Top picks in Canberra - Cafés

Top picks in Canberra - Cafés

by Rachel Foo 30 Oct 2018

Known for its cultural treasures such as the Australian War Memorial, National Library of Australia, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Royal Australian Mint, etc, Canberra is the place to be for a nice dose of Australian culture. Recently, it has also built a reputation as a quality watering hole for discerning caffeine lovers. If you’re in the neighbourhood, do check these cafés out!


Local Press Cafe

35 Eastlake Parade, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia


This rustic eatery with beautifully exposed-brick walls welcomes both vegans and non-vegetarians alike. If you are a stickler for whole foods that are unrefined, unprocessed, clean and ethically sourced, this café is for you. Using seasonal and local produce as much as possible, each dish is carefully crafted in-house and served fresh. Try their vegan fruit and nut waffle with veggies Nutella if you’re looking for something sweet or (if you’re a non-vegan) their cheesy croque madame toastie which contains free-range ham from Boxgum Grazing.


The Cupping Room

1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia


Looking to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey of coffee flavours? Look no further for at The Cupping Room, expect to be served  the finest coffee with bespoke coffee blends. Give their Black Betty and Raspberry Candy a shot; you won’t regret it! If you’re looking for something more suitable for hot days, check out their iced coffee that is injected with a liquid panel syrup! Are you drooling yet?


Penny University

15 Kennedy St, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia


The name, Penny University, comes from the first coffee houses established in London during the 17th century. Basically, patrons were only required to pay a penny to enter the establishment, granting them access to coffee,newspapers, bulletins as well as the opportunity to mingle with other patrons. Today, at this Penny University, you’ll find a mix of students, working professionals as well as families. Worthy food-mentions include their green eggs served on chargrilled sourdough and double-smoked ham. Eat, be happy, and mingle!


Gus’ Place

8/68 Bunda St, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia


Back in the 70s, Gus’ Place was the first Canberra café to introduce outdoor dining. With a long history of nearly 50 years, this café recently underwent a makeover and now boasts beautiful glass windows which gives the space natural lighting in the day. The café promises good old-fashioned service with a smile and caters for a variety of allergies and food preferences.


Coffee Lab

Canberra Centre, 26 Narellan Place, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia


This family-friendly café has a wide selection of meals for children. With its large windows and beautiful decor, not only is the café Instagram-worthy – their food is as well! For a nice hearty breakfast, check out their Pialligo bacon and eggs! With a twist of spicy tomato jam and Swiss cheese on a soft bun, it’ll be sure to kickstart your day with a bang!


These cafés are great if you need a break from shopping or sight-seeing. If you have friends in the neighbourhood, catch-up over a nice meal or a coffee. Feel like expanding your social circle? Mingle with the locals in the cafés. You’ll never know – they might just know of a couple other cafés we have yet to uncover here!