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Rockin’ The Suburbs: five favourite locals

Beatrice Smith

Sometimes, the whole idea of getting dressed up and venturing out to the newest place on Eat Street leaves you feeling a little overwhelmed.

What you really want to do is stay casual and hang somewhere where everybody knows your name. Our own local may hold a special place in our heart, but with most parts of Canberra within easy driving distance for lunch or dinner, exploring other people’s locals can be fun too.

Here are five spread across Canberra for you to try on for size.

THE DISTRICT (CRACE)

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A much-welcomed haven for northern residents, The District’s cosy atmosphere has been a hit since it opened in 2014. In fact, it’s been an Australian Hotels Association award winner for Best Cafe and Restaurant for three years now. With a cosy wood-panelled interior and wine list full of Canberra district favourites (like the schnitzel in our article’s feature image), settle into the cooler months with classics like their Peri Peri chicken burger with bacon and chilli mayo and Roast pork belly with roast potatoes, roast pumpkin and broccolini. Did we mention their extensive pizza menu? Now is the time to head north. Because winter is coming.

The District | 56 Abena Avenue, Crace | 9 am – 10 pm every day | 6174 3147 | thedistrict.com.au

THE COOKERY (ERINDALE)

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After its 2017 refurbishment, The Cookery at Erindale Vikings is almost unrecognisable, except for the same warm staff and service. Little ones can keep themselves occupied in the indoor play space (perfect for winter) while you enjoy twists on classic bistro menu items like baked brie and Cape Grim Rib Eye next to a panoramic view of the Brindabellas. Ready for dessert? Their gelataria should keep everyone happy.

The Cookery | Erindale Vikings, 6 Ricardo Street, Wanniassa | Lunch (12-2pm) and dinner (6-9pm), every day | 6121 2116 | vikings.com.au/erindale/the-cookery

ANTICA RICETTA (MANUKA)

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A truly great pizza can turn even the worst workday into a triumph and an Inner South must-try is Antica Ricetta. Tucked away in the heart of Manuka’s chic shopping precinct, we recommend ordering the classic Margherita Pizza and some fresh house-made Gnocchi with butter and sage. Paired with a glass of Italian wine, Antica Ricetta works equally well as for date night.

Antica Ricetta | Shop 14, Palmerston Lane, Manuka | Monday 5.30-9.30 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11 am – 3 pm and 5.30 – 9.30 pm, Friday-Saturday 11 am – 3 pm and 5.30-10 pm. Closed Sundays | 6295 2778 | anticaricetta.com.au

NO. 10 RESTAURANT AND BAR (WODEN)

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Tucked away in the bottom of Abode Woden, No. 10’s blend of chic modern décor and trendy eats is the perfect fit for those looking for a relaxed dining experience that doesn’t compromise on quality.

With menu highlights like Koren fried chicken with Kewpie mayonnaise and pickled daikon, Handmade agnolotti filled with aubergine, walnut and ricotta and Shredded Peking duck with Chinese cabbage, pickled mushroom and ponzu mayo, this is a not to miss for foodies.

No. 10 Restaurant and Bar | 10 Bowes Street, Woden | Monday-Saturday 7 am – late, Sunday 7 am – 11 pm | 6108 4958 | number10restaurantandbar.com

WILBUR’S CAFÉ BAR (HACKETT)

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The Hackett shops have recently had a renaissance, thanks in large part of Wilbur’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Bustling with cycling groups, mums and bubs and families alike, Wilbur’s spacious interior showcases local art and is open every day except Monday for dinner. We recommend checking their busy specials board for the latest burger, pie or pasta dish.

Wilbur’s Café and Bar | 14 Hackett Place, Hackett | Tuesday 7.30 am – 3 pm, Wednesday – Saturday 7.30 am – 9 pm, Sunday 7.30 am – 8 pm | 6262 5406 | facebook.com/pg/wilburscafeandbar

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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

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