Over 60 new eateries have opened in Canberra this year so far—and counting.
And after another year of watching our hospitability scene rally through hardship and continue to grow, we can’t help but be proud of the decadent, delicious and innovative cuisine that is taking over the nation’s capital.
So, to celebrate (and following last year’s successful article) we’ve rounded up every new eatery that we’ve featured in our 2023 editions of ‘New Places To Eat’, sorted by region. And with plenty more to come, you’ll need to keep an eye on the website to see what’s popping up next.
Read on to find your next dining destination. Supporting local has never been so delicious.
Such and Such (City)
From the team behind one of Canberra’s most acclaimed restaurants,—Pilot— Such and Such is an all-day restaurant with a strong focus on wine and an a la carte menu, with dishes designed to share.
Playing with nostalgic but modern flavours, that’s just the beginning. Foodies can also expect a fun and locally-leaning drinks program, as well as design and art that shines a light on creative Canberrans.
Constitution Place, RT08, 220 London Circuit, Canberra City | @and.suchandsuch
This isn’t your average drink and dining destination. Featuring refreshingly creative cocktails, a menu of elevated street food and music that will take you right into the early hours of the morning, Luna promises to deliver a unique experience for anyone hitting the town.
99 London Circuit, Canberra City | lunabar.com.au
The Shaking Hand (City)
Promising cold beer, mixed drinks and live music, The Shaking Hand is bringing a fresh vibe to Akuna Street—including karaoke nights on Wednesdays! And as they say, a new night nightclub/bar in Canberra ain’t a bad place to be.
7 Akuna Street, Canberra City | @shakescanberra
Anita Gelato (City)
Did someone say 36 flavours of tangy frozen yoghurts, fruity sorbets and decadent full-cream ice-creams? This cult ice-creamery has everything you could want. What will you try first—the Cookieman (a crunchy chocolatey mix of chocolate hazelnuts, meringue and biscuit) or Milk Chocolate Pretzel (which manages to hit that bliss point between salty and sweet)?
148 Bunda Street, Civic | anita-gelato.com
Tiger Lane (City)
Inspired by the hawker centres of Asia, Tiger Lane showcases nine dining outlets spanning cuisines from Japan, South Korea, Southern China, Northern China and South East Asia with one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs at the helm. We dare you not to go.
FG16 Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra Centre | tigerlane.com.au
Central Social Club (City)
Family-friendly all-day dining, a tempting wine list and some of the latest dinner service in Canberra? Sign us up. Central Social Club is the newest place to go if you’re looking for a meal that pushes the boundaries with familiar and new flavours—like triple-cooked Buffalo-style chicken wings with blue cheese and buffalo sauces.
City Walk, opposite the Merry-Go-Round | laborclub.com.au/venues/city
Roy Jnr (City)
Opening for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, Roy Jr.’s menu is sure to attract a following offering everything from a Blue Swimmer Crab Omelette, and Chilli Scrambled Eggs to the classic Steak Frites, and the Soba Noodle bowl. This way, everyone is going to get exactly what they need when they visit.
7 London Circuit Civic | royjr.com.au
Fav Cup Café (City)
Answering all of our prayers for a good bagel, this café is dedicated to the delicious, versatile bread. That’s right—the menu is bagel themed.
Choose from classic offerings like maple cream cheese and blueberries, bagel snacks like the Milo choc ice cream (a Milo bagel with Oreo crumb, maple cream cheese, choc ice cream, banana and strawberries), and even salads with lightly torn and toasted bagels. Heaven.
G09/39 London Circuit, City | @favcupcafe
Warming Rice Noodles (City)
Want noods? Warming Rice Noodles has every kind you can think of—including hot and sour sweet-potato noodles, chicken rice noodle soup and more. Thank us later.
G04/65 Cooyong Street, Canberra City | @warmingricenoodle
Wine Room (City)
While the name suggests Wine Room is, well, a wine room, from the whipped roe, baby cucumber, and dill to pop into your mouth with your fist sip of wine, to the candied orange and fennel butter to go on the Three Mills dinner rolls and fermented yuzu granita atop the Clare de Lune Rock Oysters, it’s a serious menu—even for the snacks.
