A Guide To Canberra Restaurants and Cafes in 2017
Well-known for politics, cool weather, and roundabouts, Canberra hasn’t always been seen as the trendiest of Australian cities. To buck this trend, there have been new developments popping up from one corner to the next, and locals have been delighted to witness a much-needed increase in the number of restaurants and cafes in Australia’s Capital.
Given the political scene, it is no surprise that few people think of Canberra as a foodie hotspot. However, it has become exactly that.
In recent years Canberra restaurants and cafes have been built to create the kind of buzz that pulls in people from around the country, rather than simply to appease the politicians passing through.
Canberra’s culinary scene is quietly thriving, with something on offer for everyone’s taste buds (and wallet).
Whether you’re looking for a weekend away or a full-fledged interstate relocation to Canberra, we’ve got the guide to have you eating your way through Canberra restaurants and cafes in 2017.
A Foodie’s Guide: to Eating Your Way Through Canberra
Canberra packs a punch when it comes to providing scrumptious food options. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a cheap eat or something more upmarket, any of these cafes or restaurants are set to leave you satisfied and wanting ‘back-up’ room in your stomach.
Get Your Coffee and Brunch Fix
When it comes to crisp mornings in Canberra, nothing will warm you up quicker than a hot cup of coffee. Find out where to get the best blend (and single-origin for the coffee snobs) and brunch in Canberra.
The Cupping Room
1-13 University Avenue, Canberra, Civic, ACT
Mon – Fri 7 am to 4 pm, Sat – Sun 8 am to 3 pm
This cafe is a pride of the capital, with an atmosphere that rivals all the rest.
Upon arriving at The Cupping Room, depending on when you stumble down for brunch, you may be confronted with a queue. Be prepared for a wait up to 40 minutes, and if you don’t want to wait, get down earlier in the morning.
You will, no doubt, ask yourself: ‘Is it worth the wait?’
The answer: Yes – 100%.
The Cupping Room is an institution; a hip space with a coffee and breakfast menu to match.
Don’t expect an ambitious or pretentious menu. This cafe keeps it cool by offering classic flavour and food combinations and adjusting them, ever so slightly. Their creative spin on menu staples sees the humble Eggs Benedict turn into a ‘Not So Benedict’, which substitutes ham for silverside, and hollandaise for Dijon blanquette.
Specialising in milk-based coffee blends, if your usual is a long black or espresso, it might be a good idea to skip these and order a latte.
Lonsdale Street Roasters
3/7 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT
Mon – Fri 6.30 am to 4 pm, Sat – Sun 8 am to 4 pm
Lonsdale Street Roasters is an eclectic space, offering a rich and moreish menu.
If you’re travelling, or making the interstate move from Melbourne, you will relish in the familiarity this cafe exudes – it’s very ‘Brunswick’.
Passionate about their coffee, this is a place to grab your dark pour. Pull up a milk crate, relax and enjoy your roast.
Cheap and Cheerful Eats in Canberra
When we want something ‘quick’ that, generally, means ‘cheap’ too. No matter which cuisine or glorious greasy feed you’re on the hunt for, we’ve got it covered below.
23 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT
Tue – Sun 5.30 pm to 4 pm, Sat – Sun 8 am to 4 pm
For a wood-fired pizza, which won’t break the budget, head to Pizza Gusto.
Located in Braddon, this casual Canberra restaurant is popular among locals and provides a casual and comfortable setting.
Firing up the classics you know and love, their menu includes favourites such as Margherita, Napoletana, and Tropicale (Hawaiian). The best part – all 33cm wood-fired pizzas are under $20 each!
40 Bunda St, Canberra, Civic, ACT
Sun – Wed 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 12:00 am
Thur – Sat 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 2:00 am
For some casual and modern Asian fare, you can’t look past Akiba.
This funky, Oriental space fuses Asian flavours together in new-found ways to produce delectable dumplings, bao, and noodles.
Designed for sharing, their menu displays a colourful array of foods, including raw and cured fish, meats, and small plates.
Although casual and quick, the food at Akiba is by no means ‘simple’.
Canberra Glassworks, Kingston, ACT
Tue – Sat 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 10 pm
If you are serious about burgers and looking for the best, no matter what your dietary requirements, Brodburger will provide you with the bun of your dreams.
This burger institution is serious about what they do, serving up over 12 different varieties.
If a classic style burger is what you seek, make sure to order a Brod Burger or Single Cheese.
Brodburger offer gluten free, and vegetarian options.
Canberra Restaurants For Special Occasions
For times when you want the white tablecloth, silver service, and four courses.
3 Blamey Pl, Campbell, ACT
Tue – Fri 12 pm to 2:30 pm, 6 pm to 10 pm
Sat 6 pm to 10 pm
As soon as you enter, Lanterne Rooms will surround you with warmth, moody darkness, and tasteful decor.
The sharing menu on offer provides a selection of food items for most tastes, and, if you’re open to it, requesting that your waiter makes selections for you will enhance your dining experience.
With a menu bursting with flavours and spice, you will walk out of Lanterne Rooms feeling like you have travelled to South Asia.
18 Barker St, Griffith, ACT
Mon – Sat 6 pm to 11 pm
Aubergine is one of Canberra’s most celebrated Mediterranean restaurants, with refined and thought-provoking dishes. Without being overtly experimental, the menu forces you to delve into something different. There is restraint where needed, with the complexity and fusion of flavours never failing.
Aubergine draws a fine line between food and art. The service, produce, decor, and atmosphere creates a cocktail for a truly special culinary experience.
No matter how long you plan on spending in the ACT, make it a must to visit some of the best Canberra restaurants and cafes in this guide.
Living in the ACT or looking to make an interstate move? After unpacking, tantalise your taste buds with this list of the best Canberra restaurants and cafes. If you need a hand with your relocation, the team at Wridgways are happy to help. Get in touch with us here.