By Claire Atteia
September 7, 2020 | 5 minute read
How often are we told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? So today, do yourself a favour and go out for breakfast. Go on, you deserve it.
Here in Canberra, there is a flourishing foodie scene, particularly in the city and surrounding inner suburbs, so you’re bound to find something to delight your taste buds. Whether you live north or south, or are just visiting for a few days, here’s my pick of Canberra’s best breakfast offerings.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Hidden away near the ANU School of Art Gallery, La Baguette is open throughout the week, and now on Saturdays as well. In this little café, you’ll find delights such as home made almond croissants and apricot tarts. And don’t forget to buy one of their turmeric loaves on the way out!
If you’re looking for a touch of France in Canberra, at Breizh Café you’ll find speciality crepes and patisserie from the Brittany region. Run by Bruno and Bronwyn, Breizh it's a wonderful little place filled with charm and atmosphere. Take the kids - they’ll love watching the crepes being made freshly to order.
People come from near and far to meet up with friends for breakfast at Two Before Ten in Aranda. Once the derelict Aranda shops site, now the area is a small and bustling community hub where you can enjoy a quick coffee or a long lazy breakfast. Don’t be surprised if you come home with a bag of coffee either, the Two Before Ten Roasters is right next door.
Situated in leafy Barton, Maple & Clove is all about wholefoods – using fresh produce, it’s all homemade and nutritious. A great range of healthy sweet (!) and savoury breakfast options, grab a seat outside and enjoy the surrounds of the Realm precinct park.
Rye is home to fresh, simple and delicious food and they pour an excellent coffee from Five Senses. It's smack bang in the middle of buzzy Lonsdale Street, so you’ll be perfectly placed to watch the world go by with a great bacon & egg roll in hand.
In the leafy beautiful superb of Campbell, you’ll find Teddy Picker's. There’s a mix of dude food, fancy vegetarian stuff, specialty coffee and a great mix of teas and cold pressed juices. Do yourself a favour and escape the city and head over to Campbell, you may well find yourself with a new weekend favourite.
Consistently rated one of Canberra’s best, a meal at The Cupping Room is designed to take you on a journey of the senses. Menus change seasonally and weekly specials add to your dilemma of choosing something from the menu. An added bonus, The Cupping Room is the home of ONA coffee – so you’re guaranteed a superb cup of coffee.
This is an all-day venue where folks can enjoy contemporary food and drink without venturing into the city. Locals fill the café throughout the week and it’s a place for everyone, whether just for a quick coffee or a leisurely hour or two enjoying one of their amazing breakfasts (served until 2.30pm!).
Now here is a place to unwind and indulge, with great food, in a welcoming and fun atmosphere. Always crowded on a weekend morning, try checking this place out during the week. Check out their pastry cabinet and grab a table outside in the sunshine and just enjoy life.
Silo is a Canberra institution, and by the amount of people waiting outside to grab a table on any given day, Silo rates highly on any foodies Canberra bucket list. Known for their excellent bread, seasonal pastries and fruit tarts, it might surprise you to read that my favourite is the potato and gruyere tart – try it when it just come out of the oven, it’s melt in your mouth good.
ONA Manuka is the ideal Canberra café – laid back and relaxed, and serving great food in a setting that’s both friendly and welcoming. They’ve a community focus here and you can tell by the lively atmosphere and broad mix of people stopping by the cafe.
Tucked away in New Acton, Mocan & Green Grout is a stylish and intimate breakfast spot with an open kitchen and superb fair trade coffee. They showcase locally sourced produce and they’ve a superb herb garden nearby. Hands down one of Canberra’s breakfast standouts, and with choices like smoked trout with poached eggs and Israeli couscous, how can you go wrong?
In leafy Yarralumla, you’ll find Farmers Daughter. Serving up brunch classics with a coffee menu to suit all. It’s a bright little spot with fun yellow chairs and sewing machine tables, so you’re bound to immediately relax when you walk through the door.
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