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Canberra Food A to Z

HerCanberra Team

Sick of the same old when it comes to eating out?

Have we got an idea for you! Grab your friends and work your way through the alphabet — a different eatery for each letter. Here are just a few ideas of how to get from A to Z. Leave a comment and let us know what would be on your essentials list!

A is for…

dumplings

AKIBA’s delicious dumplings.

AKIBA (amazing dumplings)

A.Baker (delicious dishes from regional produce)

Aubergine (a true fine dining experience)

A Bite To Eat (retro chic in the suburbs)

Autolyse (you must try the sourdough….or the almond croissants)

Ace High Eatery (burgers, beers, hotdogs and milkshakes…yum!)

Avenue C (intriguing wines, press sandwiches and charcuterie)

B is for…

Black Market's intimate interiors.

Black Market’s intimate interiors. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Barton Grocer (more than just your average grocer)

Binny’s Kathitto (Indian street food taken to the next level)

Buvette (elegant modern French fare and some of the best chips in the city — not to mention an impressive wine list!)

Betti Bravo’s (cocktail bar with a Caribbean flavour)

Black Fire (perfect for meat lovers and those with a hankering for Mediterranean cuisine)

Black Market (a sophisticated hidden bar for grown ups)

BentSpoke (for the beer fans – a spacious industrial-style bar with local brews and tasty pub grub)

Bar Rochford (is it a bar or a restaurant? Whichever way you look at it, you’ll be sated by creative dishes and a great selection of wine and cocktails)

Breizh Café (a non-pretentious crêperie that could have been plucked from France)

Brew Bar (great coffee and a sure fire bet for breakky and lunch in Tuggers)

Beef & Barley (just what it says on the label – but executed brilliantly)

Bean and Grain (the bread and pastries…oh my!)

Bookplate (the food alone is worth a trip to the National Library)

The Black Sheep (Braddon bar and grill with some fab jaffle offerings)

Brodburger (arguably the best burgers in town)

C is for…

Cocktails at Casey Jones Gastropub.

Cocktails at Casey Jones Gastropub. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.

Capitol Bar & Grill (menu of bistro classics and future favourites with an Italian twist)

Chifley’s Bar & Grill (a million types of steak in a venue steeped in history)

Casey Jones Gastropub (the newest destination for northsiders seeking good pub grub and inventive cocktails) 

Chairman and Yip (contemporary Asian cuisine and a stunning outdoor area)

Cinnabar (Asian fusion dishes and a fitout to die for)

Chatterbox (a bright, open Belconnen café, tucked away in Belconnen, with personable staff and a delicious menu)

Cornerstone Café (tucked away in Western Creek, enticing meals and decadent desserts) 

Common Grounds Gowrie (trendy cafe with a selection of dishes; simple but beautifully made coffee)

Cupping Room (a unique coffee experience by ONA Coffee)

Courgette (elegant fine dining – a special occasion staple)

Coffee Lab (experimental coffee and an interesting all day menu).

D is for…

Dumplings filled with pork, prawn and dill.

Chairman & Yip’s dumplings filled with pork, prawn and dill.

(Dumplings) or Double Shot (quirky, creative cafe with a fresh and nourishing menu)

The Drawing Room (an elegant Crace cafe, ideal for families)

The District (a great local for Gungahlinites)

Ducks Nuts (a bar and grill modelled on a traditional pub, creating a contemporary, modern sports bar)

E is for…

Eighty/Twenty's Soul Bowl Image: Instagram

Eighty/Twenty’s Soul Bowl Image: Instagram

The Elk & Pea (South-American inspired cuisine with generous portions full of flavour)

Ellacure (elegant Mod Oz in Bruce)

Eightysix (pared back fresh and flavourful share plates)

Eighty/Twenty (healthy eating that won’t break the bank)

F is for…

Frugii. Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography

Frugii. Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography

Frugii (a wide variety of indulgent desserts; including cakes and home made sorbet) 

Fox & Bow (live music, live graffiti art, great food and a welcoming atmosphere in Farrer)

54 Benjamin (Belconnen’s newest hotspot)

G is for…

Boardgames rule at Guild. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Boardgames rule at Guild. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Grazing (the ultimate country foodie escape)

Grease Monkey (great burgers, awesome shakes and an outdoor area made for summer)

Guild (board games, beverages and pizza.)

