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Food and restaurants in Canberra

Top restaurants

Shopping Centre
“City center has everything you need including retail outlets, supermarkets, cinema, cafe & restaurants.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Asian fusion place down near Canberra centre. Stays open longer than most. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great bar style food and drinks. Open till midnight most nights, later on the weekend. Sport on the big screen. Beautiful views outside. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Monster Bar has become the poster child of Canberra ‘cool’. The main dining area is worth a visit. The menu is mostly share plates of local produce. Try to get a table near the fireplace. Reservations highly recommended”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“If you love drinking beer it's highly recommended. No preservative, no headaches, nice and fresh. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is one of the best burger places in Canberra. We recommend tre Brod Chicken!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“Local cafe/restaurant, bar and live music scene. Grab a cheap drink during happy hour on Fridays between 5.30-6.30pm”
  • 18 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Fine dining at Griffith shops. Very exclusive and bookings required. I've only been here once many years ago but if you want to spoil yourself this might be the place. One of the smartest restaurants in Canberra.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Corner University Ave and London Circuit One of the best coffee shops in Australia, if not the world - their baristas have won the World Championships. They don’t take bookings so on the weekends expect a queue of people waiting for a table – it’s worth the wait, or get there just before opening. The food is excellent and the coffee even better. *Our favourites: - Flat White on Raspberry Candy blend. - Avo. - Salted Caramel Popcorn Milkshake 7am to 4pm weekdays, 8am to 3pm weekends. Hint: There’s a takeaway window around the corner for coffee and pastries (near the grassy area) ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“Bottom of Marcus Clarke St, New Acton (Look for the Modern Man sculpture out the front – you’ll know it when you see it) Crowded, quirky and friendly. Mostly local produce. *Our favourites: Porridge or the Ricotta & Honey Toast 7 am Monday to Saturday, 8 am on Sundays. Dinner from 6pm Tuesday – Saturday. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Café
“Good coffee and standard breakfast fare. Has stood the test of time, nothing fancy other than the decor. Sit upstairs and people watch Lonsdale Street from the big windows.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“Best coffee in the neighbourhood and some great breakfasts too. Can get busy in the mornings, but worth the wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“This is a real up and coming bakery/cafe. Now open for dinner on some nights.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“Health-conscious, rustic eatery with exposed-brick walls, plating inventive Modern Australian food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“A cafe built around doing the simple things well. nice sun spot popular with locals”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“The brunch is heavy but you won’t go home hungry. Grungy vibes and sunny outdoor seating.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Bakeries

Café
“If you don't eat meat (or any animal products) then this is the place for you. If you do, then this is also the place for you, because it's really good!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
“Beautiful artisan bakery. Pick up a tasty sourdough and run, or sit with a pastry and the paper.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Coffee and an interesting menu. They are also famous for their sourbreads, so try it!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Building
“An eclectic cultural precinct where urban architecture and artisan luxe come out to play. Think Balinese-inspired courtyards surrounded by art deco hotels, wine and cocktail bars, and fair-trade coffee. While exploring NewActon, head to the sophisticated Ovolo Nishi to dine at Australian Hotel Guide's best bar, Monster Kitchen and Bar. Be sure to snap a selfie on the extremely photogenic grand staircase in the Nishi building while you are there.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“Pastries and savouries in a bustling spot with blackboard menus and ample streetside seating.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“French crepes that are reliably delicious. Wear your runners if you feel like a half hour walk, otherwise 5 mins drive. They do savoury but this is where I go if I’m craving something sweet, try the lemon curd and strawberry crepes! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great coffee. Open early for breakfast. Good breakfast and naughty pastries.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends