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We’ve all had that time when we wandered around for 40 minutes in the summer heat in search of a decent coffee or brunch around Christmas.
If you want to show off Canberra’s cafés to visiting family and friends or just need a break from cooking at home, we’ve got you covered with all the places to eat a lazy brunch or grab a drink over the holiday period.
If you’re heading to Sydney over the holidays, make sure to check out our list of places to eat along the Hume Highway that aren’t the golden arches.
Autolyse: Open throughout but closed Christmas Day to December 28 and then closed New Year’s Day. 5/21 Lonsdale Street. 6262 8819. Website here.
Beach Burrito: Open Christmas Eve 11am-10pm, Closed Christmas Day, Open Boxing Day-December 30 11am-10pm. Open New Year’s Eve 11am- midnight, New Year’s Day 11am-10pm, January 2 from 11am-10pm. City Walk, Civic. 6257 1914. Website here.
Bolt Bar: Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, open every other day. 68 Bandgalong Crescent, Aranda. Website here.
Broadbean Cafe at the NMA: Open throughout the holiday period from 9am. Inside the National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula. 6208 5179. Website here.
Edgar’s Inn: Open Christmas Eve, closed 25-26 December, open 27-30 December, closed December 31-January 2, re-opens January 3. 6257 5488. Ainslie Shops, 1 Edgar Street Ainslie. Website here.
Frugii Dessert Laboratory: Open throughout. Closed Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Close at 6pm Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. 30 Lonsdale Street Braddon. 0438 366 368. Website here. Read our article here.
Grandmas at the Farm: Open every day except Christmas Day. 5796 Federal Highway, Collector, NSW. 48480240. Website here
Mocan and Green Grout: Closed December 24-26, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. 19 Marcus Clarke Street, City. 6162 2909.
Siren Bar: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day. Corner Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Gozzard Street, Gungahlin. 6162 0377. Website here.
Belluci’s, Manuka: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Corner Franklin Street and Furneaux St, Manuka. 6239 7424. Website here.
Bookplate Cafe: Open 28 December until 3 January from 10am-3pm, 4-11 January 8.30am-4pm. Inside the National Library, Parkes. 6262 1154. Website here.
Muse: Open throughout, but on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day open for breakfast only from 7am – 10:30am. East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave, Kingston. 6178 0024. Website here. Read our review here.
National Gallery of Australia’s Wedgwood Tea Room: Open throughout for lunch and High Tea from 10.30am-4.30pm except Christmas Day. Parkes Place, Parkes. Call 6240 6711 for bookings or purchase a High Tea as part of a Tom Roberts package here.
Olive at Mawson: Open throughout, closed Christmas Day and reopens 29 December. Southlands Shopping Centre Mawson Drive, Mawson. 6286 3753. Website here.
Pod Food: Open throughout, including for lunch on Christmas Day. Closed Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Beltana Road, Pialligo. 6257 3388. Website here.
The Promenade Café: Open throughout, bookings essential. Hyatt Hotel, 120 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla. 6269 8949. Website here.