19 April 2016

Five to try: Cafes in Woden

| Bec Cuzzillo
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One of my favourite things to do is spend a quiet morning in a cafe, sipping on soy caps and maybe nibbling on a pastry or two. With so many good cafes in Canberra, I’ve decided to narrow down this “five to try” cafe list by keeping it to an area – and we’re starting off in Woden.

5. A Bite to Eat, Chifley

A Bite to Eat is one of Woden’s long standing suburban gems. With it’s eclectic retro interior, delicious house made cakes and a reputation for some of the best cafe food in town, A Bite to Eat at the Chifley shops is a local favourite. Whether you’re after weekend brunch, a quick morning coffee and cake, or a beer on Friday afternoon, this place has you covered.

4. Fox and Bow, Farrer

Fox and Bow is a cafe that has been kicking goals since it opened last year. With some of the best milkshakes going round and a killer menu to match, this is a cafe that oozes fun cool vibes. There’s even a basketball hoop in the alley next door for when you’ve had too much sugar. And for those of you on the other side of town, the Fox and Bow milkshakes alone are worth the trip down south – trust me.

Photo credit: @jordan.eliseee

Photo credit: @jordan.eliseee

3. Stand By Me, Lyons

With their record player always spinning classic tunes and their old school counter top, Stand By Me is another Woden cafe going for that eclectic retro feel and winning in every way. Located at the Lyons shops, their menu is great. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you just have to try their french toast. The flavour changes every week, so I can’t tell you what will be on offer, but I can guarantee it’ll be good.

Photo credit: @thefoodavenue

Photo credit: @thefoodavenue

2. Lava, Phillip

Nestled among Phillip’s car dealerships and mechanics is Lava, a cafe that takes it’s coffee seriously. They keep things simple on the food side of things, with classic’s like avo on toast available for breakfast, toasted sandwiches for lunch and a selection of delicious pastries for those who need an afternoon sugar hit with their coffee.

1. Space Kitchen, Phillip

Space Kitchen is a new cafe that has been making big waves on social media when it opened it’s doors last month. If you’re familiar with Ricardo’s Cafe & Patisserie at Jamison, then it should be no surprise that Ricardo’s latest venture, Space Kitchen, has taken off in such a big way. Located on the corner of Worgan and Furzer Street, Space Kitchen is one to try if you’re into fun, inventive, delicious food.

Photo credit: @bronte__m

Photo credit: @bronte__m

So, where’s your favourite cafe in Canberra? Is it in Woden or someplace else?

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Paula Perrett2:08 pm 26 Oct 21

Just had lunch with the kids at Space Kitchen – excellent menu and the food was delicious with great service. Convenient car parking. Watch out for the wicked cakes… irresistible creations. Highly recommend.

batmantrilogy6:15 pm 18 Dec 15

been to bite to eat and had a nice experience with morning desert :p
great place to relax and enjoy the food

I will give SBM another try.

Today I went to Fox and Bow. Again noisy. What is it with poor machinery and rough compressors or exhaust fans, add to the music. However good robust coffee although in small cups as most have gone to nowadays. They are good for the area I suppose as they are having something on this weekend.

I did notice that The Ridge is open Wed-Sat from 3-6.

Zan said :

Stand by Me really really noisy. A Bite to Eat, service very slow.
Haven’t been to the others but I will give them a go and see how noisy they are. Oh for a quiet coffee shop.

Have you been to the outside area past the kitchen? I had a great breakfast there a couple of weeks ago by myself and I found it really peaceful to have an excellent coffee whilst reading the paper. But I also appreciate a certain buzz about a busy/noisy cafe, you want to feel a positive energy from a place and Stand by Me has it by the truckloads.

SBM is a well deserved spot on this list.

Stand by Me really really noisy. A Bite to Eat, service very slow.
Haven’t been to the others but I will give them a go and see how noisy they are. Oh for a quiet coffee shop.

Alexandra Craig9:33 am 17 Nov 15

I love Stand by Me! One of my favourites in Canberra. I had a really, really, really bad experience at Fox and Bow once and despite everyone’s rave reviews, I can’t bring myself to return 🙁

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