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8 favourite Canberra breakfasts

Megan Sparke

If I could only eat out for one meal, for the rest of my life, it would be breakfast. I love a lazy Saturday morning sitting in a café, drinking coffee and winding down from the past week. Plus, I am hopeless at poaching my own eggs so I am pretty much reliant on paying someone to do it for me. Every weekend I try and head somewhere different in Canberra to try out a new café and today I am sharing some of my favourite places so far.

Mocan and Green Grout {NewActon}

Mocan and green grout

The flavours that Mocan and Green Grout manage to pack into their breakfast are quite extraordinary. My favourite dish, the baked eggs, are rich and creamy with strong, sweet tomato flavours offset by the saltiness of the hummus and tanginess of the fresh lemon. Find them on Marcus Clarke Street in the NewActon precinct.

No. 1, 19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra. Open 7am to 6pm Monday, 7am to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday and 8am to 4pm Sunday.

Sweet Bones {Braddon}

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The scrambled tofu at Sweet Bones is just as good, if not better then any scrambled eggs I have ever had. Each time I eat there for breakfast I struggle to decide between the big brekkie or the pancakes – take a friend and share them both! Head to Lonsdale Street for this one.

Shop 8/18 Lonsdale Street (entrance via Elouera Street). Open 7:30am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, 8:30 am to 3pm Sunday.

The Cupping Room {City}


The Cupping Room is my go to for breakfast, when we have visitors I know I can go there and they will get an amazing meal that uses fresh and flavoursome ingredients. I also love that the menu changes with the season so we are constantly getting new options to try. My current favourite is the Spanish mess – you can’t go wrong with chorizo and potato.

1/13 University Ave, Canberra City. Open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Chatterbox {Belconnen}


Chatterbox is one of my local cafes and one that we know we can rely on for consistent service and quality food. I really love that they offer a half serve so if you have lunch plans you can still fit in breakfast as well. I highly recommend the rosti stack – very indulgent, especially when you get it with bacon. Venture west to Belco and discover Chatterbox on Cameron Avenue.

40 Cameron Ave, Belconnen. Open 6:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Kusina {Weston Creek}


For something completely different head to Kusina in Weston Creek for a traditional Filipino breakfast. Take a group of people so you can share a variety of dishes. My favourite dish is the Pork Tocino (sweet cured pork), which is sweet and sticky but tender on the inside.

Cooleman Court, Weston. Open 5pm to 9pm Monday and Tuesday, 11am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 9pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Stand by me {Lyons}

Stand by Me

Stand by Me has quickly become one of my favourite cafes in Canberra. The cafe is tucked away in the Lyons shops and has a relaxed and cosy vibe. The French toast flavour changes all the time, we had the lamington version for Australia Day and that was delicious. My partner also believes that they have the best scrambled eggs in Canberra and he would know as he orders the same thing everywhere we go so is somewhat of an expert.

1 Lyons Place, Lyons. Open 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Trev’s {Dickson}


If you struggle to decide between sweet and savoury when you go out for breakfast head to Trevs’ for the Taste Collective. The Taste Collective is a breakfast tasting plate that includes a corn fritter with bacon and avocado, pancakes (the flavour changes constantly), fruit salad and the juice of the day, all for $18, which in the Canberra breakfast world is a bargain.

20 Challis Street, Dickson. Open 7am to 4pm Monday to Wednesday, 7am to 10pm Thursday and Friday, 8:30am to 1pm, and 5:30pm to 10pm Saturday and 9am to 1pm Sunday.

Pulp Kitchen {Ainslie}



Pulp Kitchen serves European bistro style fare with rich and indulgent ingredients like cheese, chorizo and thick tomato sauces. Once again you choose between a small serving and a regular serving and I definitely recommend it if you want something different for breakfast.

Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie. Open for lunch 12pm to 2pm Wednesday to Friday, dinner 6pm til late Tuesday to Saturday, and brunch 9am to 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday.

Want more breakfast options? Check out these posts.

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Our favourite brunches

Breakfast at the National Museum of Australia Cafe

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Best breakfasts wherever you live

Common Grounds in Gowrie

10 coffee spots to try in 2015

This is an updated version of 10 favourite Canberra breakfasts this weekend.


Megan Sparke

Lawyer by day blogger by night at www.thegirlhassparke.com. Megan proudly calls Canberra home and is passionate about showing off all this city has to offer. A love for food (eating it not cooking it), travel and an unhealthy obsession with instagram take up most of her free time. More about the Author

  • I would add Local Press to that list, their green pea pancake is the talk of the town!

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