New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published December 30th 2015
Ona coffee, affordable breakfasts and a relaxed vibe
Two for Joy Café is located in Kingston, only a few kilometres south of the CBD. The inner south suburbs of Kingston and nearby Manuka are both popular places to visit as you can take your pick from a number of cafes and restaurants all in the one place. The joy of these suburbs is choosing between the eclectic, industrial and stylish establishments on offer and perusing the delicious sounding menus at each one.
On weekends the cafes in Kingston can become very busy, however if you walk a bit further down Kennedy Street to the corner you will find a friendly café called Two For Joy. This bright and airy cafe is also busy, however every time we have visited there are spare tables as it is a little further to walk. In Winter it is a cosy café with enough seating inside, however the warmer months are an ideal time to visit when you can sit outside in their outside dining area or under the trees.
Two for Joy Cafe on the corner of Kennedy and Eyre streets
The inside of the café has seating by the windows that open up for airflow, as well as tables for two down the side of the café. Due to the large windows on two sides, the café has an airy feel, with plenty of natural light and the background sounds of music and happy café chatter.
Two for Joy café is well known for using local Ona coffee, popular with coffee lovers around Canberra due to its delicious blend. As you look around the café, almost every customer is drinking a coffee, so if you enjoy a good quality coffee then this café is worth visiting for this alone. Our family has visited this café a number of occasions over winter for coffee and a decadent cake, with a good selection in their display case to choose from.
On this last occasion however, my daughter and I visited on our own for breakfast during a weekday over the Christmas holidays. Walking around Kingston, quite a number of cafes were closed until the New Year however Two for Joy was open and buzzing. The staff are friendly, the service was quick and we were delivered our breakfast with a smile.
My daughter decided to have an Anzac biscuit ($3) and milkshake ($5.50) which both went down a treat. The biscuit kept her quiet for some time as it was so hard that her teeth couldn't get into it, but she enjoyed it all the same.
I chose a freshly squeezed watermelon juice ($4.50) and the Butternut pumpkin, feta, shallot and herb fritters with wilted spinach, poached egg and balsamic crema ($15.90). I imagine that the poached egg was meant to be runny and create the sauce over the meal, however as the egg had little yolk, the meal ended up being quite dry which was unfortunate.
As I looked around I saw others heartily enjoying ricotta pancakes and scrambled eggs which looked delicious, which will be my pick on another occasion. Other menu items include (at the time of writing) Bircher muesli, Omelette with Tasmanian smoked salmon, Field mushrooms, Eggs Benedict, Winter porridge, Homemade hashbrowns and more - with all breakfast meals under $17.50.
Butternut pumpkin, feta, shallot and herb fritters with wilted spinach, poached egg and balsamic crema
Two for Joy café is a relaxing café to visit in Kingston if you want to catch up with a friend for coffee or relax over brunch. It is always popular with families, friends and couples with a happy atmosphere inside. Although our breakfast experience on this occasion may not have been as we had hoped, it will still be a café to visit again when we are in the area to try the pancakes or pop in for a coffee.
If you love your coffee in particular, Two for Joy is an inviting café to stop for a cuppa and catch up with a friend, in any season.