EVER SINCE ADRIANO ZUMBO BURST INTO THE MASTERCHEF KITCHEN IN 2009 WITH HIS TOWERING CROQUEMBOUCHE,…
It’s likely many of us won’t be travelling overseas any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get a taste of living abroad in Canberra.
With this eclectic list of foodie delights, activities and bars, take a tour around the world without leaving town or packing a thing. Bon voyage!
A taste of Spain
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Whether you’re keen to learn the salsa or cha cha, you’ll find it at Civic dance studio Salsabor. With lessons infused in Latin culture, it’s the perfect Spanish getaway minus the jetlag.
175 City Walk, Canberra | salsabor.com.au
Want to feel like you’re dining in the streets of Barcelona? Indulge in Spanish-style tapas at Braddon’s Black Fire restaurant. Best-known for its modern take on Mediterranean-style open flame dishes, they also happen to serve some killer tapas.
If you like your food spicy, order the Piquillo Roasted Baby Peppers—baby peppers stuffed with with Queensland mud crab and Carpentaria prawn cutlets.
45/38 Mort Street, Braddon | blackfirecanberra.com.au
A taste of Africa
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Beyond the more corporate side of Canberra is a thriving African drumming and dance community. Since 2006, Kingston’s Drum Effect have been spreading the joy of West African drumming and dancing through their lively classes and workshops.
Currie Crescent, Kingston | drumeffect.com.au
To experience all the wildlife of an African safari, a night at Jamala Wildlife Lodge is a must. Nestled within the National Zoo and Aquarium just 15 minutes from Canberra’s city centre, Jamala is Australia’s only zoo hotel, boasting five-star rooms that overlook lion, bear, tiger, giraffe and cheetah enclosures.
After sleeping with lions roaring just metres away, you might just wake up thinking you’re in Africa.
999 Lady Denman Drive | jamalawildlifelodge.com.au
A taste of Greece
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For a feast fit for the Gods, you can’t go past Zeus Street Greek, located on a bustling corner in between Civic and Braddon.
With a casual vibe not unlike the famous Greek tavernas of Mykonos, you’ll find authentic Greek meze to share including pitas, spanakopita, saganaki and even Nutella loukoumades.
s7/21 Genge Street, Canberra | zeusstreetgreek.com.au
You can’t go “Greek in Canberra” without a visit to our Greek institution, The Hellenic Club. Book a table at their Greek-style taverna, Fillos, which serves hearty traditional Greek dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and zouzoukakia. Ya mas!
Matilda Street, Phillip | hellenicclub.com.au/fillos
A taste of Italy
To live la bella vita in Canberra, look no further than Amici Bar, bringing a slice of Italian chic to the Melbourne building.
Sit back and enjoy boutique wines and cocktails paired with classic Italian eats—think gourmet meats and cheeses, antipasti, pizza and more.
59 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City | amici.bar
See art from Italian masters like Sandro Botticelli at the National Gallery of Australia’s upcoming exhibition, Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London. Spanning 450 years, the exhibition presents 60 paintings by some of Europe’s most revered artists.
Parkes Place, Parkes | nga.gov.au/masterpieces
A taste of America
The humble burger is an American staple, and Canberra has come into its own in recent years with many venues offering a cracking good bun.
For a true taste of the land of the free, try the newly opened Betty’s Burgers in Civic, which boasts some of the biggest, juiciest burgers around served alongside crunchy fries. In true American style, the more pickles on the bun, the better.
148 Bunda Street, Canberra | bettysburgers.com.au
Catch a game at American style sports bar Bleachers, complete with burgers, beers and 24 big screens. Fake news? We think not.
Melbourne Building, 33 Northbourne Ave, Canberra | bleachers.bar
A taste of France
With all the makings of a romantic French brasserie, Buvette is the perfect spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. In true French style, beautifully presented dishes and paired wine are the order of the day, along with mouth-watering croissants, baguettes, cheese and traditional pastries. Ooh la la!
18 National Circuit, Barton | buvette.com.au
Bringing a certain je ne sais quoi to Canberra, Les Bistronomes is a real slice of France (minus the jetlag.) Its menu reads like one you’d expect to find in your typical Parisian bistro, with dishes including ratatouille en rosace and boeuf en croute.
18 Blamey Pl, Campbell | lesbistronomes.net
A taste of Japan
Nestled next to Lake Burley-Griffin, our Japanese gardens at the Canberra Nara Park are the perfect place to picnic surrounded by blooming cherry blossom trees.
The gardens also feature a large Japanese-style wooden gate, gazebo and two large stone lanterns—a large Kasuga lantern weighing five tonnes, and a large Yukimi lantern weighing three tonnes.
Flynn Drive, Yarralumla
Bringing the bustling streets of Tokyo to Bunda Street, Raku is a sleek, modern Japanese bar and restaurant that is the perfect escape.
Featuring a traditional robata grill and sushi bar serving up dishes like scampi and truffle, kingfish sashimi, Moreton Bay bug tempura and staple gyozas, not to mention a massive selection of Japanese whiskey and sake.
148 Bunda Street, Canberra City | rakudining.com.au
Feature image: Amici Bar. Ashley St George