24 Mort Street (Behind Gather café) | wineroom.bar
Bringing a touch of Japanese 1960s retrofuturism to the Canberra Centre’s emerging hawker-style food precinct Tiger Lane, Inari is an authentic Japanese restaurant that takes inspiration from a time when society transformed and lost constraints from tradition.
Inari’s menu deftly explores traditional Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian influence, centred around locally sourced seafood.
Canberra Centre, 148 Bunda St (Ground Level, between Bunda Street and Scotts Crossing) | tigerlane.com.au
Lim Peh Wan Tan Mee (City)
Eatery Lim Peh Wan Tan Mee has snapped up a spot at Verity Lane Market in the city and honestly, we can’t think of eating anything better.
Inspired by the hawker stalls of Singapore and their signature Wan Tan Mee (dry egg noodles topped with wontons, choy sum and char siu pork, accompanied by a hearty broth) Lim Peh Wan Tan Mee will be dishing up an authentic taste of Singapore.
Verity Lane Market, Sydney Building, City | @limpehwantanmee
The Kathmandu Mo:Mo House (City)
Have mo mo on the mind? The Kathmandu Mo:Mo House is serving creative Nepalese and Indian cuisines with unique family recipes (as well as a traditional authentic experience of Nepal and India). Head along to eat your way through dishes like Nepalese khana, tandoori bread, Indian curries, chatpate, newari yomaris (dessert), and more.
24 West Row, Melbourne Building, Canberra City | facebook.com/thekathmandumomohouse
Tempist Café (City)
From Lonsdale Street Roasters to Three Mills Bakery, Tempist Café only serves the best of local products. Mid-day coffee break? Sorted.
15 London Circuit, Canberra City | @tempist_cafe
Bad Bunny Eatery (City)
Meet Bad Bunny—a new café that is supplying the city with coffee, sandwiches, and café classics all served with an Italian twist… and the perfect spot to grab a new pic for the ‘gram.
4A/21 Genge Street, Canberra City | @badbunnyeatery
Playing Fields Café (City)
Looking for a new brunch option in the city? The good news is Playing Fields Café has finished its renovations and is officially re-open for business. And with everything from coffee to zucchini fritters or grilled fish salad on the expansive menu, your stomach will thank you.
2/33 Allara Street, Canberra City | @playingfieldcafe
BEDST Coffee (City)
Supplying us with coffees from Scandinavian countries, get ready to try blends and brews from BEDST that feature unique notes that range from Turkish delight and dark chocolate, pineapple and lychee, and Grape Nerds and pomegranate.
20 Allara Street, Canberra City | bedst.coffee
SeA Street Food (City)
Did someone say Asian fusion street food? Head along to grab yourself loaded chippies with braised pork belly, pocked radish, cheese sauce, and katsu sauce, a Baozie (your choice of meat with slaw, cucumber, red onion, mayo, and teriyaki sauce), and a cookie and cream cheesecake.
Founders Lane, SOL Building, Shop G01/ 65 Cooyong Street | @the_sea_street_food
Two Before Ten (City)
There’s something special about a Two Before Ten. And the goods new is for those hustling in the city during the week, a brand-new location on London Circuit has just opened. Expect the perfect grab-and-go items. Coffee and cake run anyone?
3 Constitution Avenue, London Circuit, Canberra City | @twobeforeten
Black Cat Cocktails (Braddon)
Cocktail masterclasses, guided spirit tastings, boozy high teas and high end pairings—Black Cat Cocktails has it all. Starting off as an at-home business providing various delicious hampers and at-home cocktail masterclasses, you’ll be able to design your own cocktail.
103/16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon| @black.cat.cocktails
Intra LNSD (Braddon)
Beloved Campbell café Intra has brought its signature minimalism (and phenom coffee) to Lonsdale Street. Covering breakfast and lunch—as well as early afternoon wine—seven days a week, it’s a slightly different vibe to Campbell, featuring an expansive indoor space in Intra’s signature moody palette. Expect a menu that is rooted in, but not limited to, European comfort food.
