CoffeeThe best places in Canberra for your coffee fix
Lonsdale St Roasters
Local favourite Lonsdale St Roasters has enjoyed so much success, it recently opened a second outlet just a few doors down. With queues regularly stretching down the road, it serves the same freshly roasted beans as its predecessor and has an always-growing food menu.
Price: [Coffee] $
Open: Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Sat: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Address: 39 Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Mocan and Green Grout
Mocan and Green Grout (there’s some sort of accent there somewhere) has stayed the course since 2011, with ever increasing popularity from the early morning cyclists to non-chalant Bohemians. Perched on a corner of a fancy apartment complex in New Acton, Mocan & Green Grout makes a fair go of serving fair trade coffee and sourcing local produce.
Price: [Brunch] $$
Open: Monday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Tuesday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm. Saturday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address: 19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
The Cupping Room
No Canberra coffee experience is complete without a trip to The Cupping Room on University Avenue, where their regular tasting sessions allow customers to sip and slurp a variety of beans from around the world. Price: [Coffee] $ – $$ Open: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. Saturday – Sunday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Address: 1/13 University Ave, Canberra Food: ★★★ Service: ★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★ Read our review
FoodThe best restaurants in Canberra
EightySix in Braddon has no menu – just a handful of dishes written up on the chalkboard wall – and has earned a reputation for its service with a side of attitude, thanks to feisty front of house manager and co-owner Sean Royle. Luckily, the rough and ready approach can be forgiven when you taste chef Gus Armstrong’s food. We named the hottest restaurant in Australia.
Price: [Dinner] $$ – $$$
Open: Mon: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tue – Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Address: Cnr Lonsdale & Elouera St, Braddon
When you’re done getting your cultural fix, you can kick back with a beer and a burger at Brodburger. Located next to Canberra Glassworks, this all-day diner serves flame-grilled patties and baskets of fries, and started life as a pop-up caravan.
Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:00 pm. Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Address: Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Ave, Kingston
Capital Bar & Grill
There’s a mouthwatering antipasti selection with huge wheels of parmigiano-reggiano and legs of ham ready to be sliced, as well as some great steaks that only get better with the addition of a side of ever-so naughty truffled mac and cheese. As if that wasn’t decadent enough, a doughnut dessert sees diners ‘inject’ the jam and vanilla custard fillings themselves.
Price: [Lunch & Dinner] $$
Open: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 10.30pm
Address: 1 London Circuit, Canberra
BoozeThe best bars in Canberra
Molly doesn’t even list an address on its website and, instead, just a series of map coordinates. If you do manage to make it to this dimly lit cellar bar, expect to find classic cocktails accompanied by charcuterie and cheeses.
Price: [Drinks] $$ – $$$
Open: Tue – Sat: 4:00 pm – 2:00 am
Address: Find Them At -35° 16′ 46.45″ S – 149° 7′ 35.23″ E
With it’s moody, Art Deco gangster vibe, Lucky’s is hitting the mark for a slightly more polished crowd looking for somewhere to drink, dance and hold a conversation. Small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to feel like you’re ‘somewhere’. Enter the the secret door in the barber shop…
Price: [Drinks] $$ – $$$
Open: Wed – Sat: 5pm – late
Address: 1 London Circuit, Canberra ACT
Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain opened their own microbrewery and pub this year and fans of their beers rejoiced. The six regular Bentspoke beers on tap include the hoppy, richly flavoured Crankshaft IPA and the Adam’s Cider, which Margrain produces from slow pressed apples. Price: [Drinks] $$ – $$$ Open: Mon – Sun: 11am to Midnight Address: 38 Mort St, Braddon Food: ★★★ Service: ★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★ Localness: ★★★★