There’s no shortage of things to do in Canberra, but sometimes all you need is a little local knowledge to turn a good visit into a remarkable one.
We’ve asked around, and here’s some inside information on our best kept secrets.
Brekkie in the ‘burbs’…
There’s no shortage of cafes in Canberra, but some of our true gems are hidden deep in the suburbs. Take our advice and try the Fox & Bow in Farrer, A Bite to Eat in Chifley, Double Shot in Deakin and Little Brother in Red Hill – you won’t be disappointed!
Walk the centenary trail
There’s nothing quite like looking at Canberra from above. Venture up Mount Ainslie, Black Mountain or Red Hill Lookout and be treated by some of the most breath-taking views of the nation’s capital.
To market, to market…
For the freshest local produce, flowers and sweet treats head to the Capital Regions Farmers Markets on Saturday between 7.30am and 11.30am. If you’re a lover of hand-crafted goodies and delicious food make sure you drop down to the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
The local bean
Local Canberra brew Ona Coffee has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, including World Barista Championship 2015 and World’s Richest Barista Champion 2016. Try it for yourself at Ona in Fyshwick, Manuka or at The Cupping Room in the city.
Hungry? Head to the Hamlet
This funky little village in the heart of Braddon houses an eclectic range of food trucks that will tantalise all your tastebuds. Chow down a chanchito, slurp up some phở, or get your hands on an American-style hotdog at the Hamlet in Braddon. Add live music into the mix and the Hamlet becomes the perfect destination for lunch or dinner.
Slip into a speakeasy bar
Some of our best bars are up mysterious flights of stairs, behind unmarked doors or hidden in the basement. Try out the Cuban themed Highball Express, enjoy a classic cocktail at Molly, hideaway in a cosy corner at Lucky’s or venture into the basement of A Baker and take in the relaxed vibe of Black Market.
Our garden city offers an abundance of perfect picnic spots. Enjoy picturesque views at the Japanese Nara Peace Garden found within Lennox Gardens just south of the Commonwealth Bridge. Venture further afield to Pine Island, the perfect daytime escape and just a short drive out past Tuggeranong. Or, for the ideal family spot, spend the day at Weston Park in Yarralumla and enjoy mini golf, the miniature railway and the cute animals at the petting zoo.