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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.

A grey plate with french toast.

Brunch

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.

A man pouring milk into a cup of coffee.

Coffee

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.

A child and his father eating burgers from Brodburger.

Family-friendly meals

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.

A Bite to Eat is a south Canberra establishment, serving up hearty meals and conveniently neighbouring a playground. To please a big family gathering, order a Turkish feast that everyone will enjoy.

A fork and knife being cut into a plate of food at Rebel Rebel, located in NewActon.

Long lunches

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.

A selection of cakes and desserts in a display cabinet at Space Kitchen.

Sweet treats

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.

Enjoy a treat you wouldn't guess was vegan at Sweet Bones Cafe or dive into the best sausage roll you've ever had at Three Mills Bakery.

Three friends clinking glasses over share platters at a winery.

Wineries

With more than 140 vineyards and 40 wineries within 35 minutes, you can linger longer in Canberra's cool-climate wine region. Pair your glass of vino with a charcuterie board at Lerida Estate, wood-fired pizza at Four Winds Vineyard, and delicious views at Brindabella Hills Winery.

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.

A couple enjoying cocktails at Lazy Su in Braddon.

Date night

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.

Local favourite Lazy Su still provides a retro inspired Japanese dinner that's hard to beat, and recently expanded their greatness to Baby Su for more opportunities to eat cheesburger springrolls.

A bowl of food and a glass of wine served up at Chairman and Yip, located inside Hotel Realm in Barton.

Hatted restaurants

Did you know Canberra has more hatted restaurants per capita than any other Australian city? 

Expect fine dining and views across Lake Burley Griffin at The Boat House, a restaurant hidden in an arts precinct at Sage, and tantalising Chinese cuisine at Chairman & Yip.

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.

A group of three kids enjoying burgers and milkshakes from Brodburger.

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.

For great Asian eats head to Canberra-favourite Akiba, enjoy authentically Indian food at Daana, or grab a hearty pub style meal with style at Edgar’s Inn.

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.

A man serving gin

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?

Sage restaurant interior

Sage

Night street view of Corella Bar

Corella Bar

Lerida Estate building with vineyard in the foreground

Lerida Estate

By Shots by Sal

Brindabella Hills Winery

Interior bar

Verity Lane Market

Sunset over the lake

The Boat House

Chairman & Yip dining room

Chairman & Yip

Father and son enjoying their meal

Brodburger at the Glassworks, Kingston

BentSpoke food and drink

BentSpoke Brewing Co.

Wide view of the dining floor

Capital Brewing Co.

Barman lighting a cocktail on the bar

Bar Rochford

Evening drinks at RIzla

Rizla

Sashimi

Raku

People dining at Inka

Inka

Interior of Rebel

Rebel Rebel

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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.

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