Just across the road from Kingston sits Canberra's only urban waterside community. Hugging Lake Burley Griffin and Bowen Park, Kingston Foreshore, or ‘the Foreshore’ as locals call it, is a growing and vibrant destination. With multiple paths for lakeside walks and a busy boardwalk lined with a plethora of eating and drinking options, it is a fabulous place to while away the afternoon and watch day turn into night.

Fuel up for the day

Start your day in Kingston with a wholesome and seasonal breakfast at Penny University (Kennedy Street) and watch the action in the kitchen from your table, or visit Highgate Lane coffee roasters (Cusack Centre) where they roast their coffee beans on site.

If sweet is more your style, Silo Bakery and Cafe (Giles Street) has a cabinet full of tarts, pastries and artisan breads freshly made daily on site. Try their chocolate and chestnut tart, a local favourite that sells out quickly.

The selection of tarts at Silo
Sweet tooths will be in mouth-watering heaven with Silo's selection of tarts and pastries

Head over to Essential Ingredient (Jardine Street) where your MasterChef inspired creations can come alive with their wide range of kitchen appliances, utensils and ingredients that cover the standard to the unusual. Their cheese range will suit all types of connoisseurs, and they stock Australia’s best bacon, smoked locally a suburb or two away at Pialligo Estate.

Pound the pavement!

Take a short walk down Giles Street to the Kingston Arts Precinct (Wentworth Ave). This artistic hub centres around some of Canberra's historic industrial buildings. Grab your camera to capture the architecture of the Fitters' Workshop, Kingston Powerhouse and Former Transport Depot. Watch artists in action, visit the gallery spaces or book into a class at the Canberra Glassworks or Megalo Print Studio + Gallery. Pick a unique gift or souvenir from their gift shops featuring the works of local artists. The Former Transport Depot is a hive of activity on Sundays when the Old Bus Depot Markets are on. A mix of food, produce, arts and antiques, it is easy to spend a few hours wandering through the stalls.

On the Kingston Foreshore you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options
On the Kingston Foreshore you are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options

Time to refuel, relax and unwind

Nestled behind Glassworks is local institution and popular burger joint Brodburger. Choose your cheese, place your order and check the expected wait time (did we mention this place is popular?). Our tip is after placing your order, watch the glassblowers in action or head down to Bowen Park to photograph Lake Burley Griffin.

On the Foreshore (Eastlake Parade) you are spoilt for choice with a strip of eating and drinking opportunities. Order a cocktail at the Spanish-inspired Betti Bravo’s or cold beers from The Dock. Or if you feel like something sweet, indulge in chocolates at Max Brenner, fresh waffles and ice-cream at Movenpick or visit Molto Italian for 'Nonna Tosolini’s' Tiramisu and an espresso.

With the blend of old and new, the Kingston precinct is an exciting area to explore.

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