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 [...]
There is so much on this weekend we had to make some tough calls to put this list together. You could spend a day of beautiful garden wandering at The Tuliptop Gardens Festival, learn about bonsai-keeping with the Canberra Bonsai Society, or kick back to Mental As Anything at the Gundaroo Music Festival. Other top [...]
With all the hype and commotion about all the new cafes and restaurants opening around Canberra, it’s easy to forget about the original establishments that have stood the test of time. One such treasure is Boffins Restaurant, nestled in the elegant surrounds of University House. For over 25 years, the team at Boffins has been [...]
[ 5 November 2015 to 11 November 2015. ]
Canberra Beer Week was launched last night at Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon. The week-long celebration of beer will take place form 5 – 11 November.
Representing the ACT Government, Minister Mike Gentleman officially launched Canberra Beer Week.
“Canberra is well renowned for our outstanding wines, and there are a number of events on the calendar each year [...]
Floriade is one of my favourite things about Canberra. It is clearly one of our best tourist attractions and it gets bigger and better every year. We have been blessed with high temps this school holidays and my four kids and I have tackled the place on more than one occasion. Which also means “Cha-Ching”, [...]
Learning she has been shortlisted for not one but two Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards was “quite surreal” for personal trainer, uni student and entrepreneur Katie Geus.
The founder, director and chief taste tester of meal delivery business Fudie was at home with her partner when the phone call came to tell her she’d been listed alongside [...]
When I put the call out for the best buffet/all-you-can-eat restaurant in Canberra, I thought I would have received many, many enthusiastic suggestions however I think most people wanted to pitch in about how wasteful buffets can be, and how they cause over-eating.
I can’t comment on the waste side of things, but the overeating thing [...]
I’ve been meaning to try lunch at the Waldorf on London for nearly a year now after reading Sophia Carlini’s Weekend Cafe Hot Spot review back in January. I finally got around to it this week and dragged my partner along too.
Like Sophia, I’d never eaten in a hotel restaurant before unless I was staying there and [...]
Who remembers going to Pizza Hut in the ’90s and being told you had to eat something substantial before going crazy at the dessert bar, filling your bowl up with ice cream, chocolate cake, red and green jelly, marshmallows, chopped nuts and sprinkles? OK, it may have just been the children of the ’90s who [...]
Last week’s call out for Canberra’s best bakery was one of the only call outs to receive more nominations for a NSW establishment than one in the ACT.
The Braidwood Bakery received a huge amount of attention, but given that this is the Best of Canberra series (and also I don’t have half a day to trek [...]
On Tuesday night hundreds of bar experts from around Australia gathered in Sydney for the annual Australian Bar Awards, presented by Australian Bartender Magazine. Whilst our locals bar and pubs were not nationally awarded, the state awards recognised the excellence of three Canberra establishments.
Taking out Pub of the Year for ACT was Bentspoke in Braddon, [...]
I met a former colleague for lunch yesterday at his regular Friday lunch spot, Station Bar and Cafe in Fyshwick.
The cafe is on Dairy Flat Road, closer to the scenic Jerrabomberra Wetlands than Fyshwick’s industrial buildings. And even though it’s off the beaten track, it does a more than decent weekday trade.
(As an aside, I think the wetlands [...]
We’ve previously brought you Canberra’s best vanilla slice, hot cross buns, cupcakes, meat pies, donuts, pastries and cakes. Now it’s time to combine these categories into one: Canberra’s best bakery.
We’re looking for a bakery that not only has top notch baked goods (we’ll judge a few different products at each bakery), but also has great customer service and [...]
It’s no secret I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth (I love sugar) so I was pretty excited to be left in charge of this week’s Best Of Canberra for locally handmade sweets.
There were a few different nominations this week: cinnamon scrolls from Sweet Bones, baklava from Turkish Pide House in Yarralumla, doughnuts from Chasing [...]
With Elemental on Lonsdale Street and now Paleo Cafe open on Mort Street, Braddon has two cafes dedicated to the paleo way, literally on parallel streets.
The Paleo Cafe is a cafe and health food franchise, and it’s only been open for a little while now. It opens at 7am, so I took the opportunity to have an [...]
Most people love a pub lunch. But in my experience, a lot of the time traditional pub lunches aren’t very good. And sometimes they’re not very cheap either.
The Durham in Kingston advertises a $10 lunch menu, most of which is comprised of burgers, and being a burger enthusiast I was keen to try it.
The Durham [...]