Westfield Woden shopping centre is located 10 minutes south of Canberra, with a wide range of restaurants, eateries and cafes to choose from. On weekends in particular, shoppers get there early to enjoy a quiet breakfast or coffee before it gets too busy - particularly on Sundays when the Lions Woden Market is in the car park, starting at 7am. By lunch-time, the centre is pumping and there are endless choices of delicious international cuisines inside and outside the centre to pick from. Friday night also means late night shopping, so the restaurants fill up with locals who are looking for a quick dinner after work, or before a movie at Hoyts cinema. If that's not all, there is also a dessert café located just outside Hoyts, so you can also enjoy a tempting late-night dessert to finish off your full foodie experience, 7 nights a week.
Be warned - with so many options, you may never want to leave!
Start the day at Espresso Room, on the ground floor outside David Jones. Image: Original photos from Espresso Room Facebook
Espresso Room is located on the ground floor outside the entrance to David Jones and would have to be the most popular takeaway coffee outlet in the centre. It is easy to see why, as they use delicious beans from Canberra-owned coffee company Ona and also have freshly-made sandwiches, rolls and bakery items to take away, or eat there. They open at 7am every day (except for 8am on Sundays) and their coffee is the perfect heart-starter for the weekend ahead! See here for details and here for a full article.
Milligram Café, at the time of writing, is about to open at the entrance to Corrina Street - with healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This franchise café is also located outside South Point Tuggeranong. See here for details.
The Shed is an open-style café that is located up on the first floor, outside the entrance to Myer. Our family enjoys visiting this café for breakfast with healthy choices, good coffee and plenty of tables to choose from. If you are tiring from shopping around lunch-time, why not stop in for a toastie or a Shed Wagyu Burger - both guaranteed to fill you up and give you the energy to keep going! See here for details and here for a full article.
Caffe Cherry Beans is a popular café on the ground floor, as it has Play World toddler area out the front for entertainment for the littlies. The food is tasty too - Alex's Breakfast is highly recommended! See here for details.
Family Restaurants (& Date Night Options) Near Hoyts
Rashays is a family restaurant that is particularly popular for lunch and dinner, with a range of burgers, schnitzels, pasta and homely comfort food. The menu is easy to read, with photos of each meal so you know what to expect when it arrives. Rashays is a fun place for the kids, with an extensive kids menu, balloons, activity books and Kids Eat Free deals if you join the Rashays Rewards Club. See here for details and here for a full article.
Grill'd is just a short walk from Rashays above, located just outside another entrance to Hoyts cinema. It is open until 9pm to 10pm nightly and is a popular spot for couples, families and groups of friends, before a late movie showing. They offer a variety of meat and chicken burgers on their menu - with vegan and gluten-free options. See here for details.
San Churro Chocolateria is a dessert café located near Hoyts and it is open until late every night for a churro (or chocolate) fix! It is the ideal place to visit for dessert after a movie, or as a date-night destination in itself. Finish your night with a Belgium hot chocolate, churros share plate, ice-cream sundae or decadent cheesecake. See here for details and here for a full article.
Chinese Kitchen Dumpling House is the first restaurant you come to when you walk out onto Corrina Street, with its red signage and glass windows showing chefs expertly making hundreds of fresh dumplings. This popular restaurant is ideal for a lunch or dinner with friends, to catch up over a range of authentic dishes in the middle of the table. See here for details and here for a full article.
Vietnam House is a casual eatery located next to the restaurant above, with over 100 Vietnamese dishes to choose from on the menu! The pho hits the spot on a cold winters day and all meals are a tasty surprise - it is one of those places where everything you pick, is simply the best thing you have ever tasted! See here for details and here for a full article.
Au Lac Royal Vegetarian Cuisine is located further down the strip of restaurants and would have to be the most popular vegetarian restaurant in Canberra - with another restaurant in Dickson, on the north side of the city. It doesn't matter if you're not vegetarian or vegan, the food is high quality, fresh and bursting with flavour. Take a meat-eater with you and watch them be converted! See here for details and here for a full article.
The local shopping centre has become more than just a place to pick up some groceries, or buy some socks from Big W. It is a place which is absolutely brimming with foodie delights. You can eat yourself around the world with the range of tantalising international options in the food court, cafes, restaurants and throughout the shopping centre itself. Why don't you check out Westfield Woden next time you are looking for a range of dining options all in the one place - especially on those hot summer days or cold winter nights?
I can almost guarantee that you won't leave hungry!
Tasty Turkish cuisine at Turkish Pide House. Image: Original images from Turkish Pide House Facebook