Best eats, new bars, and popular wineries in Canberra
Updated 8 Jul 2022
From coffee and family-friendly meals to long lunches and after-dinner drinks with mates, this is your guide to the best cafes, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Canberra.
Brunch is serious business in Canberra. Think French toast that melts in your mouth, acai bowls featuring all the colours of the rainbow, and scrambled eggs with a twist. Whether you head to a beloved suburban cafe or to foodie Braddon, make sure you go hungry.
Popular brunch spots include Pollen Café in the Australian National Botanic Gardens and The Cupping Room in NewActon. For artisinal dining with a down to earth feeling, you can't go past Mocan & Green Grout.
Penny University always brings great flavours to brunch with a rotating, creative menu and amazing range of drinks. And nearby, Local Press Cafe is where you'll find fresh greens laiden with perfectly cooked poached eggs, with a view of Lake Burley Griffin from the Kingston Foreshore.
These few are just the beginning of what Canberran's cafe owners bring to the table for breakfast - discover more cafes and restaurants.
Canberrans love their coffee culture with local roasteries and cafés inspiring each other to experiment with new blends and beans. For award-winning coffee head to ONA Coffee House or tick off a classic Canberra experience at Lonsdale Street Roasters.
One of the best kept secrets of the inner North is Intra Coffee, where locals enjoy deliciously brewed coffee alongside a rotating menu of mouth-watering jaffles. Bario Collective Coffee in Braddon is another cute brew spot loved by locals.
Red Brick Coffee is popular with coffee fans as they roast their own beans and have multiple locations throughout the city and the suburbs.
Expect more than mac and cheese on the kids menu in Canberra. Enjoy fresh fish outdoors at Snapper by the Lake where there is often live music and kids can share their chips with some seagulls. There are mini burgers overflowing with local produce at Brodburger which which has two locations: one next to the Canberra Glassworks and the other at Capital Brewing Co. (where the drinks menu is sure to appeal to the parents).
Sit back and enjoy your own meal while the kids explore the playground in the Kitchen Garden at Rodneys, before browsing through the beautiful plant nursery. Or take the kids to Wildflour for a play and a sticky cardamom bun.
Whether you’re looking for a long lunch while out exploring the region or delicious eats in the heart of the city, Canberra’s chefs are already preparing the perfect feast for you. Head to Rebel Rebel, famed for its refined seafood dishes and Bowie-inspired tunes, or feel like you're out in the country and enjoy the paddock-to-plate dining experience at Pialligo Estate.
For a light, boozy lunch, Amici provides authentic Italian grazing spreads to indulge in over crisp drinks. And for a feed alongside views it's hard to go past Ginger at the Arboretum, with sweeping vistas of the city and lake.
If you’re not indulging in something sweet and lovingly hand-crafted are you even on holiday? Canberra's dessert specialist turn making ice cream and cakes into an art form. Head to Space Kitchen for cakes that are almost too pretty to eat, Gelato Messina for frozen delights and Enigma Fine Chocolates for a confectionary bar that looks like Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles artwork.
Hot new eats
Canberra is a quickly growing feast of new restaurants and culinary options to try. Those who flock to Canberra know that they're in for an amazing dining experience.
New to the scene is the Peruvian-infusion Nikkei cuisine at INKA and refined Aussie food at Corella Bar. In a new location, local love XO delivers an innovative, modern approach to traditional South East Asian cuisine that is grounded by an unwavering commitment to unpretentious, honest food and the highest standards of service.
And fresh to the Canberra scene, The Alby serves up a playful night out with dining areas, multiple bars, a Chef’s table for private dining, a beer garden, and a games basement with Australia’s first Duckpin Bowling, pinball, and pool tables.
Planning a special night out? From intimate small bars to fine dining and ever-reliable food and service, elevate date night with these picks that will leave more than a lasting impression. Enjoy candle-lit cocktails at Bar Rochford, find your new favourite Riesling at a tiny bar dedicated to the variety, and dine in style with the degustation menu at Pilot.
A secret gem of the inner south, Vincent specialises in pairing exquisite food with unconventional, specifically sourced wines from around the world. Continue your fine dining tour at EightySix or pop over to Campbell for a light menu and unbeatable drinks at Paranormal Wines.
Did you know Canberra has more hatted restaurants per capita than any other Australian city?
The awarded team at Mu Omakase bases their daily fare on the best in the market that day, with the chef serving dishes to you directly. Longtime legend Courgette never fails to impress and give you a fine dining ambiance experience to enjoy alongside the incredible food.
Book a table early to visit these popular restaurants that are all dedicated to creating exquisite dining experiences.
Great for groups
Not sure where to eat with a group? Want somewhere cool and casual? Hitting the right note for both flavour and atmosphere is Verity Lane Market - with food court style eating but with upscale dining fare and a bar on site for the perfect drink.
Located in Manuka’s trendy shopping and food precinct, Public is warm, social and inviting. It’s where you’ll celebrate good food, good drink, and good company.
Craft breweries and distilleries
Canberra’s craft brewery and distilling scene packs a punch with their products regularly appearing on award lists across the nation.
For a brewery experience, sip a refreshing craft beer at BentSpoke Brewing Co in Braddon or Capital Brewing Co in Fyshwick - which has the space, atmosphere, and indoor Brodburger food truck to satisfy any craving you've got.
Fans of stronger spirits will love Big River Distillery in Fyshwick and The Canberra Distillery in Mitchell, both of which host tasting experiences to help you dive deeper into the anatomy of their tasty gin, whiskey, and more.
Where will you feast?
Food and Drink Guide
Discover even more great eats including Canberra’s great vegetarian offering, pub grub, newest bars, foodie festivals, fresh food markets and high teas in our Food and Drink Guide. If you’re a serious foodie visitor, enjoy a food tour with operators like Canberra Eats, Van du Vin and Dave’s Brewery Tours.