At the time of writing, South.Point Tuggeranong shopping centre is having a modern makeover. It was previously called Tuggeranong Hyperdome for over 30 years and now it is updating its look with a brand new grey façade and new eateries moving into the centre, to literally spice things up. There are however, some popular cafes and restaurants that are already doing a roaring trade with locals, so the combination of both old and new will create many more options for the local workers and residents of Tuggeranong.
With a large government agency nearby, the centre is thriving each workday between 12pm - 1pm as workers pour into the centre, as well as all weekend long with hungry locals (including myself!), popping into the centre to escape the summer heat or winter chill. The following list includes some of the most popular eateries in the centre which are always busy. Which ones are your favourites? Please leave a comment at the top of this article with your tips. Have you discovered this foodie hotspot yet?
Phat Panda, which opened in June 2018. Image: South.Point Tuggeranong Facebook
Phat Panda Urban Asian Street Food is a new foodie option, located in the courtyard just outside the centre near Target. This small takeaway outlet has become popular with the local worker crowd, with lines out the door every lunch-time and people enjoying their Asian street food on tables out the front. This eatery combines flavours from the East and West into a modern Asian fusion, with everything on the menu less than $13. Choose between Vietnamese rolls, curry bowls, bao, fried chicken, gelato and puff waffle ice-creams! Kids don't miss out either, with four options under $12 - including Yum Cha. "PHAT" stands for "Pretty Hot And Tempting" - which sums up the whole experience! See here for details.
Espresso Room is located just inside the door from Phat Panda, with a modern fit-out, friendly baristas and Ona coffee which makes you say "Wow"! Lines are often seen out the door for takeaway coffees, particularly on cold winter mornings in the Capital. For something colder on hot days, I personally can't go past the Espresso Room coffee milkshake with a brownie slice on the side. It may not be low on calories, but it is high on the wow-meter! See here for details.
Brew Bar, located outside the centre on Anketell Street, has long been the local favourite for breakfast, brunch and takeaway coffees in the centre. This outdoor cafe is particularly busy in the warmer months with local bike riders as they may their way up from Lake Tuggeranong bike path nearby. It is also a good spot to rest your weary feet after a morning of shopping and sit with a coffee and watch the world go by. See here for details and here for a full article.
Milligram café is located next door to Brew Bar above, and is another popular breakfast spot with outside seating along Anketell Street. This newer café has delicious and organic options - which are the perfect healthy reward after a walk around the lake. See here for details and here for a full article.
A healthy start to the day at Milligram, outside on Anketell Street
Asian Noodle House is also located outside on Anketell Street and it a personal favourite for lunch, as they offer one of the best laksas in Canberra. Take a seat inside and pick from the wide array of authentic options on the menu, as well as yummy choices for the kids on their own children's menu. Asian Noodle House is a favourite around the city, with other locations at Woden, Civic and Belconnen. See here for details and here for a full article.
Street of Asia is located at the other end of the restaurant and café strip, with a large dining area and over 100 choices on the menu! Although the laksa is also delicious in this restaurant (although a tad hotter!), also try the other noodle soup options and long list of vegetarian dishes. See here for details and here for a full article.
These café and restaurant options are just a small taste of what lies in store on your next visit to South.Point Tuggeranong - see here for a full list of eateries. Another busy spot in the whole centre is the Food Court, with choices such as Genki Sushi, Kingsleys, Subway, Sumo Salad and a range of international cuisine. One of the most popular places to eat, which always has a line of people along the front, is the Soul Origin counter - with their long display of salads, wraps, rolls and baguettes. If you are looking for a healthy alternative in the centre, then check out their tempting flavour combinations to make your mouth water and reduced salad prices near closing time.
So where are the best places to eat at South.Point Tuggeranong? These are just some of the options available to choose from this weekend. Where is your local foodie favourite?