm. Morning Glory is set against the dramatic backdrop of charred walls, courtesy of the fire that ripped through the area in 2011.Visit Morning Glory
Nishi Gallery in the creative NewActon precinct is a blank space for artists and curators to display all types of visual art and also plays host to some performances. This contemporary gallery is nestled next to Parlour Wine Room, perfect for an alfresco drink afterward.Visit Nishi Gallery
Wander down to Palace Electric Cinema for a luxe cinematic experience. With the best selection of international cinema, art-house and quality new release films, Palace Electric Cinema is an ideal place to unwind in style.Visit Palace Electric Cinema
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