Here’s your guide to the best places to go, shop, eat, stay in Fyshwick, just a short 15-minute drive from Canberra’s city centre.

Where to go

Do as the locals do and head to the Dairy Road precinct to enjoy a classic combo – bouldering at BlocHaus, burgers from the BrodBurger food truck, and locally crafted beers from Capital Brewing Co. Test your skiing and snowboarding skills at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports or see masterpieces by emerging artists at the Grainger Gallery.

Two men looking at climbing routes in front of a wall of boulders.
Which route will you climb at BlocHaus?

Two-minutes down the road you’ll find a nature reserve full of bird song. Home to over 160 species of feathered friends, choose a walking trail and weave your way through Jerrabomberra Wetlands.  Or for a complete change of pace, release your inner viking and learn the ancient art of axe throwing at Axxe. Why not release some energy at Breakr, Canberra's dedicated break room where you can smash anything and everything safely?

Test your skills at Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports.

Where to shop

Pack your shopping bags because Fyshwick is full of speciality stores, retro-inspired shops and bargains. For great sales on brands you love head to the Canberra Outlet Centre or find a bespoke piece on the local vintage trail. Those looking for retro homeware and outfits with personality will love the curated wares at the Designer Op Shop Emporium and Dirty Janes.

A woman in denim jacket browsing items in a boutique.
Find your new favourite outfit at the Designer Op Shop Emporium in Fyshwick. Photo by Collections from Him.

For local produce and signature Canberra flavours stop by the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets or to find your next great read from 1.2km worth of bookshelves drop by Canty’s Bookshop. Harry Potter fans of all ages will want to see the magic of Quizzic Alley for themselves. Take a selfie in the Weasley’s flying car or browse the largest collection of official Harry Potter merchandise in Australia.

A shop filled with Harry Potter merchandise with a Hogwarts look and feel.
Quizzic Alley in Fyshwick is a must-visit shop for all Harry Potter fans. Photo by Collections from Him.

Where to eat

The urban reinvention of industrial Fyshwick has been fuelled by the coffee houses and bakeries the locals love in this suburb. For a caffeine hit and friendly service head to  Red Brick Coffee's flagship store that is part coffee shop, part roastery. If you like your cuppa brewed by a barista with a mantlepiece lined with awards, order the hitman at Ona Coffee House. Founded by a World Barista Champion, Ona’s signature blend has its own mantlepiece full of its own shiny trophies.

A freshly poured local brew in a pint glass being handed across a wooden counter.
Fresh brews and and good vibes await you at Capital Brewing Co.

The smell of freshly baked bread will welcome you into Flute Bakery before their glass cabinet full of meticulously decorated tarts makes your mouth water. If you’re craving a classic brunch or gourmet panini, Wildflour has you covered. Take the taste of Canberra home with you with Urban Providore’s wide range of artesian products, from local cool-climate wines to regional vinaigrettes.

Where to sleep

Thanks to the capital’s design everything is just a short drive away – including the perfect place to rest and relax after a day exploring Fyshwick. Book a stay at the Ramada by Wyndham Diplomat Canberra to enjoy bespoke touches such as a book exchange, bike hire, pillow menu and in-room workouts. In the leafy nearby suburb of Narrabundah, you’ll find Ibis Styles Canberra. This 4-star hotel has everything from an outdoor pool to a guest laundry to make your stay relaxing and easy. For self-contained studios complete with kitchenettes and tranquil views over the Capital Golf Course, book in at Abode Narrabundah.