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Nine coffee shops on our must-try list

Madeleine Wood

Follow your heart and truly, you will find coffee

Do you have an urge to try something new? Step outside your usual? Feel the need to branch out from your regular latte? Let us tell you about these brew-tiful coffee spots to try in Canberra.




From the familiar faces behind Belconnen’s hugely popular Chatterbox comes a new southside venture. Located on the ground floor of the Minter Ellison Building in Barton, Brew & Brew are bringing flavour and excitement to this part of Canberra by bringing together some of the best wines, beers and blends of coffee that Canberra has to offer.

There’s not just drinks either – the HerCanberra staff are known to grab their salads (ok, alright – sometimes pasta) from there most lunchtimes. Their salad bar (with welcome additions like pasta, zucchini balls and sandwiches) changes daily and you can mix and match as you like!

Brew & Brew | Minter Ellison Building, Forrest |


1 on one

1 on One in Barton. Image: Facebook

Located amongst the concrete jungle of Barton’s office precinct, 1 on One looks set to be Barton’s newest caffeine hot spot.

If the aroma of baked goodies and coffee beans isn’t enough to lure you inside, their extensive list of breakfast and lunch options sure will. Whether you’re after a coffee to go, a quick meeting place or a space to lounge and unwind with friends as the hours pass you by, this is one to check out.

1 on One | 1 Canberra Avenue, Forrest | 


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This Lonsdale Street site has already seen a few coffee spots come and go, with Tranquilo Espresso and Farmer’s Daughter both calling it quits. Its newest incarnation, Imperioso, is a little Italian hole in the wall promising coffee, pasta and panini. Just quietly, they had us at ‘Homemade Tiramisu’.

Imperioso | 134/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon |Facebook @Imperiosocafe

3 Degrees Coffee


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Sydney-based coffee – Gabriel Coffee – is the coffee of choice for 3 Degrees, the Civic bus interchanges’ newest storefront. This beautifully balanced coffee pours perfectly with Canberra Milk. 3 Degrees could quite easily become a place to call your ‘regular’ with the personal service owner Sophia provides and a focus on good, homemade food and beautiful coffee. It’s the perfect place to start your working day.

Read more here.

3 Degrees Coffee | Baileys Arcade, 143 London Circuit, Canberra City | Web


Nookie. Image: Lisa Lois Photography.

Nookie. Image: Lisa Lois Photography.

Nookie Espresso Bar, previously a hole in the wall in Garema Place, has reopened on the corner of East Row in the Sydney Building (next to Zambrero).  Watch the passers by, grab a coffee and quick bite to eat on your way to work or way home.

Nookie is open for breakfast and brunch for a half day on Saturdays for people who can’t make it during the week.

Nookie Espresso Bar | Cnr of East Row and Alinga Street, Civic| Facebook @Nookinthecity


The Public Place. Image: Facebook.

The Public Place. Image: Facebook.

With paleo, gluten free and vegan options, the Public Place in Chisholm brings together a fantastic selection of food to suit just about every dietary requirement. Southside’s newest eatery features great food, fantastic coffee that comes in a bath sized mug and is both kid and pooch friendly. An unexpected delight.

The Public Place | 42 Halley Street, Chisholm |


MB tinkertailor pastry

Yet another one to add to Casey’s ever-growing list of eateries — this time offering high-quality coffee and tasty pastries, Tinker Tailor is a collaboration between Knead Patisserie and Red Brick Espresso, so you just know it’s going to be good.

Read our review here.

Tinker Tailor | 15 Kingsland Parade, Casey | Facebook @tinkertailorcasey


Bearded Bean

Beards + Beans… could we have reached peak hipster? Customisable coffee and a reliable breakfast and lunch menu should see this become a hotspot for local caffiends.

The Bearded Bean | 3/21 Genge Street, Canberra City | Facebook @The-Bearded-Bean 


Two Before Ten. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Two Before Ten. Image: Tim Bean Photography

While they’re not ‘technically’ new, Two Before Ten have moved and expanded and are now open in both Belconnen as well as the City.

And don’t worry – they’re food and coffee are still just as delicious as it’s always been!

Read more here.

Two Before Ten | 1 Hobart Place, Canberra City |


Madeleine Wood

Madeleine is a lover of coffee, baby animals, striped tops, pasta, pop culture, skiing, water sports, the colour black, indoor plants and of course, writing. She loves spending her free time out to eat with friends or curled up on the couch with a book and her dog on her lap. Coming from a family of farmers and country-goers, she often finds herself explaining why she has holes in her jeans at family gatherings. More about the Author

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