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Nine new places to eat in Canberra to kick off your 2022

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Canberra foodies—you don’t need us to tell you how tough it is right now for hospitality.

So while we’re about to share some stellar new eats, this is also a message to revisit old favourites and your ‘favourite new places’ from 2020 and 2021 too (and 2019, and 2018…).

Share the love—because Canberra’s foodie scene only thrives if we all make it through.

Banana Leaf

Beloved Sri Lankan restaurant Banana Leaf has moved to new digs on Akuna Street in the city and all we can say is “Wow”.

The fitout is sleek and elegant with plenty of dark wood accented by bursts of colour and tributes to the owners’ home country.

2 Akuna Street, Canberra City |

Champi Restaurant

Promising lunch, dinner and drinks with unique South-East Asian flavours on Kingston’s Kennedy Street, Champi Restaurant is named after owner Aiden’s grandmother’s hometown of Champi on the Xadone River in Champasak Province, Laos.

While Champi isn’t open yet, the team promise a menu of “flavours you have never tried before” that stem from the team’s childhood experiences, with a focus on fresh herbs and charcoal fire.

17 Kennedy Street, Kingston | @champicaferestaurant

Espresso Room Gungahlin


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Serving up nothing but the very best when it comes to coffee, caffeine cabal Espresso Room will soon spring up in Gungahlin, adding yet another feather to its cap.

While the exact location is yet to be confirmed, we know Gungahlanite caffiends will get excited by this news.

Gungahlin | @espressorooms

The Jetty


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The Jetty—summer’s newest pop-up bar from the team at Kingston’s The Dock pub—has docked (sorry) at Commonwealth Place to give you views of the lake like you’ve never seen them before. And with a beer in hand too!

Read more here.

Commonwealth Place | Thursday to Sunday from 12-9 pm | @thejettycbr

SuperBao Expresso at Westfield Woden


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SuperBao has brought their signature baos southside with a new pop up restaurant in Westfield Woden’s Bradley Street eat street.

Expect their signature bao-gers and plenty of takeaway options. Noms.

Bradley Street, Westfield Woden | @superbao.woden

Sweet Bones Scullin

Scullin is getting a delicious (and vegan!) new resident with Braddon darling Sweet Bones putting down roots at the local shops. Expect all your favourites (cinnamon buns!).

Read more here.

Transit Bar


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Transit Bar‘s new location in Bailey’s Arcade (formerly Hogsbreath Café) sees the live music icon stretch its wings, taking advantage of the existing kitchen infrastructure to offer an extensive food menu.

Feeling thirsty? A nine-metre bar alongside the live performance space is ready and waiting for you to sample their craft beer menu or one of their cocktails on tap.

Read more here.

Lower ground floor, Bailey’s Arcade, 143 London Circuit, Civic |

Two Blind Mice

As my colleague Emma Macdonald wrote, Curtin Shops will be the place to be this summer with the recent opening of Two Blind Mice.

“All ingredients listed on Two Blind Mice’s menu will be hand-made, from the pizza dough, to the ice cream to the pasta and pickles. There is no freezer on site in keeping with the desire for fresh and seasonal produce only. And flavours are distinctly European—carried through from the food to a wine list which will go heavy on Sam’s favourite Italian reds.”

Read more here.

6/44 Curtin Place, Curtin |

1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle


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Bright cladding is up on Bunda Street, heralding the arrival of New South Wales chain restaurant 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle in Canberra. Those seeking the taste of authentic hand-pulled noodles need look no further.

Bunda Street, Canberra City | @1919lanzhoubeefnoodle

Feature image: Zachary Griffith @botantistcreative 

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