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Places to eat over the holidays

Molly McLaughlin

We’ve all had that time when we wandered around for 40 minutes in the summer heat in search of a decent coffee or brunch around Christmas.

If you want to show off Canberra’s cafés to visiting family and friends or just need a break from cooking at home, we’ve got you covered with all the places to eat a lazy brunch or grab a drink over the holiday period.

If you’re heading to Sydney over the holidays, make sure to check out our list of places to eat along the Hume Highway that aren’t the golden arches.

Northside

Baker: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. New Acton Pavilion Unit 2, 15 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton.  6287 6150. Website here. Read our review here

Akiba: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. 40 Bunda Street, City. 6162 0602. Website here. Read our review here.

Autolyse: Open throughout but closed Christmas Day to December 28 and then closed New Year’s Day. 5/21 Lonsdale Street. 6262 8819. Website here.

Beach Burrito: Open Christmas Eve 11am-10pm, Closed Christmas Day, Open Boxing Day-December 30 11am-10pm. Open New Year’s Eve 11am- midnight, New Year’s Day 11am-10pm, January 2 from 11am-10pm. City Walk, Civic. 6257 1914. Website here.

BentSpoke: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. 38 Mort Street, Braddon.  6257 5220. Website here. Read our review here.

Bolt Bar: Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, open every other day. 68 Bandgalong Crescent, Aranda. Website here.

Bon Kura: Open throughout, closed every Wednesday. 13 Woolley Street Dickson. 6262 6669. Website here. Read our review here.

Broadbean Cafe at the NMA: Open throughout the holiday period from 9am. Inside the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. 6208 5179. Website here.

Capitol Bar and Grill: Open throughout. 1 London Circuit, City.  6247 1488. Website here. Read our review here.

Debacle: Open throughout, closed Christmas and Boxing Day. 24 Lonsdale St, Braddon. 6247 1314. Website here. Read our review of their egg and bacon roll here.

Edgar’s Inn: Open Christmas Eve, closed 25-26 December, open 27-30 December, closed December 31-January 2, re-opens January 3. 6257 5488. Ainslie Shops, 1 Edgar Street Ainslie. Website here.

Frugii Dessert Laboratory: Open throughout. Closed Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Close at 6pm Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. 30 Lonsdale Street Braddon. 0438 366 368. Website here. Read our article here.

Grandmas at the Farm: Open every day except Christmas Day. 5796 Federal Highway, Collector, NSW. 48480240. Website here

Grease Monkey: Open throughout, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. 19 Lonsdale St, Braddon. 6174 1401. Website here. Read our review here.

Hopscotch: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon. 6107 3030. Website here. Read our review here.

Jamie’s Italian: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. 125 Bunda Street, City.  6268 0400. Website here. Read our review here.

Les Bistronomes: Open throughout, closed from 24 to 29 December. 26 Elouera Street, Braddon. 6248 8119. Website here. Read our review here.

Marble and Grain: Open throughout. 25 Mort Street, Braddon. 6246 9555. Website here. Read our review here.

Mocan and Green Grout: Closed December 24-26, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 19 Marcus Clarke Street, City. 6162 2909. 

Monster: Open throughout. Hotel Hotel, 25 Edinburgh Avenue, NewActon. 6287 6287. Website here. Read our review here.

Siren Bar: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. Corner Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Gozzard Street, Gungahlin. 6162 0377. Website here.

Southside

38 Espresso: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day, reopens 29 December. Closed New Year’s Day. 4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston. 6162 3027. Website here. Read our review here.

Belluci’s, Manuka: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Corner Franklin Street and Furneaux St, Manuka. 6239 7424. Website here.

Bookplate Cafe: Open 28 December until 3 January from 10am-3pm, 4-11 January 8.30am-4pm. Inside the National Library, Parkes. 6262 1154. Website here.

Chifley’s Bar & Grill: Open throughout. Hotel Kurrajong, Barton. 6234 4444. Website here. Read our review here.

Me & Mrs Jones: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 26 Giles Street, Kingston. 6162 3355. Website here. Read our review here.

Muse: Open throughout, but on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day open for breakfast only from 7am – 10:30am. East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston. 6178 0024. Website here. Read our review here.

National Gallery of Australia’s Wedgwood Tea Room: Open throughout for lunch and High Tea from 10.30am-4.30pm except Christmas Day. Parkes Place, Parkes. Call 6240 6711 for bookings or purchase a High Tea as part of a Tom Roberts package here.

Olive at Mawson: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day and reopens 29 December. Southlands Shopping Centre Mawson Drive, Mawson.  6286 3753. Website here.

Pod Food: Open throughout, including for lunch on Christmas Day. Closed Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Beltana Road, Pialligo. 6257 3388. Website here.

Public Bar: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Corner Flinders Way and Franklin Street, Manuka.  6161 8808. Website here. Read our review here.

The Promenade Café: Open throughout, bookings essential. Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla. 6269 8949. Website here.

Urban Pantry: Open throughout, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 5 Bougainville Street, Manuka. 6162 3556. Website here. Read our review here.

Walt and Burley: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. 21 Eastlake Parade, Kingston. 6239 6648. Website here. Read our review here.

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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin is new to Canberra and is attempting to prove to her friends that the capital city can be cool. This mostly involves frequently going out for brunch and then posting about it on social media, along with trekking up hills and around art galleries. She is half way through her uni degree but spends most of her time reading, writing and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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