New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published March 27th 2017
Try something new & different this weekend
Many people in Canberra have their own favourite breakfast spot that they go back to time and time again. Some locals enjoy the relaxed cafes on the Kingston Foreshore, others enjoy the industrial and hip cafes on Lonsdale Street in Braddon - whereas others may prefer cafes along Bunda Street in the CBD or a quiet local favourite close to home. It can be hard to pinpoint a favourite breakfast cafe when there are so many quality ones to choose from, however it is a good problem for Canberra to have! The following 5 cafes are my personal favourites, who have all left a lasting impression long after I have left and make me want to return for more. If your favourite breakfast cafe isn't mentioned, feel free to leave a comment on the bottom of this article and share your fav. These are my Top 5, what are yours?
Try something new & different at Space Kitchen, Woden
1/ Space Kitchen in Woden is like no other cafe that I have been into in Canberra. Before you even walk in the door, the whole area is an unusual place to find such a cafe - right in the middle of government buildings and under the most ornate carpark in Canberra. Space Kitchen also incorporates the carpark theme inside the cafe, with pillars with stripes and zebra crossings on the floors. Although the building is unique, the experience of dining here for breakfast is even more so. The food is different to most other cafes, with traditional meals "deconstructed" and creative flavours combined into delicious sauces dotted onto the plates. Try it for yourself and experience the difference. Open Monday to Saturday. See here for details. For a full article on Space Kitchen, see here.
2/ Monster Bar and Kitchen is located inside the Nishi Building in the NewActon Precinct. It is another cafe that provides a unique experience, where you sit at your table and simply look around in wonder. The building itself is fascinating to walk through and has won international awards in design and environmental sustainability (which explains the low mood lighting). When you walk into the building there is a particularly striking Grand Stair up to Monster Bar and Kitchen, which impresses everyone who walks up it. The cafe itself is ecclectic, with suitcases piled on top of each other into wall cavities, bikes hanging on the walls, colourful tube sculptures holding up the roof and quirky tables and chairs to sit at. Just like Space Kitchen above, the unique surroundings are matched by delicious food every time with surprising flavours and reasonable prices for the surroundings. See here for details.
Walk up the Grand Staircase to the unique Monster Bar and Kitchen
3/ Little Bird Cafe is located in Barton, just outside the Parliamentary Triangle. Just like Space Kitchen at the top of this list, this cafe is located amongst office buildings and under a ornate carpark. This fresh and modern cafe is inviting and friendly to walk into, with greenery hanging from the ceiling and timber feature walls. Although there may be other cafes in Canberra whose decor is equally as attractive, this venue is all about the food for our family. They have large servings, perfectly blended flavours on the plate and a relaxed vibe on the weekends, when the offices are empty and the roads are quiet. If you are looking for a quiet cafe close to the city, then try Little Bird out for a breakfast to remember. Conveniently located close to the Hotel Kurrajong, most diners on the weekends are hotel guests and locals, who stop for breakfast when walking their dog. See here for details. For a full article on Little Bird Cafe, see here.
Large servings and delicious flavours at Little Bird, Barton
4/ GreenHouse Coffee & Co Cafe is located on the first floor of the Canberra Centre in the city - right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of weekend shoppers. As you walk in however, they have created an oasis of greenery and a fresh, modern approach that makes you relax amongst the busy city life. In particular, there is a relaxing and popular verandah at the back of the cafe that overlooks the busy Bunda Street below (and Dobinson's Bakery - another brekkie favourite). The food is an attraction, however for us - is all about the combination of food and coffee. GreenHouse Coffee & Co Cafe is run by two of Canberra's most successful coffee businesses - Ona and Espresso Room, who both have multiple coffee outlets around the city. They have come together to create this airy cafe with a variety of coffees to try and enjoy - the perfect accompaniment to a tasty breakfast. See here for details. For a full article on GreenHouse Coffee & Co Cafe, see here.
5/ Eighty Twenty Cafe is located on the busy Lonsdale Street in Braddon. The name represents the ethos that we should eat healthy 80% of the time, but still leave 20% for the occasional treat. This rings true for many locals and visitors. This cafe is popular each weekend for its delicious acai bowls, smoothies, tasty breakfasts and general feeling of healthiness which kicks off the weekend on the right note. Many people stop for breakfast after a bike ride or walk, to fill up with vitamin and protein-rich foods. The inside cafe area is busy in the cooler months, however the outside tables are a great vantage point to watch the comings and goings on Lonsdale Street. See here for details. For a full article on Eighty Twenty, see here.
For a list of other breakfast cafes in Canberra to enjoy, see the Breakfast and Cafe sections on this Canberra Weekendnotes website for more ideas. Why don't you try one of these cafes, or explore the city and discover new ones to try this weekend.
With so many to choose from - which ones will make it into your Top 5?