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Best of Canberra Callout: Café strips

By Olivia_Congdon - 20 June 2016 5

Lonsdale Street

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Best of Canberra Callout: Café strips
JessP 1:03 pm 22 Jun 16

Leon said :

Some reasonable eateries along Gartside Street, Wanniassa but many potential customers don’t go there because of the woefully inadequate parking – its a dangerous place to visit at times.

Sounds like Charnwood.

I think that would be true of most of the café strips in Canberra.

madelini 11:06 am 21 Jun 16

Kennedy Street in Kingston – there’s a few blank spots, but for brunch/coffee there’s Me & Mrs Jones, Penny University and Two For Joy (plus Cisco’s for dinner, among others). Definitely some of my favourite places in Canberra!

JC 9:24 pm 20 Jun 16

Leon said :

Some reasonable eateries along Gartside Street, Wanniassa but many potential customers don’t go there because of the woefully inadequate parking – its a dangerous place to visit at times.

Sounds like Charnwood.

rommeldog56 7:28 pm 20 Jun 16

Some reasonable eateries along Gartside Street, Wanniassa but many potential customers don’t go there because of the woefully inadequate parking – its a dangerous place to visit at times.

Genie 5:02 pm 20 Jun 16

My preference is usually Lonsdale Street with a trip to the Hamlet and then off to Frugii for some dessert. It’s affordable and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (usually less than $30 per person for a meal, drink and dessert)

However I’ll note another affordable option I enjoy is at Belconnen Mall. Pick a dining option on Lathlain Street (or even down by the lake on Emu Bank) and head off to either Max Brenner, Yoghurtland, Goodberries or Cold Rock for some dessert, all within reasonable walking distance.

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