Eating Out in Canberra

The Australian national capital of Canberra has many excellent eateries. However, food here is generally medium-priced to expensive, even if you buy food at marketplaces. Many eateries will also be shut on Sundays. Smokers should also be warned that all public buildings in this city are 100% smoke free.

The West Row in the Melbourne Building is the place to be if you enjoy fine dining. Some of the best venues here are the Charcoal Grill Restaurant, Mezzalira on London, and Saboyon. Charcoal Grill Restaurant is a simple but comfortable restaurant that provides top quality steak, and an extensive wine list with over 120 red wines. Mezzalira on London is always busy due to the great food. Although wines are not cheap, it is worth trying the menu which heavily features seafood such as Eden mussels with chilli, garlic, parsley, and white wine. The Modern-Australian restaurant, Sabayon, is an accomplished eatery that is known for its aged beef with mashed potatoes and beans, as well as the caramelised pork cutlet with a salad and a Toulouse sausage.

Kingston and Manuka is a melting pot for Italian, Chinese, Thai, French, Malaysian, Spanish, and Modern Australian foods. Although almost anything you try in these areas is quite good, Italian food at both Silo and Santa Lucia are great for designer bakery goods, hearty pastas and delicious pizzas, respectively. Verve is a great place to go people watching and even for famous Australian Politician hunting. This cafe-bar serves up Modern Australian with duck rolls, innovative pasta dishes, and risottos.

Those with rather adventurous taste-buds will enjoy visiting Dickson. Here, you can find a range of ethnic cuisines from many different countries that the United Nations would be proud of. Au Lac is a vegetarian restaurant that cooks sizzling Vietnamese meals. Dickson Asian Noodle Houses serves South East Asian cuisines (Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean, and Laotian) and combines all good things Asian – good food, long opening hours, cheap prices, a short waiting period for your food, and incredible meals. Hungry visitors will enjoy visiting the Dickson Family Food Court Restaurant, where you can find a buffet with a great array of Chinese food, seafood, pasta, salads, and desserts.

Some people make it a point to visit all the Chinatown’s in the world. Canberra has a small one which is about 15 minutes walk, but along this small walk, you can encounter many Chinese, Korean, and Thai restaurants.

Canberra has some great fresh food markets. The Belconnen Fresh Food Market has 31 specialty stores. The Capital Region Farmers Markets are where you can get seasonal fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables. They also sell a great range of cakes, cheese, meats, and seafood. Fyshwink Fresh Food Markets are great for those who are into Asian grocers as well as specialty stores that sell almost everything that a gourmand could want, such as fresh pasta, goat meat, and crocodile meat. The Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston is the focus of regional arts and crafts – but also gourmet takes always, coffee, and wines from the region.

Canberra also has an extensive amount of breweries, wineries, and vineyards. The majority of the Australian Capital Territory's best wines come from Murrumbateman, although the nearby regions of Wallaroo, Tuggeranong, Lyneham, Ballandean, and Bungendore are also important. These wineries and breweries are great places to have a great day out and enjoy a lunch under sunny weather and a picturesque surrounding. Some of the vineyards and wineries also have restaurants serving gourmet buffets and a wine lists from their own winery to match.