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Two Before Ten: Back to the city

Belinda Neame

It all started in Civic. On Marcus Clarke Street to be exact.

It was a tiny, welcoming space and everyday it was bumper-to-bumper with Two Before Ten (TBT) enthusiasts. But when the building was due to undergo renovations, the team made a massive move north to Aranda.


In just over 18 months, the Two Before Ten team has transformed a derelict building in Aranda into a unique precinct in the middle of the ‘burbs’. The building not only houses the Two Before Ten café and ‘Hank’ the coffee roaster, it also comes with a bar, a yoga studio and a boutique gifts and homewares store. It doesn’t matter what day or time you drop into Aranda, it is a constant hive of activity with an incredible sense of community. It has become a real hub for the locals.


Belconnen’s win was city caffeinds’ loss, but we have good news. They are back. That’s right, Two Before Ten are bringing it back to the city, to the space briefly occupied by 79&Fine in Hobart Place.


“We’ve been looking to expand and have been looking around for a new space in the city for a while and when this spot came up, we knew it was right,” says owner Chris Dennis.


So what can you expect from their new digs?


“We are basically bringing the concept of the Aranda space over to the city. The menu will be similar with a lean towards more native, sustainable produce,” says Chris. “You’ll also get the same great coffee that’s roasted on site at Aranda, the same friendly service and a relaxed, inclusive vibe.”


Two Before Ten will be a great addition to the city’s offerings and will be open from Monday-Friday, 7am – 4pm for breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee fixes! Other plans for the space are weekend trading, special event style dinners and balmy Summer nights in the surrounding grounds, so stay tuned.


the essentials

What: Two Before Ten City
Where: 1 Hobart Place, Canberra City
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm, Saturday – Sunday 8am-2pm

Photography by Tim Bean Photography


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