Whether it’s the smashed avo, locally-roasted coffee, ever-changing menu or simply your local, these cafes have firmly positioned themselves as Canberra’s best cafes. Whether you’re a tourist in the Capital, or a local who wants to try a new hotspot, here’s 10 to try.

Cafe Gather

Voted Canberra’s Favourite Café in the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, Gather promises food that is locally sourced where possible, sustainable and healthy. Driven by seasonal produce, try their latest and greatest creations from a seasonal granola or bircher, smashed avo and vibrant bowls.

Two Before Ten

Sustainability is key to how Two Before Ten runs their day-to-day. Utilising fruits and vegetables from their Urban Farm in Aranda, locals can eat a delicious breakfast or lunch knowing majority of the produce is grown in-house or locally. Signatures from the menu include the shrooms on toast, loaded toast with garden greens and katsu fried chicken burger.

Urban Pantry

Urban Pantry is a fabulous spot for your morning coffee, brekky or light lunch. Located in Manuka Lawns, the menu is fresh, local and seasonal, and promises a delicious array of menu items, plus irresistible sweets at the counter. Think favourites such as hotcakes, avo on toast, eggs Benedict and an open omelette.


If it’s not the Redbrick Coffee, it’s the refined classic brekky menu that keeps locals coming back to Arc. Focusing on local produce, their menu follows through porridge to granola, avo on toast to fritters and salmon rillettes to seasonal salads.


Focusing on speciality ONA Coffee, locally sourced ingredients and innovative menu items, Highroad in Dickson has simply too many dishes to choose from! Serving your favs but not as you know it, dine with them and try avocado on toast with whipped zhoug ricotta, hummus, toasted seeds and pickles, or French toast with spiced poached figs, mandarin, cashew cream, vanilla bean ice cream and brandy snap.

Teddy Pickers

Always reliable, served just the way you like it, Teddy Pickers in Campbell is an undeniable café favourite. On their all-day menu, expect dishes like a brekky roll with slow-cooked beef brisket, a mexi bowl with your choice of protein and smoked salmon on toast feature throughout.

Double Shot

Brunch it up at Double Shot in Deakin. Whether it’s simply a slice of banana bread or cold juice you’re after, or a brekky burrito, toastie or acai bowl, Double Shot has got your morning cravings sorted.


If you’re not heading in purely for the coffee, brunch at Intra is pretty unbeatable. Taking a conscious approach to seasonality, the team focuses on preserving, fermenting and using lesser-known cuts of meat. If it’s your first time dining with Intra, the chashu bacon and egg roll and kimchi jaffle have found a permanent place on the menu as crowd-favourites.

The Cupping Room

Taking you on a delicious journey, there is always something exciting to try at The Cupping Room. Whether it’s warming up over seasonal porridge and a chai tea, trying their newest avo on toast or digging into the fried chicken burger, there’s really no wrong choice.

Eighty/Twenty Food

Focusing on the 80/20 approach, Eighty/Twenty Food is all about enjoyable, healthy food. Serving fresh, wholesome dishes as well as nutrient-rich treats, get the best of both worlds with the menu and leave that food guilt behind!

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