Best Cafes in Canberra

Updated 7 months ago


Canberra officially has some of the most drinkable water in Australia, thanks to a local catchment informed by crystal-clear streams trickling down from the nearby Snowy Mountains. This happens to be a boon for the city's cafe scene – clean, odourless water allows for a coffee’s nuanced flavours to really shine, making for a truly exceptional cup.

Not only that, Canberra is also home to Ona, one of the country’s most celebrated specialty coffee roasters. And while Ona’s presence is undeniable in the capital, there’s also plenty of variety to be had – if you know where to look. This guide will help you find your favourite coffee (and brunch) spot when you’re in town.

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  • The HQ for one of Australia’s top coffee roasters, serving filling brunches and an astonishing 25 or more coffees across filter, espresso and other options.

  • Just like David Bowie, the inimitable cool of Sean McConnell’s restaurant will draw you in – and then keep you there with raw talent. Expect elegant European-leaning dishes, a Canberra-heavy wine list, and a takeaway bottle shop on-site for when you do (eventually) have to leave.

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  • House-roasted coffee, plus house-made nut milk, chai, pickles and more, underscore the care this 15-seat cafe puts into doing simple things as well as possible.

  • Prawn toast for breakfast? This pared-back cafe will convince you in no time. Visit for superlative coffee, enticing teas and a kimchi jaffle with a cult following of its own.

  • Nearly every Canberran has eaten at this spacious flagship cafe for local roaster Ona Coffee. The all-day menu is stacked with surprising twists on the classics.

  • Get your fix of Ona Coffee and novel breakfasts, right in the centre of town.

  • An eclectic, community-minded cafe with a laser focus on seasonality. Enter to find a fit-out by a team of local artisans, plus a menu of fresh all-day fare (the mushroom roll is a standout) and a tight list of lo-fi wines and Canberra-made spirits.

  • A creative sandwich bar that’s become a Canberra lunch-hour staple. Try the poached chicken with celery, almonds and rocket; or the potato rosti with French onion dip and pesto.

  • Canberra coffee roaster Redbrick has gone to town on its stylish CBD outpost. Adorned with works by local artisans, it’s a beautiful space for coffee and a twist on eggs Benedict, or a glass of wine before a show at nearby Canberra Theatre Centre. Try the house-made lamington (it’s outstanding).

  • Make a beeline for the local Farrer shops – you'll be rewarded with a community cafe serving big Spanish flavours, locally grown produce and coffee by Ona. Don't miss the regular woodfired dinners – they spill out into the laneway festooned with lights.

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  • This laid-back cafe takes a wholesome, seasonal approach to cafe dining – with a few international twists along the way. House-made kombucha, good coffee and gluten-free treats from Sydney's Munja Bakehouse round out the offering.