Restaurant Reviews

Canberra's best bars and cafés

The best of Canberra's drinking establishments, coffee hot spots and bars with bites, as seen in Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, published in August 2017.

Bar Rochford

A good coffee is now easy to find in Canberra; for a great one try Ona (68 Wollongong St, Fyshwick; 4 Palmerston Ln, Griffith), Barrio (59/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 0423 100 814), The Cupping Room (1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra, 02 6257 6412), Močan & Green Grout or Lava Espresso (45 Brierly St, Weston; 38 Townshend St, Phillip).

More eats? Hit A Baker (15 Edinburgh Ave, Acton, 02 6287 6150), Rye (9 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 02 6156 9694) and Stand By Me (1 Lyons Pl, Lyons, 0458 962 716).

Time for stronger waters? Visit Bentspoke (38 Mort St, Braddon, 02 6257 5220) for pioneering craft beer, and Bar Rochford (Level 1, 65 London Cct, Canberra) to settle in with a good red or white.

For cocktails and spirits, Akiba (40 Bunda St, Canberra, 02 6162 0602), Hippo & Co (17 Garema Pl, Canberra, 02 6247 7555), or the all-day all-rounder that is A Baker, or the speakeasy underneath it, Black Market (15 Edinburgh Ave, Acton, 02 6287 6150).