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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published August 8th 2019
Quirky & vibrant location
Location, location is what we craved for on my first trip to the nation's capital, and what a perfect choice Peppers Gallery Hotel was with its fantastic location in the ultra-cool New Acton locality.

Peppers; Gallery hotel;
at Bicicletta Bar - Image from website

A quirky mix of innovation and culture the New Acton precinct and surrounds are a vibrant hub of cafes, bars and cultural icons from street art to galleries. All were within easy walking distance of Peppers, which was ideal for us on a winter's weekend break.

New Acton
Art in New Acton

For our evening arrival, we headed a few minutes walk to the warmth of the nearby Močan & Green Grout with its welcoming staff and intimate, homely atmosphere. By night a bar and then by day it is a bustling café with a warming coffee and home-cooked breakfast we enjoyed the next day.

New Acton can be described as contemporary chic attracting a mainly youngish and diverse crowd to its many attractions ranging from cosy cafes bars, art at the Nishi Gallery and movies at the Palace Electric Cinema or the Monster Kitchen and Bar with its eclectic layout. The cinema and 'Monster Bar' are housed within the impressive Ovolo Nishi apartments and hotel complex. In the foyer we enjoyed cellar door tasting on the Saturday with some of the best wine, gin and produce that Canberra can offer.

Capitol Bar
Capitol Bar nearby

Peppers is a mini precinct within itself with a range of bars and eateries set around a courtyard. Traditional Italian cuisine - with a touch of locally grown ingredients - is on offer with the cosy Library bar just in from the hotel foyer. Late night drinks are best enjoyed in the Black Market, hidden underground.

The hotel lived up to its Peppers reputation and name as a Gallery Hotel with a boutique-style ambience throughout its interior from reception to bedrooms. All set within welcoming landscape gardens and niche retail from bicycle repair to boho boutique.

National Art Gallery
National Art Gallery

A bonus of the location is the FREE Cultural Loop bus just a few minutes' walk from the hotel with a stop outside the National Film & Sound Archives.

Parliament House
Parliament House views

The bus runs 7 days a week from the Canberra Centre in the CBD linking most of Canberra's most loved cultural attractions and places of interest. It's a great way to get an overview of what Canberra has to offer from Parliament House to the National museums.

For more information on New Acton go to the Visit Canberra
and for Peppers Gallery Hotel visit their website.
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Why? Peppers Gallery Hotel@ New Acton, Canberra
When: All year
Phone: 02 6175 2222
Where: Peppers Gallery Hotel, New Acton, Canberra
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