Lonsdale Street, Braddon | @intralnsd
Three Mills Bakery (City)
City workers and Braddonites now have the perfect excuse to face this wintery weather for a luxe coffee break—Three Mills Bakery is open on Cooyong Street. Offering all the glazed goodies you know (and love), this inner-city space also has plenty of “grab-and-go” lunch options including sourdough taglio sandwiches. Coffee run, anyone?
G3/16-18 Mort Street, Canberra City | threemillsbakery.com.au
La Cocina Pura (City)
It’s time to take your tastebuds to South America. Joining the other culinary heavy hitters in Verity Lane Market, La Cocina Pura is now open to bring the freshness and “pureness” found in South American cooking to the city. Think Empanadas, Paella, Barbeque Asado, and so much more.
50 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City | veritylanemarket.com.au
Cabo, is here, and it’s a venue where tequila reigns supreme (they had us at ‘build your own margarita’). Bringing a fresh Mexican flare to Northbourne Avenue, you can select your tequila, style, and salt, and sip away on your perfect marg, nibble on taco platters and indulge in Churros dusted in cinnamon sugar with dulce de leche.
Melbourne Building, 27 Northbourne Avenue | cabocanberra.bar
Fonda Mexican (City)
Known for their fiery flavours, good times and (of course) guac, Fonda Mexcian offers the perfect combination of tacos, tequila, quesadillas, Mexican bowls, and burritos—but they all go beyond your basic Mexican takeaway order. Add in a margarita-tasting paddle and we’ll be there with bells on.
Shop FG10/148 Bunda Street, Canberra City | fondamexican.com.au
Max Brenner (City)
You’ll be in a sugar coma in no time. Max Brenner is in the Canberra Centre with all the classics available—from their famed Chocolate Fondue for Two, Tutti Frutti Waffles and dessert pizzas to their new chocolate gelato.
FG09 Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra City | maxbrenner.com.au
Hello Harry (Dickson)
From classic smashed beef to the USA (a smashed beef pattie, house-made onion rings, cheese, crispy bacon, pickles, American mustard, house tomato jam, and mayo) and Louisiana Pulled Pork (BBQ glaze, mixed slaw, and green apple), there’s something to cure all sorts of cravings at this national burger chain in Wooley Street.
43 Woolley Street, Dickson | helloharry.com.au
Café Stepping Stone (Dickson)
Bringing the same soul to a brand-new location, the social enterprise Café Stepping Stone has opened a second location in Dickson—because one wasn’t enough. Pop in to try their refreshed café classics (like the kimchi toastie or mushrooms on toast) that all use sustainable, vegetarian produce.
8 Hawdon Place, Dickson | cafesteppingstone.com
Craving a trip to Europe? How about visiting something a little closer to home like this Croatian bistro? Order some burek (silverbeet, feta, parsley, and mint yogurt) zagreb schnitzel (pork, ham and cheese served with chips and coleslaw) and rozata (lemon and vanilla baked custard, caramel sauce, poached pear) and enjoy!
Australian Croatian Club, 68 McCaughey Street, Turner | @mirnabistro
Hide and Seek Café (Lyneham)
Bringing a breath of fresh air to North Lyneham, Hide and Seek Café is open for all your breakfast, brunch, and lunch needs. And with French toast with rose syrup, eggs benedict, and a cheeseburger on the menu, we won’t be surprised if this new neighbourhood café quickly becomes a weekend favourite for Lyneham locals.
Shop 4/2 Colville Street, Lyneham | @hide_and_seek_lyneham
Mt Ainslie Canteen (Ainslie)
Looking for a quick (and healthy) takeaway option? An Ainslie couple has decided to refresh and rebrand the old fish and chip joint—naming it Mt Ainslie Canteen and bringing a fresh-food approach to take away. They offer everything from coffee to ice creams and sorbets (hello blood orange…), juice, salad, and much, much more.
1/5 Edgar Street, Ainslie | mtainsliecanteen.com.au
Classically Mod Oz—that’s the best way to describe Peonee. Featuring a five-course set menu for evenings and a two-course set menu for lunch, (with the option of matching wines or non-alcoholic beverages) the ever-changing dishes will hero native Australian ingredients and feature Asian flavours with a “foundation” of French cooking.
