The north side guide to Canberra brunches

The north side guide to Canberra brunches

From the caffeine-laden streets of Braddon, to cosy cafes nestled in the burbs, or even a touch of Scandinavia or France first thing in the morning. If you’re brunching north of the lake, here are our picks of some of the most delicious morning venues:

The Cupping Room, Canberra

It’s the Canberra cafe that both interstate visitors and locals make a beeline for, so expect to line up on weekends. But their delicious seasonal brunch menu is worth waiting for (their dishes are so well loved they made them into a cook book). Created by the Ona Coffee team, The Cupping Room is also the place to get seriously nerdy about coffee.

Teddy Picker’s, Campbell

A funky joint in leafy Campbell, Teddy Picker’s is where you’ll always find glazed Christmas ham on the menu (it’s in the eggs benedict). Smaller visitors - whether human or canine - are also well looked after here.

Little Oink, Cook

This hidden suburban cafe at the Cook Shops is a relaxed spot for morning dining, with a delicious menu littered with great puns, really good coffee and even a play area for the kids. Look for the pig out the front.

Rye Cafe, Braddon

A touch of Scandi on Lonsdale Street, Rye Cafe has been a thriving brunch spot since it opened in Braddon in 2016. If you’re settling in for a leisurely weekend brunch, grab a table outside for optimal people watching (and dog spotting).

Chatterbox Espresso Bar, Belconnen

If you like your servings generous, Chatterbox Espresso Bar will tick your box. The family-friendly cafe is a buzzing spot seven days a week, with the coffee machine working hard on weekdays to keep the local workers caffeinated, with more leisurely dining on the weekend. Dishes on the extensive brunch menu are available as half or full serves so let your hunger do the ordering.

Ricardo’s Cafe, Macquarie

This is one for those with a sweet tooth amongst us. Well-known for their colourful display of creative pastries and cakes, Ricardo’s is a friendly cafe located at Jamison Shops. As well as serving Insta-worthy dishes, they also encourage sleep ins thanks to their all-day breakfast menu.

Two Before Ten, Aranda

Once a derelict building, Two Before Ten turned the Aranda Shops into a bustling community. The cafe is a relaxing spot to enjoy a coffee or meal, and the space also houses their roastery, where the team are often hard at work, roasting, cupping, blending and brewing, so you can enjoy the aroma of freshly roasting coffee while you linger. They also have a cafe in the city on Hobart Place.

Le Bon Melange, Gungahlin

A little piece of Europe right in the heart of Gungahlin, Le Bon Melange is a modern French patisserie and cafe. Sip on Italian-style coffee while you tuck into their all day breakfast, handmade pastries and petite gateaux.

The Front, Lyneham

Previously a much-loved grungy cafe, bar and gallery, The Front was refurbished and reopened in 2018 with a fresh new look and menu. Nestled at the leafy Lyneham shops, the chilled out venue serves an all-day menu of breakfast and lunches, brimming with local produce, plus seriously good coffee. The space also hosts live music, poetry and comedy, plus a range of exhibitions in their gallery.

Highroad, Dickson

You could have a very good time making your way through the innovative brunch menu at Highroad in Dickson, but at least once, make room for their take on smashed avo, which has Vegemite ricotta. Another venue from the team behind Ona Coffee, you know they mean business with their seven metre polished concrete coffee bar.

The Knox Made In Watson

Tucked away at Watson Shops, The Knox Made In Watson is a relaxed place for morning dining, with its own on-site bakery. Kids are also taken care of with a dedicated play area and super sized babycinos.

Breizh Cafe, Ainslie

A little piece of France at the Ainslie Shops, Breizh Cafe is inspired by the creperies of Brittany. The charming cafe is a cosy spot to dig into savoury galettes, sweet crepes, omelettes, croissants and even raclette.

Frankie’s at Forde, Forde

A bar and restaurant by night, Frankie’s is a cafe in the early hours serving up generously-sized breakfast dishes, with great coffees, juices, smoothies and breakfast cocktails. They also have a full kids breakfast menu.

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