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.
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
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
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
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
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
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