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100 Canberra food experiences you must have before you die.

Think you know Canberra food? You might have to take another look after you’ve seen our list. Make a reservation and thank us later.

The delicious 100 – in no particular order


Baked On Mort’s apple rose tarts.

38 Mort Street, Braddon.


Aubergine’s brown butter ice cream, almond praline and frozen lemon verbena milk.

A stalwart on the always revolving menu.

18 Barker Street, Griffith.


A Turkish kebab roll from Yarralumla Turkish Halal Pide House.

Fresh, generous and absolutely delicious.

45 Novar Street, Yarralumla.


Sexy squid from Griffith Vietnamese.

‘Sexy’ fried squid laced with fiery chilli.

6B Barker Street, Griffith.


Hungry Brown Cows.

Image courtesy of The Forage.

Handmade, soft fudgy brownie sandwiches filled with a variety of different flavours.

Find them at markets around Canberra.


Pho Phu Quoc’s pho.

Order the traditional rare beef noodle soup and slurp your way through a giant bowl of fresh flavours with just the right amount of bite.

5 Badham Street, Dickson.


Enigma Chocolates.

Local chocolately goodness, crafted with care.


Eightysix’s Banoffee Pie

Some may swear by eightysix’s caramel popcorn sundae, but for us it’s the banoffee pie all the way.

A salty biscuity base, rich dulce de leche, fresh banana, whipped cream and pretzels combine for a flavour explosion.

Corner of Eloura and Lonsdale Streets, Braddon.


Laksa at Dickson Asian Noodle House.

29 Woolley Street, Dickson.


XO’s Asian bolognese

Image: Michelle Brotohusodo

Everything you love about the Italian version with an Asian twist.

16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah.


A Pâtissez freakshake.

The milkshake on steroids that made headlines around the world.

21 Bougainville Street, Griffith.


Sammy’s Kitchen Penang-style char kway teow-king prawns, Chinese sausages bean sprouts, chives and chilli.

9 Bunda Street, Canberra City.



Image: Tim Bean Photography

Mr. Papa’s Peruvian pork belly sandwich. Slow-cooked and juicy pork belly, golden-fried sweet potato, Creole salsa and homemade chillies, all served in ‘Pan Frances’ Peruvian-inspired bread made by local bakers.

ANU Pop-Up, University Avenue, Acton.


Lolo and Lola’s Merienda Cena.

Filipino afternoon tea.

3 Watson Place, Watson.


Truffle brunch/lunch at The Truffle Farm or a burger from The Funguys

A Funguys Truffle Burger. Image: Michelle Brotohusodo.


23 Mount Majura Road, Majura.


Jasper & Myrtle chocolates.

Exotic flavours made right here in Canberra.

Various retailers and markets.


Pulp Kitchen’s lemon tart.

Sadly, if you haven’t already tasted this one, you’ve missed your chance, as Pulp Kitchen closed not all that long after this article was published. But hit us up with your suggestions for a worthy replacement!

1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie.



American frozen custard! We love the vanilla with Good Time biscuits and Flake.

20 Gartside Street, Erindale and 4/25 Lathlain Street, Belconnen.



Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Croatian yeast-raised donuts, amazingly light and fluffy and filled with jam or Nutella.

Find them at markets around Canberra.


Grease Monkey’s Dirty Bird

An upmarket version of the Colonel’s, it’s finger lickin’ good.

19 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


CBD Dumpling House’s fried prawn and pumpkin dumplings.

Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra.


Blu Ginger’s Jahingiri lamb.

Tender meat simmered in coconut milk, fresh and ground marsala and finished in a rich gravy of brown onion and fresh spinach.

5 Genge Street, Canberra.


Italian and Son’s tiramisu.

7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Sweet Bones’ Bacon Cheeze burger.

OK, so it’s not really bacon, and it’s not really cheese. But it is really delicious. This vegan meal tastes so good you’ll forget all about the meat.

