The best cafes for breakfast in Canberra

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The Alby is open for breakfast on weekends from 8:30 am. Photo: Pew Pew Studio.

Canberra loves breakfast – whether smashed avo on toast, freshly ground coffee, poached eggs, or smoothies are your favourite way to start the day, it’s no secret that Canberra is bursting at the seams with quality cafes offering delicious breakfasts to help you rise and shine.

There are easily enough cafes around Canberra with delicious breakfast menus that you could visit somewhere new every morning – so how do you decide where to go? Between the quality of the coffee, catering to dietary needs, location and affordability, there’s a lot to consider.

That’s where we come in! In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a café for breakfast, and give you a helpful guide to some of Canberra’s favourite destinations.

What makes a great café for breakfast?

With so many different cafes around Canberra to choose from, it’s important to know how to separate the good from the great. Try keep the following in mind next time you head out for brekky:

  • Amazing coffee. Coffee lovers understand the importance of quality coffee, made by expert baristas. Choose a café well known for its coffee (and teas).
  • Great menu. Quality cafés design their breakfast menus around variety and taste. They cover classic dishes, heartier feeds, super healthy options and more creative meals that set the café apart from the rest. Choose a café that ticks all your boxes.
  • Speedy service. If you want to eat and get going with your day, you’ll want a café with speedy service. This might not be so important if you’re wanting to lounge about for a leisurely brunch.
  • Friendly staff. Starting your day with a smile is essential. Choose a breakfast café with friendly and efficient staff.
  • Fair pricing. No-one wants breakfast to break the bank. Check pricing online for a café that suits your budget.

The best cafés for breakfast in Canberra

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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Eighty/Twenty

Eighty/Twenty

Fresh, real and nutritional wholefood. That’s what Eighty/Twenty Food stands for.

Eighty/Twenty dishes up wholefood dishes as well as smoothies and treats. The focus is on clean, natural and unprocessed food, balanced meals, and great coffee.

The menu changes with the seasons and dishes are nutrient rich. All-day meals include granola bowls, acai bowls and burrito bowls. Eighty/Twenty is famous for its scrumptious salads and heartier meals like risotto, burgers and pasta. It also offers a line-up of 10 signature smoothies.

Quality is assured with Eighty/Twenty sourcing fresh, raw produce from markets six days a week.

Eighty/Twenty offers dine in, takeaway and delivery for breakfast, lunch and late lunch. It caters for functions, corporate events and business meetings. Eighty/Twenty has locations in Barton, Belconnen, Braddon, Greenway and Kingston.

On Google, Grace Mitchell wrote, “Really enjoyed the experience, there are lots of options on the menu with food! Quality of the food was good and portions good as well.”

1/18 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612
The Alby

The Alby

The Alby, spanning close to 1,000 square metres, is Woden’s largest local for dining on great breakfasts, lunches and dinners, enjoying a drink, and playing fun games.

Spaces include bar dining with a cool, contemporary fitout, and a comfortable open-air garden with loads of greenery, perfect for sunny mornings.

The breakfast menu starts with healthy, delicious bowls, and breads by Three Mills, served with Pepe Saya Butter, Brookie’s Byron Slow Ginjam, honey or almond butter. Larger breakfast plates include eggs on toast (add as many extras as you’d like), buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict, the “Big Brekkie” and more. Lots of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and nut free options are available.

Quality coffees and tea are for order, as are super smoothies and a line-up of breakfast cocktails.

On the ground floor of the Albemarle Building off Furzer Street, The Alby was designed by Capezio Copeland and developed by DOMA.

On Google, Michelle Guerrero wrote, “Great food and good service. Extra points for actually having a nice, proper and expensive high chair for my little one so I could enjoy too.”

45 Furzer Street
Phillip ACT 2606
Bookplate

Bookplate

The National Library is an iconic landmark in Canberra, responsible for the custodianship of nationally significant literature from throughout our history. Along with their amazing facilities for students and researchers, the Library also features the Bookplate Café.

Bookplate's delicious-yet-casual all day menu has something for everyone, from eggs benedict to sushi bowls. Enjoy the gorgeous interior surrounded by fresh florals and stained-glass windows, or the breezy outdoor terrace for the stunning views across Lake Burley Griffin and Patrick White Lawn.

When you're finished your meal, you can wander through the Library, explore their exhibitions and relax to read a book or two.

On Google, BJ Pierce writes, "Great location. Good for brekky or brunch after a walk around Lake Burley Griffin."

Parkes Place
Parkes ACT 2600

EQ Bakehouse and Café

EQ Bakehouse and Café is open early for breakfast seven days. The extensive menu has something for everyone with breads and pastries baked onsite. Breakfast includes toasted artisan bread, eggs benedict and the big “EQ breakfast”. Freshly pressed juice, shakes, smoothies, quality coffees and teas are available.

See Deakin Differently

On Google, Susan Hoffman wrote, Terrific cafe, plenty of seating and well shaded outside for sunny days … this time I had the ‘Zone breakfast’ with a lovely cup of coffee.”

Rye Café

At Rye Café, it's all about quality and simplicity. Their fresh and delicious breakfast meals are all made with locally sourced produce, and easily cater to all dietary requirements - whether you're after something sweet or savoury, Rye's got something for you. With quality coffee and cold drinks, plus a bright and welcoming interior, it's no wonder Rye Café has quickly become a local favourite.

Lisa Spencer wrote on Google, “Most delicious breakfast ever! Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, perfect asparagus and sensational crumb on top. Coffee was beautiful and service was great.”

Farmers Daughter Café

Farmers Daughter Café is a down-to-earth, quirky café open early for breakfast. A wide range of savoury dishes and sweet treats are on offer, as is excellent coffee. Whether you're after toast with spreads or eggs any way with your choice of sides, Farmers Daughter has something for you.

Christopher Nelson wrote on Google, “The service was quick. The coffee was strong, hot, and delicious. The meals were fresh and creative.”

If you’re looking for more information on places to grab something to eat in the mornings in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best bakeries, best coffee shops and the best high teas Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with cafés for breakfast in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the breakfast cafés listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on the menu at a breakfast café?

Every café is different but the best for breakfast offer a wide variety of dishes. They don’t solely focus on traditional bacon and eggs, but branch out with healthy options too. They might, for example, have super breakfast bowls, smoothies and more.

Is it cheap to eat out for breakfast?

The cost depends on many factors. One factor is the café you select, with some more upmarket than others. It will cost less, for example, to eat breakfast at a “greasy spoon” than at a trendy café. Another factor is what you eat. Many cafés serving breakfast have simple toast with condiments through to more expensive and sophisticated dishes with multiple ingredients.

