Canberra is renowned for many things - roundabouts, cold winters and all the political drama inside Parliament House - but there is more to Canberra than meets the eye. For the people that live here, it is also about a thriving foodie scene with new cafes and restaurants popping up all the time along Lonsdale Street, the Kingston Foreshore and along Bunda Street in the city centre. If you are a foodie, you will enjoy trying Asian fusion at Lazy-Su and Akiba, food and beer matching at Bentspoke Brewing Co, vegan delights at Sweet Bones Café, dessert illusions at Frugii Dessert Laboratory and cocktails at Kokomo's. If you are short on time and want to experience the best that the city has to offer, then you can also book a foodie walking tour with Eat Canberra - where stretchy waistbands are definitely required!
As well as these venues and ideas, there are also plenty more places to check out if you want to have a few memorable foodie experiences in Canberra. These are some of my personal favourites, however if you have more to add, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your favourite Canberra delicacy - you can never have too many!
Colourful and creative at Space Kitchen, Woden. Image: Original photos from Space Kitchen Facebook
Cakes are a temptation for every sweet tooth, so if you want to succumb to the lure of sugar then you can't go past the colourful and surprising cakes and desserts at Ricardo's in Macquarie and Space Kitchen in Woden - which are both owned by dessert artist Ricardo De Marco. Crack open a dessert and be surprised by what is inside! If you are in the city centre, then Dobinson's is the place to go for cream-filled buns and huge slices and pies.
Foodie Events are held in every season throughout the year, with each of them attracting thousands of locals and visitors with empty stomachs waiting to be filled! Some of the most popular include the National Multicultural Festival, where the whole city centre is lined with multicultural food stalls cooking up a storm - the smells are incredible! There is also the Night Noodle Markets during the Enlighten Festival which are a week-long outdoor foodie market with tantalising food options from all around Asia. Also don't miss out on The Commons Street Feast, The Forage foodie night market and the Canberra Truffle Festival, over the winter months.
Summer nights at The Commons Street Feast. Image: Original photos from The Commons Facebook
Beer and Burgers are an unbeatable combination and the best place to experience both is at the Capital Brewing Co in Fyshwick, where you can walk into a working brewery and try some beers at the bar and order a Brodburger from the red food truck inside the building. You won't want to leave!
Canberra-made beers and burgers at Capital Brewing Co, Fyshwick
Wine is produced in the Canberra Wine District, just half an hour north of the city centre. For a complete day of food and wine experiences, hop on a winery tour or self-drive with a designated driver and stop in a wide range of Cellar Doors - with over 30 to choose from! If you want to break up the wine tasting with chocolate, stop in at Robyn Rowe Chocolates and if you want to warm up with a wood-fired pizza for lunch, then you can't go past Four Winds Vineyard.
Where are your favourite foodie experiences in Canberra? Please leave a comment at the top of this article if you would like to share your top tips. There is such a wide variety of places to go to appreciate wine, chocolate, beer, coffee, burgers and cakes - why don't you gather some friends and meet up for a foodie feast this weekend?
Warm up by the fire at Clonakilla Wines Cellar Door. Image: Original photos from Clonakilla Facebook