Gallery of local culinary delights
Local Press, Kingston Foreshore
129/2 Trevillian, Kingston
Positive reviews and anecdotes abound about Local Press – hardly surprising – given its great food options, cosy ambience and friendly staff. Whether outside enjoying the tranquility of Lake Burley Griffin or admiring the café’s creative interior, Local Press is perfect for people wanting a quick snack and a juice, coffee or tea, or for those in for the longer haul of breakfast or lunch. Boasting locally-sourced, free-range and gluten-free options, the café’s fare includes banana bread, spelt raisin, almond milk, yoghurt, croissants, ricotta, avocado, goat’s cheese, mushrooms, kale, bacon, pork, chorizo, cured salmon and steak.
The Palette Café
81 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT, 2600, Tel: 02-6282 8416. http://www.thepalettecafe.com.au/
Set in the delightful Beaver Galleries amid exquisite pieces of art (all for sale) – including paintings, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and glass – the Palette Café is open Tuesday-Sunday and is just right for lunch, morning or afternoon tea with friends or to get away from the office for a while. With excellent food (especially the bread and butter pudding), delicacies and fine wines, the cafe attracts a diverse range of people including those from local businesses, retirees and parents just wanting some quiet time.
Shop 4, Duffy Place, Duffy, ACT, 2611, Tel: 02-6288 4740. http://www.niuginiarabica.com.au/
An importer of coffee from Papua New Guinea’s Kaw Kaw Mountain region, Niugini Arabica serves great coffee and cakes, slices and light meals for breakfast and lunch. Tea drinkers will appreciate its real tea. Looking out across green playing fields, the café is a suburban haven. Parents and grandparents will appreciate being able to keep an eye on young children using the nearby playground which can be accessed without having to cross a road.
Ground Fl, Cooleman Court, 16 Brierly Street, Weston, ACT, 2611, Tel: 6287 1229. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sakeenas-Cafe
Open seven days a week in Cooleman Court, Sakeenas Café sells an array of freshly-baked cakes, biscuits, slices, pies, sausage rolls, soups and casseroles and cold foods such as wraps and sandwiches. Serving coffee, tea and soft drinks, the café is a hub of activity for in-house, alfresco and take-away customers. Late each day, take-away meals are offered at lower prices.
Deeks (gluten free) Bakeries
Pearce Shops, Hodgson Crescent, Pearce, ACT, 2607, Tel: 02-6286 9444
Deeks gluten-free café was established by clinical biologist, Bill Giles and former top marathon runner, Robert De Castella (Deek), offering delicious breads, cakes, pastries, pies, sandwiches and sausage rolls made with gluten-free products such as quinoa and amaranth and served with organically-grown and certified Fair Trade coffee and tea.
45 Brierly Street, Weston, ACT, 2611. http://www.beanhunter.com
Looking out across busy Brierly Street to Cooleman Court shopping mall, Lava is open seven days a week. Known more for its coffee than eats, it offers great coffee, real tea, muffins and pastries, and sells loose coffee freshly ground to your needs. Many of the café’s regulars are local workers and professionals, parents with young children and people tapping away at laptops. It’s a favourite for MAMILS or other cyclists needing refreshments and a break. Despite its suburban location, Lava is very busy in early mornings when people needing a caffeine hit, drop by on their way to work. Lava is also at: 1/38 Townshend Street, Phillip, ACT, 2606. Photo from beanhunter.com
Stand by Me
1 Lyons Place, Lyons, ACT, 2606, Tel: 02-6282 2741; or 0458 962 716. http://www.facebook.com/standbymecafe
Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, this little café with friendly efficient service is just right for a rendezvous with friends or a work group, offering a range of light meals, sandwiches, coffee and real tea, with a menu displayed innovatively on a glassboard set on bricks. Various photographs of 1950s Canberra adorn the walls which along with the vinyl music, lends a touch of nostalgia.
1-7 Waramanga Place, Waramanga, ACT, 2611, Tel: 02-6288 0063.
Waramanga’s What Café serves good coffee and a variety of cakes, sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls and gluten-free choices. With the recent addition of What Café, the Waramanga precinct has another asset adding to existing shops of a beauty therapy centre, hairdresser, bakery, post office-newsagency, supermarket, Asian take-away shop, medical centre and chemist.
1 Edgar Street, Ainslie, ACT, 2602, Tel: 02-6257 5488. http://www.edgarsinn.com.au
Edgars Inn in delightful, leafy Ainslie, offers tasty and generous-sized dishes and gourmet salads and wine and beer. It buzzes with animated excitement especially with its three big screens broadcasts to suit a variety of sporting tastes. Edgar’s is great for a family or friends’ gathering and if you’re lucky, you might spot our favourite ABC sports journalist/guru there. Starting at 8.00 am (weekends) and 10.00am (weekdays), food is served throughout the day and into the night. Diners have the option of eating inside or alfresco.
Beyond Q Bookshop and Café
44 Curtin Place, Curtin, ACT, 2605, Tel: 02-6162 3999. http://www.beyondq.com.au
Beyond Q second-hand bookshop at Curtin shops houses a great range of fiction and non-fiction titles with subjects across various genres including art, biography, craft, environment, gardening, health, history, music, politics, philosophy and science. And children’s books are also available. Browsing among the extensive shelves, sampling the café’s light meals (including gluten free) and listening to great music, make for a very relaxed time.
The Ridge Organic Restaurant
Farrer Place, Farrer, ACT, 2607, Tel: 02-6286 8066.
Open Wednesday-Saturday at the quiet Farrer shops, The Ridge has to be one of Canberra’s best-kept secrets (though it did win the 2011 best BYO restaurant award). The delicious, creatively-arranged meals made with organic produce include beef, chicken, crocodile, duck, fish and vegetarian options, and are very reasonably priced. Chef Peter Wiget’s preparation is fastidious. Gloria Wiget is a professional in welcoming patrons and explaining menus. Must haves are the special potato mash and the giant ice-cream dessert sensations. Photo from whereis.com
The Waters Edge
40 Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT, 2600, Tel: 02-6273 5066. http://www.watersedgecanberra.com.au
What better place to show off Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and environs than sitting in the Water’s Edge looking out through the large glass windows, watching boats glide by and pedestrians and cyclists on nearby walkways. The restaurant’s professional attentive staff serve exquisite, beautifully-presented small courses. A four-course special for $60.00 per person is good value though extras such as wine and side dishes mean additional costs. The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
11 Kennedy Street, Kingston, ACT, 2604, Tel: 02-6239 7970.
With fine food, great service and friendly welcoming people, it’s not surprising that Portia’s has been awarded best Chinese restaurant in Canberra more than once. Saturday nights are busy but that doesn’t faze the efficient staff as they bring food to tables in no time at all. A recent Saturday evening dinner for four people of dumplings, and steamed scallop entrees, three shared mains and innovatively presented fresh-fruit desserts, was more than enough. Along with a bottle of good chardonnay, the meal was great value for money. Photo from: yelp.com.au