Preparations started earlier this month on more apartments in Braddon’s increasingly popular Lonsdale Street.
Braddon is constantly changing and steadily erasing its industrial past. For a few months in late 2014, it became a bit of a revolving door as temporary pop-up galleries moved in, as well as a bar converted from a mechanic’s workshop.
These have now disappeared as a row of buildings on the Haig Park end of Lonsdale Street is prepared to be demolished to make way for more apartments.
In the past six months, there have been huge changes in Braddon. New restaurants and cafes are popping up every few weeks; bold apartments complete with artwork and hanging gardens have been constructed; and street food stalls have emerged on the old Beaurepaires site. Canberrans are spoilt for choice in this area with all sorts of food and drink offerings for a range of budgets.
Braddon is becoming a place that meets all sorts of tastes and interests during the day and night from the cyclists that frequent Autolyse of a morning; couples and families enjoying the sun outside Lonsdale Street Roasters on the weekend, and the groups of people with their lively chatter out the front of Hopscotch on a Sunday afternoon.
It’s also becoming quite the spot for fine dining experiences with four of Braddon’s restaurants making Good Food’s list of Canberra’s top 20 restaurants in 2014.
The opening of Hopscotch and Bentspoke appear very much welcome additions with queues to get in a common occurrence on Friday or Saturday nights – and Knightsbridge also has a dedicated following with barely room to move come midnight on a Saturday.
It’s hard to keep up with all the changes in Braddon, and I walk through the suburb every day.
Here’s a selection of some of the newest offerings in Braddon as well as those who have recently added to their menu or entertainment.
Eighty-twenty Food and Drink
This place has been around since mid last year as a popular breakfast and lunch venue but has just opened its doors for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. I haven’t tried the dinner menu, but this is one of my top brunch places in Canberra. The dukkah spiced eggs are my favourite.
The nearby Mood Food and Co which also opened last year is also a popular breakfast spot. I’ve only been their once but initial observations was that their service is great and the omelettes are huge and great value.
Taking up a small nook on Lonsdale Street is Farmers Daughter – another breakfast and brunch joint which opened in December.
If you haven’t tried this place yet, put it on your to do list. Great for a beer or cider and their burgers are filling and tasty. And the staff are really nice as an added plus. Ideal for after work drinks or a weekend session.
This one is described as a paleo café positioned in the Ori building. It will be interesting to see the menu served up when it opens. I’d heard it was due to open in January but looks like it might be a few more weeks away.
Mr Frugii Dessert Laboratory
There’s been a bit of hype surrounding the opening of Frugii Dessert Laboratory – and they even exhausted their supply of desserts during their opening week. They take up a small space within the Ori Apartments complex next to some of the former Lonsdale Street Traders clothing stores offering ice cream and other sweet delights.
The Hamlet offers a range of street food vans including BrodDogs for hotdogs, Nookie Expresso Bar for coffee, Mr Papa for Peruvian street food such as empanadas, The Brauthaus for German style sausages and the Spit Shack for delicious lamb or pork rolls. This has a good atmosphere going for it on a sunny weekend. It’s a great option for lunch or dinner on the run with many offerings under $10.
Hopscotch looks to have become a Braddon favourite particularly on weekends. They are now hosting bingo nights with the next one on February 10. Book a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Fire & Les Bistronomes
Both these restaurants are fairly new to Braddon, appearing late last year. Black Fire offers Spanish and Italian dishes, while Les Bistronomes serves up a French menu. Both of these restaurants were rated among Good Food’s Canberra’s top 20 restaurants last year.
What are your favourite spots in Braddon?