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38 Espresso

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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 November 12th 2016
Bacon & egg rolls with a coffee by Lake Burley Griffin
38 Espresso is a café on the scenic Kingston Foreshore, 5 minutes south of the CBD on Lake Burley Griffin. It has been a popular breakfast café for locals over the last three years, however in recent weeks it has had an even more impressive makeover. They closed their doors, painted the interior a beautiful shade of teal and changed their menu to include fresher, healthier options. One thing that hasn't changed however, is their weekend BBQ station out the front of the café, for tasty bacon and egg rolls to enjoy dining in or taking away. At the reasonably priced $5 per roll, this is an affordable breakfast option on one of the priciest stretches of real estate in Canberra.

If you love your coffee, then 38 Espresso should be on your list of cafes to try around the city. On a personal note, after just one sip I decided it was one of the best coffees that I have ever had - which was a big call to make - as it was particularly creamy, had no bitter aftertaste and had just the right intensity of flavour, for my taste anyway. With cute, vintage teaspoons alongside it, it was simply perfect.

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38 Espresso coffees (and baby chino) - worth stopping for!


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BBQ station at the front of the cafe


On our recent visit for breakfast, we chose to sit outside at the handcrafted wooden tables, to watch the action of the bustling Kingston Foreshore - and the BBQ connoisseur in action. You can order a Bacon and Egg roll for $5 and also add extras such as avocado and cheese for an extra dollar or two. With soft buns, BBQ flavour and more-ish tomato relish that oozes out of the bun and drips down the sides - it was finger licking good!



Other diners were also enjoying the reasonably priced meals off their new menu, which also looked appetising, so whichever option you choose it is sure to be a delicious way to spend the morning. The Kingston Foreshore is renowned for its pricier menus due to its waterside location, however this café gives the budget-friendly diner some tasty options to enjoy at this ideal setting on the water. When building construction finishes across the inlet in the near future, 38 Espresso will have a front row seat to the multi-million dollar view.

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Breakfast Menu, November 2016


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Dukka Crumbed Eggs - served on flatbread with homemade hummus , goats cheese, cherry tomato and dill ($16). Source: 38 Espresso Facebook


This café is run by brothers Nick and Ryan and a father AJ, who joined together to make this successful family collaboration. Although they don't roast their own coffee beans like some other Canberra cafes, they are certainly experts on the coffee blends they use, with their own unique blend. According to the friendly staff behind the counter, there are more changes on the way with a fish and chips window another idea that we may see in the near future. This can only be another success story, with plenty of seating along the foreshore and a rewarding lake breeze to enjoy at the end of a hot Summer's day.

For those who ride their bikes along the foreshore, or kayak there from across the lake, this is an ideal spot to pop in for coffee or a bite to eat with plenty of bike racks and kayak tie-up areas down on the water. If you are walking your dog along the foreshore, there is also a dog bowl available to hydrate your pooch. With Summer on its way and Canberra now enjoying all the outdoor pursuits that the city has on offer, 38 Espresso is a café spot to visit whilst out and about on the sunny Kingston Foreshore. So kick back, let the woes of city life fall off your shoulders and enjoy the weekend by the lake with a 38 Espresso coffee. You will be glad you did.

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The ever-growing Kingston Foreshore

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Why? Great food & coffee to try on the Kingston Foreshore
When: Monday to Saturday - 7am - 3pm. Sunday 8am - 3pm.
Phone: 02) 6162 3027
Where: 4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston ACT 2604
Cost: Reasonably priced menu items, rolls & coffee
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