I'm often asked 'what is so great about Canberra?' by people who don't live here. The answer is not easy to explain to these 'outsiders' as they already possess a number of negative preconceived ideas about the nation's capital and the people who live there. After some thought, I've decided that the best way to answer this question is to explain what it is that I did last Sunday; which was nothing more and nothing less, than a typical Sunday for your average Canberran.
After a run up Mt Ainslie to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Canberra on a crisp winter morning, I caught up with a girlfriend for brunch at Silo Bakery in Kingston. This place never fails to impress; although it will be VERY busy, the service, the food and the coffee will be impeccable.
After paying for our meal and ordering a number of delectable pastries to take with us we decided to stroll around to the Bus Depot Markets. The Kingston markets are a great way to spend any free weekend; I personally love 'Home French Home' and 'Wombat Frames' and I often discover new local artists that are worth keeping an eye on. DON'T FORGET to order your Brodburger whilst inside the markets, as it can take up to an hour before its ready to pick up; I promise you though, you won't be disappointed, its a Canberra institution! Also worth mentioning is the Glassworks factory – here you will find a number of beautiful sculptures and you can also watch people making glass wares from the gallery upstairs; actually, if you're really keen, you can do a lesson and make your own.
On Sunday afternoon my husband and I decided to check out Walt and Burley, the latest bar making waves in Canberra. We loved the open fireplace and have often wondered why there are not more bars and restaurants in Canberra that have them; especially as it can get so cold here. We also loved the location and were excited about finally having somewhere to go with a bit of ambiance – love it or hate it, Canberra is beautiful and it's about time that a bar/restaurant showed it off.
To finish, let me say this, Canberra is not about the malls; in fact if you go to one of the City's malls to get a typical Canberran experience, be it one of the Westfield's or the Canberra Centre, then you're missing the point. It's about getting amongst the suburbs and finding a previously undiscovered boutique clothes store or trendy coffee shop that sells amazing homemade goods; it's about finding unique treasures that can't be found on mass in the large department stores.
You just never know what might pop up in one of the City's many beautiful suburbs, so next time you're in Canberra...go where the locals go.