New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published May 16th 2015
Want to eat where the local's eat?
My family and I love going out for breakfast - we are all at our best first thing in the morning and things start to slide downhill about lunchtime. So we are always looking for an affordable, family friendly breakfast spot that caters for us adults as well as something yummy for Miss Three to keep her sitting in her chair for the duration of the meal.
With so many breakfast restaurants to choose from in the city, which one do you choose?
Have you checked out Dobinsons Bakery Cafe yet? Right on Bunda Street in the middle of the city.
We had this decision chosen for us by friends who were passing through Canberra and had "discovered" this amazing Bakery/Café in the Civic which had great prices and more importantly, it was busy - so it had to be good!
As we joined them for breakfast we were quick to praise them on their good choice - it seems that all the Tradies (and Police!) in Canberra knew about this local's secret and came out with arms piled high with pies, coffees and cakes to take back out onto the road.
An extensive selection of sweet treats, so delicately decorated!
The outdoor seating area is a popular spot to watch the world go by. There are plenty of tables to sit at and also enough room between the tables to fit in a pram or two if needed.
Since this first experience with friends, we have been back several times on our own and have always been happy with the prices and generous serves of the meals. For breakfast we have enjoyed the Avocado Bruschetta, Bacon and Egg rolls, Bacon and Eggs and croissants for Miss Three. I loved the Avocado Bruschetta (only $9.90) so much that I have had on three occasions - matched with a delicious cappuccino, I was in breakfast heaven!
The main menu, however they do have special boards and coffee/cake deals.
During Winter they provide heaters in the outdoor seating area and there are several tables inside to sit at too. On weekend mornings in can get quite busy, however there is always plenty of staff on hand to serve patrons so there is never a long wait.
There is inside seating as well for cooler weather, with several booths, tables and chairs, and a bar along the window with stools. The interior isn't large (prams are a tight squeeze!) but it has a funky, inner city feeling to it with exposed brick and black and white prints on the walls.
We stopped in for a bite to eat and tried the huge sausage rolls and croissants on offer in the display cabinets. Whilst talking to a local whilst waiting, she recommended the cherry pie (like an apple pie, but full of cherries) - so we gave that a try too. We weren't disappointed - what a hit of cherry, sweet pastry and cream - we will be back!
After such a big sugar hit, take your kids down the road to Glebe Park to wear off some of that energy. The playground is only a few minutes walk down the road in a beautiful leafy reserve, yet another stunning park on the city's doorstep.
So if you wake up hungry on the weekend and want a generous breakfast, morning tea or lunch for a reasonable price, go and check out "Dobinsons Bakery Cafe" in the city and make sure you buy a cake to take away for later on - if you ever get hungry again!