Do all breakfast cafés have great coffee?

Most cafés have trained baristas, but not all do. Most also source quality coffee beans. Check the reputation of the café first.

What time can I get breakfast at a café?

Most cafés that open for breakfast cater for early risers. While opening times vary, some cafés through their doors open super early, such as at 6am or even before.

Are all breakfast cafés open seven days a week?

Not all are breakfast cafés are open seven days. Some located in office buildings, for example, might dish up a dynamite breakfast but only Monday to Friday. Others may not open Sunday. Some are ready to serve seven days a week.

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A Bite to Eat may have great wait staff and a few tasty morsels but the chefs are full of themselves. I had another crap experience there and I swear I’m done. Never again. Had a bagel thrown down on the table at me today from a surly “cook” after I asked for peanut butter that didn’t have chilli in it. Apparently the description of house-made before the menu listing of peanut butter implies loaded with chilli and I deserved utter contempt for troubling them for standard peanut butter. it’s not like I dissed their stinking oyster pot pie that nearly had us hurling on their stupid mismatched decor.

Well if we ever get that 2nd breakfast off the ground, I guess it won’t be delissio.

SheepGroper said :

blackbetty said :

really missing the chef that left…he was dreamy…am sure his name is gee, wonder where he went 🙂

As far away from his stalker as possible?

In a shallow grave?

blackbetty said :

really missing the chef that left…he was dreamy…am sure his name is gee, wonder where he went 🙂

As far away from his stalker as possible?

A newbie turns up and instantly starts doing the rounds of the food threads spruiking delissio braddon.

A bit suspicious for my liking.

delissio braddon is the best breakfast place still…love the food and coffee is great…really missing the chef that left…he was dreamy…am sure his name is gee, wonder where he went 🙂

Holden Caulfield12:00 pm 25 Sep 08

I think it has been mentioned in this thread before, but I’ll add another tick for As nature intended at the end of Marcus Clarke Street, New Acton.

Ant was pushing for that one in Reconciliation Place (The Edge, Water’s Edge, something like that?) once the weather got warmer. I was toying with the idea of putting my own hand up to organise something, but couldn’t fix on a date. I’m in town on Saturday 11 October if anyone’s up for then.

Souns good Overheard; if you organise it for that date, I’ll be there.

Overheard said :

qwerky said :

DH and I had a fantastic breakfast at Cafe Prego at Dickson (next to Hudsons)last weekend. Very reasonably priced and delicious; eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheese and onion on Italian bread. This would have to be the best yet so I had to tell you all about it! Perhaps we’re due for another RA breakfast?

Ant was pushing for that one in Reconciliation Place (The Edge, Water’s Edge, something like that?) once the weather got warmer. I was toying with the idea of putting my own hand up to organise something, but couldn’t fix on a date. I’m in town on Saturday 11 October if anyone’s up for then.

Cafe Moda’s upstairs in the older part of Canberra Centre. Upstairs from Thomas Cook travel (?) at the top of the escalators. I used to go there irregularly when I was working in a building adjacent to Canberra Centre some years ago, but it is pretty much embedded into the shopping centre. Not a good option when the weather’s fine; you’re miles from the nearest window even.

but the smokers are miles away too…

qwerky said :

DH and I had a fantastic breakfast at Cafe Prego at Dickson (next to Hudsons)last weekend. Very reasonably priced and delicious; eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheese and onion on Italian bread. This would have to be the best yet so I had to tell you all about it! Perhaps we’re due for another RA breakfast?

Ant was pushing for that one in Reconciliation Place (The Edge, Water’s Edge, something like that?) once the weather got warmer. I was toying with the idea of putting my own hand up to organise something, but couldn’t fix on a date. I’m in town on Saturday 11 October if anyone’s up for then.

Cafe Moda’s upstairs in the older part of Canberra Centre. Upstairs from Thomas Cook travel (?) at the top of the escalators. I used to go there irregularly when I was working in a building adjacent to Canberra Centre some years ago, but it is pretty much embedded into the shopping centre. Not a good option when the weather’s fine; you’re miles from the nearest window even.

[cafe moda – seconded. best breakfast, and the owners understand that there is no way my 3yo will finish a really big milkshake. they have very pleasant staff as well.

Peter@home, Where’s Cafe Moda?

ogrex said :

Another vote for Dobinson’s. The quality can vary greatly on the cooked brekky, but in terms of value and reasonable food it’s always of an acceptable quality. I’m not a veggo but their veggie brekky is great in my opinion. I’ve been told that they’re getting heaters for this winter as well, which should make cold weekend mornings much more tolerable.

Another good place for FOOD but not atmosphere is Cafe Moda upstairs in the Canberra Centre (next to the Pumkin Patch). I think that the brekky food is actually quite good (excellent thick, low-fat beef sausages… containing actual meat!). Unfortunately it’s in the middle of the mall… but not necessarily a bad thing for the winter months.

Thanks for mentioning “As Nature Intended”. We’ll have to check that out.

Babar and Cream do good food, but I always find myself asking “where’s the rest of it?”. I’m not a quantity over quality guy… but sometimes I feel really ripped off.

cafe moda – seconded. best breakfast, and the owners understand that there is no way my 3yo will finish a really big milkshake. they have very pleasant staff as well.

DH and I had a fantastic breakfast at Cafe Prego at Dickson (next to Hudsons)last weekend. Very reasonably priced and delicious; eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheese and onion on Italian bread. This would have to be the best yet so I had to tell you all about it! Perhaps we’re due for another RA breakfast?

I’ve posted another thread about breakfast this Saturday 28 June at 9.30am in the city. If you email me at ACTGadabouts at gmail dot com and tell me your name, I’ll tell you where we’re meeting.

Yeah well I kinda didn’t see that email but I was waiting for the so called “Topic” that was going to be posted closer to the time – I was going to RSVP then – would be my first RA event i’d go to in about 2 years of frequenting this site

Qwerky’s email for Riotact events! ACTGadabouts at gmail dot com

Qwerky said she only got one taker for the breakfast, so I think she kind-of let it die. A shame, it’s a nice idea. If anyone would like to actually do this, then email her at the email addy she posted earlier in the thread (gadabouts something). I’d be up for brekky.

Holden Caulfield said :

I went to Babar in Woden once. I won’t make that mistake again.

Certainly agree with you on that one: very slow service (in a place that was half full), got the coffee order wrong, and cold scrambled eggs!

Cafe Essen I think uses the tiny kitchen behind the counter, but only buy coffee there so don’t care how big the kitchen is.

Holden Caulfield4:15 pm 17 Jun 08

Isn’t Essen’s kitchen right behind their counter?

