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First Look: Sunday in Canberra

Beatrice Smith and Belinda Neame

Sunday, gorgeous Sunday.

For Canberrans, Sundays are synonymous with lazy walks around the lake, coffee in hand. Perhaps a stroll around a museum or gallery and brunch with friends, family and dogs in the sun.

It’s this relaxed vibe that inspired musician Mickey Sulit and her family to open Gungahlin’s newest cafe, Sunday in Canberra which will open (rather fittingly) this Sunday 15 October.

“Sunday is a day that most people look forward to. It is a day of rest, fun, family and friendship,” explains Mickey. “We want to bring that relaxed Sunday feeling every day. We have put so much love into this cafe and anyone who steps in can immediately feel that warm and cosy vibe that would make any day feel like a Sunday in Canberra.”


For a family passionate about food and the arts, opening somewhere that would give a “complete dining experience” to its patrons was a no-brainer.

“We believe that the essence of good food is not just on how it is made but on how it is presented and the environment at which it is enjoyed,” says Mickey. “We want to offer a complete food experience because it is how we make people feel that they remember the most.”

“This is something very personal to us. A lot of heart, sweat and blood has been put to each and every corner of the place. We’re just excited to let people in and we just hope and pray that they would feel and experience the love that’s been poured out into building Sunday In Canberra.”


While the name is evocative, don’t be fooled by it. They’re not just open Sundays. So with opening hours that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner, what can diners expect? 

“Everyday comfort food that is done right!” says Sunday In Canberra’s Chef, Anj Sulit who has worked in venues across Canberra for the last four years. “I’ve eaten and worked in a lot of places that don’t pay attention to detail and don’t put their heart into their food. It was always the most frustrating thing for me.”

“So when the family decided to open Sunday’s I said to myself ‘I’m going to cook something that’s familiar but exciting. Something that is going to make the guests feel special even if it’s just plain fish and chips, because they will taste & know that it’s been cared for and thought about’.”


As for coffee (because what Sunday doesn’t start with the perfect latte?), Mickey explains that “her heart” is to support local, Canberrans businesses. 

“We will mainly be focusing on coffee and tea,” she says. “We will have our custom blend called “Sunday I’m In Love” roasted by Lonsdale Street Roasters. Our tea will be sourced from Endeavour Tea, also a Canberra based business. We’ll be carrying Beloka Sparkling Water which is an Australian brand too. Milkshakes, hot chocolate, chai, soft drinks & juices will, of course, be on the drinks menu too.”

the essentials 

What: Sunday In Canberra
When: Opening Sunday 15 October. Hours: Monday + Wednesday 7.30am-3pm (closed Tuesday), Thursday + Friday 7.30am-10.30pm, Saturday 5.30pm-10.30pm and Sunday 7.30am-3.30pm
Where: 54 Ernest Cavanagh Street, Gungahlin
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Images: Supplied


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author


Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author

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