The Best Brunch Spots in Canberra

Discover where to grab the best brunch in Canberra
Discover where to grab the best brunch in Canberra | Courtesy of Morning Glory
Photo of Lucy Ridge
1 April 2020

Canberra boasts a wealth of brunch spots serving light snacks and breakfast bites, for the perfect start to the day. Here’s our pick of the best.

With more cafés, bars and restaurants per person than any other city in Australia, it’s no surprise that Canberra’s café culture is among the best in the country. Brunch is not just a meal in this city, but a key part of the local lifestyle. From trendy eateries to sun-soaked cafés, you are never far away from a frothy cappuccino or an avocado toast. Here’s our guide to the top 10 brunch spots in Canberra.

Penny University

Cafe, Australian, $$$

With an eclectic interior, outstanding coffee and a focus on local produce with a globally inspired twist, Penny University has something for everyone. Choose the Middle Eastern Bruschetta for a breakfast option heaving with vegetables, or the ‘Pialligo’ Hash for the coffee shop’s love letter to locally produced Canberra pork.

The Cupping Room

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Australian, $$$
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The Cupping Room, owned by specialty roasters Ona Coffee, is serious about its caffeine. The talented baristas at this popular spot have won a slew of International coffee awards, but it’s the tasty food that continues to bring in crowds of regulars every weekend. The seasonal menu is always fun and fresh with surprising flavours; the gochujang aioli in the egg and bacon roll is a revelation.

Stand By Me

Restaurant, Australian, Egyptian, French, Japanese, $$$

This cosy, sun-filled café is the brunch equivalent of a big hug. The unfailingly friendly staff serve up a multicultural mix of dishes on their menu, with the okonomiyaki pancake and the Egyptian-style ful as stand-out dishes. The café’s French toast special changes weekly and has developed a well deserved, cult-like following among locals.

Little Oink

Restaurant, Australian, $$$

Tucked away between the local Cook shops in Belconnen, Little Oink is charming and friendly. The retro interior pops with hanging macramé plant holders and a colourful mural surrounding diners. The menu is full of porky treats like Get In My Pork Belly and The Wild Boar Brekky. Vegetarians are still accounted for and will love the crispy corn fritters or the refried beans with smashed avocado.

Sweet Bones

Bakery, Cafe, Vegan, $$$

Crowds flock to this popular inner-city café every morning for the impressive and entirely vegan menu. With breakfast burgers, blueberry pancakes, Tex Mex burritos and smoothie bowls, along with home-baked sweets and kid friendly dishes, even the biggest carnivore will be enamoured by this local gem.

Red Brick

Coffee Shop, Australian, $$$
Courtesy of Red Brick

Red Brick roastery opened its first relaxed café in Curtin, and has since grown into a small empire, with Red Brick beans served in cafés around Canberra and five shopfronts with the Red Brick name. The original shop in Curtin still serves up a very tasty bircher muesli, great zucchini fritters, and delicious toasties. Even more impressively, most of the ingredients are still sourced fresh from the organic grocers next door – you can’t get fresher than that.

Morning Glory

Restaurant, Australian, Asian, $$$
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A fusion of Australian and Asian flavours, the brunch menu at Morning Glory is inventive but grounded in good taste. Served from an open kitchen within the restaurant, eggs on toast classics are well represented alongside South and South East Asian staples like Cauliflower Upma, or Hainanese Chicken. The dishes are thoughtful, creative, and always delicious.


Cafe, Australian

Hall Village is only a 20-minute drive from the centre of Canberra but you’ll feel like you’re miles from anywhere. The kitchen at this cosy restaurant makes almost everything from scratch. Try the Crempogs (Welsh pancakes) or avocado on homemade soda bread. Finish off your brunch with a Red Brick coffee and a Bombolini doughnut.


Cafe, Australian, $$$

It may be famous for the over the top and oh-so-Instagrammable freakshakes, but the rest of the Patissez menu should not be overlooked. Staples like Eggs Benedict have been upgraded with pulled pork – though also on offer are a wealth of healthier options, such as the Green Goddess Bowl, for those recovering from a freakshake sugar rush.

Rye Cafe

Cafe, Dutch, Swedish, $$$

Busy Lonsdale street has no end of trendy cafés to sample but Rye has proven itself to be a reliable local favourite. The Scandi-chic menu features dishes like a smørrebrød open sandwich and Dutch skillet pancakes. The baristas serve reliably great coffee and there’s even a wood-fired oven to curl up next to in winter.

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