216/12 Provan Street, (entrance via Pentland St), Campbell | peoneerestaurant.com.au
Purple Rain Café (Campbell)
Drink coffee, do good—this is the motto of Campbell’s newest café. Open seven days a week (and serving everything from matcha lattes to Italian paninis, slow-cooked pork ribs and bacon and egg rolls), for every coffee purchased they donate $1 to CafeSmart to support people at risk. Your morning coffee run just got a whole lot sweeter.
C03/51 Constitution Avenue, Campbell | @purple.rain.cafe
El Jannah (Gungahlin)
This Lebanese charcoal-chicken joint has reached almost cult-like status in Sydney and now it’s in Canberra. For the uninitiated, what makes El Jannah so popular is the simplicity of the meals—charcoal chicken served with Lebanese bread, and an abundance of sides, including tabouli, fattoush, hommous, and babaghanouj, as well as the famous garlic sauce and traditional Lebanese-Australian plates.
Shop 3033, 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin | @el__jannah
The authentic Malaysian cuisine of PappaRich opened in Gungahlin this year so Northsiders can enjoy an extensive selection of Roti, rice and noodle dishes (as well as a variety of vegetarian choices), all without having to enter the busy city centre.
Shop 33, 46/50 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin | papparich.net.au/home
Cypher Brewing Co (Gungahlin)
Handily placed alongside the Light Rail line, Cypher is serving food and beers in a relaxed atmosphere. Brewed on-site and available on-tap (including a rotating cast of seasonal brews and collaborations) for the non-beer drinkers, they’ll also have some wines—including a non-alcoholic option—cider, and spirits behind the bar.
3/35 Hinder Street Gungahlin | cypherbrewing.com.au
EQ Bakehouse and Café (Gungahlin)
Say hello to EQ’s newest location, where they’ll be serving mouth-watering food (including pizza and pasta), decadent desserts, and delicious coffee. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, make sure to get in quick to pick up some baked goods for a special treat—including bread, pies, cakes, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, and more.
Shop 1/35 Hinder Street, Gungahlin | eqcafe.com.au
Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart (Gungahlin)
Tarts from the east, cheese from the west. Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart is now open in Gungahlin to bring us tiny—and addictive—tarts that are reigniting our obsession with cheesecake.
Having to choose between salted caramel, yuzu, matcha adzuki or the iconic original three-cheese tart will be the hardest decision of your life. Our recommendation? You can never go wrong with one of each.
hbctaus.com.au | 30 & 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin
To make all of your sweet dreams come true, along with Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart, KURIMU has been spotted in Marketplace Gungahlin. Think: crunchy, almond-flavoured choux pastry filled with a creamy custard (that range from mango jasmine to Nutella). Heaven.
kurimu.com.au | 30 & 33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin
Bean Culture Café (Mitchell)
Roasting your morning coffee to perfection, in Bean Culture Espresso Bar in Mitchell you’ll find an experience like no other. From a row of coffee trees slowly growing under a series of LED lights in a hydroponic system (a first for Canberra) to a menu that includes goodies like fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes, it’s worth driving the extra couple of minutes out of the city.
5/47 Vicars Street, Mitchell | beanculture.com.au
Burger Villains (Mitchell)
Craving a darn good burger? Burger Villains in Mitchell is bringing smash patties, fried chicken, a simple menu, and great prices to the north of Canberra.
43 Brookes St, Mitchell | burgervillains.com
Serving all of your favourites (including gluten-free and vegan options)—and available via UberEats and DoorDash—they’ll be open every fricken lunch and dinner. Run, don’t walk to Belconnen.
Westfield Belconnen, Level 3 Carpark | fricken.au
La Sable Patisserie (Belconnen)
A slice of France has opened in Belconnen for those who craving a coffee and croissant with a side of their shopping.
Buzzing and baking from 3 am, visit La Sable Patissierie (which is located on the ground floor of Westfield across from Aldi, Dan Murphys and Amcal Pharmacy) to pick up all your favourite traditional pastries, Danishes, Petit Gateâus—as well as some hot and savoury offerings (including pies and quiches).
lasablepatisserie.com.au | Level 2, Westfield Belconnen
Canberra’s newest fine dining darling—Louis—is finally here. Helmed by none other than Aubergine’s Ben Willis, this tres chic bistro offers a menu of true French classics combined with a sophisticated cocktail bar experience.