18 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Remy’s Fougasse.

8 Townsville Crescent, Fyshwick.


Little Theo’s Papa McCheesy burger

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Two beef patties, sliced Monterey Jack and Egmont cheddar, dill pickles, caramelised onion, tomato sauce and American mustard, with a side of housemade potato scallops.

3 Carleton Street, Kambah.


Agostinis’ Frico

Paper-thin layers of Montasio and potato, oven roasted to form a heavenly, crunchy, chewy pancake.

69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith.


Ottoman’s salmon dolmades.

Generous chunks of succulent salmon are wrapped with their companion ingredients in vine leaves before hitting the deep-fryer.

9 Broughton Street, Barton.


Barrio’s cheese toasties. Who knew something simple could taste so good?

59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Bollywood Masala’s Bollywood Dahl.

‘Heaven in a bucket’–a rich bean and lentil mix swimming in a deliciously rich and mildly spicy sauce with butter and cream.

46 Giles Street, Kingston.


Mee’s sushi.

There’s a reason why people queue every day for their lunchtime fix.

45-55 West Row, Canberra and 4/1 Flinders Way, Griffith.  


Akiba’s pork belly bun, char sui, asian slaw.

Crispy and creamy inside a soft pillowy bun.

40 Bunda Street, Canberra.


Natural Nine’s mantou

Image: Tess Godkin.

A fluffy steamed bun filled with either bang bang chicken, kung pao pork or sensational salmon.

Casino Canberra, 21 Binara Street, Canberra.


Deconstructed G&T at Tipsy Bull.

Some may roll their eyes at the hipster presentation but there’s no denying the taste.

2/5 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Silo Bakery’s baguette

Lauded as the best in Australia, there’s a reason why people line up for it every morning.

36 Giles Street, Kingston.


Monster Kitchen and Bar’s pulled lamb shoulder.

Fall-apart tender and topped with pistachio, yoghurt, vine leaf, pomegranate and brik.

25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra.


Bruno’s Truffels.

Exquisite handmade fresh cream, butter-based soft centre truffles in more than 25 flavours.

2/106 Mawson Place, Mawson.



Brodburger’s flame- grilled burger, the Broddeluxe, may well be Canberra’s most popular burger, with its two half-pound beef patties, eggs, crispy bacon, homemade aioli, your choice of cheese and more!

Canberra Glassworks, 11 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, also at ANU Pop-Up, University Avenue, Kingston and Capital Brewing Co, Building 3/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick.



Frugii. Image by Rebecca Doyle Photography

Frugii Dessert Laboratory may be known for ice-cream maker John Marshall’s wacky flavours, but his handmade dark chocolate ice cream is an undeniable classic that’s always on the menu. We also love the raspberry.

28/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Kokomo’s key lime pie.

1 Genge Street, Canberra.


Pialligo Estate bacon.

Australia’s best. Smoky and flavoursome, it’s a cut above.

18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo.


Chairman & Yip’s roast duck and mushroom pancakes.

Served with a sweet and salty hoisin dressing, these have been a cult favourite for decades and are still every bit as popular today.

1 Burbury Close, Barton.


Ainslie IGA’s cheese wall

Arguably the best cheese selection in Canberra, the humble Ainslie IGA has an entire wall devoted to 150 varieties.

9/11 Edgar Street Ainslie.


Teddy Picker’s Brekky Roll

Crumbed brisket, red-eye mayo, pickled jalapeños, shallots and a fried egg with a yummy hash brown on the side.

53/65 Constitution Avenue, Campbell.


OTIS’ pepper steak.

OTIS’ Pepper Steak. Credit: Tim Bean Photography.A French classic taken to modern heights.

29 Jardine Street, Kingston.


Vincent’s Peking duck

Vincent’s Peking Duck. Image: Anisa Sabet.

