The centre of attraction
Whether pining over designer buys in boutique stores, taking a ride on a magical carousel or enjoying some of the best national and international cuisine in Canberra, Civic is a real crowd-pleaser.
Myer and David Jones lead an outstanding collection of Australian and international fashion labels at the Canberra Centre, the shopping complex located in the heart of the city. The Canberra Centre boasts a stunning range of more than 260 specialty stores including Zara, sass & bide, Hugo Boss, Sportscraft and Oroton.
Step outside the Canberra Centre and you’ll find boutiques, street fashion, alternative music and independent book stores in arcades in City Walk and Garema Place. In nearby Petrie Plaza you’ll find the famous 1914 merry-go-round which has been sending kids into circles of delight in Canberra since 1974.
After a busy day in the city, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the many exciting restaurants and cafes that call Civic home.
The Canberra Centre offers a range of national and international cuisine choices along its alfresco dining strip known as the North Quarter. Try Cream, Sammy’s Kitchen, popular Mexican restaurant Guzman y Gomez or Jamie’s Kitchen. CBD Dumpling House, around the corner on Bunda Street is a haven for all dumpling devotees!
The nearby Melbourne and Sydney Buildings offer all sorts of superb fare. From Japanese (Iori Japanese Restaurant) and Thai (Thirst Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar) to Italian (Mezzalira), these historic buildings have plenty to offer the hungry traveller. Hidden within the Melbourne Building is the unassuming Loading Zone, serving delicious but simple Italian food.
Canberra City is also home to Courgette, offering some of Canberra’s most upmarket fare, as well as Temporada, known for its quirky take on all your favourite cuisines. Benchmark Wine Bar is a must visit for all wine connoisseurs, offering a delectable dining experience.
Fit for culture vultures
While in the city, take in a show at the Canberra Theatre Centre or The Street Theatre. Or wander through the Canberra Museum and Gallery, a vibrant place in the heart of the city that celebrates the region's social history and visual arts with dynamic exhibitions and events.
Movie lovers will love Dendy Cinema Canberra, conveniently located in the heart of Civic and screening the best in international film, blockbusters and family-friendly films.
Bars and night spots
Why not dance the night away at the city’s hottest nightclubs and bars? Garema Place is home to a variety of popular cocktail lounges and wine bars, including Honkytonks, Shorty’s, Playground Bar and Hippo Co. Nearby King O’Malley’s is another Garema Place go-to for live music, pub food and local entertainment.
The Sydney and Melbourne Buildings boast numerous night spots including the multi-levelled Mooseheads, Treehouse and Highball Express as well as the Irish pub PJ O’Reilly’s. For something completely different, visit the White Rabbit Cocktail Room on Northbourne Avenue, an Alice in Wonderland-themed hideaway for those who like their tea parties with a twist.
Canberra’s biggest pub, the Uni Pub, features five levels of fun, including restaurants, a pool hall, cocktail bar and a nightclub. In nearby Hobart Place, push open an unassuming wooden door to enter the underground speakeasy Molly. Featuring an extensive range of whisky, ciders and craft beers, as well as a stunning wine list and range of charcuterie, Molly is a growing favourite by those in the know.
You can even have a flutter at Casino Canberra on Allara Street, with its fantastic dining venue and wide range of games, or drop into one of the many licensed clubs in the area.
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