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The Winter Hot List

Beatrice Smith

The hottest things to do during Canberra’s cooler months.



Image via facebook.com/pg/mollycanberra


When Molly, grand dame of the Canberra bar scene, closed her Hobart Place doors late last year, we had a sneaking suspicion she might make a fabulous re-entrance some day.

Those hopes have now been realised with the reveal of Molly’s new digs on Northbourne Avenue. Finally, our favourite gal has space to branch out, with a stage allowing for live jazz performances,

Molly | 35°16’44.5″S 149°07’42.0″E | [email protected]



Image via podilato.com.au/gallery

All the tastiest parts of European cuisine converge at Podilato in the Mantra MacArthur Hotel. Antipasto from Italy meets gyros from Greece in a continental mashup that is fresh and inventive.

Don’t miss tasty seafood options such as Spaghetti Frutti Di Mare and Kinkawaonka black mussels, sautéed with white wine, cherry tomatoes, garlic and chilli.

Podilato | 219 Northbourne Ave, Turner | podilato.com.au


Situated in über cool No Name Lane in City West, Taco Taco will be all about flexible food—whether that’s eat in, eat at the bar, or grab it and go.

With Mexican cantina vibes and a menu offering brunch, lunch and dinner plus cocktails and beers, this is sure to be one of winter’s hottest new spots.

Taco Taco | No Name Lane, Alinga Street, City West | instagram.com/tacotacocbr



Regarded as “one of the greatest print suites, and perhaps the most enigmatic and famous of the twentieth century” Picasso’s Vollard Suite is coming to the National Gallery of Australia from June to September. Comprising of exactly 100 prints, this is one not to miss for lovers of Picasso’s unique and thought-provoking style.

The Vollard Suite | 9 June – 24 September The National Gallery of Australia 

Road trip


If you fancy a cool weather road trip, we recommend you head east, to Braidwood.

The perfect destination for winter (as well as a beloved halfway pit stop between here and the coast) Braidwood offers a plethora of foodie experiences, from the chic Paydirt Eatery to a hearty breakfast in front of the fireplace at the Albion Hotel, complete with Lonsdale Street Roasters Coffee.

Now you can also add authentic Italian fare to that list with the opening of Casanova’s. Serving up treats like housemade sourdough and pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, Casanova’s is the perfect excuse for a destination lunch.

Casanova’s | 68–70 Wallace Street, Braidwood | Open for breakfast and lunch Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday | facebook.com/pg/casanovas.braidwood

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Taste for Winter 2018, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here.

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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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