Dickson: Canberra’s ultimate foodie destination

Sophia Brady 21 August 2020 9

Old favourite, Dickson Asian Noodle House still serving up steaming bowls of delicious soup. Photo: Sophia Brady

Flanked by busy Northbourne, Limestone and Majura Avenue, Dickson has always been a bustling hub. As one of Canberra’s earliest suburbs, it has also long held the reputation of having an exciting multicultural dining precinct.

Even though the town centre is looking different these days with new construction and the addition of the light rail, its reputation as Canberra’s long-held go-to place for a good meal is intact.

With old favourite, Dickson Asian Noodle House still serving up steaming bowls of delicious soup coupled with innovators Highroad by ONA coffee and an outdoor food hall featuring street food vendor Brodburger, Dickson proves it is still the ultimate foodie destination.

Food Map

If you have not visited Dickson for a while, a good place to start is at the Woolley Street Project, Food Map. Photo: Supplied.

If you have not visited Dickson for a while, a good place to start is at the Woolley Street Project Food Map.

In October last year the Woolley Street Project, an initiative of the City Renewal Authority, mapped out the restaurants, cafes and eateries in the area to help people navigate their way through the flavours of Dickson. The project identified 12 different cultural cuisine groups across the Woolley Street, Cape Street and Challis Street area – a total of 47 different spots to grab a bite to eat.

Region Media spoke to Todd Wright, a local who has taken on the challenge of visiting all 47 places to find his top picks.

“I took the challenge on to visit all 47 places on the map and can confirm I’ve only got 2 spots left on the list to ‘collect the set’. Okay, I have had a 10-year head start. Some places have even changed owners and opened since the map was installed and I have managed to keep up the pace.”

Here are Todd’s Top 10 Food Map picks:

Trevs @ Dickson

Stop in for dinner and order the seasonal Truffle Pizza followed by a deconstructed truffle cheesecake.

Deconstructed truffle cheesecake

Try a seasonal deconstructed truffle cheesecake at Trevs. Photo: Supplied.

Super Bao

A place to order and try a few dishes including the cracking Pork Bao, Lobster Spring Rolls, Zucchini chips and a Moonsen Beer.

READ MORE: Super Bao at Dickson: Big flavours in a small bite

Pho Quoc

A classic Rare Beef and beef flank Pho with fresh chilli.

My Rainbow Dreams

A great vegetarian lunchtime option is the Marinated Tofu Burger (not strictly on the Food Map but you have also got Au Lac and Utopias).

Good Brother

Fill your belly at lunch with either the Roasted Pork Belly Burger or the Signature Reuben sandwich.

Roasted Pork Belly Burger

Fill your belly at lunch with the Roasted Pork Belly Burger at Good Brother. Photo: Supplied.


An amazing breakfast option is the Smashed Avo with Vegemite Ricotta and poached eggs with a hitman black coffee.

Dickson Asian Noodle House

You can’t go past their famous Jumbo Laksa (1/2 size).

Taj Agra

Another great filling dinner option is the Chicken Curry Lahori and the Garlic Naan.

Tak Kee Roast Inn

Combination Gow Gee with Noodles in Soup with a Tsingtao Beer.

The Canberra Wine House

Post dinner, try a local red wine from Lake George Winery or Shaw Wines and a cheese platter.


Lots of local drops to try at The Canberra Wine House. Photo: Sophia Brady.

If you want to take on your own Food Map challenge, and race Todd to try all 47 places first, you can find the map at both ends of Woolley Street at Dickson.

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9 Responses to Dickson: Canberra’s ultimate foodie destination
Oh my God Oh my God 9:36 am 22 Aug 20

I go to Dickson when I want to eat Asian food

Beverlee Rhys Beverlee Rhys 12:07 pm 21 Aug 20

Yeah nah. I wish it was all fabulous, but it's gone down hill. It's almost like most of the vendors know it's a hub, so don't make an effort.

The fish shop that was fab is long gone. Elaine's pies are now awful. The Chinese place upstairs ... down hill .. I really wish for someone to provide "awesome".

Xuan Le Xuan Le 4:41 pm 20 Aug 20

Felling like to have a bow of this right now 😂

Shane Westmore Shane Westmore 2:54 pm 20 Aug 20

heh... i went to uni with Todd... that map is v.small, is there a list of these 47 places? i reckon i've done somewhere between 7 & 10... Asian Noodle House & Dumpling House go alright for mine

Margaret Tuckwell Margaret Tuckwell 9:22 am 20 Aug 20

Always a great area to meet friends for food. Especially Trevs@Dickson, food superb.

thewatcher1 thewatcher1 3:49 am 20 Aug 20

Dickson is an embarrassment and boasts nothing with its ‘food scene’. All that Canberra is good for, is putting an expensive figure next to an average to below average dish because people won’t complain about how bad their meal was, or how they received a pre-frozen curry microwaved and ready to be served. Let’s change that Dickson.

    rossau rossau 5:10 pm 20 Aug 20

    Bravo! Are people travelling less or just settling for less close to home?
    I wouldn’t have gone quite so far as to call it an embarrassment but I’m not sad that you did.

Suren Chandrasivam Suren Chandrasivam 4:05 pm 19 Aug 20

The East Kitchen is one best malay/Chinese restaurant in dickson. Doesn’t look like much outside, but food is awesome. Should have made the top 10 easily.

    CanberraBornNBred CanberraBornNBred 10:26 am 20 Aug 20

    +1 It’s by far the best authentic Chinese you can get. Unassuming from the outside, wonderful hospitality inside. Try the silver thread buns; a hidden treasure mmmmmmmmmm

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