Gus’ is fantastic for brekki, as is Zucchero in Manuka. Although I love the taste of the food at Essen, I always wonder whether it’s safe to eat… where is their kitchen?!

hellooo??? it’s meant to be this weekend? Saturday to be specific.

So whats happening to this RiotACT breakfast?

Well I have to sya I dont eat out much anymore for breakfast, but the places I have been are My Cafe in Manuka, and Cafe Macciato in the city…. dunno if anyone would rate these as high – but i’ve never really had a problem with the food….

canberracafe.com4:35 pm 04 Jun 08

Ghosts in the machine.

Holden Caulfield3:29 pm 04 Jun 08

That’s because most of us aren’t real.

Demosthenes said :

This was 2 or 3 in the afternoon, was hardly late. They did it a number of times. The smokers outside drive us nuts too, so rude! Smoking should be banned outside in cafe’s as well.

Have you considered counselling for the considerable impact that this cafe has obviously had on you? You have certainly spent a lot of time and emotional energy on the three posts you’ve made on this topic! ‘let it go, let it go’…

As the instigator of this particular thread, I’d like to say thanks to everyone who has contributed. But remember, the thread is called ‘BEST cafes for breakfast’, not ‘The Worst Experiences I’ve ever had in my life was at X cafe and I’ll never go back there again and nor should you!’

Perhaps admin could set up a general discussion thread on cafes and restaurants in Canberra, and people can go hell for leather there. But this thread should be allowed to gracefully bow out; it’s served its purpose, surely!

I’m still mulling over whether or not it’s a good idea to have a RiotAct breakfast; I have had interest from only one person so far…

This was 2 or 3 in the afternoon, was hardly late. They did it a number of times. The smokers outside drive us nuts too, so rude! Smoking should be banned outside in cafe’s as well.

I love Deli Marco, never been kicked out, they know who we are, great staff and I have found neither Hudson’s nor the others in the area to be nearly as good value for money, nor to have nearlyt as good food either. And deli Marco has good coffee. Some places close early, Ever seen the cafe Milk and honey not kicking people out in the afternoon on a Sunday, other cafe’s in the area remain open. But as far as I understand cafe life in Dickson is not late anyways.

Yep, that’s what they did. And I never went back. Not sure if they still do it, but I remember often seeing that cafe next to Hudson’s packed up as early as they could or not open at all while Hudson’s was open. Perhaps because of that I notice that Hudson’s often seems to be busier, and the owners work *hard*, that’s for sure, and are never rude, even when the kitchen was off after 3 or something they apologised with a smile, that makes *all* the difference, rather than a gruff ‘Kithen’s off!’ followed by an impatient stare.

Eirlys said :

Cafe deli Marco in Dickson all the way. Great food, great prices, good coffee and a bowl of hot chocolate!

When you’re at Deli Marco, always ask for\about Nachinda.

Terrific value for money, that man.

Pack up around you? Huh, that’d be Aubergine. Tried to book a late lunch there for a member of a foreign gov’t and retinue, and was advised by person on phone that they closed the kitchen at 2pm. I had visions of them packing up around these people, and arranged the lunch for elsewhere.

Is that the one where they pack up around you at 3 in the afternoon? That was the last time I went there (over a year ago), I felt like I was an inconvenience to them and often see their chairs packed up as what seems to be as early as they can – was some young people there that looked like uni students. We go to Hudsons next door now – those guys work themselves to the bone and make the most awesome salmon eggs benedict and service is always fast and efficient, and they *don’t* pack up around you at 2 or 3 in the afternoon because they have better things to do!

Cafe deli Marco in Dickson all the way. Great food, great prices, good coffee and a bowl of hot chocolate!

Well, I will cross that bridge it the site ever gets that popular 🙂

If you had ads, you probably couldn’t have ads for purveyors of coffee and food!

sepi – No ads. At all: http://adblockplus.org/en/

Requires Firefox.

Re – paid ad space – do you have to accept the spinning and twirling ads.

It is hard to read the page while they spin around. I hope they pay double or something.

[Ed. (jazz) nope, no spinny twisty annoying ads. they annoy us too]

I’ve sent a question to the board admins about that, I’m aware of the grey line 🙂 I just got tired of c*(p coffee, but if it did get big I would consider advertising to offset costs and time, but no it’s not a business at this stage (just an experiment).

Demosthenes said :

I hope I don’t get in trouble for mentioning this in other threads already, but a website has recently been started for precisely this purpose as this kind of thread seems to pop up quite often on RiotACT – http://canberracafe.com/forum. Knock yourself out and please feel free to use the polling feature on the forum.

Be frank and fearless with feedback and suggestions 🙂 It’s still in development stage.

I don’t mind it once or twice particularly as you’re not doing it as a business. Having said that don’t make a habit of it unless you’re willing to take out paid ad space :).

Not sure what happened there, this worked

http://canberracafe.com/forum/

As you can see it’s still under development 🙂

One suggestion – Perhaps a revamp of the site so that is shows something other than:

The page you tried to access does not exist on this server. This page may not exist due to the following reasons:

1. You are the owner of this web site and you have not uploaded (or incorrectly uploaded) your web site. For information on uploading your web site using FTP client software or web design software, click here for FTP Upload Information.

2. The URL that you have entered in your browser is incorrect. Please re-enter the URL and try again.

3. The Link that you clicked on incorrectly points to this page. Please contact the owner of this web site to inform them of this situation.

I hope I don’t get in trouble for mentioning this in other threads already, but a website has recently been started for precisely this purpose as this kind of thread seems to pop up quite often on RiotACT – http://canberracafe.com/forum. Knock yourself out and please feel free to use the polling feature on the forum.

Be frank and fearless with feedback and suggestions 🙂 It’s still in development stage.

Hingo said:

hingo said :

I’d barely call that a cafe, its more of a truck stop with rough hags dishing up slop from a buffet. The coffee sucks ass and the staff create their tips by giving you back incorrect change. I used to work for Unisys across the road and getting ripped off was a daily occurance. When asking for the correct change, I’d often get a nasty response. I’m not a tightarse and I will tip for quality serivices, but last time I checked, this wasn’t the USA and people get paid enough to not need tips. Fucking momo jackasses. There that feels a lot better 🙂

Momo sounds like the place to go if we’re wearing gorilla suits! That description reminds me of a work building cafeteria we used to have, I named it Sweeney Todds and boy that name gained currency fast.

I hope whatever venue Qwerky nominates is having a good day when we come for brekkie. Can you imagine what’ll happen if the service is terrible, the coffee sucks and the food is rubbish? Riotact site will collapse from the weight of furious thumping of keyboards across canberra.

