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Terrace Cafe, Museum of Australian Democracy

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published October 12th 2015
A stylish cafe with iconic views
The Terrace Café is located inside the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House). The Museum is "must see" for tourists to Canberra and for locals who come to see the changing exhibits. For a number of months the Museum has been covered in scaffolding whilst getting a facelift. This has now been lifted to reveal the updated Museum sitting bright and white in the sun.

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Museum of Democracy, Old Parliament House. The Terrace Café is located to the left of the stairs.


The Terrace Café is located at the front of the building, with the views from the outside terrace looking up Anzac Parade to the Australian War Memorial. With comfortable chairs and plenty of space it is a relaxing spot to sit back and enjoy the view.

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Outside terrace.


Inside there is modern seating located on different levels as well as a stylish couch for a coffee and chat with a friend. On the walls are striking black and white photographs of the building by photographer Andrew Merry. With plant terraniums on the tables, simple menu's and art deco high ceilings, the effect is a modern and stylish café.





If you arrive between 9am and 11am there is their simple Breakfast Menu to choose from as well as their pastry selection available all day. With delicious cakes, slices, meringues, and brownies, the Terrace Café call themselves Canberra's "newest sweet spot" and it is easy to see why.

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Cake display.


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Morning tea with my daughter - cupcake and babychino and a healthy muesli slice with a cappuccino.


The Menu's are simple, but tasty. With reasonable prices and delicious coffee, the menu items fit in with the stylish simplicity of this popular café.

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Breakfast Menu


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Lunch Menu.


The Terrace Café offers a High Tea (bookings essential) for $49 per person each weekend and at the time of writing the Terrace Cafe has Sunday afternoon Jazz showcasing some of Canberra's most prominent jazz artists. This live music is on the terrace between 1pm - 2:30pm to enjoy with a coffee or the house sangria at this licenced Café. Check their website for more details.

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Jazz on the Terrace. Source: Museum of Democracy website.


The Terrace Café is the perfect spot for catching up with friends on the terrace or enjoying a jazz afternoon with a stunning architectural backdrop. The highlight of this Café for us was the view. Whether you look out from the terrace or inside the café, you can't beat the iconic views of Canberra from this interesting and historical location.

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A stylish cafe with an iconic view.

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Why? A stylish cafe in a historical Canberra landmark
When: Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm. Saturday & Sunday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Phone: 02 6270 8222
Where: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT
Cost: Menu items
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