The Top 10 Brunch Spots In Canberra

Brunch at Pulp Kitchen I
Brunch at Pulp Kitchen I | © Michelle/Flickr
Christina Nhu

Canberra is Australia’s creative capital, a vibrant place home to national museums, tourist attractions and beautiful scenery. It’s an area surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves, earning it the affectionate nickname ‘the bush capital,’ Add to that some glorious sunshine and super friendly locals, and you have a city which draws tourists in droves every year. If you’re feeling hungry, Canberra boasts a wealth of brunch spots serving light snacks and breakfast bites perfect for a break between exploring. So, whether you seek a delicious omelette or a frothy cappuccino, here’s our guide to the top 10 brunch spots in Canberra.

Brunch at Pulp Kitchen I

1. Akiba

Bar, Restaurant, Asian

Steamed bao buns in Canberra
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Akiba is a top spot for Asian cuisine in the capital, and features picturesque outdoor seating as well as comfy bar stools set along a gallery-style kitchen. The staff here are friendly and attentive, and by taking a seat at the bar diners can watch all the action in the open kitchen, and can check out the funky and modern drink-making facilities behind the bar. Top brunch choices here include the tuna sashimi, the shitake and water chesnut dumplings and the supercharged fried chicken.

2. Monster Kitchen and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Australian

Monster Kitchen and Bar is sleek, chic and modern, with a quirky interior featuring local and colorful art pieces on the walls. A top food choice here are the sharing platters, an option offering a selection of small and tasty bites in one sitting. Serving arguably the best cappuccinos in Canberra, anything with the fresh eggplant or duck will make a great brunch choice here.

3. The Cupping Room

The Cupping Room

At the The Cupping Room the staff are really friendly and attentive, and the coffee is served by a winner of the Barista World Championships; where better to kick back with a latte or cappuccino for brunch? Pair your drink with the well-seasoned fish with papaya salad, or with the toast witch avocado, poached eggs and cheese, and you won’t be disappointed.
Address and phone: 1/13 University Ave, Canberra 2600, Australia 02 62576412

4. Penny University

Penny University

At Penny University the decor is fun and trendy and features wheatpaste artworks on the walls, eclectic crockery and vintage furniture. Their menu has something for everyone; pancakes, smashed avocado and quinoa on toast with eggs, a traditional poached egg breakfast and an array of baked goods are just a few choices. The croissant French toast with bacon, caramelized onion and cinnamon mascarpone and the fresh baguettes are top menu picks here.
Address and phone: 15 Kennedy Street, Canberra 2604, Australia +61 2 6162 1500


Pickled Onion Brunch |©Adrew Currie/WikiCommons

5. The elk and pea

The elk and pea

The elk and pea‘s food is creative and different to the usual fare found in Canberra. The menu has a broad selection of dishes and caters specifically for the needs of vegetarians and those with gluten allergies. A charming, enclosed outside seating area here gives diners the chance to bask in the balmy Canberra sun whilst enjoying brunch, and there is a wide and colorful range of freshly squeezed juices on offer.
Address and phone: 21 Lonsdale Street | Braddon, Canberra 2612, Australia (02) 61620222

6. Ricardo’s Café

Ricardo’s Café

Ricardo’s Café is a suburban joint which is always full to the brim on the weekends because of its great brunch. Fresh juice, all day breakfasts and good coffee keep customers coming back for more here, and the cakes are fluffy, light and beautifully decorated. Biscuits, fruit tarts, macarons and creamy cheesecake serve as excellent sweet treats to follow your brunch.
Address and phone: Jamison Plaza | Bowman Street, Macquarie, Canberra,Australia


Breakfast Brunch |©michell zappa/WikiCommons

7. Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen is a bustling venue full of delicious brunch food. Try the tasty potatoes and smoked ham wrapped in cheese, or go for the breakfast raclette, an option which consists of crispy bacon, shredded ham, potato, spinach and grilled onion all mixed together with melted cheese on toasted sour dough bread. The basil panna cotta with poached strawberries and cinnamon crumble is a delectable dessert option, too.
Address and phone: Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie, Canberra, Australia +61-2-6257-4334

8. Mocan & Green Grout

Mocan & Green Grout

Stepping inside Mocan & Green Grout is like setting foot in a cozy, homely antique shop, with an interior featuring quirky knick-knacks and charming bonsai plants. The kitchen here is completely open, and the generous portions of food are packed with flavor. The duck served with Jerusalem artichokes and pickled pear here is particularly delicious.
Address and phone: 19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra 2601, Australia 0468525229


Brunch Dessert |©Don Nunn /WikiCommons

9. Autolyse

Restaurant, Coffee

Autolyse is a small restaurant serving some of the best croissants in town, all of which are baked in house and are served with creamy jam and butter. With great coffee, fantastic juices and aromatic hot plates too, this is a top spot for a good brunch in the city. A great place in which to get your pastry fix.

10. Ellacure Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Australian

Ellacure Restaurant and Bar near Canberra Stadium is an establishment serving homemade, hearty fare using only the freshest ingredients. Whether guests seek fluffy eggs, good coffee or sweet French toast they will not be disappointed here. If looking for something a little more substantial, don’t miss the well-seasoned mushroom soup served with aromatic crusty bread, it is divine.

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