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20 new places to eat in Canberra

Molly McLaughlin

This is actually getting ridiculous. It’s been two months since our last round up—now here are 20 more new places to eat in Canberra.

1882 Bar & Grill

Named after the year the village of Hall was established, 1882 Bar & Grill is bringing a modern and relaxed vibe to the classic country pub. With live music events and an extensive menu that includes everything from sirloin steak and chicken parmigiana to barramundi and tiramisu, 1882 is worth venturing north for.

13 Gladstone St, Hall | Open Tues to Thurs 11.30am to 10pm, Fri to Sun 11.30am – 11pm | 02 6230 2113 |


All-Day is the newest addition to Bailey’s Corner in Civic, aiming to cover all bases with breakfast, lunch and dinner on offer as well as coffee and Pact Brewing Co on tap. This casual eatery with outdoor seating is the latest from James Hume, who seeks to bring the relaxed vibe of his previous restaurant ventures in Athens to the city centre.

143 London Circuit, Civic | Mon to Fri 8am-8pm, and Sat 11am-8pm | [email protected] |


Braddon Mediterranean restaurant Black Fire has expanded to fill the space left by the departure of Pita Pit next door, adding a new tapas bar just around the corner. After a slick makeover, the space is a nod to the traditional Spanish set-up of a separate tapas bar and restaurant space, serving tapas, pintxos and bocatas—accompanied by sangria, of course.

For the uninitiated, tapas are a small version of a bigger dish, like papayas braves or roasted pork belly, whereas pintxos are tasty toppings served on a small bread base. Bocatas, on the other hand, are short sandwiches. Don’t worry, your taste buds will figure it out.

Corner Mort and Elouera Street, Braddon | Open seven days, midday-late | 02 6230 5921 |


The Boardwalk is a hugely welcome addition to the Belco foreshore. With a light-filled rotunda looking out over the lake and plenty of space for chatting, drinking and dancing, the aqua and grey-themed interior aims to cater to all comers. The Boardwalk hosts a variety of DJs and live music acts, and is already proving a fast favourite with locals.

11/114 Emu Bank, Belconnen | Open Tuesday 5pm – Late, Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm – 2am | 02 6251 2712 |


You make have noticed the new signage outside Canberra institution The Pancake Parlour, but never fear. As owner Phillip Barton explained on Facebook, the name change just means he will have more freedom over the menu and be able to set lower prices (due to avoiding a franchise fee.) For example, the Swiss Mountain Malt now goes by the name of Mega Shake, and the blueberry pancake stack is a popular new addition to the menu. Although there have been a couple of changes to the interior, you can still slide into your favourite booth.

Basement 122, Alinga Street, Canberra City | Open Sun to Thurs 7am – 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 7am – 11.30pm | 02 6247 2982 |


Gungahlin’s new local has something for everyone, with 14 tap beers, an impressive local wine list and your favourite cocktails. The food menu is fresh and focuses on local, seasonal produce, and includes share plates as well as burgers, salads and pizza. Featuring plenty of space for lazy days and fun-filled nights, some of the large tables even convert to ping pong tables.

Corner of Hinder St and Efkapidis St, Gungahlin | 11am til 12pm every day | 02 6147 5511 |


After the devastating closure of Chicken Gourmet (a late-night mainstay right next door to King O’Malley’s Irish Pub), the space has been completely transformed into stylish cafe Gerry’s Kitchen. Named after owner Gerry Sanfrancesco—a well-known face behind the counter at Chicken Gourmet—the new iteration is a little more, well, gourmet, with smashed avo, and fresh juices, alongside made-to-order pizza, pasta and burgers.

131 City Walk, Civic | 7am daily (8am on Sundays) until 10pm, with extending hours til midnight Friday and Saturday | 


Highgate Lane Roasters in Kingston are expanding once again with the addition of Highgate Lane Bakehouse. Bread, tarts and pastries are already in the oven and more baked goodies are promised for the future. As well as the usual fare of coffee, sandwiches and sweets, the Highgate Lane Bakehouse hopes to bring together the best of Canberra’s local produce, including eggs, olive oils, pates and honey.

Highgate Lane Bake House, Green Square, Kingston | Open 7am-4pm seven days |


As the name implies, Bruce restaurant The Gan-Jeez is a fusion of Australian and Indian cuisines with a modern twist. With dishes like the butter chicken cob, Karachi-style lollipop and chocolate samosas for dessert, as well as a cocktail and wine bar, this cheeky new venue is not your average Indian takeaway.

85/15 Braybrooke St, Bruce | 11am-3pm, 5-9.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday, Breakfast 7.30-11am Saturday & Sunday | 02 5100 2591 |


From the team behind Chatterbox Espresso Bar in Belconnen, comes Interlude Espresso Bar in the heart of the city. Catering to coffee obsessives and breakfast lovers, Interlude brings a much-needed shot of energy west of Northbourne.

16 Marcus Clarke St, City | Open 6.30am til 4pm weekdays | 02 6174 0748 |


If you’re looking for cafe classics taken to the next level, Kettle and Tin perfectly fits the bill. Serving coffee from Melbourne roaster Locale and real chocolate hot chocolates, the cafe is bringing inner-city cool to the Mawson shops. The fresh, colourful menu will have something for everyone, try the Kettle Benedict (featuring a croissant with homemade hollandaise) for a hearty brekky with a twist.