PeraPHon said :

Another one I remembered is Cafe Momo, Thynne St, Bruce. It has a back deck area which is nice for breakfast on a sunny weekend morning. Good service and great coffee. Might be a good one to consider for the inaugural RA breakfast, scheduled for Sat 21 June. Separate thread to follow closer to the time, register your interest with me at ACTGadabouts at gmail dot com if you’d like to know more.

I’d barely call that a cafe, its more of a truck stop with rough hags dishing up slop from a buffet. The coffee sucks ass and the staff create their tips by giving you back incorrect change. I used to work for Unisys across the road and getting ripped off was a daily occurance. When asking for the correct change, I’d often get a nasty response. I’m not a tightarse and I will tip for quality serivices, but last time I checked, this wasn’t the USA and people get paid enough to not need tips. Fucking momo jackasses. There that feels a lot better 🙂

Meconium: Where the hell did you find *that*? ROFLMAO!

I’d suggest it’s possibly borderline NSFW, if only for the strange looks you’d likely receive….

Another vote of “shite” for Zest and the other crap cafe next to it, which I think is called Pizzazz. They’re so inhospitable and disinterested that I hope nobody goes there and they have to shut down. There are clearly enough decent cafes in town that we don’t need any more crap ones.

This is what I think of Pizzazz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3jv2cUgt1M

“(Me): “Just Qytly” …

(Qwerky): I was put off by the totally ridiculous name. It really has to to be the silliest name …”

!!!

Went to Jusqutly at Manuka this morning (Sunday) on recommendation from el and ladette (above). The service was indeed excellent, and it was nice to go somewhere with carpet on the floor, a novelty amongst the noisy cafes with which Canberra abounds. The coffee was excellent. However, my poached eggs were only JUST cooked; the yolks were runny to the point of being completely liquid! I asked for another one on the side, and it was only slightly more cooked. SOs omelette was excellent so he was happy; I’ll be having that next time. The food came SO quickly, and because we didn’t have another coffee each, it wasn’t as leisurely a breakfast as some I’ve had. But it was a lovely little quiet haven amongst the chaos and noise that is now Manuka on a Sunday morning.

Breakfast Ball … I did not mean plastic monkey suits; or even penis gords; it was face masks 🙂

I used to go to carlos when they first opened and they seemed to care … got to the point where one had to book on a weekend morning. That cafe next to Dobinsons does a great ‘big’ breaky for the money.

To think, that when I came back to Oz in 1995 from a country where eating breakfast out is a national heritage pastime, one could [almost] NOT get breakfast in Canberra. Just a few upper star motels … now we have a choice of where NOT to go !

Monkey suits; why not call it a Breakfast ball and wear those little plastic ones…?

Cafe Injoy stacks up for value, location is very “family friendly” so I’d suggest the closer to 9 you are the less noisy it might be.

Now to work through the other recommendations this side of town.

Cafe Momo… I’ve only been there once. I took a day off from my old job in NSW to come down for an interview, and my new boss took me to Momo for a coffee and a chat. Very informal interview process. 🙂

Anyhoo, the coffee tasted of… well, I don’t know what it was, but it sure wasn’t anything even vaguely coffee-like… I now work just around the corner from Momo and I haven’t been back.

Holden Caulfield3:14 pm 30 May 08

I suspect it was a all a bit too much for Chill to open when customers want to go there, haha.

PeraPHon said :

Hi all, I’m a relatively new addition to the ACT – sounds like some great breakfast options here, methinks I’ll have to try some!

The only places I’ve been to for breakfast so far are that cafe/deli on the ground floor of Westfield Belconnen (the one near Coles and Woolworths) and Hello Cafe at the Campbell shops. Big fan of the breakfast at the cafe/deli, really really nice food. Hello Cafe not bad, good serving of bacon and mushrooms, nice sourdough toast.

Hi PeraPhon, welcome to the ACT and thanks for your contribution to what has become an extensive discussion! I’ve been to Hello and it’s not bad. Chill next door used to be open for breakfast on weekends but isn’t now. However I recall the service being somewhat chilly too!

Another one I remembered is Cafe Momo, Thynne St, Bruce. It has a back deck area which is nice for breakfast on a sunny weekend morning. Good service and great coffee. Might be a good one to consider for the inaugural RA breakfast, scheduled for Sat 21 June. Separate thread to follow closer to the time, register your interest with me at ACTGadabouts at gmail dot com if you’d like to know more.

Hi all, I’m a relatively new addition to the ACT – sounds like some great breakfast options here, methinks I’ll have to try some!

The only places I’ve been to for breakfast so far are that cafe/deli on the ground floor of Westfield Belconnen (the one near Coles and Woolworths) and Hello Cafe at the Campbell shops. Big fan of the breakfast at the cafe/deli, really really nice food. Hello Cafe not bad, good serving of bacon and mushrooms, nice sourdough toast.

Holden Caulfield10:26 am 30 May 08

Holden Caulfield said :

Oh qwerky, the Chifley place is called ‘A bit to eat’ and you’re right, it is very good, although I’ve never been for breakfast.

Haha, what a fkning spanner I am! That should read ‘A bite to eat’ … don’t mind me, haha.

Three post nutbag.

(Regarding Carlo’s)

Although I’ve noticed lately that it’s less crowded, so what gives?

Funnily enough, they have an appalling reputation.

We all know that pies are not premium grade mince/ But I still didn’t expect large rubbery chewy bits of horrible things and fatty tubes in my pie. No more for me.

Yuk. I suggest you try a pie from either the Hughes or Yarralumla bakeries. They *do* use proper beef mince. There’s no excuse for offal or any of that other sh!t. I’m sure there’s a few others who use actual meat.

And before I forget:

Bookplate at the National Gallery! On a sunny day, sitting outside and looking across the lake is just marvellous. And another vote for Italian Bakery at Mawson.

(Me): “Just Qytly” I think it’s called in Manuka is fantastic.

(Someone else): Agreed… Good service, yummy quality food and they are quite happy for you to sit back and leisurely enjoy your breakfast.

(Qwerky): I’ll have to try it out, but I was put off by the totally ridiculous name. It really has to to be the silliest name of any cafe I’ve ever come across, and to me didn’t bode well for the food. But I’m happy to be wrong about that!

Yeah, no kidding. I give the place a 9.5 out of 10. They only lose the 0.5 due to the silly name. Really nice food, quality ingredients and proper decent sized serves.

astrojax said :

– why should splitting a bil be such a drama – they are a cafe, they encourage communal engagements, don’t they – why would they expect that only one person will pay?? (and i suspect it wouldn’t stand up in a court – you are only obliged to make fair payment for what goods/service you receive…)

I have it on good authority “no split bills” is totally unsupportable. In one instance as Gus’s I offered them the opportunity to call the police and suddenly they could split the bill. Funny that.

