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Top cafe recommendations from locals

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“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) ”
  • 21 locals recommend
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“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
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“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
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“Best coffee in the neighbourhood and some great breakfasts too. Can get busy in the mornings, but worth the wait.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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“This is a real up and coming bakery/cafe. Now open for dinner on some nights.”
  • 10 locals recommend
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“Health-conscious, rustic eatery with exposed-brick walls, plating inventive Modern Australian food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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“A cafe built around doing the simple things well. nice sun spot popular with locals”
  • 10 locals recommend
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“The brunch is heavy but you won’t go home hungry. Grungy vibes and sunny outdoor seating.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“Phil makes amazing coffees and the menu is unique, high quality with a variety of super healthy options. This is also Canberra's famous FreakShake (TM) Cafe.”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Inside Peppers Hotel on Edinburgh Ave. Traditional Italian and Wine Bar *Our favourites: Campagnola pizza, red wine & whiskey sours. Hint: ask for a table in the bar area, the restaurant gets noisy. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
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“Fantastic views of Canberra. Great walking trails, and if you walk the trails, you're 90% likely to see a kangaroo.”
  • 5 locals recommend
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“Try the fresh Grapefruit juice and smoked trout breakfast - but the whole menu is great.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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“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
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“If you love a variety of eclectic music, this place is your mecca. Leave your expectations at the door and go and enjoy a new experience.”
  • 10 locals recommend
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“Cute and close cafe in Manuka (10 minutes walk away), with its famous award-winning coffee. Good for breakfast and brunch, but is packed out, so go early!”
  • 8 locals recommend
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“Great coffee, tasty breakfasts and friendly service. We love that you can choose between a full serve if you're hungry or half serve if you prefer a smaller breakfast”
  • 6 locals recommend