Coriander, orange, chilli and cashew. Succulent pieces of duck are sandwiched between layers of crispy wontons, with a surprising addition of tart raspberries cutting perfectly through the rich flavours.

Corner of Macquarie Street & Broughton Street, Barton.


The Scholar’s scallop and chive dumplings.

23 Woolley Street, Dickson.


Bar Rochford’s beef tartare, apple, squid ink crisp.

Tartare, green apple, ink cracker. Image: Louise Couttoupes.

65 London Circuit, Canberra.


RAKU’s toasted sesame ice cream with caramelised almonds, sticky miso caramel and matcha wafer.

Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda Street, Canberra.


Morks’ soft shell crab roti, yellow curry, house pickles.

18/19 Eastlake Parade, Kingston.


Trecento Margherita pizza

San marzano tomato, parmesan, fior di latte and basil pizza. You can’t beat the classics.

Manuka Terrace, Flinders Way, Griffith.


An educational cupping session at The Cupping Room.

A unique and intimate coffee experience.

1/1–13 University Avenue, Canberra.


ONA Manuka’s jalapeño, Emmental and potato fritters with poached eggs, corn, snow pea tendrils, coriander aioli and lime.

Palmerston Lane, Griffith.


Rama’s goat curry.

Pearce Shopping Centre, Corner Macfarlane and Hodgson Crescent, Pearce.


Any one of Bentspoke Brewing Co’s award-winning craft beers.

48/38 Mort Street, Braddon.


Secret Garden’s eggplant burger

Good enough to tempt the most devoted carnivore.

Manuka Village, 18-26 Furneaux Street, Griffith.


Breizh Café’s sugar and lemon crêpe.

15 Edgar Street, Ainslie.


The Flute Bakery’s Jaffa Dome

Dark chocolate and orange mousse, blood orange jelly, flourless orange cake, hazelnut and almond feuilletine.

8 Barrier Street, Fyshwick.


Sfoglia’s sfogliatella

Traditional pastries handmade with love.

1/53-57 Woolley Street, Dickson.


Joe’s Bar’s Gin Spritz

Bulldog Gin, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Prosecco, mint and lemon peel.

Soak it up with some moreish housemade popcorn with flavours that change with the seasons.

69 Canberra Avenue, Griffith.


Spence Family Baker’s lamingtons.

12/10-12 Glassey Place, Spence. 


High Tea at Hyatt Canberra.

A sweet tooth’s paradise.

120 Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra.


A Double Shot build-your-own salad.

18 Duff Place, Deakin.


One of Stand By Me’s many amazing variations on French toast.

7/9 Lyons Place, Lyons.


Space Kitchen’s Space Benedict pulled-pork croquette with poached eggs, beetroot hollandaise, pork-crackling brioche crumble and pea purée.

12 Furzer Street, Phillip.


The Duxton’s Breakfast of Champions cocktail.

Rum, maple syrup, cold press coffee and chocolate bitters. Who says it’s too early?

8 Macpherson Street, O’Connor.


Roast pork roll from Spit Shack.

14 Lonsdale Street, Braddon; 22A Beltana Road, Pialligo; 150-180 Soward Way, Greenway.


Molto Italian’s Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.

Mixed and served straight from a massive wheel of cheese!

43 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore.


Wild Duck’s pork belly in lotus leaf

Slow-cooked pork belly with three kinds of soy sauce, rock sugar and mixed spices, wrapped in lotus leaves with sticky rice.

77-78/71 Giles Street, Kingston.


Kingsley’s chips.

As awesome as the ads claim.

Locations across Canberra.


Reef & Beef from Charcoal Restaurant.

An oldie but a goodie.

61 London Circuit, Canberra.


Malaysian Chapter’s Nasi Lemak with rendang.

8 Weedon Close, Belconnen.


Muse’s three-hour free-flow sparkling wine brunch.

East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston.


The Mandalay Bus’ fried wings

Crispy, no-frills deliciousness with a side of nostalgia.

