14 April 2022

What's open on Good Friday in Canberra? We've got you sorted

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Martini with chocolate rim and cross shape on top

Wakefield’s Hot Cross Espresso Martini is a grown-up drink that might see you licking the chocolate off the glass. Photo: Supplied.

Want to be out and about on Good Friday but not sure where to go or what’s open?

Here’s a quick guide for some of the cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, attractions and entertainment operating this Friday 15 April.

Cafes and restaurants

  • Wakefield’s Bar and Wine in Ainslie open from 5:30 pm – late (2 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie)
  • The Pearl in the city open from 12 pm – late (1 Genge St, Canberra)
  • Fricken in Braddon open from 12 pm – late (10 Lonsdale St, Braddon)
  • Patissez at Manuka Shopping Precinct open all day from 7:30 am (21 Bougainville St, Griffith)
  • Bar Beirut in Garema Place open from 5 pm – late (25 Garema Pl, Canberra)
  • Helix Bar and Dining at Vibe Hotel open from 6:30 am – late (1 Rogan St, Canberra)
  • Queenies in Kingston open from 12 pm – late (26 Giles St, Kingston )
  • Akiba in Civic open from 11:30 am (40 Bunda Street, Civic)
  • Hopscotch in Braddon open from 12 pm (5 Lonsdale St, Braddon)
  • Joe’s Bar in Kingston open from 5:30 pm – late (69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston)
  • Walt and Burley in Kingston open from 12 pm (70/17 Eastlakes Parade, Kingston)
  • Bittersweet in Kingston open from 8 am (Cusack Centre, 27 Eyre St, Kingston)
  • Meating Room in Weston Creek open from 4 pm (45 Liardet Street, Weston Creek)
  • Monster Kitchen and Bar in NewActon open from 6 pm-late (25 Edinburgh Ave, NewActon)
  • Ostani Bar and Restaurant in Barton open from 12 pm (Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton)
  • Public in Manuka open from 11 am – late (Flinders Way and Franklin Street, Manuka)
  • The Duxton in O’Connor open from 12 pm – late (Macpherson St, O’Connor)
  • BlackBird Bar in Civic open from 6 pm – late (Sydney Building, 114 Alinga St, Canberra)
  • Loquita Taqueria in Garema Place open from 4 pm – late (17 Garema Pl, Canberra ACT)
  • Parlour in Acton open from 4 pm – late (16 Kendall Ln, Acton)

Shopping centres

As we all know, most of the large supermarkets and shopping centres are closed on Good Friday, but there’s no need to fear; your local IGA is here to provide you with all your last-minute Easter needs.

  • IGA Deakin, 9 am – 7 pm
  • IGA Lyneham, 9 am – 7 pm
  • IGA Campbell, 9 am – 7 pm
  • IGA Yarralumla, 8 am – 7 pm
  • IGA Ainslie, 8 am – 8 pm
  • IGA Banks, 7:30 am – 6 pm
  • IGA Gordon, 7 am – 8:30 pm
  • IGA Drakeford, 7:30 am – 8 pm
  • IGA Karabar, 8 am – 8 pm

Attractions, entertainment and other

If you’re after something fun and adventurous to get you out of the house on Good Friday, look no further.

hot air balloons over the lake

Come and explore Canberra from new heights in a hot air balloon experience. Photo: Supplied.

Hot Air Ballooning

Autumn is the perfect time to drift over Canberra in a hot air balloon and take in all the fantastic sights and scenic views of the nation’s capital from up high. The weather is forecasted to be sunny, too. What more could you want?

people on an electric boat

Enjoy a GoBoat experience on the lake. Photo: Lean Timms.

Electric Picnic Boat Rental

Another way to soak up the sun and warm weather this Good Friday is from the water. Don the skipper’s cap, grab a picnic and your nearest and dearest and sail across Lake Burley Griffin in your own (beginner-friendly) electric boat.


The Meet a Cheetah program is a popular experience at the National Zoo. Photo: Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo

Head to the National Zoo and Aquarium for an experience you’ll never forget. Get up close and personal with a cheetah from $195 per person and see the zoo’s abundance of other fascinating and loveable animals.

people picnicing

Discover Canberra’s inner-city street art, small businesses and delicious treats this Friday on a mystery picnic adventure. Photo: Supplied.

Mystery Picnic in Canberra

Bring an empty basket and your loved ones along for an adventure across NewActon Civic and Braddon. Solve clues that’ll lead you on a self-guided journey from one quirky small business to another and, ultimately, to a mystery picnic spot with your basket full of delicious goodies.

pouring wine

Taste up to eight wines with matched food elements just 30 km out of Canberra. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Do you want your own getaway for you and your partner this Friday? Escape to the countryside to indulge in a wine-tasting and a three-course lunch made with locally-sourced products. This event takes you 30 km out of Canberra and costs $270 per couple.

family at cinema

Catch a new flick at Hoyts or Limelight Cinemas this Friday. Photo: RgStudio.


Canberra’s Hoyts Cinema in Belconnen and Woden and Limelight Cinemas in Tuggeranong remain open with movie sessions playing day and night.

Do you know of any other places we might have missed that are open this Easter long weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Gail D Gillin11:51 pm 14 Apr 22

Restaurants also open.
In city:
– Yumcha @ CBD, 32 West Row Canberra ph 0412 228 871
In Kippax Holt:
Chinese Inn Hardwicke Cres near Library. 02 6254 8449

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