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Six hidden Canberra cafes to discover

Beatrice Smith

There’s nothing better than being the first in your group to discover a hidden gem.

These venues might sit a little out of the way but hey, that’s the best part.

Secret Garden (Manuka)

Secret Garden’s Salmon Rosti. Credit: Tim Bean Photography.

This hidden gem is literal as well as figurative, as it sits within the heart of Manuka Village. Serving a mouth-watering variety of brunch and lunch options as well as coffee and fresh juices, Secret Garden’s leafy retreat is the perfect ‘outside as inside’ spot for winter.

Make sure you try: The salmon rosti stack. Crunchy, creamy indulgence that’s not too rich.

Secret Garden Manuka | Manuka Village, 18-26 Furneaux Street, Manuka | Weekdays from 7 am – 4 pm, Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm |

3 Degrees Coffee (City)

3 Degrees. Credit: Tim Bean Photography.

This sleekly tiled bolthole in the city bus interchange is perfect for an on-the-go pick-me-up in the morning. There’s delicious coffee from a selection of premium roasters, as well as a rotating selection of baked goods handmade by owner Sophia.

Make sure you try: Their Oreo brownies. Enough said.

3 Degrees Coffee | Shop 10a, Bailey’s Arcade, 143 London Circuit, Canberra City | Monday – Friday 6.30 am – 3 pm |

Redbrick Espresso (Curtin)

Redbrick’s overnight oats. Via

Redbrick take their coffee seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they roast their own beans and supply to many cafes across Canberra and beyond. The ultimate destination for discerning coffee drinkers who love the suburban vibe, we also recommend stopping by for brunch to try their menu, which includes some delicious toasted sandwiches.

Make sure you try: Brown butter waffles with fresh berries, crumble and maple cream.

Redbrick Espresso | 4/35 Curtin Place, Curtin | Mon – Fri 7.30 am – 4 pm, Saturday from 7.30 am – 3 pm and Sunday from 8 am – 3 pm |

Breizh Cafe (Ainslie)

Breizh Cafe. Via


This adorable French café draws its inspiration from owners Bruno and Bronwyn’s time spent living in Brittany. From savoury crepes with egg, bacon and tomato to classic sweet crepes with fruit and cream, their patisserie selection is always worth a look too.

Make sure you try: The Breizh Spicy Hot Chocolate. The perfect treat for winter spiked with just a hint of chilli.

Breizh Café | 15 Edgar Street, Ainslie | Wednesday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm |

Coffee Lab in the ANU Pop-Up (City)

The ANU Coffee Lab’s Buddha Bowl. Image supplied.

The Australian National University (ANU) campus might not seem like the most obvious choice for non-students, but the new ANU Pop-Up has plenty to offer.

Coffee Lab’s newest location is just one of the many food and drink options open all week (Brodburger, What The Pho and MOMOs are just some of the others) but for a relaxed brunch where coffee is an art form, there’s no nee to venture further than Coffee Lab.

Make sure you try: Their vegan gluten-free Buddha Bowl with red cabbage, avocado, mushrooms and kale.

Coffee Lab @ the ANU Pop Up | At the ANU Pop Up, University Avenue, ANU Campus, Acton | Mon-Fri 7 am – 6 pm, Saturday 8.30 am – 3.30 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm | Facebook

Gang Gang Café (Downer)

Gang Gang Cafe’s Shakshuka via

In the Inner North suburb of Downer, Gang Gang Café sits next to the uber-chic here. yoga and pilates studio and the two establishments are breathing new life into the quiet, leafy surrounds.

Make sure you try: Their Shakshuka – Middle Eastern style baked eggs with beans, tomato and cheese.

Gang Gang Café | Shop 4/2 Frencham Place, Downer | Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 5 pm, Friday 7 am – 10 pm, Saturday 7 am – 10 pm |

Feature image: Secret Garden Cafe. Credit: Tim Bean Photography


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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