With a café or restaurant around every corner and new eateries popping up on a weekly basis, Canberra really is a food lover’s haven. From bao to burgers to baba ghanoush, this city enjoys a never-ending list of food choices.
Navigating the city’s food scene since 2015, Eat Canberra has become a go-to blog for foodies looking for quality recommendations. Its creator, Amelia Bidgood, was inspired to start the blog after moving to the capital from Queensland.
“Being new to Canberra, I found it hard to know where to eat as there were so many choices—everyone seemed to have their local favourites and I wanted to explore them all. I wanted to create something that helps Canberrans and visitors discover new places and learn more about the food scene here.”
As eateries continue to spring up all over the city, Amelia says the standard of food in the capital is only rising.
“The quality and variety of food on offer here is incredibly high, so restaurants need to produce something exceptional to stand out,” says Amelia, “this is great for the foodie audience, as it means we are blessed with some fantastic places to try out new cuisines and enjoy old favourites.”
From all-day brunching to Freakshake mania, the past few years have seen various food trends take over the capital. According to Amelia, Asian fusion and woodfired pizzas will top the trendy list this year.
“Asian fusion restaurants, such as Lazy Su are really popular at the moment, as well as woodfired pizza,” says Amelia, “quirky interiors, hidden bars and wholefood, vegan and vegetarian options will also be really big this year.”
“There are also plenty of opportunities for fine dining in the city. If you’re looking for some options for date nights or special occasions then you need to check out Otis Dining Hall, Pulp Kitchen, Temporada or Pod Food. These restaurants are some of the many that are using fresh, local produce to create quality dishes that not only taste great, but look incredible on the plate.”
This summer, it’s all about enjoying good food with friends and family and taking advantage of the long days. On Amelia’s must-do list is the Canberra Rex Hotel’s rooftop bar, tropical themed bar and eatery Kokomo’s and the newly opened Catch Fish and Chips in Braddon.
In fact, if you’re in the mood for a tipple, the craft beer and distillery scene has also taken off with Underground Spirits offering gin and vodka tastings, and Tipsy Bull gin bar opening on Lonsdale Street.
If you’re finding it hard to settle into routine after the holiday break, a Friday night drink at one of Canberra’s pop up bars, House of Bubbles or The Pop Inn is something to look forward to at the end of the working week.
Following the success of Eat Canberra, Amelia also launched Eat Canberra Food Tours in 2017.
“We visit a number of hotspots and hidden gems around the city, so the tours are a really unique way for people to experience Canberra and see how cool it really is.”
For those looking to soak up the last of the warm weather, Eat Canberra is hosting its first and exclusive Ultimate Picnic Feast in March—a secret foodie event celebrating the end of summer.
To read more foodie tips or to book a Canberra food tour, visit Eat Canberra.