Where is the best cafe in Canberra now?

Coffeedrinker 5 January 2012 62

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batmantrilogy batmantrilogy 9:40 pm 05 Nov 15

Hi Coffeedrinker,

If you love a good cafe you certainly need to check out http://www.wheatandoats.com.au who are in Philip.

Good good and good coffee.

patrick_keogh patrick_keogh 6:03 pm 22 Jan 12

Lonsdale Street Roasters… triumph of style over substance.

I-filed I-filed 5:24 pm 22 Jan 12

Solidarity said :

Tried Lonsdale St Roasters on the recommendations of this thread.

It was OK, but nothing special.

What the hell is with all the bike people? Some dude rocked up in a Subaru Forester, got his bike off the back, put it in the bike rack, ordered a coffee, picked up his bike from the rack and put it back on the car?

So yeah won’t be returning. Service was slow and the place is way too packed full of pretentious wankers.

The business owners can’t help it if their clientele are insecure and put on attitude as armour. The folk behind the counter are friendly, and the coffee is good … milk crates out the front is too wannabe Mario’s at Darlinghurst. You have to be from Napoli circa 1930 to get away with that.

emmsy77 emmsy77 12:37 pm 22 Jan 12

-1 A Bite to Eat Terrible Service Terrible Attitude Terrible experience

Saatchi Saatchi 10:04 am 15 Jan 12

Had a mean flat white at Bitter Sweet in Kingston yesterday. Great coffee, friendly welcoming staff.

creative_canberran creative_canberran 4:35 pm 12 Jan 12

Felix the Cat said :

Probably not this one lol http://the-riotact.com/local-cafe-owner-can%e2%80%99t-handle-the-heat/59999

I like the coffee at Roasters but not the food but that’s probably just my fussy eating habits

I’m a roasters fan, but their menu is a bit whack.

sien said :

I work in Woden and would have to say that Urban Bean is a godsend. Fine coffee and good staff.

+1 for that, only a short walk from the plaza and well worth it. Was chatting to the owner not long ago and he takes a lot of pride in having staff who care about coffee and investing in decent equipment.

Funny thing is like Roasters, their menu has never impressed me. Every breakfast option is served on a roll. Not sure why the places with the best coffee struggle with the food side of things?

twinmill twinmill 3:01 pm 12 Jan 12

The best will always be subjective. I like Kingston Grind, essen next to gus’s is good, the one at the back of canberra house opp west row is great. The most entertaining I have EVER been to is Hansel and Gretel in Phillip, worth a trip to see them in operation, NEVER get coffee there. Koko is for hot chocolate that will kill you if you get adicted!!

Dacquiri Dacquiri 12:26 pm 12 Jan 12

Yes, Deeks for their coffee. But I also endorse the earlier comment re The Glass House cafe at Industry House in Civic — my experience, exactly! I miss the cafe more than the job. Appreciated that Glass House was also clever enough to sell mini-muffins for the weight-conscious and price-conscious.

Mumbucks Mumbucks 11:02 pm 10 Jan 12

Deeks

mcmc mcmc 10:51 pm 10 Jan 12

+1 for Urban Pantry in Manuka… it was full the other day however so I went across the grass to Zucchero’s and they produced an excellent caesar salad!

Rho_89 Rho_89 12:57 pm 10 Jan 12

The Red Brick Cafe (new cafe in Curtin) is brilliant. Always good coffee, great service.

PantsMan PantsMan 12:40 pm 10 Jan 12

Silo?

Diggety Diggety 12:24 pm 10 Jan 12

Short black served in two minutes or less, otherwise do not call yourself a cafe.

Watson Watson 11:38 am 10 Jan 12

frannjipani said :

Agree Ona in Fyshwick has the best coffee – they make a real long black! And their food is good and so reasonably priced. Is it the same guys at Ona in Manuka?

That long black comment makes me want to drive the 15km to try it! I drink my coffee black without sugar so most of the espressos served in cafes are simply undrinkable to me.

TabbyMcTat TabbyMcTat 11:27 am 10 Jan 12

I should add – food is good and varied, service is good, better than the neighbouring cafes, but like the rest of Canberra, can be variable, especially when they’re busy.

TabbyMcTat TabbyMcTat 11:25 am 10 Jan 12

If you work in Woden, I think Urban Bean is the best. It gets busy, and I usually have an extra wait because as a *ahem* soy drinker, I think they wait to batch the soy coffees. But it’s worth it. I’ve never bought into coffee wankery, but it was after drinking their coffee that I realised what a huge difference there can be in quality, and that some coffee is very, very good.

poetix poetix 10:45 am 10 Jan 12

Solidarity said :

Tried Lonsdale St Roasters on the recommendations of this thread.

It was OK, but nothing special.

What the hell is with all the bike people? Some dude rocked up in a Subaru Forester, got his bike off the back, put it in the bike rack, ordered a coffee, picked up his bike from the rack and put it back on the car?

So yeah won’t be returning. Service was slow and the place is way too packed full of pretentious wankers.

Did he give his bike a little bowl of water?

BelcoMan BelcoMan 10:06 am 10 Jan 12

I know it’s no Woden but Ona in Fyshwick is worth the drive from any part of town

powerpuffpete powerpuffpete 9:48 am 10 Jan 12

Solidarity said :

Tried Lonsdale St Roasters on the recommendations of this thread.

It was OK, but nothing special.

What the hell is with all the bike people? Some dude rocked up in a Subaru Forester, got his bike off the back, put it in the bike rack, ordered a coffee, picked up his bike from the rack and put it back on the car?

So yeah won’t be returning. Service was slow and the place is way too packed full of pretentious wankers.

I mainly go for the coffee (the food menu doesn’t offer much). Not sure what the go is with the bike culture. I think the owner is a bit of a committed bike rider type…
Personally, on every occassion I have been I have been very happy with the service. It gets busy and sometimes you have to wait about 5 – 10 minutes for coffee but they have two machines and they bang em out pretty quickly. The busy-ness is what slows the delivery down. I think it’s worth the wait (because of the taste of the coffee), but fair enough if you don’t.

Solidarity Solidarity 9:38 am 10 Jan 12

Tried Lonsdale St Roasters on the recommendations of this thread.

It was OK, but nothing special.

What the hell is with all the bike people? Some dude rocked up in a Subaru Forester, got his bike off the back, put it in the bike rack, ordered a coffee, picked up his bike from the rack and put it back on the car?

So yeah won’t be returning. Service was slow and the place is way too packed full of pretentious wankers.

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