Hip and happening in the heart of Canberra
Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is Braddon, Canberra’s ever-changing shopping and foodie precinct where you’ll find a mingled assortment of boutiques, cafes, bakeries, restaurants and bars. At the heart of this hipster haven is Lonsdale Street, which flaunts an exciting variety of pop-up stores and quirky small businesses.
The Ori Building Treasure Trove
The new Ori Building in Braddon is home to a range of popular fashion, homeware and design stores such as Handsome Pretty, AGENCY, Assemblage Project, Rebel Muse, a gentleman's barbershop 'Groomed' and the ever-popular Frugii Dessert Laboratory. There is also a stack of cafes serving up delicious coffee and treats.
Coffee and cocktails
The suburb is well known for its coffee with the original Lonsdale Street Roasters, which now has two Braddon locations. Barrio Collective Coffee is another Braddon coffee spot that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest coffee connoisseur.
For liquid beverages of a different kind, Knightsbridge Penthouse is a great place for music and martinis in the heart of Braddon.
Debacle on Lonsdale Street is a long-term Braddon fixture, serving up ales, wine and pizza with a great relaxed vibe.
BentSpoke Brewing Co. provides a world-class beer experience with 18 different beers and ciders brewed on site, while around the corner at Hopscotch you’ll find a beer garden and barbecue, perfect for a Sunday evening session.
Prepare to feast
Grab a bite to eat from vans and street food vendors at The Hamlet. Fans of BrodDogs, Mr Papa and Spit Shack have been beating a path to this urban village since it set up shop. After a bite to eat, stop by Kin Gallery to check out beautifully made artisan jewellery and homewares.
The Elk & Pea Eating House on Lonsdale Street has become one of the ‘must visit’ brunch destinations in the capital for its quirky mix of breakfasts with Central American flair and a breakfast cocktail menu.
Nearby on Lonsdale Street, Italian and Sons continues to set the benchmark for authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable service. A modern interpretation on the Roman trattoria, Italian and Sons uses the best local produce available, including from their very own farmyard.
Across the road is the restaurant, eightysix. The owners of eightysix are all about giving people good modern food, booze and a really good time. The name "eightysix" comes from the act of crossing off or '86-ing' a dish from the menu due to the kitchen selling out! The caramel popcorn sundae with peanut brittle, rich popcorn ice cream and a broken waffle cone is quite the hit.
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