Thousands of people move to Canberra each year for work or study, which means that many of us have left behind an extended family in another state or country. This means that when they come to visit, we get to show them around our city and take them to the interesting places that we have discovered and funky cafes we have found. If your Mum is coming to visit and you want to take her out for a special birthday lunch, Mother's Day treat or just because you want to spend time with her, it can be handy to have a few ideas on where to stop for a nice lunch around the city. Where do you like to take your Mum for lunch in Canberra? Please leave a comment at the top of this article and let us know your favourite spots.
Each mother, mother-in-law, mother figure or grandmother is different, so take a scroll through this list and see which one(s) applies to her the most. If you're anything like my Mum and I, however - you will be probably be talking so much that you won't taste the food anyway!
Food with a view at The Deck cafe, Regatta Point. Image: Original photos from The Deck Facebook
The Deck café is located at Regatta Point next to the Canberra and Region Visitor Centre, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. This is the ideal place to stop for lunch if it is a sunny day, with a large deck area to sit and umbrella's for shade. If you want to skip lunch, however, they also offer delicious cakes to enjoy a coffee and a chat. See here for details.
Museum Café inside the National Museum of Australia is another top pick, as you can have a wander around the museum and then stop for lunch with another iconic view of Lake Burley Griffin. The choices on the menu vary - so she can choose from a light baguette or you can linger over lunch with a more substantial meal. See here for details.
Bookplate is a popular cafe at the National Library of Australia, with cosy indoor seating next to stain glass windows as well as scenic tables with umbrellas outside. Afterwards, take a walk along Queen Elizabeth Terrace and enjoy the view. See here for details.
Queens Terrace Café inside Parliament House is a surprising find, with a wide range of delicious food options for all the family and a spacious outdoor area. If you are playing tourist for the day, this is a relaxing place to stop and recharge with a tasty meal. If you have kids with you, they have colouring-in sheets available. See here for details.
Stop at Queens Terrace Cafe at Parliament House, if you are showing Mum around the Capital
Yarralumla Gallery and The Oaks Brasserie is located at Weston Park near Lake Burley Griffin, just a short drive from the city. This leafy café is ideal on a sunny day, with outdoor courtyards where you can enjoy the smell from the rose gardens and camellias around the café. If your Mum has a green thumb, she can help you pick some plants at the nursery across from the café afterwards. See here for details.
Rodney's Garden Café inside Rodney's Plant Nursery in Pialligo, is another popular choice for a quaint lunch experience - especially if you have kids or grandkids with you. There is a spacious outdoor area with a playground for the kids and a family friendly atmosphere all weekend. See here for details.
Millhouse Café is located across the border in Queanbeyan and is another relaxing café with tables under the trees. The café is in the lower level of a historical building from the 1800's, with a leafy garden out the back with tables and a children's area. This is a top pick for any Mum who enjoys local history, as the building has its own stories to tell. See here for details.
Enjoy a light lunch in the garden at Millhouse Cafe
These are just some of my personal suggestions where I take my Mum, however, if you have a favourite place to take the mother figure in your life for lunch, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your tips.