Nestled within the beautiful National Library of Australia, BOOKPLATE café offers a warm and inviting indoor dining space which basks in the glow of the Library’s famous Leonard French stained glass windows as well as an outdoor terrace with magnificent panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin.
Not your average tourist café,BOOKPLATE’s food philosophy is a clean and pure journey from paddock & patch to plate. Always on the menu is fresh, regional food and Australian wines.
This iconic and stylish venue will give you front row seats to some of autumn’s best events during the Enlighten Festival.
Switch On – The Launch Party
Friday 2 March
From 6.30 pm
Entry: general public
Enlighten kicks off on the podium of the National Library of Australia with circus performers and live acts. Watch the Enlighten Festival start with a tasty giant pretzel in hand. Don’t worry about the pretzels making you thirsty, BOOKPLATE has you covered with their popular podium bars serving a flurry or refreshments.
Beverages and Bites
Friday 2 and 9 March
6:30 pm to 10 pm
Watching the lights reflect off the lake is made even more enjoyable with a tasty snack and a drink in hand.
Band and BYO noodles
Saturday 3 and 10 March
7:30 pm – 10 pm
Bring your takeaway noodle markets dinner to the Library’s podium and sit and listen to some live music as The Library explodes in a far-out festival of sound, colour, and activity to celebrate 50 swingin’ years since the building opened in 1968. It is set to be an outta-sight party, with the best of local musical talent performing. Dance the night away with Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Moaning Lisa, Tessa Devine, Jack Billman, Massive Sherlock and East Row Rabble.
Breakfast Aloft – Balloon Spectacular
Daily 10 – 18 March
From 7:30 am
The image of balloons launching over Lake Burley Griffin in the early morning is truly one for the postcards of Canberra. Don’t wait for the mail though, see it in person over breakfast at BOOKPLATE.
Serving gourmet brekkie offerings from 7.30 am every morning, you won’t know whether to photograph your food, the view, or both!
Make sure to book online as the café is a popular destination at this time of year and can fill up very quickly. Or, keep it low key and just pop in for a takeaway coffee, then enjoy the balloons as you stroll the lake’s shore.
A Lit up Sky with the Party to Match – Skyfire 30
Saturday 17 March
From 6 pm
Entry: Tickets $86pp + booking fee 18+ only
Over 100,000 people are expected to squeeze their way onto the shores of Lake Burley Griffin and surrounding areas to enjoy the magnificent display that is Skyfire – don’t be one of them!
BOOKPLATE is one of the best Skyfire vantage points in the city and this year they’re letting you leave the crowds behind and enjoy the spectacular show in style.
From 6 pm, you’ll be entertained by local bands playing live from the ‘Grass Stage’ while you kick back in the open air lounge area. The night sky will be lit up and so will your taste buds as you sample curated canapés, prepared by the BOOKPLATE team, and drinks available for purchase.