Although Australia’s top university spans a considerable chunk of Canberra’s inner city, it’s not the obvious place you’d expect to find a vibrant offering of the city’s most delicious food and unique events.
Located in the heart of Civic on University Avenue, the Australian National University’s (ANU) Pop-Up Reunion Village is back for 2018—and it’s not just for students. Canberra favs Brodburger, Coffee Lab and Mr Papa have loaded up their vans to bring a taste of their most popular dishes to the Village, while MOLO Live Bar is the perfect setting for a drink and a dance.
The revitalisation of the ANU’s Union Court will be ongoing to early 2019, with the Village acting as a temporary hub of the campus until work is complete. Open seven days a week, the extended operating hours makes it an ideal option to get out of the office for lunch, grab some after work drinks or a weekend coffee to rival Lonsdale Street or Kingston Foreshore.
Arthur Choi, Coffee Lab owner and proud Canberran has seen how the city has evolved over the last decade, especially when it comes to food and shopping.
“Over the last ten years Canberra has continued to mature; just take a look at the Canberra Centre to see big name retailers taking the city seriously,” says Arthur.
“It’s not just big brands though. Initiatives like the ANU Pop-Up Village bring together some quintessentially Canberran food outlets in the beautiful heritage grounds of the Australian National University.”
“It’s exciting to see that word is getting out and we are attracting students and professionals alike. People who work in the city told me they come here for their coffee because of the unique and diverse environment. It’s more than just a university vibe.”
“What people love about this place is the huge variety of choice; you can bring the whole family down and everyone will find something to satisfy—all while sitting down together and enjoying the atmosphere.”
Beyond the food, the Village is home to PROMPT Gallery which hosts exhibitions and events, while Trivia Tuesdays and Friday Night Live at MOLO Live promise a fresh take on a night out in Canberra. Comedy shows, concerts and book launches are regulars on the Village calendar—to see more of what’s going on click here.