Great thread.

I’ve never understood why Canberra excels in producing so many poor quality cafe/restaurants.

On Topic “Moorish” in Civic was good under its first owner but the last visit was very disappointing.

It’s not overly glamorous, but I’m a big fan of Hudson’s in Dickson.

The Pod at Pialligo’s great, though it requires a bit of a commute to get out there.

Il Covo in Allara Street, Civic is a favourite, though that’s unfortunately not a weekend option.

So… where can we hire 20 gorilla suits?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy4:59 pm 29 May 08

We should arrange a Riotact breakfast event at one of the bad venues, and behave in a disgraceful manner! Turn up in gorilla outfits or something.

Gold. I went to Carlo’s once, and it was shit. Never again.

Crikey said :

Felix the cat I have had the same experience. On Mother’s Day a group of eight went to the café on the corner in Green Square and they said they couldn’t join tables together and would not be able to cater for a table of eight.

So we went next door to Zest and they said the same thing. When we questioned why this condescending waiter kept on saying that he has been in the ‘industry’ for twenty years and that he knew best.

In the end he said we could form a table of eight but we wouldn’t be able to all order at the same time.

As I said in an earlier post – it turned out to be the worst breakfast we had ever had. The food was cold and the staff mixed up three of the orders. The most embarrassing thing was that we had guests from Melbourne with us and they had never heard of any thing so ludicrous.

None of us will return there.

I can understand that would have been annoying and I would have felt the same way about the snooty waiter. However, for a special occasion such as Mother’s Day, and particularly if I’ve got guests from interstate, I’d always make a reservation first. So if I booked for eight people and the cafe said they couldn’t accommodate my group, I’d then know to go somewhere else. It seems ridiculous though because eight isn’t a large group. If we get this RA breakfast off the ground it’ll probably be a lot larger than that! The FIT running group (20 or more people) regularly books to go to cafes for breakfasts after their run/walks on Sat mornings, and we’ve never had a problem like that!

CanberraResident4:47 pm 29 May 08

sepi said :

I knew someone would start going on about what is in pies.

Yes, you did, three times now. #49, #77, #83.

I went to Cream in Civic a couple of weeks ago. That was good. So was Black Pepper at Belconnen. Cafe Injoy at Gold Creek is always a winner.

I knew someone would start going on about what is in pies. We all know that pies are not premium grade mince/ But I still didn’t expect large rubbery chewy bits of horrible things and fatty tubes in my pie. No more for me.

Felix the cat I have had the same experience. On Mother’s Day a group of eight went to the café on the corner in Green Square and they said they couldn’t join tables together and would not be able to cater for a table of eight.

So we went next door to Zest and they said the same thing. When we questioned why this condescending waiter kept on saying that he has been in the ‘industry’ for twenty years and that he knew best.

In the end he said we could form a table of eight but we wouldn’t be able to all order at the same time.

As I said in an earlier post – it turned out to be the worst breakfast we had ever had. The food was cold and the staff mixed up three of the orders. The most embarrassing thing was that we had guests from Melbourne with us and they had never heard of any thing so ludicrous.

None of us will return there.

neanderthalsis3:22 pm 29 May 08

I do the Waters Edge in Parkes for the occasional business breakfast. The breakfast and brunch menu is quite reasnoably priced with a good selection of tasty treats. Also in a fantastic, quiet location.

CanberraResident2:54 pm 29 May 08

A pie with offal … that’s unheard of!

or even here:
http://www.podfood.com.au/ (duh)
Says they don’t split bills in the very small print!

Reckon that’d be a nice lunch spot, I have heard very good things about the food.

Holden Caulfield said :

Does anyone know if Pod at Pialligo does breakfast?

This suggests it does:
http://www.webmenu.com.au/menus/ACT/podfood/menu/1/

Qwerky’s researching venues, so lobby her with your votes!

The dobinsons pie was very questionable. It had bits of offal/intestine type stuff in it that I don’t want to think about too much. It is grossing me out a week later.

No more dobinsons for me.

Holden Caulfield2:25 pm 29 May 08

Oh qwerky, the Chifley place is called ‘A bit to eat’ and you’re right, it is very good, although I’ve never been for breakfast.

Does anyone know if Pod at Pialligo does breakfast?

CanberraResident1:25 pm 29 May 08

Absent Diane said :

Is there anywhere that doesn’t serve chicken abortion – just one place which serves everything but CA? i would gladly go there – that sh*t stinks and shouldn’t be considered a food.

And your sh!t don’t stink?

Honestly Absentminded Diane, I’ve seen some pretty disgusting comments on RA, but you take the cake every time.

Suck eggs to you, oh, and the scrambled eggs I had this morning were first class – free range chooks from the uncle’s farm and all! Mmmmm, beautiful.

Geez, I might even come along to this little breakfast outing (anonymously of course), and let off a few silent but deadly ones, courtesy of them beautiful fresh eggs … mmm, niiiice …

any idea what location this breakfast will be held at?

Absent Diane12:40 pm 29 May 08

Is there anywhere that doesn’t serve chicken abortion – just one place which serves everything but CA? i would gladly go there – that sh*t stinks and shouldn’t be considered a food.

Before this thread dies, Ant and I have been discussing having a RiotAct breakfast. It’s to be held on Sat 21 June at 9.30am (good in between time for those who don’t like to eat too late or too early on a Sat!) I’m going to book for 16-20 people at a venue which I’ll research between now and then (thanks to all your helpful posts!), and I’ll create a separate thread closer to the time. However, if you’d like to register your interest before then, email me at ACTGadabouts at gmail dot com

I have been a big fan of Dobinsons, but last week I got a very questionable pie from there, and now I can never go back 🙁

sepi, did you tell them about it? having been a ‘big fan’, surely they are allowed one slip – or was it that questionable?

and i agree HC – why should splitting a bil be such a drama – they are a cafe, they encourage communal engagements, don’t they – why would they expect that only one person will pay?? (and i suspect it wouldn’t stand up in a court – you are only obliged to make fair payment for what goods/service you receive…)

Holden Caulfield12:08 pm 29 May 08

Why is it so damn hard to split a bill … FFS!

Regarding Carlos’ and The Curse of Riotact, the original topic is here
http://the-riotact.com/?p=2484

sadly, the topic also bears the Curse of Riotact in that it got too long and so it’s one of those where you can’t see the original main post, just the comments.

Judging by how slow the typing is getting with this topic, it’ll soon follow!

