Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee & breakfast with a view
332 Manhattan is a light and airy café situated across the road from Glebe Park, on the corner of Bunda and Akuna Streets in the CBD. The central location of this café underneath the Manhattan On The Park apartment building makes it just a short walk from the Canberra Centre shopping centre and nearby office buildings. Locals and tourists from the apartments above, shoppers and joggers visit the cafe. However, most of their clientele is from the many office buildings all around the city. For this reason, 332 Manhattan is open Monday to Friday only.
The outside of the café has quaint, small pots of flowers by the entrance and as you walk inside, the interior is warm and inviting with wooden panelling, greenery, lamps and homewares covering every shelf and available space. What attracted me to this bright and cheerful corner café, was the sign out the front that advertised it sold the locally-made Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee, a particular favourite of mine and many Canberrans. On a surprisingly cold morning in February, I was eager to warm up from the inside and also taste their chosen blend on offer. With the smell of coffee slowly weaving its way out the door, I was lured in by the tantalising smell and promise of seriously good coffee. I wasn't disappointed.
Mmmm....the smell of coffee beans! Source: 332 Manhattan Facebook
With a friendly "Good Morning" from the barista behind the counter, this café makes you feel comfortable as soon as you walk through the door. Although I had planned on buying a takeaway coffee and something tasty from the display cabinet inside the door, I decided to stay and enjoy breakfast and coffee on my own - a decadent treat on a rare morning all to myself. The Breakfast menu is extensive, with over a dozen choices over two small pages, with a variety of delicious choices ranging between "Bacon and Egg Roll with free range egg and double smoked bacon" ($9) and a "Manhattan Breakfast with grilled chorizo sausage, bacon, mushrooms, roasted tomato, homemade beans, New York potatoes, with your choice of eggs on toast" ($20).
I chose the "Manhattan Granola with locally made honey roasted granola with yoghurt and fruit" ($15) and when it arrived, it was colourful, crunchy and bursting with fresh berries and flavour. I could easily have this bowl of goodness every morning of the week and although I struggled to finish it, I was determined to enjoy every last mouthful.
Manhattan Granola and a hot Lonsdale Street Roasters Cappuccino - the perfect combination
If you enjoy supporting local producers, 332 Manhattan uses tea from Adore Tea in Gungahlin, Chai Tea from Real Chai from Queanbeyan and they run a 'Baker in Residence' Program where they source sweet treats from local Canberra bakers to sell in their display cabinet. See here for a full list of their local suppliers.
Although 332 Manhattan may look like just a casual breakfast, brunch or lunch venue, it is also open for dinner on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings between 5pm and 8pm. It is the ideal opportunity to visit for dinner after work, when out late night shopping or before a movie at Dendy cinema's a short walk away. They offer share plates, tapas and a Mains Menu with six delicious, hearty meals to enjoy with an icy cold beer or wine. Tapas is a popular option, especially on light Summer evenings when diners can sit outside and enjoy beautiful food and socialise with friends. See the menu here for details and also 332 Manhattan Facebook to confirm times at other months of the year. Booking a table is recommended on (02) 6248 8771.
Lastly, as if this café doesn't already have enough attractive features, the last bonus of this café is its leafy location opposite the 4.7 hectare Glebe Park. One wall is dedicated to the view that looks out to the 100 year old elms, willows and poplars on the other side of the road. This green oasis in the city is a relaxing scene to look out onto with birds flying through the trees and branches swaying in the wind. "332 Manhattan" may sound like a busy New Yorker name, however it is all Canberra style, good food and coffee. Why don't you give it a try next time you are in the city, on a busy weekday? It is guaranteed to slow you down and give you a moment to yourself to unwind. Or if you need a pick-me-up, then the Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee works too.