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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Canberra Eating Recommendations

Social life in Canberra centers around eating. On any given weeknight, you'll struggle to get a table at many restaurants. On weekends, the restaurants are packed to the brim. This is because (1) it is a city of public servants, with high disposable incomes and short working hours relative to other cities (2) there isn't much else to do- the pub/bar/club scene is disappointing, and on Saturday nights it is common for all movies to sell out.

As such, I spent many hours in cafes and restaurants around Canberra. Here is my list of the best places to eat in Canberra.

All photos are my own, from previous blog posts :-)

Favourite brunch spots:
  • Pizzazz, Kingston - great menu that changes weekly. Really good sweet options.
  • Ona Coffee, Manuka - yum, friendly and relaxed with nice outdoor seating (for sunny days).
  • Farmer's Daughter, Yarralumla - good food and coffee.
  • A Bite to Eat, Chifley - great food, lots of choices, cosy and cute decor.
  • Beess & Co, Yarralumla - delicious food, friendly service, lovely outdoor seating.
Ona Coffee



 Favourite coffee:
  • Cafe Velo, Kingston
  • Bittersweet, Kingston
  • Ona Coffee, Manuka
  • Farmer's Daughter, Yarralumla
  • Lonsdale Street Roasters, Braddon
  • Paperplate Cafe, Parkes 

 Favourite gourmet baguette lunch spots:
  • Dobinsons, Civic (the standalone cafe, not the stall inside Canberra Center)
  • Idelic, Kingston

Favourite cheap eats/drinks:
  • 2 for 1 Monday night steaks at the Durham, Kingston
  • $8 for a huge meal at Burmese Curry House, Civic
  • $8 barramundi, chips and salad at the Canberra Labor Club, Civic (certain weeknights only, and you also need membership for one person in your group which costs $5 for a year)
  • $6 deluxe cocktails at the Helenic Club, Woden (need a member, can't remember the cost)
  • $9.50 for a huge kebab from Turkish Halal Pide House, Yarralumla (I don't think it's that amazing taste or quality wise, but it sure is huge)
  • Global Cafe (Ethiopian), Civic

Favourite desserts / sweets:
  • Max Brenner, Belconnen
  • Tarts from Silo Bakery, Kingston
  • Goodberry's Frozen Custard, Wanniassa (and has just opened in Belconnen too apparently)

 Max Brenner

Favourite pizza: Pork Barrel, Parkes

 Pork Barrel

Favourite laksa: Asian Noodle House (Dickson is preferred to Civic, but not by a huge margin)

 Asian Noodle House

 Favourite Thai: Soi-VII Thai, Griffith

Soi-VII Thai

Favourite Vietnamese: Griffith Vietnamese, Griffith

Favourite dumplings: Shanghai Dumpling House, Acton (Civic)

Favourite Indian: Blu Ginger, Civic
 Blu Ginger

Favourite turkish: Turkish Pide House, Civic (There are other branches but I haven't tried them)

Favourite steak: The Durham, Kingston

Favourite burger: Brodburger, Kingston


Favourite modern Australian: 
  • Podfood, Pialligo
  • The Artisan, Narrabundah


  1. You've made me well and truly motivated to go get some dinner, lol.
    Love the look of those cafe baked beans. Have bookmarked in case I am ever in Canberra!

  2. Canberra is a great place to live! We love it for the flexible working hours, great wages, and the laid back slow paced lifestyle. Its safe, easy to get around, close to the beach, and snow and with fantastic multicultural food, ie Ethiopian, Himalayan, Thia, Turkish, the best Vietnamese at Griffith, the list goes on.

    Now that you are back in Perth, I hope we see more of the exciting night life scene and food places there. I do like Miss Mauds and especially the Swedish cakes with green icing, yum.

    Hope you are settling in well. Its getting cold now, I bet you are happy to be in warmer weather. Our pipes haven't frozen yet, so its not as cold as last year. T x


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