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Five new places to eat in Canberra

Amanda Whitley

This time last year, it seemed like there was a new Canberra eatery opening every week. While the pace has slowed, there are still some great new places to check out. Here are five of them!

But before you get to it, get the full run down of new openings this year – just click on the date to read the round ups: 21 November,  27 August,  18 July, 3 July and 9 May Feeling full yet?


Elemental’s paleo-style cafe has just thrown open the doors on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, and already people are raving about the creations of Aussie Paleo Chef, Daniel Barrett.

beef brisket

Elemental’s beef brisket and sweet potato sub.


From the Breakfast Quesadilla (soft tortilla, coconut cheese, spicy chicken, lime leaf jam fried egg, guacamole and harissa) to the Pork Belly Burger (bacon, fermented vegetables, avocado lemon aioli, sweet potato galette), you don’t have to be a paleo devotee to enjoy the offerings.

Elemental. ORI Building, 28-30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Open 6:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Sunday.

Two Before Ten

What was once a derelict building with a carpark full of seedy activity has fast become a 700 square metre hive for people to connect, share in a coffee and invest in their community. And it’s largely thanks to a bold move from the city to suburbs by theTwo Before Ten team.

Banana bread fresh toast with ice cream and caramelised popcorn.

Banana bread fresh toast with ice cream and caramelised popcorn.

There’s their top notch coffee (courtesy of Hank the coffee roaster), a bar, a ‘Library’ to kick back in, and some damn good cafe-style food like Roasted chicken, lemon aioli, smashed avo and provolene cheese toastie, Dukkha crumbed chicken breast with nectarine, cucumber and roquette salad and Banana bread fresh toast with ice cream and caramelised popcorn .

Read more about Two Before Ten.

Two Before Ten. Bandjalong Crescent, Aranda Shops. 7am-2pm Monday to Friday; 8am-2pm Saturday and Sunday.

332 Manhattan

Perhaps the city’s newest café, 332 Manhattan does a mean brunch…and apparently, it now does a pretty damn good lunch and dinner, too. With a great location just opposite Glebe Park, it’s a welcome addition to the offerings at the Casino end of Civic, and its warm and inviting interior has seen it buzzing from day one.

Manhattan B&E

Baked eggs with cherry tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms and double brie.

Expect cafe favourites with a twist, like Baked eggs with cherry tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms and double brie, and Fritatta with ham, roasted potatoes, and pecorino cheese. You’ll also find an assortment of local goods, such as muesli from The Muesli Bar and chocolate from Lindsay and Edmunds and Little Monster.

332 Manhattan. Unit 332, 240 Bunda Street, Civic. 7am–4pm Monday, 7am–9pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am–9pm Saturday, 8am–4pm Sunday.

La Sable Pâtisserie

It’s a little slice of Paris in a most unexpected place – but La Sable Pâtisserie already has hordes of pastry fans beating a path to its Mitchell digs. Macarons, cakes, tarts, brioche and more will keep those with sweet teeth happy, but there’s plenty for savoury-lovers, too.

Some of the sweet treats on offer at La Sable Patisserie.

Some of the sweet treats on offer at La Sable Pâtisserie.

Nothing is standard here – not the Bacon and Egg Roll, or the mouthwatering selection of savoury pastries. Try the cabana pepper quiche or the sausage rolls that come in six different gourmet flavours, rotated daily with meat fresh daily from Dickson Butchery.

Now you can save that money you’ve been squirrelling away for a plane ticket to France – just get yourself to Mitchell!

Read more about La Sable Pâtisserie.

6/83 Lysaght Street, Mitchell. 6:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, 7am to 2pm Saturday.

Westside Acton Park

It’s been a bit slow to start, but Westside Acton Park is finally hitting its straps. Head to the bright yellow shipping container village, and you’ll find a growing assortment of food and drink offerings.

The goods from La Crêpe Authentic French Crêperie

The goods from La Crêpe Authentic French Crêperie

Aviary, Canberra’s first roof top bar, has already become quite the hotspot, and has recently been joined by O’ So Smoothie, Miss Vân’s, La Crêpe Authentic French Crêperie, and ‘drive through’ coffee shop Damn Fine Roasters.Word is that Habibiz’s Middle Eastern food isn’t far away, either.

There’s also plenty for those sports-minded peeps, too. Read our article about Westside Acton Park.

Westside Acton Park. Barrine Drive, Acton. Check the website for opening hours.


Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

  • Liz Posmyk

    Thanks for keeping us informed, Amanda… I don’t dine out too often (home cooking is my thing), but when I do head out, I will bear these venues in mind.