I love the way that Canberra has distinct neighbourhood business districts—there’s a sense that everyone has a little section of shops nearby and their own local cafés and bars. But often we only know our closest ones best. Why not take the time to explore a part of the city you don’t often get to?
This week for Best of Canberra, I’m on the hunt for your favourite strip of cafés or restaurants in Canberra. By this, I mean that area where you arrange to meet your friends, as you can be certain to find something that will suit once you’re there. These are the spots you keep coming back to, as you found a great place to try last time you were there.
An obvious example is Lonsdale Street in Braddon (pictured above). There you’ll find a whole array of great coffee shops and lunching, brunching, drinking, dining places and take-aways. It’s all right there. But Lonsdale Street is not the only option — on the south side of the bridge you have the Kingston Foreshore, lined with restaurants and coffee shops, all looking over the lake.
These are the go-tos, the ones the tourists know about. But where else do you like to go? The Manuka precinct? Woolley St in Dickson? O’Connor shops? Tell us which strip you think has the best collection of cafés and bars; the clusters of goodness that are worth returning to again and again. This weekend, I’ll test out the most recommended streets and get back to you on which café strip is the best in Canberra.