MelonHead said :

I used to be fan of Carlos. The food and service were ok. Stopped going about 6 months ago when service and food declined markedly.

Also, I always hated the dozens of “No Split Bills” signs that adorn every vertical surface in the place, and some horizontal surfaces.

Also, now that this multi post thing has reared its ugly head, what is the go? Why is it such a heinous crime? Who was last hanged for this, and when? What did it say on the charge sheet?

Thanks MelonHead, you’re a legend. The vitriol remark certainly doesn’t apply to you.

ant said :

We should arrange a Riotact breakfast event at one of the bad venues, and behave in a disgraceful manner! Turn up in gorilla outfits or something.

Sounds good Ant. After all, most people who post here behave in a disgraceful manner, so why not move it into the public arena? But maybe the people who are most obnoxious here and actually the most charming, kind and amusing in real life – perhaps they just want to let off steam! And the ones who wouldn’t turn up are the ones who would always choose to remain anonymous so they can continue with their vitriol on here and never be identified.

I used to be fan of Carlos. The food and service were ok. Stopped going about 6 months ago when service and food declined markedly.

Also, I always hated the dozens of “No Split Bills” signs that adorn every vertical surface in the place, and some horizontal surfaces.

Also, now that this multi post thing has reared its ugly head, what is the go? Why is it such a heinous crime? Who was last hanged for this, and when? What did it say on the charge sheet?

We should arrange a Riotact breakfast event at one of the bad venues, and behave in a disgraceful manner! Turn up in gorilla outfits or something.

Barbars in teh Canberra Centre will make the service anywhere else seem great!

Holden Caulfield11:31 am 29 May 08

seekay said :

Is there ANYWHERE in Canberra with worse service than Silo?

Give Carlo’s a try.

CanberraResident11:18 am 29 May 08

Publicising your mobile number for all to see, and asking for a ‘ripened date’ on RA, (see #12), rather, err, desperate and entertaining, all rolled into one nice Sunday morning pancake don’t you think? Waiting in anticipation for a delicious jam-filled response from crikey.

Carlos’ bears The Curse of Riotact, apparently. Unless the curse hs been lifted, I think Johnboy is in charge of that.

Something a bit different for a weekend breakfast: The Watersedge! Have a look at the menu:
http://www.outincanberra.com.au/watersedge/menus
Killer location, although getting a bit chilly now.

The Aft at Tuggeranong lake, sit on the balcony in the sun, read the paper and have a nice long , reasonably priced, big breakfast 🙂

Other people post in between mine qwerky, which does not make me a 3 post nutbag.

I leave my proficiency with clicking buttons to video games, not internet forums.

Ah, even better. I can use the actual POST area rather than ‘quote’. Just to annoy Mael-whatever, I’ll do so, who has only one more post to go before he’s also a three post nutbag.

3 post nutbag.

Is there ANYWHERE in Canberra with worse service than Silo?

Holden Caulfield10:35 am 29 May 08

Another so that Mælinar doesn’t feel left out. 😉

Holden Caulfield10:35 am 29 May 08

And one more to make sure qwerky doesn’t feel left out, haha.

Holden Caulfield10:34 am 29 May 08

Special G said :

Holden – mentioning Carlo’s on Riot might get you struck down by the overlords.

Yes, it’s like rain on your wedding day…

Holden Caulfield10:33 am 29 May 08

qwerky said :

Holden Caulfield said :

How come nobody has mentioned Carlo’s?

What’s the deal with Carlos? Apart from the odd man who puts his order pad on your table so he can write down your order, we’ve been going there for years. They make the best hash browns in Canberra! Although I’ve noticed lately that it’s less crowded, so what gives?

Maybe people have cottoned on that the service is crap and takes an age … just a guess.

CanberraResident10:20 am 29 May 08

qwerky, have faith that most rioters don’t take it to heart if you don’t reply to them all

3 post nutbag. Figure out what you are going to say, and say it. The post button at the bottom of the page isn’t a carriage return.

I have been a big fan of Dobinsons, but last week I got a very questionable pie from there, and now I can never go back 🙁

It’s getting harder and harder to grab something hot that is quick and cheap for lunch in civic.

CanberraResident said :

The word “polite” and RiotACT don’t seem to go together too well, and even so, my (just kidding) went on deaf ears with you. What do you want, an inscribed plaque thanking you for your thought-provoking post about breakfasts?

It’s nice that you reply to people, but this isn’t the Ministerials section of a Government Department where every response calls for a response.

Whoa, I think I’ve just ruined another run of 4, 5 or 6 qwerky replies .. SORRY, in 36 point font.

If there was the facility to do so, I’d send you (and many of the other people I’ve replied to) a private message. But RA seems to be sadly lacking in that area, so everyone has to see my apparently inane thankyou’s.

[Ed. (Jazz) trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for disaster. Private messaging is being considered]

Holden Caulfield said :

How come nobody has mentioned Carlo’s?

What’s the deal with Carlos? Apart from the odd man who puts his order pad on your table so he can write down your order, we’ve been going there for years. They make the best hash browns in Canberra! Although I’ve noticed lately that it’s less crowded, so what gives?

CanberraResident9:59 am 29 May 08

The word “polite” and RiotACT don’t seem to go together too well, and even so, my (just kidding) went on deaf ears with you. What do you want, an inscribed plaque thanking you for your thought-provoking post about breakfasts?

It’s nice that you reply to people, but this isn’t the Ministerials section of a Government Department where every response calls for a response.

Whoa, I think I’ve just ruined another run of 4, 5 or 6 qwerky replies .. SORRY, in 36 point font.

Holden Caulfield said :

How come nobody has mentioned Carlo’s?

sepi said :

Botanic gardens might be worth a look. Beautiful location. You have to queue up to order, and the breakfast seems to change styles every now and then. But lovely spot.

Yes, I’ve been there a few times (we even had our wedding reception there!). Not the best breakfast around, but lovely location. I went for lunch the other day and the waitress that brought us our food should have been given Employee of the Month or something; she was cheery and actually looked as if she enjoyed her job!

Ladette said :

el said :

“Just Qytly” I think it’s called in Manuka is fantastic.

Agreed… Good service, yummy quality food and they are quite happy for you to sit back and leisurely enjoy your breakfast.

I’ll have to try it out, but I was put off by the totally ridiculous name. It really has to to be the silliest name of any cafe I’ve ever come across, and to me didn’t bode well for the food. But I’m happy to be wrong about that!

RuffnReady said :

Maybe it’s just because I am not a morning person, but most cafes charge $12-15 for bacon, eggs, tomato and toast that I can do better at home for 1/5 the price. When I eat out I want to pay for something the chef can do that I can’t.

