Celebrate art and design in all its forms

NewActon is a cultural precinct that has well and truly put Canberra on the map for design, creativity and originality. At the heart of NewActon is Nishi, the much-loved ‘pineapple-shaped’ building which won International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London. With plenty of things to see and do, NewActon is the epitome of new Canberra cool.

Things to see and do in NewActon

Explore the sculptures woven between the buildings of NewActon as you stroll to the Palace Electric Cinema. Enjoy your film with a coffee or a glass of something stronger from the Prosecco Bar, or indulge in some gourmet delights from the Electric Espresso Cafe.

Outdoor sculptures and art in the NewActon precinct
Take time to wander through the NewActon precinct and admire the outdoor sculptures and art

Every eatery and building in NewActon celebrates art featuring a range of contemporary artists as well as designers that specialise in giving a second life to repurposed materials.

NewActon also boasts a fantastic program of events.  Whether you like to stretch away your stress with some yoga, taste local wines, or soothe the soul with retail therapy or a spa session at Soma Day Spa, NewActon has plenty of entertainment options up its very fashionable sleeve.

Catch some zzzz’s

If NewActon sounds like your cup of tea then why not stay right amongst it? Huddled within the intriguing Nishi building is the acclaimed Ovolo Nishi, the essence of designer cool and delivering award-winning sustainability in style.

A woman in the Ovolo Nishi library, stocked with art, architecture and design books
The Ovolo Nishi is famous for its art, architecture and design.

For accommodation with a touch of history and heritage, check out the beautifully appointed Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra, a luxury art deco boutique hotel. Or for sleek designer rooms with a touch of Canberra-centric quirk, book your home away from home at QT Canberra. With Capitol Bar & Grill literally at your doorstep, you may never want to leave. 

People sit around the well-stocked bar at Lucky’s Speakeasy in Canberra.
You’ll be feeling lucky that you found Lucky’s Speakeasy, an intimate bar nestled within QT Canberra.

Nibbles at NewActon

A visit to NewActon is not complete without an encounter with Monster Kitchen and Bar, a welcome intruder on the ground floor of the spectacular Ovolo Nishi. This hatted, award-winning restaurant represents the perfect blend of simplicity, quality and artisan luxe. Seasonal plant-based ingredients, an impressive wine list and impeccable service combine to create an unforgettable dining experience.

A man drinking coffee at Močan & Green Grout
You feel like you’re eating at a friend’s house at Močan & Green Grout, NewActon

Močan & Green Grout is a popular spot for a great cup of coffee or a delicious meal. Močan & Green Grout was conceived as a place that evokes the warmth and familiarity of eating in a good friend’s kitchen. The dinner menu is a collection of shared dishes inspired by world cooking traditions that change every week, and the ethical cafe serves fair-trade coffee and uses local produce and herbs grown in a planter by the front door.

Nearby, traditional Italian restaurant Bicicletta, found within Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra, remains a favourite dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a range of delicious produce sourced from local suppliers as well as from Italy. 

Offering all-day dining, the locals flock to Rebel Rebel for its delicate fish dishes as well as plant-based options. Dine under the impressive ceiling constructed with angular beams made of recycled public-housing timber or choose a bottle of wine to enjoy at home from their bottle shop.

Parlour Wine Bar
Sample local cool-climate vinos at Parlour Wine Bar.

For a nightcap, the decadent and lavish Parlour Wine Room continues to be well recognised as the place to whet your tastebuds with a choice of Spanish wines and morsels, plus a wide selection of premium Canberra district wines.

If you'd prefer to go underground, High Jinks is an exciting, yet small bar hidden below Morning Glory that packs a serious punch, serving high-end, over the top modern cocktails. 

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