I visited my mum in Kingston over the weekend, so I thought I would take the opportunity to visit one of my favourite, original markets: the Kingston Bus Depot Market. Over Christmas it is even better than usual, because they have a whole bunch of Christmas stalls set up with handmade gifts. I wanted to go in [...]
[ 11 December 2015 to 13 December 2015. ] This weekend will be all about Christmas for many of us, whether it’s attending parties with friends, colleagues or neighbours or shopping for gifts online, in our malls or at one of the many Christmas markets or festive art events going on around town. Some of us might rather be lounging by the pool, but [...]
A few weeks back when we did a callout for new Cheap Eats locations, there were a few comments left regarding the healthiness (or lack thereof) of the meals featured in the Cheap Eats articles. I previously reviewed two salads at Double Drummer, but because one salad was pasta-based, it wasn’t as healthy as some [...]
I’m very excited to be introducing this new series by the RiotACT: At home with Sophia.
I’m sure you’ve all worked out by now, just how much I love food. When I was writing the Weekend Hot Spot articles, I was constantly being met with disappointment. A part of me thinks this is because I always [...]
Several weeks ago, Canberra’s first Vibe Hotel opened up at Canberra Airport. However it wasn’t until Thursday last week that it was officially declared opened by Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, among a few hundred lucky guests, myself included. With hundreds of millions of dollars spent upgrading Canberra Airport it seemed only fitting to build a [...]
The Glass House Café prettily pokes out of the first level of Industry House like an English country conservatory. I could imagine sitting at The Glass House Café at a function with people looking in from outside enviously at the mirth. When I visited there were there was a small market out front. I felt [...]
As mentioned in previous weeks and the call-out for Canberra Cheap Eats last week, I’ve been keen to branch out of Civic and try some ‘unknown’ eateries. One suggestion received was Double Drummer in Barton. I work close to Barton and had never even heard of this place so I was excited to check it [...]
On a rainy Saturday morning, I sat with my kids enjoying flaky croissants over chai latte and babychinos. My three-year old absently nibbled on the layers of pastry on my plate, some of the 27 laminated layers in the fresh-made chocolate croissants and Viennese style breakfast pastries at Dream Cuisine. It is some of the [...]
Continuing with the non-Civic Cheap Eats theme this week, I made a beeline for Dickson where I had lunch at My Rainbow Dreams.
My Rainbow Dreams is a vegetarian café, but don’t be put off if you’re a self-confessed meat lover – there is something for everyone here.
The menu has a really good range of food, [...]
The edgy shipping container village down by Lake Burley Griffin may not be top of your list for weekend breakfast.
I’d been there during Art Not Apart last year and was impressed by the set up, especially the view from the bar on the top floor. With art exhibitions in containers, live graffiti artists at [...]
We’ve been running the Cheap Eats series for some time now. Alexandra Craig is currently our only Cheap Eats writer, and she’s coming up blank with new places to go. After feeling like she’s been to all the Civic lunch places, she’s keen to branch out, but needs some help.
This is the list of places we’ve been to so [...]
After the call went out last week for the best markets in Canberra, I realised that it would be best to separate fresh food markets from creative markets. So, this weekend I went with fresh food and visited:
Capital Regional Farmers Markets at Exhibition Park (Epic)
Saturdays 7.30 – 11.30am.
Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets
Thursday – Sunday, 8am [...]
We loved all the entries that you submitted to us naming your favourite brewery and, moreover, why it was your favourite.
But, we could only pick five winners. The winners are: Tegan, Ashleigh, Tim, Paul and Sibella. Congratulations on your hampers, tickets and brewery beers. RiotACT will be in contact with you shortly.
If you’re not already sipping [...]
[ 6 November 2015 at 4:00 pm; 7 November 2015 at 12:00 pm; ]
Beer Day Out is coming up this Friday and Saturday and as part of the celebration, we’ve pulled together five things you must do if you’re heading to the event.
1. Drink some of the world’s best beers
With over 30 Australian and International craft breweries you will have a lot of choice! The few listed below are [...]
Update: A spokeswoman for the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets called late today to explain that the markets’ website was down for several hours today because a virus struck one of their trader’s websites.
“There is nothing sinister going on with our site at all. It will be up and running again shortly,” she said.
We checked this [...]
I like the idea of visiting the local market for groceries; the food is fresh and nutritious, it is a way of supporting the community and local producers and a fun way of doing the shopping while catching up with a friend. It’s even better if the markets include arts, crafts and activities.
Now that [...]
Canberra’s premium beer event – Beer Day Out – will take place again soon on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November in Kingston at the Former Transport Depot. This year’s event will showcase 30 local, interstate and international breweries, pouring more than 150 different beers and ciders, amidst master classes, roving entertainment and international culinary [...]
Amongst my group of friends, dumplings are a collective favourite. We regularly argue about who makes the best, but with such a good selection of dumpling restaurants in Canberra, we are never disappointed no matter where we end up.
So if you’re like us and have regular cravings for these little parcels of heaven, I’ve picked [...]
So you want to get out and celebrate Melbourne Cup but haven’t booked anything?
Fear not. Some of the best Cup day experiences I’ve had were last minute scrambles from the office to the nearest pub or club in time for one drink while the race is on. Plenty of casual drinking holes will be showing [...]
Look out, Hyatt, East and Realm hotels, you’ve got some competition in the form of Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport, which opens today.
Operated by TFE Hotels, the company behind the Medina Serviced Apartments in Kingston and on Northbourne Avenue and the Hotel Kurrajong in Barton, the hotel’s branding will be familiar to those who have stayed [...]
Across the road from the Belconnen Arts Centre and with pretty views of Lake Ginninderra, Black Pepper scores highly on location.
It also meets my key criteria for a brunch venue: it offers all day breakfast on weekends. Commit this to memory for the next time you need a late morning fry up after a big [...]
Does anyone know what has happened to the Kingston Grind cafe? It shut around early September. There was a sign up saying it was closed for renovations. This sign has since been removed. There hasn’t been any activity on their facebook page since the end of June. I’m assuming it has closed / gone [...]
It’s no easy feat to open up a restaurant, especially in Canberra. With what seems like more eateries than residents, Canberrans expect nothing less than the best from the newcomers. XO did not disappoint. Residing in the leafy suburb of Narrabundah, XO pays tribute to the South-East Asian cuisine that two of the four owners [...]
I love the wide, elegant front courtyard at Poppy’s café at the Australian War Memorial. It seems almost too grand for a weekend breakfast outing on approach, but once you’re seated is a relaxing spot for a coffee and bite.
We were there for a post-Mt Ainslie climb brunch, partially inspired by Lisa Martin’s post describing [...]
With summer on the horizon and 30 degree days already well and truly here, ice cream weather has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited.
To celebrate, here are 5 places to grab a sneaky ice cream while you’re out and about enjoying the warmer weather this season.
With three locations in Canberra (Civic, Manuka and [...]