Bah humbug.

lol

In that case, you should try Just a Bite at Chifley shops. Very unusual and different food.

OzChick said :

I have first hand knowledge of what happens in the back kitchen of Dobinson’s, I wouldn’t let my dog eat their food.

jennybel75 said :

If you want something a bit different, then I’d suggest Baker Turko at the Page shops. Fabulous Turkis style omlettes as well as lots of other good Turkish food, coffee and tea. They have very yummy pastries as well and it’s all very reasonably priced. We go there fairly frequently.

Sounds great, thanks for that! I haven’t been to the Page shops for ages so will check that out.

CanberraResident said :

The CRaP Cafe is great with the missus, (P), and I every weekend. I cook, and she prepares the kids for sports.

@@@ Having breakfast with Qwerky could be a challenge, … seven posts in a row?? … 😉 (just kidding)

Isn’t it polite to respond and thank people for an interesting post?

I have first hand knowledge of what happens in the back kitchen of Dobinson’s, I wouldn’t let my dog eat their food.

CanberraResident9:29 am 29 May 08

The CRaP Cafe is great with the missus, (P), and I every weekend. I cook, and she prepares the kids for sports.

@@@ Having breakfast with Qwerky could be a challenge, … seven posts in a row?? … 😉 (just kidding)

If you want something a bit different, then I’d suggest Baker Turko at the Page shops. Fabulous Turkis style omlettes as well as lots of other good Turkish food, coffee and tea. They have very yummy pastries as well and it’s all very reasonably priced. We go there fairly frequently.

el said :

“Just Qytly” I think it’s called in Manuka is fantastic.

Agreed… Good service, yummy quality food and they are quite happy for you to sit back and leisurely enjoy your breakfast.

Cold snakes should not eat shrooms….

I have to give a vote for Tilleys. The mushrooms I had there were AMAZING.

“Just Qytly” I think it’s called in Manuka is fantastic.

Maybe it’s just because I am not a morning person, but most cafes charge $12-15 for bacon, eggs, tomato and toast that I can do better at home for 1/5 the price. When I eat out I want to pay for something the chef can do that I can’t.

Bah humbug.

lol

I used to trawl the cafes in search of the best eggs benedict, many years ago… Gus’s did a fantastic breakky menu but i haven’t been there in a while.

I also used to frequent Tilleys and loved it, their eggs and bacon were beautiful, but again i haven’t been there in years.

Man what’s wrong with me?!?!!! i read what i just wrote and it sounds like i’m an old lady stuck in my house with no friends. The truth is i just used to have a boyfriend who liked to buy me breakfast…. Now i prefer to invite friends over to my place and make them cheesey scrambled eggs and bacon 🙂 mmmmmm

Felix the Cat9:01 pm 28 May 08

I went with a bunch of friends to a cafe in Kingston (can’t recall name of it, the one on the corner in Green Square) on Good Friday and was told that they don’t serve more than groups of 4 (there were 7 of us). Uh…ok…we’ll go to the next one then. “We’ll serve you this time but in future you must make a booking” was told to us at the second cafe. WTF? It’s not like they were packed out (either cafe). Won’t be going back to those Kingston cafes again.

Went to Debacle in Braddon on the weekend and had coffee that could of passed as drain cleaner but the ham, cheese and tomato crossiant was good. Service was slow, took about 15 mins to get a second coffee that was worse than the first.

The Hyatt is the best place for breakfast. Absolutely top-notch, classic hotel breakfast. Don’t eat much the night before … you won’t resist trying to fit too much in.

Tilleys IS a greasefest! Their breakfasts are overpriced.

And Carlos – please, by all means, go there. You will only do so once.

Saw a kookaburra steal someones steak there one day when In was working for ANCA.

Bloody funny…

Botanic gardens might be worth a look. Beautiful location. You have to queue up to order, and the breakfast seems to change styles every now and then. But lovely spot.

Holden – mentioning Carlo’s on Riot might get you struck down by the overlords.

I went to Lido at Belco Mall the other day and got more food than I could eat, good coffee and service for a good price.

kean van choc7:08 pm 28 May 08

Zucchero in Manuka used to be a little gem – fine coffee and great baked eegs with spinach – it was a cut above the usual Manuka fare. It still may be but I haven’t been for awhile.

Holden Caulfield7:04 pm 28 May 08

I’ve only been to Cafe Moda once and I didn’t like it at all. Maybe you’re right, the location isn’t too conducive to a lazy breakfast. But the time I ate there, which was a long time ago I admit, the food and presentation wasn’t much better than I used to get at boarding school, haha. It was bloody cheap though.

I generally like poached eggs and bacon when I go out for breakfast, not the most adventurous I know, but it is surprising how hard it is to find a place that poaches eggs just right.

I know these suggestions won’t be the most popular, but I find Gus’ and Tilley’s are the best for bacon and eggs. For me, Gus’ is like an old comfy chair that you love going back to. They usually have pretty good specials as well. Couldn’t get into Gus’ the other day so went to Cafe Essen and they had the best home made baked beans I’ve tasted.

I went to Babar in Woden once. I won’t make that mistake again.

Another vote for Dobinson’s. The quality can vary greatly on the cooked brekky, but in terms of value and reasonable food it’s always of an acceptable quality. I’m not a veggo but their veggie brekky is great in my opinion. I’ve been told that they’re getting heaters for this winter as well, which should make cold weekend mornings much more tolerable.

Another good place for FOOD but not atmosphere is Cafe Moda upstairs in the Canberra Centre (next to the Pumkin Patch). I think that the brekky food is actually quite good (excellent thick, low-fat beef sausages… containing actual meat!). Unfortunately it’s in the middle of the mall… but not necessarily a bad thing for the winter months.

Thanks for mentioning “As Nature Intended”. We’ll have to check that out.

Babar and Cream do good food, but I always find myself asking “where’s the rest of it?”. I’m not a quantity over quality guy… but sometimes I feel really ripped off.

A new place – and I wouldn’t normally go to such a commy, vego, pinko, hippie type of place but it is sensational….

“As Nature Intended” on the corner of Marcus Clarke St and Edinburgh St City West.

http://www.asnatureintended.com.au

Lido cafe in Belconen shops.
Injoy Cafe in Gold Creek
Cream does some pretty good blueberry waffles and some very dangerous pancakes!
Black Pepper in Belconnen isn’t too bad either.

silo rocks – would add it to a winter lunch cafe list, too. especially when they have their cassoulet on the menu – to die for!

good brekkies are hard to find, i rekkun. tossolini’s used to do ok – and i’ll second (or fifth, or wherever we’re up to) dobinson’s. choice of the bacon eggs sausage etc or a pie or a chocolate macadamia tart. wicked!

