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Elixir Cafe

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published January 6th 2018
You can't get much closer to Lake Burley Griffin than here
Elixir is a cafe and takeaway food outlet on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, located just steps from the water lapping at the rim. It is the closest cafe to the lake, with some of the best views in Canberra up to Telstra Tower and across the lake to the Australian War Memorial in the far distance. It is conveniently located in an architecturally-striking, cube-shaped kiosk, which is just one of two on the lakeside. The other "cube" can be found a short distance away, utilised by Seg Glide Ride Segways.

This popular spot on the lake is the ideal place for people to stop who are riding their bikes along Queen Elizabeth Terrace, out for an early morning walk or just want to stop for lunch whilst exploring the Parliamentary Triangle behind. Although their coffee is delicious, it is not what they serve or the convenience of the location that pulls in the crowds - it is simply the view.

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Take a break at Elixir, on Lake Burley Griffin (located near The High Court of Australia)

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Views along Queen Elizabeth Terrace up to Telstra Tower...

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...and across the lake to the Australian War Memorial

Elixir offers a wide range of coffees, which you can enjoy in their seating area or take to sit by the lake. As well as coffees, they also sell frozen slushies, milkshakes, juices, ice-blocks, yoghurts, sandwiches, wraps, rolls, filo pastries, pies, sausage rolls, cakes, muffins, brownies, slices and quick "grab and go" food items, for picnics by the water.

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Grab a snack for the ride ahead...

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...or sit and enjoy it in the shade, with a view

Our family always stop at Elixir when riding our bikes along the Lake Burley Griffin Central Loop - which is the 5 kilometre loop between the two bridges either side of Elixir. This is one of Canberra's most popular cycling paths and Elixir is perfectly positioned near the main carpark, so cyclists can pick something up at the start or end of the ride. Like many other cyclists along the lake, our family buys ice-blocks in summer and hot drinks in winter, to warm up before the ride ahead.

Many tourists also stumble upon this scenic café, as it is walking distance from the High Court of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia and Questacon. Although all of these venues have food outlets and cafes of their own, many people are drawn to the lake for views, summer breezes and to have a break from the museums and galleries. The Parliamentary Triangle is easy to walk around between attractions - however, tiring on the feet!

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Take a rest at Elixir café, which is walking distance from the museums and galleries

When Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony Griffin designed Canberra in 1911, they created Lake Burley Griffin as its shining centrepiece. They believed the city needed a central lake for the people of the city to get together and enjoy recreational sailing, kayaking, walking and bike-riding. Now, over 100 years later, their dreams have been realised and thousands of people use the lake every day. Elixir is positioned right in the heart of the action, in the perfect place to stop and appreciate the beauty of their design and scenic views.

Why don't you pick up a coffee and enjoy the view this weekend?

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Line up at one of Canberra' s most popular coffee venues....

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...then enjoy your ride!

* Elixir has no website, Facebook or contact details - however you can find them open on Queen Elizabeth Terrace between 8am - 3pm daily.
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Why? Stop for a coffee, with one of the best views in Canberra
When: Open 8am - 3pm daily
Phone: No phone number provided
Where: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Cost: Usual prices for lakeside location
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