Canberra dining and cafe hit list
Canberra’s precincts offer a treasure trove of hotels, restaurants cafes and bars. Choose something close to your event or accommodation or explore the cuisine on offer in another precinct. Start with this selection so you can suggest the top-rated restaurants and coffee stops to your business event attendees.
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Dining in Braddon
Like your Mediterranean food? This place really shows off Mediterranean food and culture with rustic meat, seafood and vegetable dishes cooked through the open fire roast, wood fire oven and charcoal grill.
45/38 Mort Street, Braddon
Definitely worth a visit for the food, and the fun. The menu is written up on blackboards in the restaurant with dishes crossed off, or '86’d' when they’ve run out. Choose from small or large dishes, many designed to share, and get in quick for the gorgeous desserts.
Mode 3 Building, Elouera Street, Braddon
Who doesn’t love a great breakfast? This place has plenty of yummy treats to start your day. Old school café/diner meets modern restaurant. And the best bit? You can do whatever you please – grab a burger and beer, grab a quick taco or share a milkshake with a friend.
21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Celebrate Italian food in Braddon on the fringe of the city centre. Italian & Sons is the destination to choose for ‘old school' Italian. Enjoy traditional dishes like braised lamb shoulder or wood fired pizza accompanied by a wine list of mostly Italian wine or Australian-grown Italian varieties.
7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Dining in NewActon
Perhaps the pick of the NewActon restaurants, Monster is ready and rearing to deliver a taste sensation, located in the uber-hip Hotel Hotel. Far from the usual eatery you’d find inside a hotel, its modern, trendy dishes deliver on taste, appearance and originality. Bookings recommended.
Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton
Grab a coffee, breakfast, lunch or dinner here and you’ll feel like you’re eating in a good friend’s kitchen. This lovely, warm and inviting space is made even better by its very good fair trade coffee, local farm produce and a simple and ever changing menu to reflect Canberra’s four seasons.
1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, New Acton
What’s in a name? This one is short for Acton Baker. And these guys are seriously good bakers. Hit it for artisan baked breads, fresh seasonal local and regional food from the restaurant, or a contemporary cocktail in the downstairs bar.
NewActon Pavilion Unit 2, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton
Dining in the City Centre
This is modern dining at its best. With food focused on the charcoal grill, the menu is simple and the emphasis is on a casual dining feel. The menu is equally as strong on seafood, as it is on quality pork, beef and spatchcock, and the desserts often feature yummy seasonal fruits.
15 Moore Street, Canberra City
The Cupping Room is a concept cafe project by Ona Coffee designed to take you on a flavour journey. What’s "cupping"? Cupping is the process coffee roasters and growers use to judge coffees next to each other without bias. Here you can let your tastebuds savour the fine coffee flavours and actually learn about the good bean. Food, wine and tea are also available. If you're lucky, you may meet Ona’s founder and owner, Sasa Sestic, who was crowned 2015 World Barista Champion.
1/1-13 University Avenue, Canberra City
Many who have dined here put this one high on the list of the best places to eat in Canberra. And it’s no wonder, especially if it’s a luxury dining experience you’re after. Settle in for a slow, savouring dining experience, or book for intimate dining in the private rooms, the Boardroom or the Cellar. The menu is sophisticated with a French influence from European-trained chef, James Mussillon.
54 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City
One focus and one only. Coffee. Harvest makes delicious, full flavoured and great quality coffee. The owners say they love coffee, need coffee and breathe coffee. So if you want to join them in their coffee worshipping world, be sure to head here.
40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City
Dining in Kingston, Kingston Foreshore and Manuka
Its contemporary look and feel as part of the Kingston Foreshore is befitting as it offers a very modern take on traditional Thai cuisine. There are plenty of small tasters and entrees, mains and desserts on offer with a well thought out wine list to match.
18/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore
This place is a Kingston hero. Long loved in Kingston for its amazing sweet tarts and breads, you can’t walk past without getting sucked in by the delightful aromas of fresh baked sourdough and baguettes. Silo also has a fantastic breakfast and lunch menu, and coffee to rival all. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
36 Giles Street, Kingston
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.
15 Kennedy Street, Kingston
Over at the Kingston shops you’ll be invited to ‘happy dining’ with Pomegranate. Simple and tasty food combines modern Australian with a Mediterranean influence of mainly Turkish cuisine. Diners can enjoy the rustic, semi-industrial atmosphere for lunch or dinner.
31 Giles Street, Kingston
Who’s up for a lake view with their brew? 38 Espresso is a great place to stop in for great coffee, and early morning offers some of the best lake views in Canberra – luscious latte, creamy cappuccino, single origin Mexican coffee, local Real Chai or signature Boardwalk Blend…there are so many choices. Breakfast and lunch menus are simple and delicious.
4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore
Brodburger started life in an old red gypsy caravan pumping out flame grilled burgers to locals. It got so popular that Brodburger now has a permanent residency in the historic Canberra Glassworks building, next to the Old Bus Depot Markets. Pop into this buzzing little restaurant to try a Brodburger now.
Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
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