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Thumper & Miss Bunny Specialty Coffee

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published April 29th 2017
No bunnies, but plenty of pooches at this dog friendly cafe
Thumper and Miss Bunny is a small cafe located in the popular Gold Creek Village in Nicholls, 20 minutes north of the city. This popular tourist area is well known for having the National Dinosaur Museum, Cockington Green Gardens, Canberra Walk In Aviary and the Canberra Reptile Zoo all in the same vicinity. There are also quaint cafes, galleries and gift shops to explore, making it an area where you could spend a morning or the whole day.

This cute cafe is run by the owners Stefano and Kate, who lovingly roast their own coffee beans and make their own cakes and baked goods on site. My young daughter and I stumbled across the cafe early one brisk Autumn morning, as we were waiting for the Canberra Walk In Aviary to open and were looking for somewhere warm to sit. When we saw the Thumper and Miss Bunny's outside dining area in full sun, with plastic roll-down windows to trap in the heat, we knew we had found our cosy place to have a bite to eat, warm up and wait. What started as a place to enjoy a quick morning tea, soon became a visit to remember, with "wow" frequently said a number of times on our visit.

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The welcoming Thumper and Miss Bunny Specialty Coffee


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Walk around the back to the cute entrance


The entrance to the small cafe is at the back of the building, where you are welcomed with a cute sign and rabbit ornaments, so you know you are in the right place. Here you will find a few tables to sit on the back verandah if you prefer the shade and a leafy view. When we walked in on our visit, one of the owners Stefano was swiftly preparing orders with efficiency and a smile. With just a small area, a sandwich press and an impressive coffee machine, he works wonders behind the counter as each person is served in order. We were told that all the cakes that we were admiring in the display case were made by them, so we ordered a chocolate brownie and a slice of carrot cake to enjoy out in the sunny courtyard. What other cake do you order, when dining at a cafe called Thumper and Miss Bunny!

My young daughter was instantly drawn to the basket of kids games that you can play, the minion toys on the coffee machine and the photos of all the local Gold Creek doggies that frequent the cafe. As we walked into the sunny courtyard, there were two very cute pooches under one of the large tables, happily enjoying their time in the sun.

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Board games, doggie photo wall, menu & minions


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Close up of the Gold Creek doggie wall of fame


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Yes, we're talking about you! Source: Thumper and Miss Bunny Facebook


The outside courtyard area isn't large with two large communal tables, two square tables down the side and a kids table for two. Although there isn't much room, it doesn't matter as the feeling inside the cafe is warm and inviting, as other diners relax and sit back and enjoy their meals. Little vases of tulips adorn each table - a simple thought, but uplifting on a cool morning in Canberra.

As my daughter and I happily waited for our order to arrive, we soon had "food envy" as bacon and egg rolls, toasted banana bread and toasties were delivered to other tables. However, it wasn't long before our own delicious cakes were delivered and devoured - which is where we both looked at each other and said "wow"! As we tried a forkful of each other's cakes, both were particularly flavoursome, moist and delicious. My pot of tea, with fresh tea leaves, was also exceptional and delivered in a cute blue pot - which makes all the difference. With tea this good, next time I will have to try their specialty coffee - which from all reports from other diners, it is equally as exceptional.

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A delicious morning tea in the courtyard


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Pig in the City Toastie - pulled pork, coleslaw and 4 cheese blend on a freshly local made sourdough. Toasties range between $7 - $9. Source: Thumper and Miss Bunny Facebook


Although our stay was reasonably short, as my daughter was on a mission to explore the bird aviary, the memory of Thumper and Miss Bunny lingers on. If I lived locally, this would be a comfortable little cafe to frequent on a regular basis. Over the summer months, it also opens in the evening as a "Night Cafe", with live music and specialised dinner menu. You can find Thumper and Miss Bunny along the main road in the village (O 'Hanlon Place), next to Stripey Sundae ice cream parlour, another quaint shop with delicious flavour combinations.

If you like cute, if you like quaint, then pop into Thumper and Miss Bunny next time you are at Gold Creek Village. You can't get much cuter than their name sake!

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Source: Thumper and Miss Bunny Facebook


* For more dog-friendly cafes in Canberra, see article Dog-Friendly Cafes & Pubs in Canberra.
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Why? A quaint surprise in Gold Creek Village
When: Monday closed. Tuesday to Friday 7am - 4pm, weekends 8am - 4pm.
Phone: 0475 422 552
Where: 11 O'Hanlon Pl, Nicholls ACT 2913
Cost: Reasonably priced meals and drinks
Your Comment
A cafe with rabbits? This has to be the best cafe ever.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11263) 27 days ago
I can't keep up Sue, you're on an absolute roll - well done! Great article!
by Elaine (score: 3|3702) 27 days ago
Sublime!!! THANKYOU SOOO MUCH IM SMITTEN AND THERE ASAP WITH MY HUSKY!!!
by markl (score: 0|4) 26 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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