New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published November 23rd 2015
Update January 8th 2018
This café has now closed down.
Tasty Treats & Tapas at Tuggeranong
Lazy Mays Café is located in Tuggeranong, 20 minutes south of Canberra's CBD. The café opened up in the depths of Winter in 2015 and quickly became a popular place to try out for Tuggeranong locals. The location is off the beaten track behind the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club, yet still walking distance from the Town Centre.
Our family visited this popular café a few months after opening and it was wall to wall with customers and only a few busy staff, so we decided to come back at a quieter time. For the next visit we went mid-morning during a weekday, which was much quieter with a friendly and attentive host to welcome us in.
The inside of the café has striking murals and quotes on the walls in red and black, coordinating with their industrial furniture. With wooden panelling on the roof, plant features on the wall and an open layout, it is a bright and refreshing café to walk into.
As well as the spacious dining area, there is also a couch area in the corner for a cosy chat and a coffee. In two corners of the café are television screens with closed captioning so diners can't hear it but can read what is being said. I can't say that I personally enjoy this in a café as it distracts people from talking to each other, however I imagine they are for office workers who pop into the café in their lunchbreaks and want to keep up with the days news.
The two page menu has a large variety of delicious food items on offer, as well as a specials board near the open window to the kitchen. For breakfast, choose from dishes such as a Classic Breakfast Burger ($12.90), Hash Brown Smoked Trout Sandwich ($14.50), Bircher Muesli Crumble ($9.90), Sour Cherry & Raisin & Pistachio Bread ($8) as well as the Thick Cut Toastie ($10.90).
Thick Cut Toastie with shaved ham, basil, cottage cheese, tomato and avocado smash on thick cut brioche loaf.
Lunch menu items include a variety of burgers, tapas sharing plates, mains to choose from and a lunchtime panini selection. There is also a $10 Kids Menu for the little ones. See the Lazy Mays website for the full menu.
Lazy Mays has also been popular with local workers for takeaway coffees and has a coffee window to place your order then wait in the shade.
The cool interior of Lazy Mays is ideal in Summer - a refreshing café to stop and recharge the batteries with tasty food in a spacious setting.
After our initial visit I was interested to see how Lazy Mays had settled in over time - I am glad that we came back and tried it again. If you work or live locally, it would be a café to visit time and time again and try out all the other delicious menu items on offer. The sharing boards and tapas plates in particular look divine - perfect for a lazy lunch at Lazy Mays.