18 National Circuit, Barton | louisdining.com.au
Margot Espresso Vin and Fromage (Parkes)
Bringing wine, cheese, and espresso to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, at Margot Espresso Vin and Fromage you can order coffee and European-style pastries in the morning—but when the sun goes down, visitors will be treated to a true vin and fromage experience as espresso is replaced with prosecco.
West Kiosk, Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes | margot.bar
Fox and Bow (Red Hill)
Farrer neighbourhood favourite Fox & Bow has spread its wings to bring Spanish Eggs to Red Hill. And from the Gruyere Omelette to the Foxed Benedict, more places to eat their Spanish-inspired food is a good thing.
Duyfken Place, Red Hill | foxandbow.com.au
You read that right—another EightyTwenty is in Kingston. As if we needed another excuse to go out for their vegan buckwheat waffles!
15 Tench Street, Kingston | eightytwentyfood.com.au
Jiangnan Talk (Kingston)
Jiangnan Talk is, well…the talk of the town. Bringing new Chinese options to the south, the menu includes everything from Prawn Dumpling Soup to Sizzling Garlic Chicken and Special Fried Rice. But the real highlight? Yumcha, which is offered every Saturday and Sunday.
Shop 1, 54 Giles Street, Kingston | jiangnantalk-kingston.com
Created by the team who brought The Pedlar to Campbell, OHNO! promises fun, frivolity and fine food—everything the Inner South precinct needs. How does a Sesame Prawn Donut, with prawn mayo, bonito, and coriander cress or Mango and Cardamom Brûlée sound?
13-15 Flinders Way, Manuka | oh-no.com.au
Diplomat Bar & Grill (Griffith)
The Diplomat Bar & Grill is the perfect combination of fine dining and pub fair. Think a menu full of drool-worthy options like 250g of grass-fed Rib Eye, grilled broccolini, almond, lemon, and olive oil as well as tandoori chicken pizza, chicken schnitzel, and plenty of beers on tap. And that’s just the dinner offering.
2 Hely Street, Griffith | diplomat.ramadacanberra.com.au
Café Noon (Fyshwick)
Serving Pablo and Rusty’s coffee and plenty of delicious grab-and-go items (think: fresh sandwiches, bacon and egg rolls, meat pies and more) Café Noon is a new hidden gem to add to your hit list during the week.
108 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick | @cafenoon_canberra
Quean Kebabs (Chisholm)
Craving a halal snack pack or kebab? Quean Kebabs should be your next stop. Located in the Star Car Wash parking in Chisholm, every day until 10 pm you can treat yourself to one (or both) of these comforting culinary delights.
42 Halley Street, Chisholm | facebook.com/profile
Masala House (Greenway)
Butter chicken, garlic naan, goat curry and more….Masala House is bringing a taste of India to Greenway and we’ll take one of everything, thanks. Open for both lunch and dinner, don’t worry if you’re vegetarian or gluten-free—you won’t be stuck for choices.
Shop 2/310 Anketell Street, Greenway | masalaahouse.com.au
Bringing new flavours to Anketell Street, at Ureshii you’re promised an unforgettable Japanese experience. But don’t worry—you can still indulge in your favourite dishes such as teriyaki chicken, edamame, sushi, nigiri and more.
SouthPoint G U 22/210 Anketell St, Greenway | @u_reshii
Biteful Kebabs (Tuggeranong)
Why have abs when you can have kebabs? That’s what we’ll be telling ourselves as we eat our way through their kebab and snack pack menus.
Shop 1-176C South.Point, Corner Anketell and, Reed Street North, Greenway | bitefulkebabs.com
Bubu Ice Cream and Dessert (Tuggeranong)
There’s always room for ice-cream. From Bubblegum to Vanilla, Panacotta and Salted Caramel, there’s literally a flavour for everyone at Bubu Ice Cream and Dessert.