Haig Park Carpark, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Butter chicken fries from Tikka Take.

It shouldn’t work, but it does.

6/21 Genge Street, Canberra.


Le Bon Melange’s cinnamon rolls.

Corner Gungahlin Place and Bruning Street, Gungahlin.


Toasted’s S’more Than a Feelin’.

Nutella, grilled marshmallows and biscuit crumble—on toast, of course!

22 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Au Lac’s Eight Treasure.

4/35-39 Woolley Street, Dickson.


Some Café’s chocolate and beetroot cake. Worth the road trip.

5/7 Murray Street, Collector.


Robyn Rowe Chocolates.

Arguably the best chocolates this side of Belgium.

1153 Nanima Road, Murrumbateman.



Image: Tim Bean Photography

Sweet little Italian balls of joy stuffed with delectable fillings.

Kynefin, 2–4 Victoria Street, Hall.


Doughnut Department buttermilk old-fashioned ring with white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberries.

2 Alinga Street, Canberra.


Winifred’s Place Eggs Benny ravioli.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick.


Fyshwick Market Crust Baker’s curried chickpea pie.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets, 12 Dalby Street, Fyshwick. 


Ricardo’s breakfast waffle

Image: Supplied.

Blueberry waffle, fresh strawberries, freeze- dried raspberries, red apple gel, passionfruit curd and maple syrup ice cream.

Jamison Plaza, 1/1 Bowman Street, Macquarie.


Penny University’s matcha green tea crepes.

15 Kennedy Street, Kingston.


Portia’s Place’s King Island fillet steak with black pepper sauce in claypot.

11 Kennedy Street, Kingston.


Tudo’s pork chop with crabmeat pate and broken rice.

2/7 Sargood Street, O’Connor.


Buvette’s Sunday ‘Petit Feast’ brunch with bottomless mimosas.

Petit Feast. Image: supplied.

18 National Circuit, Barton.


Abell’s Kopi Tiam’s Bali chicken in tamarind and coconut cream with aubergine and green beans.

7 Furneaux Street, Manuka.


Lilotang’s grilled cauliflower walnut, anchovy garlic dressing.

Image: Anisa Sabet

A side that deserves a main billing.

Burbury Hotel, 1 Burbury Close, Barton.


Lanterne Rooms’ mud crab ‘Kam Heung style’.

Shop 3, Blamey Place Campbell.


Les Bistronomes’ Beef Wellington, mushroom duxelle, foie gras.

Black Angus beef fillet wrapped in crêpes and puff pastry.

Corner of Mort and Elouera Streets, Braddon.



Wood Baked Eggplant, Smoked Ricotta and Pesto Genoese from Mezzalira.

55 London Circuit, Canberra.


A Supabowl Puffle.

40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City.


Conservatory Restaurant’s Son-in-law eggs.

Crispy deep-fried poached eggs with caramel chilli, coriander and shallots.

Village Centre, National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Weston Creek.


Catch’s potato scallops.

Corner Lonsdale and Eloura Streets, Braddon.


Dream Cuisine’s macarons and heavenly pastries made from scratch with cultured butter.


Lazy Su’s Wagyu cheesesteak springroll.

Image: Lazy Su

1/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon.


Ritual’s Rolo cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with a Rolo in the middle for an oozy caramel surprise!

21 National Circuit, Barton.


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6 Responses to The Canberra foodie bucketlist

Ashlee Betteridge says: 11 July, 2018 at 8:35 am

Many excellent choices on this list! I’d add Dickson Noodle House Laksa, and Monster’s Yabbie Jaffle (though haven’t been for a little while so maybe it isn’t on the menu at present). And Ona coffee.

HerCanberra says: 12 July, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Good call re the laksa! How did I miss that? And I would have loved to put the Yabbie Jaffle on there, but – as you correctly guessed – it’s no longer on the menu 🙁 As for ONA, I’m not a coffee drinker, so will use that as my excuse!

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