71 Mawson Place, Mawson | Open Mon to Sat 8am-3pm, and Sunday 8.30am-2pm | 0468 880 818 |


The culinary genius behind Bombolini, Geoff Whittall, is giving his food a permanent home with the opening of his Hall café, Kynefin (pronounced Kin-ev-in and derived from the Welsh word Cynefin, meaning familiar, habitat).

A small amount of doughnuts will be available at the cafe, but it isn’t the main focus—it’s all about serving delicious, sustainable food that respects the land and animals it is sourced from.

Kynefin will be British inspired, a perfect fit for the historic village in which it’s set.

2-4 Victoria Street, Hall. Open Wed to Sun 7am to 5pm .


Insta-famous Kingston Foreshore café Local Press is set to open a second storefront on Giles Street, equipped with a commercial kitchen to expand the supply of their signature kombucha and cold pressed juices. The new space will offer quick lunches (think burgers and salads) and bring a plastic-free wholefoods grocer (including some homemade delights) to the inner south.  The kitchen will also allow Local Press to put together an extensive dinner menu for the existing café.

Details coming soon. |


From the team behind Fox and Bow in Farrer, comes Phillip’s newest local café. Designed for those with limited time but extensive caffeine needs, Manolo’s serves coffee from Australian specialty roaster Five Senses through a takeaway window and a range of delicious food options. If you prefer your caffeine fix at a table, there is also plenty of space for dining in and a rotating menu (including brekky classics.)

17 Botany St, Phillip | Open Mon to Fri 6.30am-3.30pm | 02 6260 4383 |


Oh Molly, how we missed you. After a five-month hiatus, Canberra’s favourite speakeasy is back bigger and better than ever. With the same cool vibe but over double the floor space, the new Molly is located in the Melbourne building, with a hidden entrance off Odgers Lane. As well four beers on tap and a brand new function space, the team has also added a grand piano for regular live music events.

35°16’44.5″S 149°07’42.0″E | Open Mon to Wed 4pm-midnight, Thurs to Sat 4pm-2am. Also open long weekend Sundays from 6pm |


Mozzarella & Co. pizzeria in Dickson promises Naples-style pizza, with handmade dough and in-house made mozzarella. We’re sold.  

Shop 8, 55 Woolley Street, Dickson |


Another new addition to Garema Place, Selli’s is a New York-style sandwich shop that promises “eats and treats” and boy, does it deliver. The treats are next-level (think glazed doughnuts, choc-malt shakes and pecan pie) and the sandwiches range from fried chicken burgers to cheesy Reubens. Owner Lauren Sellick is striking out on her own for the first time after plenty of experience behind the scenes, and Selli’s is already shaking things up.

Shop 5, 88-96 Bunda Street, Canberra | Open Sun to Wed 8am – around 3pm, Thurs to Sun 8am – late |


Although The Hamlet in Braddon has announced it is taking a break, local fave Spit Shack has already found a new home just next door. Along with locations in Tuggeranong and Pialligo, Spit Shack are now serving up their delicious pork and lamb rolls from a storefront on Lonsdale Street. As always, Spit Shack in Braddon is inspired by traditional Croatian flavours and incorporates fresh local produce. Plus, now there’s also burek pastries for dessert

14 Lonsdale St, Braddon |


Highly anticipated poke bowl joint Supa Bowl has just opened in No Name Lane, and it definitely lives up to the hype. While poke is traditionally a Hawaiian street food, Supa Bowl  emphasises the dish’s Japanese influences. The five signature poke bowls on offer (salmon, tuna, chicken, tofu and the ‘supa bowl’ with both salmon and tuna) are accompanied by a choice of brown or white rice, soba noodles or zucchini noodles, and the famous egg puffle is also on the menu for dessert, inspired by Hong Kong street food.

Shop G23, Mayfair, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra | Open Mon to Fri 11.30am-8.30pm, Sat 12.30pm-8.30pm | 02 6152 9288 |


The team behind Braddon’s Chez Frederic are bringing their twist on Italian staples to the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets with the opening of Winifred’s Place. With a more extensive menu (and significantly more extensive parking), this bigger space offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as takeaway options. This sophisticated but fun spot has fully embraced the market atmosphere, and freshly made pasta will be for sale during market hours.

Winifred’s Place, Level 1, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick | Open Sun-Thurs 7.30am-5pm, Fri-Sat 5.30-10pm | 02 6260 6185 |


Iconic Southside pizzeria Zuchini Bros has opened up a second storefront in Greenway, serving traditional favourites as well gourmet pizza options like Polpette (Italian meatballs) and Coyote Chicken. Angelo Defazio founded Zucchini Bros in Chisholm in 1988, and now his sons Joel and Isaac have moved into the family business full time. Early reports suggest the Greenway branch is definitely living up to Angelo’s high standards.

SQ1 Building, 280 Anketell Street, Greenway | Seven days from 5pm | 02 6293 2186 |


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author