Anketell Street and Reed Street North, Greenway | southpointcanberra.com.au
Located conveniently at the Kambah Village Shopping Centre, Southsiders can now stop in for a sweet or savoury artisan baked good from Bakehouse. And with everything from ‘made without gluten goodies’ to Jalapeno and Cheddar Sourdough, there’s literally something to eat for every occasion (not that you need one).
Kambah Shopping Village, 8 Marconi Cres, Kambah | @bakehousekambah
Yaki Boi (Phillip)
It’s made a name for itself in the city for its weird and wonderful Japanese fusion food, but now Southsiders can rejoice as Yaki Boi throws open its doors at Westfield Woden. Located next to Hoyts, it has all of the iconic offerings found in the city—including the notably mouth-watering grilled cheesy oysters.
Westfield Woden, Bradley Street Dining Precinct, next to Hoyts Cinema | yakiboi.com.au
Love Mongolian cuisine? Say hello to Naadam Restaurant. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu has a variety of dishes based on traditional cuisine and modern cooking methods—think ox tongue with creamy eggplant puree, slow-cooked beef brisket served with black currant sauce, and portobello and cheese pockets. See you there?
98 Corinna St, Phillip | naadam.com.au
The Nepalese Mate (Phillip)
Offering a diverse range of foods that reflects the richness and vibrancy of diverse culture in Australia, at The Nepalese Mate you can expect a cuisine that has distinct, rich, and pleasant “Himalya flavour”. Yummo.
8 Bradley Street, Phillip | @the_nepalese_mate
Oh My Dough (Phillip)
Puffy pizza bites, old-school classics, wraps, pasta, hot desserts and more—Oh My Dough has it all (including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options). Order yourself one of their many pizzas (smoked salmon?! Pulled pork?! Gourmet chickpeas?!) for a cosy night at home.
15 Bowes Street, Phillip | ohmydough.com.au
Evoke Bakery (Curtin)
Tarts, house-made bread (hello pear, buckwheat and house granola sourdough), chocolate croissant, pies, toasties and more—Evolve Bakery is in Curtin to bring mouthwatering boutique breads and buns. You butter get there ASAP.
Curtin Shops, 44 Curtin Place, Curtin | @evokebakery
Heartbeat Café (Whitlam)
Heartbeat Café is an initiative between Woden Community Services and the Suburban Land Agency, providing young and vulnerable Canberrans with a safe place to bridge this skills gap. Serving delicious food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect excuse to head out to explore some gorgeous display homes and help out with a good cause.
3 Klaus Moje Street, inside the Whitlam Display Village | @suburbanlandagency
Village Café (Waramanga)
A local for Waramanga residents (and Weston Creek), this little café is all about local produce and delish food. Perfect for a quick caffeine fix or a long lunch (ahem, handmade fettuccini carbonara topped off with a 63-degree egg anyone?) wandering over to Waramanga has never sounded so good.
15 Waramanga Place, Waramanga | @village_cbr
Donut Bros (Majura)
Pillowy-soft and fluffy gluten-free donuts—what more do you need? pick up a treat covered with cinnamon and your choice of a sticky and sweet filling or try the delicious new additions of iced donuts: cookies and cream (made with GF cookie pieces), Ferraro, strawberry or choc sprinkles.
18/26 Spitfire Avenue, Majura Park | donutbros.com.au
Two Before Ten (Fairbairn)
Your eyes don’t deceive you…there are in fact TWO new Twobie cafes. Located behind the Canberra Airport in the former home of Three Mills Bakery’s cafe, this location also promises loads of grab-and-go options (including salads and sandwiches), perfect for a cheeky work meeting—or an excuse to treat yourself during the week.
23 Scherger Drive, Airport | @twobeforeten
OUT OF TOWN
Showcasing a carefully curated selection of Nick O’Leary’s award-winning vintages, new releases, and museum wines, Heywood has been a labour of love—but for those who love a meal with a focus on paddock-to-plate, locally sourced ingredients, then this will be the place to settle in for a long, long lunch with a glass of something in hand.
149 Brooklands Road, Wallaroo | nickolearywines.com.au
Feature image: Nathan Harradine-Hale.