a favourite foodie destination in the heart of Canberra
Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is Braddon, Canberra’s ever-evolving 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 independent stores showcasing local makers and creatives.
Boutiques & bites to eat
Dotted along popular Lonsdale Street, you'll find a morning's itinerary of perusing and nibbling. The Ori Building in Braddon is home to popular fashion, homeware and design stores such as Handsome Pretty, Enigma Fine Chocolates, Assemblage Project, Rebel Muse, and the ever-popular Frugii Dessert Laboratory. Impress your fellow travellers with the knowledge that Ori's name is bourn of the origami-like folds on the building's facade.
Across the road, the Nibu and Palko buildings host the trifecta of good coffee, great food and excellent shopping. Kyo Coffee Project has fast cemented itself as a local fave for caffeination, while White Chaco delivers Japanese-meets-Taiwanese eats - a must for those craving sashimi and ramen accompanied by a glass of local wine. Bisonhome's storefront is a repository of the ceramics and glasswares that adorn the tables of many local cafes and the kitchen cupboards of Canberrans. Broaden your appreciation for pet-nats, sour beers and small run boutique wines at Blackhearts and Sparrows. Truly unique jewels are yours to purchase at KIN gallery, and the fashions of days past have been curated for you at Lost Vintage.
Coffee and cocktails
The suburb is well known for its coffee with a popular morning brew being poured by the experts at Lonsdale Street Roasters. Barrio Collective Coffee is another Braddon coffee spot that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest coffee connoisseur - their in-house nut milks are a drawcard for locals.
Debacle on Lonsdale Street is a long-term Braddon fixture, serving up ales, wine and pizza with a great relaxed vibe.
Assembly, by definition, is a coming together of people, usually for a particular purpose; the purpose of gathering at this popular spot is memory-making and jubilation, over a tipple or two in one of Braddon's largest venues. If you're craving European goods, then the Braddon Merchant is the spot to go to stock up.
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.
Away from the bustle of Lonsdale Street lies Sage Dining Rooms, awarded TripAdvisor's 2020 best fine dining restaurant in Australia. Nestled in the Gorman Arts Centre, their modern-Australian degustation menu is a hit, especially when paired with local wines.
Prepare to feast
Grease Monkey on Lonsdale Street has become one of the ‘must visit’ foodie destinations in the capital for its burgers and Detroit style pizzas, many of which pay homage to the suburbs' mechanic's garage and car sales yard past. Not far away, you can try a mash up of flavours and fun at Lazy Su.
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.
Nearby on Mort Street, Black Fire Restaurant serves up a Spanish Mediterranean feast. The slow roasting scents will tempt you to try a little of everything from the menu. Choose from Canberra region wines or maybe a nicely matched Spanish tempranillo.
If you're more of a hole-in-the-wall than white-table-cloths sort of diner, you'll find a stool with your name on it at Ramentic. Their limited menu makes choosing a breeze, with the harumaki and dry noodle dishes stand out favourites.
A taste of Scandanavia is yours at Rye - settle in by the fireplace over a cup of coffee and a pastry to capture the essence on a Danish escape.
Every dietary requirement is catered for thanks to Bitten Goodfoods - vegan, keto, paleo, dairy and gluten-free drinks, meals and groceries are available and waiting for everyone to enjoy.
Late-night eaters are covered thanks to the Mandalay Bus, the hard-to-miss bright yellow vehicle parked in the Haig Park carpark to the North of Lonsdale Street. Come for the jalapeno poppers, stay for the satay chicken with kimchi on roti.
This list of experiences is just the beginning! Plan one good thing after another and subscribe to our enewsletter for all the latest things to see and do in Canberra.