H is for…

Nepalese cuisine at The Hungry Buddha. Image: Rebecca Doyle Photography.

Nepalese cuisine at The Hungry Buddha. Image: Rebecca Doyle Photography.

Hamlet (a motley assortment of food vans dishing out delicious street food from around the world)

Hungry Buddha (Nepalese cuisine with passionate owners that complete the experience)

Highball Express (get transported away to a Cuban watering hole crossed with a first class fight experience)

Highgate Ln (hand roasted coffee sourced ethically and roasted onsite)

Harvest  (minimalist design with a wide range of coffee and welcoming staff)

Hale & Mary (the sports bar is given an update with great Modern American cuisine and a great drinks list).

I is for…

Flavour-filled pasta at Italian & Sons.

Flavour-filled pasta at Italian & Sons.

Italian & Sons (intimate, sexy venue with carefully sourced Italian wine and authentic dishes)

Ivy & The Fox (playful yet trendy in an idyllic location)

J is for…

Pasta at Joe's. Photo credit: Nathan Lanham.

Pasta at Joe’s. Photo credit: Nathan Lanham.

Joe’s Bar (intimate wine bar and authentic Modern Italian fare)

Jones & Co. (recently reinvented Me & Mrs Jones)

K is for…

Kusina serves traditional dishes from the Philippines. Image: Rebecca Doyle.

Kusina serves traditional dishes from the Philippines. Image: Rebecca Doyle Photography.

Kusina (traditional Filipino and family recipes) 

Kindle Café (a tucked-away treat with house made eclairs and other desserts)

The Kitchen (homestyle meals made to take home or enjoy onsite)

Koko Black (chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate)

The Knox (Watson local – all day breakfast and lunch, dinner soon to come.)

L is for…

Local Press' warm interiors. Image: Lux & Us.

Local Press’ warm interiors. Image: Lux & Us.

Lilotang (modern Japanese in relaxed space)

Les Bistronomes (a modern take on traditional French cuisine)

Little Oink (comfortable, quirky and colourful cafe)

Lanterne Rooms (exciting Nonya cuisine in a hidden gem)

Lonsdale Street Roasters (wonderful coffee and a menu of café favourites)

Local Press (trendy Kingston cafe full of flavour and verve)

Lava (coffee so good it may become your staple)

Lazy May’s (a Tuggeranong must-visit)

Loading Zone (worth seeking out in Odgers Lane)

Lolo and Lola Filipino Bakery and Eatery (OMG the Ube Cake!)

Little Billy’s (warm, welcoming atmosphere with delicious reasonably priced food.)

M is for…

Mr Papa's panko-crumbed potato croquette.

Mr Papa’s panko-crumbed potato croquette. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.

Monster kitchen + bar (inventive regional cuisine – Canberra’s top spot to eat in Gourmet Traveller’s 2016 Restaurant Guide Awards)

Mr Papa (delicious and modern Peruvian cuisine)

Maple + Clove (wholefoods menu, delicious and healthy)

Muse (restaurant, wine bar and reading space)

Mocan & Green Grout (like stepping into a chef’s kitchen)

Molto Italian (slick modern Italian from the team behind Tosolini’s)

Movenpick (Swiss ice cream favourite with water views)

N is for…

Natural 9 at Casino Canberra.

Natural 9 at Casino Canberra.

Natural 9 (Asian cuisine with an Australian touch at Casino Canberra)

Nookie Espresso Bar (some of the city’s best coffee and a fitout to match)

O is for…

ONA Fyshwick. Image: Martin Ollman.

ONA Fyshwick. Image: Martin Ollman.

Ottoman (Canberra stalwart with award-winning Turkish food)

ONA Coffee (the world’s best coffee – officially)

Orexi (Greek food by ‘the aroma magician’ Yiannis Baxevanis)

OTIS (soon to open in Kingston, promising a ‘nostalgic’ menu that puts control back in the hands of the diner).

P is for…

Parlour's Confit Bangalow pork belly, pickled fennel, and chorizo rolls. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.

Parlour’s Confit Bangalow pork belly, pickled fennel, and chorizo rolls. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.

Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant (a little piece of the countryside just minutes from the city)

Parlour Wine Bar (moreish tapas and an impressive wine list)

Penny University (Pinterest perfect and flavours to match)

Petra Palace (Lebanese food the way it should be)

Pâtissez (that famous Canberra milkshake cafe)

Pistachio Dining (suburban delight in Torrens)

Pod Food (a hidden Pialligo delight with fresh, regional fare)

Public (great pub grub and the perfect place for a relaxed Sunday session).

Q is for…

Quizine's fresh and flavourful food.

Quizine’s fresh and flavourful food.

Quizine (simple and clean with no flavour compromises)

R is for…

Ricardo's many treats. Image: Tess Godkin.

Ricardo’s many treats. Image: Tess Godkin.

Ricardo’s (cakes, macarons and more to tantalise the taste buds)

Red Brick Espresso (great coffee and kid and dog friendly)

Rocksalt (a Canberra favourite for great allery friendly food).

S is for…

Some Café's Toasted Sandwich.

Some Café’s Toasted Sandwich.

Sage Dining Rooms (outside the ordinary in a charming space)

Suke Suke (a hidden piece of Japan in the CBD)

Spence Family Bakery (you’ll go out of your way for their lamingtons and cakes)

Stand By Me (a fantastic suburban favourite)

Some Café (country meets cosy at this Collector cafe)

Social & Co (modern Mediterranean influenced restaurant and bar, with an emphasis on sharing)

Sultan’s Turkish Pide (some of Canberra’s best Turkish)

Sweet Bones (organic, vegan cafe – and, oh, the cakes!).

T is for…

The Pedlar. Image: Martin Ollman.

The Pedlar. Image: Martin Ollman.

The Pedlar (Campbell’s newest hotspot)

The Public Place (Southside’s newest eatery features great food, fantastic coffee and is both kid and pooch friendly)

The Dock (perpetually heaving Kingston Foreshore gastropub)

The Loft Bar & Grill (good food and inventive cocktails in O’Connor)

Temporada (Ben Willis’ city stable never fails to delight)

Three Mills Bakery (lovingly created bread and pastries)

Two Before Ten (great coffee and locally sourced fare now available in the City and Belconnen)

3 Degrees Coffee (home baked treats and hot dogs on Thursday nights!)

Twenty One (generous portions and reasonable prices, perfect for weekday lunch)

Tilley’s (Canberra icon featuring live music and a relaxed jazz club vibe)

Tinker Tailor (a collaboration between Knead Patisserie and Red Brick Espresso)

Tasting China (occupying Chairman and Yip’s old Bunda Street space, dishing up contemporary Chinese)

The Truffle Farm (Damien Brabender’s cuisine in a unique rural location)

Trev’s (café by day, restaurant by night).

U is for…

The new Urban Pantry. Photo: Instagram.

The new Urban Pantry. Photo: Instagram.

Urban Pantry (reinvented with a Hamptons-esque vibe – reliably good food)

V is for…

Vincent's chic interior. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Vincent’s chic interior. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Vincent (a sexy, sophisticated venue with indulgent food to match).

W is for…

Walter G's Nutella Pizza.

Walter G’s Nutella Pizza. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.

Walter G’s (pizza obsessed? This is the place to be.)

Walt & Burley (roomy gastropub with to-die-for water views)

Wild Duck (popular politician hideaway and tasty Mod Asian)

What The Phở (Vietnamese street food – including some of the best Pho in Canberra)

White Rabbit (cocktails and desserts – we’re there)

Waters Edge (elegant fine dining and water views)

(Canberra) Wine House (enjoy a home grown drop in a non-pretentious setting).

X is for…

XO's ribs.

XO’s ribs.

XO (attentive service and food that packs a punch, accompanied by a pleasing wine list).

Y is for…

Dumplings from Yat Bun Tong Dumpling House.

Dumplings from Yat Bun Tong Dumpling House.

Yat Bun Tong (fresh made dumplings and other Asian favourites for a very reasonable price)

Yarralumla Yacht Club (beautiful views and indulgent meals)

Yogi’s Kitchen (Indian food in a warm and welcoming space)

Z is for…

jamala truffle degustation

Jamala’s refined fine dining.

Zoo (Jamala) (indulgent dining experience where every menu item has truffle inspiration)

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  • Michele Walton

    So clever, thanks for so many great ideas!

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