capital is often overshadowed by bigger aussie cities, but Canberra is a bustling hub of arts, music and culture, with beautiful lakeside scenery to boot. Home to Australia’s Parliament House as well as the country’s National Gallery, Canberra also boasts divine brunch spots to rival Sydney and Melbourne. We list the top 10 brunch spots here.
The Elk & Pea
In search of the perfect destination for a lazy Saturday breakfast? The Elk & Pea is the place to go. With an extensive brunch menu, offering an array of dishes including huevos rancheros and smashed avocado with mushrooms, The Elk & Pea has it all. This brunch spot serves modernized Mexican cuisine which has locals coming back for more.
21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT, Australia, +61 436 355 732
Mocan & Green Grout
Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, Contemporary, $$$
Mocan & Green Grout
Mocan & Green Grout is a quaint little cafe serving a mean cup of coffee. With a menu that changes with the seasons, Mocan & Green Grout offers fresh food made from produce sourced from local farms, and herbs grown right outside the restaurant’s front door. The homely decor adds to the relaxing dining experience, and all food is cooked in an open kitchen.
1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6162 2909
The Cupping Room
A popular brunch destination in Canberra is the forever bustling Cupping Room. With floor to ceiling glass windows and a large outdoor seating area, The Cupping Room is quite capable of serving its many guests efficiently. The venue attracts both locals and out of towners with its delicious coffee and great brunch menu.
1/13 University Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6257 6412
Monster Kitchen and Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Australian, $$$
Monster Kitchen and Bar
A chic and modern restaurant, Monster Kitchen and Bar is part of an architectural marvel called Hotel Hotel. These culinary experts keep customers coming back for more with their beautifully presented dishes and extensive wine list. The elegant decor adds to the ambience of the restaurant.
25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6287 6287
A well-established cafe in Canberra, Farmers Daughter is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend brunch. With friendly staff serving up hot coffee and delicious pastries, what’s not to love? Farmers Daughter offers a wide assortment of beautiful macaroons, cakes and other pastries. Located in Canberra Centre, Farmers daughter is a great start to a day full of shopping.
Shop FGK12, Bunda Street, Canberra Centre, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Lonsdale Street Roasters
With its rich and renowned coffee, Lonsdale Street Roasters should definitely be on your list of places to visit when in Canberra. Lonsdale prides itself in its quality cappuccinos served right in the heart of the city. Along with its coffee, the establishment offers a simple yet refreshing breakfast menu. Its relaxed atmosphere and hipster ambience keeps Canberra coffee enthusiasts coming back for more.
7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6156 0975
One of Canberra’s oldest landmarks, Gus’ Cafe has been serving fantastic brunch and coffee for almost 40 years. As the city’s first outdoor establishment, Gus’ keeps its legacy alive with an extensive breakfast menu served all day, including great pancakes and quinoa porridge.
Shop 8 Garema Arcade, Bunda Street, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6248 8118
A. Baker is known for its seasonal dishes and homemade bread. With great coffee and baked goods, A. Baker is a lively place especially on weekend mornings. A. Baker offers a variety of different speciality breads baked freshly on site, as well as a delicious sit down breakfast menu. Located in New Acton, a precinct known for its outdoor art collection and bold modern dining, A. Baker fits in perfectly with its contemporary decor and diverse menu.
15 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6287 6150
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian, $$$
A popular brunch spot in Canberra, Cafe Essen, is a cozy venue serving breakfast all day. And what truly makes Cafe Essen a top brunch spot is its varying specials board. Hand-written in chalk on a blackboard sitting outside the front door, the establishment keeps customers coming back with its broad assortment of changing specials and delicious vegan cupcakes.
5/6 Garema Place, Canberra, ACT, Australia, +61 2 6248 9300
A Canberra hidden gem, Loading Zone is nestled in an alleyway at the side of an actual loading zone. And finding this secluded spot is well worth the search. With a diverse breakfast menu which includes many vegetarian options, patrons find themselves digging into generous portions of delicious food. Loading Zone offers a great brunch menu in its uniquely refreshing location.
Odgers Lane, Canberra, ACT, Australia