Holden Caulfield4:40 pm 28 May 08

How come nobody has mentioned Carlo’s?

fearless frank4:35 pm 28 May 08

definitely silo – the only tragedy is that they are closed sundays and mondays (last I checked)

Mr_Shab said :

Gahh! Tilleys! It’s rubbish! Go waste your money somewhere else.

I have an odd recommendation. I can heartily recommend the new Turkish Pide House cafe in Jamison shops (yep – they do brekkie). They do absolutely smashing scrambled eggs with turkish sausage, parsley and paprika; and some extremely nice Turkish pastries; not to mention a pretty good coffee. Also, you get a cute little glass of tea and a turkish delight afterwards. I cannot described the restorative powers of such a mix. Also – it’s dirt cheap.

That sounds interesting, I’ll keep that one in mind! And there’s also Ricardos at Jamison – if you haven’t tried it yet, get along. Good food and service, plenty of seating, light and airy. They don’t take cards though, so cash up first.

skaboy12 said :

You can’t go wrong with brekky at the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan. Its on the main street and everyone should eat there at least once in thier life.

I think I’ve had that one experience then, because I’d never go back. VERY expensive, very ordinary breakfast, and too many chips! (in fact, any chips for breakfast is too many).

Skidbladnir said :

Cafe Diakonia at Scullin Shops.

They do breakfats, they do four different varieties of coffee in all manner of forms, the menu isn’t astoundingly priced, and the coffee is well-priced, and there’s an art gallery off the main eating area that lets local artists & groups hang things.

One of the owners also strips back and rebuilds motorbikes in his spare time, by the look of things.
Breakfast, coffee, culture, and engines.

Who needs more on a weekend morning?

Now, there’s one I hadn’t heard of. I’ll definitely have to check that one out, thanks!

OzChick said :

I’d rate the Silo Bakery in Kingston, they do really good breakfast.

http://www.silobakery.com.au/

Yes they do, if you’re prepared to get there at 7am in order to get a seat! LOL

shiny flu said :

Another vote for Tilley’s. The only thing is to get there earlier than 10am. A full breakfast (they also do a great veggie breakfast) and coffee is a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. It’s not for those wanting a grease festival in their tummys. The atmosphere and great food make it worth the splurge once in a while.

Flatheads Cafe in Turner do a cheaper grease monkey breakfast if you’re into that.

It’s funny – we have the same rule about Tilleys; won’t order breakfast there after 9.30am on a weekend. And it was at Tilleys several years ago that I had zucchini for breakfast for the first time; now I cook it for myself occasionally at home!

pug206gti said :

Belgian Beer Cafe, would you believe? No beer for breakfast (that we ordered last week anwyay) but a pretty good spread otherwise including a dark european sourdour bread.

There’s an Italian bakery in Mawson beside the OzTurk or whatever it is that is pretty cheap and cheerful.

And in the end Dobinsons in Civic is great too.

Ah Dobinsons, can’t beat it; I’m there occasionally during the week. Their pies and quiches are delicious and coffee is lovely! And the Italian place next door is great too and less crowded. Not so keen on the Italian bakery in Mawson..but thanks! ))

Crikey said :

A group of us have brekkie out on most weekends. We like to try different places.

Pizzazz at Kingston is our favourite. Caphs, Manuka is pretty good too as is 2602 at the Ainslie Shops and the Aft Cafe, on the lake at Tuggeranong.

While Zest, at Kingston, is a shocker.

Thanks Crikey. Are you asking me and SO to join your group for breakfast? If so, we accept – it’d be nice to meet some ‘new’ people! 0411 952 598. And we can repay you by asking you to join us and our (very occasional) group of friends. But if you go out more regularly, that sounds like fun! I like the sound of Pizzazz, will definitely check it out. I’ve never thought about 2602 for brekky, I thought it was just a lunch place! Will have to give it a go. Went to Aft years ago when I lived in Tuggers. Beautiful setting.

Another vote for Tilley’s. The only thing is to get there earlier than 10am. A full breakfast (they also do a great veggie breakfast) and coffee is a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it. It’s not for those wanting a grease festival in their tummys. The atmosphere and great food make it worth the splurge once in a while.

Flatheads Cafe in Turner do a cheaper grease monkey breakfast if you’re into that.

Belgian Beer Cafe, would you believe? No beer for breakfast (that we ordered last week anwyay) but a pretty good spread otherwise including a dark european sourdour bread.

There’s an Italian bakery in Mawson beside the OzTurk or whatever it is that is pretty cheap and cheerful.

And in the end Dobinsons in Civic is great too.

Gahh! Tilleys! It’s rubbish! Go waste your money somewhere else.

I have an odd recommendation. I can heartily recommend the new Turkish Pide House cafe in Jamison shops (yep – they do brekkie). They do absolutely smashing scrambled eggs with turkish sausage, parsley and paprika; and some extremely nice Turkish pastries; not to mention a pretty good coffee. Also, you get a cute little glass of tea and a turkish delight afterwards. I cannot described the restorative powers of such a mix. Also – it’s dirt cheap.

Loquaciousness3:45 pm 28 May 08

skaboy12 said :

You can’t go wrong with brekky at the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan. Its on the main street and everyone should eat there at least once in thier life.

I last went to the Central Caff about two years ago. Have they stopped choosing quantity over quality yet?

Loquaciousness3:41 pm 28 May 08

Can’t beat Tilley’s (if you can get a seat) … if only for the sourdough toast.

A group of us have brekkie out on most weekends. We like to try different places.

Pizzazz at Kingston is our favourite. Caphs, Manuka is pretty good too as is 2602 at the Ainslie Shops and the Aft Cafe, on the lake at Tuggeranong.

While Zest, at Kingston, is a shocker.

I find foot traffic is not necessarily a good thing in Canberra because they can become lazy and produce bad coffee and poor service (especially gen y’s!). Off the beaten track is often good.

You can’t go wrong with brekky at the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan. Its on the main street and everyone should eat there at least once in thier life.

Cafe Diakonia at Scullin Shops.

They do breakfats, they do four different varieties of coffee in all manner of forms, the menu isn’t astoundingly priced, and the coffee is well-priced, and there’s an art gallery off the main eating area that lets local artists & groups hang things.

One of the owners also strips back and rebuilds motorbikes in his spare time, by the look of things.
Breakfast, coffee, culture, and engines.

Who needs more on a weekend morning?

I’d rate the Silo Bakery in Kingston, they do really good breakfast.

http://www.silobakery.com.au/

There’s a good one out at Federation Square along the Barton Highway.

great breakfast.

Pity i can’t remember the name of the place…

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