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Eight new places to eat

Emily Crabb

It’s that magical time of the year when we discover a new batch of eateries. 

After a quiet summer where finding something open became almost a competitive sport, now’s time to hunt down these new places to eat. But wait, there’s more – after you try these eight, here are TEN new places to eat.

Milk Crate (Marcus Clarke Street)

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Chilled vibes and quality coffee make Milk Crate café the perfect new addition to that area of Civic between City West and NewActon. The sister cafe to Milk Crate on Mort Street in the city, their meals are made from local ingredients sourced from around the capital and transformed by international, particularly Mediterranean, themes. Sensational sweet treats are also available, meaning the café has something for everyone.

Where: 16 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City
When: Mon-Fri: 6.30am-4pm (until 7pm each Thursday), and Saturday from 7.30am-1pm
Contact: (02) 6174 0643



Canberra’s newest pop-up delight comes to us in the form of Bonkers. The pop-up restaurant will be in the Canberra Bowls Club for the next year. Visitors can enjoy a funky menu with a modern take on some 80’s classics. Dishes like Caesar salad with mac and cheese and banana split fritz take fusion to a whole new, delicious level.

The venue also serves Sunday roasts, weekend breakfasts and high teas. There are plans for karaoke, burlesque shows and other unique entertainment too.

Where: Elder St. Braddon
When: Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, for breakfast on Saturday and breakfast and high tea on Sunday

Tikka Take


Tikka Take offers dishes with a modern take on traditional Indian cuisine, modernising the popular tikka by redesigning it for the busy, modern eater. The made-to-order, unprocessed dishes are created in front of you and there are meat, vegetarian and vegan options.

Tikka Take has also recreated the traditional Gola (a drink made from crushed ice and sweet syrup) adding flavours such as watermelon, chocolate and custard butterscotch.

Where: 6/21 Genge Street, Canberra City
When: Seven days a week from 10am – 10pm

Brew Nation


Image: Martin Ollman

Did you know Canberra makes its own gin? Al Kirk and Shai Lambert did and it’s just one of the many locally produced spirits that are available at their latest bar, Brew Nation. The bar also offers an exciting range of cocktails and local beers and wines.

Their creativity does not stop at the drinks. The sleek industrial design of the interior works beautifully juxtaposed with the historic Sydney Building. Additionally, Brew Nation’s layout means that both groups and couples can find a seat that fits their needs.

Where: Shop 1/102 Alinga Street, Civic
When: 4pm until midnight, Tuesday – Saturday



Canberra Centre’s newest brunch destination can be found on the top level of Canberra Centre, next to Kikki K. GreenHouse is easily identified by their understandable popularity; it’s had patrons queuing for its excellent coffee in the weeks that it has been open. But never fear, caffeinds can sleep well at night knowing that the coffee beans are strictly fair trade sourced by ONA Coffee. GreenHouse’s al fresco seating is a welcome escape from the bustling mall and allows shoppers to relax and enjoy fresh light meals.

Where: Canberra Centre, next to Kikki K, across from Veronika Maine
When: Mon-Thurs 7.30-5.50 (kitchen closes at 2.30pm) Friday 7am-9pm (kitchen closes at 8.30pm). Sat-Sun 7.30am to 5pm (kitchen closes at 2pm)

Hops and Vine



Hops and Vine is (as their name suggests) a beer and wine shop that only opened in early December in Hall. The rustic barn exterior belies the soaring interior of polished wood that has been converted into a cellar. Here can be found a plethora of boutique wines, beers from small breweries and beverage accessories.

The shelves and bench tops are jam-packed with everything a discerning, responsible drinker could dream of. Hops and Vine offer wine and craft beer tastings and a wide range of gift hampers that would impress even the most fastidious of connoisseurs.

Where 6A Victoria Street Hall
When: Midday- 6.30pm seven days a week




Ritual’s décor is subdued, inviting and comfortable. This relaxed environment has obviously rubbed off on the staff as they are laid back, friendly and efficient. The excellent coffee and range of smoothies complement their salads and freshly made sandwiches. Also, by opening at 7.30 am, Ritual is a welcome addition to Canberra’s increasing breakfast café scene.

Where: In Little National Hotel, on National Circuit, Barton
Open: From 7.30-3.30 Monday to Friday




This trendy new joint takes authentic Thai street food to a whole new level. What makes this restaurant/bar unique is that is has captured the electric vibes of the Thai party scene and combined it with rich, traditional Thai cuisine. Classic Thai dishes are featured on the menu, along with some edgier options. The cocktails also feature something for everyone, with sweet, fruity, spicy and sour beverages.

Where: Unit 2, 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
When: Open seven days a week, 5pm until 12.30am

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Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author