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The Kingston Foreshore – a new dining precinct springs to life

Kelly Hayward

The dust of construction has cleared from Kingston Foreshore as work moves away from the beautiful harbour front.

As a local, we now have the pleasure of enjoying beautiful lapping water, tranquil picnic lawns, perfectly symmetrical flower beds, artistically curved rustic bridges and Canberra’s cutest baby ducklings.

The foreshore isn’t quite complete yet…there are still vacant shops waiting to be filled will the laughter of satisfied diners; however, there are four businesses already thriving and setting the scene for more to come. We take a look…


C Dine Bar

C Dine Bar was the first eatery to open on the foreshore early this year and its routinely packed on evenings and weekends. The food caters to the steak and seafood enthusiast, with an open kitchen and hanging meats; not to my vegetarian tastes, but I am sure dedicated carnivores would enjoy the menu!

It has a large outdoor area with long cushioned benches and evening candlelight – perfect for spring nights – and the interior has a classy elegance: beautiful high back chairs, white table cloths and large glass windows.

The bar has a good selection of beverages and low lighting to set the evening mood – perfect for after-work drinks. This place is less child friendly than some of the other places in Kingston, but its quiet, moody dining room would be perfect for a mother-daughter brunch date.


the essentials

Where: 17/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston.
When: Tuesday to Friday: 12pm – 2:30pm | 6pm – Late; Saturday: 9 – 11:30am | 12pm – 2:30pm | 6pm – Late; Sunday: 9am – 11:30am | 12pm – 2:30pm


Right next door to C Dine is Morks – a contemporary Thai restaurant serving a great selection of lunch and dinner dishes which put a new spin on tradtional cuisine…Massaman Beef Burger, anyone?

This restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with a cosmopolitan edge that is sure to ‘woo’ every diner.  In fact, it is so popular, in the evenings there is rarely an empty table, so book ahead to avoid disappointment if you want to enjoy this place.

There is both inside and outside seating available,with great views of the harbour and a good place to watch the Canberra sunset. Morks is perfect for a lunch with a few friends or a dinner date with a partner; however; the limited space inside may make it difficult for those dining with young children.


the essentials

Where: 17 Eastlake Parade, Kingston
When: Lunch is served Tuesday to Friday from 11:30am; Dinner Tuesday to Friday from 6pm; and on weekends, Morks is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am.
Web: Morks Restaurant on Facebook

38 Espresso  

38 Espresso is a cute coffee bar with family charm, a perfect harbour location and a décor that oozes character, the rustic furniture complementing the surrounding design of the harbour.

Nestled directly next to the boat harbour in the most unbelievably snug sun spot in Canberra, it’s guarded from those windy afternoons spring loves to ‘spring’ upon us (pun intended).

The café serves delicious coffee and pastry treats, along with a free collection of newspapers and magazines; and the staff are friendly and provide exceptional customer service, remembering me (and my order) on my multiple visits. They even bring out water for those thirsty pups accompanying their owners on a morning visit.

38 Espresso is perfect for a catch up with friends, morning pastries with the kids or even just to read a book in the sun on a lazy Sunday morning.


the essentials

Where: 4/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore
When:  Open Monday to Sunday:  7am – late afternoon
Web: 38 Espresso on Facebook

Chong Co

Chong Co Thai Restaurant already has successful establishments in Gungahlin and Belconnen, and their Foreshore eatery looks set to follow the trend. Opening just last week, they offer a delicious, fresh menu, friendly and attentive staff and a beautifully designed interior.

The restaurant is so new you can still smell the paint on the walls, see your face in the cutlery and hear the rattling of staff unpacking fresh glasses; however, it all adds to the ‘new’ trend of Kingston Foreshore.

The large wide windows of the restaurant, and more importantly its waterfront location are romantic and a perfect place for ‘date night’. Although, that doesn’t mean a ladies night wouldn’t be ideally suited to this place, especially with its great selection of wines.


the essentials

Where: Dockside, Trevillian Quay, Kingston Foreshore.
When:  Open Monday to Sunday:   11am – 10pm

The Kingston Foreshore is a beautiful place to take a stroll, sip a coffee or enjoy a delicious meal. It has a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere suitable for all ages. Keep your eyes open for further additions set to overtake the remaining shops this year!

What else is coming?

The list of eateries due to open by the end of 2013 reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ and locals will have a wealth of fantastic food and coffee at their doorstep.

Among the list of confirmed tenants are Kingston stalwarts, La Rustica, who are bringing their authentic Italian trattoria and pizzeria to the Foreshore, and Pizza Gusto, who will be sure to attract a loyal inner south following after closing their Red Hill shop earlier in the year.

Caffiends will be well looked after, with Lonsdale Street Roasters set to open their third outlet by the water; and for those who prefer a rich cup of hot chocolate, Max Brenner will tempt chocoholics from next month.

And fans of Asian cuisine will be well looked after Izakaya Restaurant & Bar rounding out the options already on offer.

Stay tuned – it’s going to be an exciting Summer at the Kingston Foreshore!

Kelly Hayward

Kelly Hayward is a final year communication and journalism student brand new to Canberra. She enjoys fitness, health living, green smoothies and traveling the world. She moved to Australia seven years ago from the United Kingdom to enjoy the beauty of the iconic Australian beaches.... then ... met her husband and never left! More about the Author

  • Jen

    I tried Kingston foreshore but it was as dead as a graveyard there and felt eerie being there :/ maybe in a few years it will improve but for now I will be sticking with NewActon or Braddon where there’s life…

  • John

    Jen, we were at C Dine last night. Area was buzzing with heaps of people wandering around and alfresco dining. The connection with residents having an evening drink on surrounding balconies is very unique for Canberra. Won’t be long before LSR, gusto pizza and autolyse from Brandon all open in the foreshore.

  • TrickyT

    I had brunch at C Dine on Sunday – whilst there weren’t heaps of people around it was a pleasant dining experience, especially love the comfy chairs, open windows and the precinct def has potential; …but my coffee was luke warm, took ages to come and the serving size was average (2 meagre slivers of salmon doesn’t warrant the cost!). I do plan on going back for a brodburger by the lake some time soon 🙂

  • Sandy Hammersley

    Thanks for the info

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