Baby its cold outside. Why not warm up with laksa? You might be asking lak-wha??? Laksa is a traditional southeast spicy noodle soup often made with meat, tofu, vegetables and noodles. It can be a challenge to eat laksa on a hot day as you’ll find yourself sweating before you can even see the bottom of your bowl. That’s why laksa is the perfect winter dish. Not only will it warm your hands, but your stomach too!

We’ve rounded up the best laksa in the capital. Read on to find your newest winter comfort food.

  1. Kita

59 Boolimba Cres, Narrabundah ACT 2604

Our favourite (and only!) night café keeps bringing the goods. As the authority on both Indo-fusion cuisine and comforting late night meals, Kita’s creamy laksa has a kick to it. Go with a friend, the last one to finish their bowl pays!

Find your newest late night spot here.

  1. Dickson Asian Noodle House

29 Woolley St, Dickson ACT 2602

One of Canberra’s best known Asian establishments, the Dickson Asian Noodle House serves a strong contender for Canberra’s best laksa. Protip – order the extra tofu, you won’t regret it!

  1. Asian Noodle House

Civic: 49 Northbourne Ave Civic Canberra City 2601

Woden: 6 Launceston St Phillip ACT 2606

Tuggeranong: Anketell St Greenway Canberra ACT 2901

Belconnen: 1 Beissel Street Belconnen ACT 2617

With four locations across Canberra you’re never far from an Asian Noodle House. With tender meat and aromatic spices, their laksa makes an excellent lunch or dinner.

  1. Street of Asia

Shop G15, Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Anketell St, Greenway ACT 2900

Perfect for Southsiders, Street of Asia is located just next to the external entrance to Limelight Cinemas. While they have an extensive Asian menu, everyone that dines here raves about the laksa. Think: consistently delicious plus well balanced flavours served in a welcoming atmosphere, how can you argue with that?

  1. Ming’s Pantry Malaysian Street Food

No Name Lane, 2 Alinga St, Canberra ACT 2601

Nestled away in No Name Lane, Ming’s Pantry is serving up street food perfected. Their seafood laksa includes Ming’s signature homemade curry paste, and this special touch really translates in the flavour. The downside to their popularity is that they can get quite busy during the lunch hour. Avoid the chaos by ordering through Menulog.

  1. Au Lac

4/35-39 Woolley St, Dickson ACT 2602

Shop G90A Corinna Street, Phillip, ACT, 2606

If you are a fan of chilli, definitely check out Au Lac. This vegan laksa substitutes chicken for soy chicken, served with rice vermicelli and yellow noodle. It’ll have vegans and non-vegans alike satisfied.

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  1. Two Sisters Thai

111 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600 

5/38 Badham St, Dickson ACT 2602

With two locations in Canberra, and a renowned food truck in Broulee, trust the Two Sisters to serve up a reliably delicious laksa. Plus you can now order from Two Sisters through Menulog,Deliveroo or EatNow. Perfect for when you can’t be bothered to battle the weather!

  1. Abell’s Kopi Tiam

7 Furneaux St, Forrest ACT 2603

Named after the coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore that serve traditional and affordable home-style meals, you can expect an authentic experience and flavour at this Manuka hotspot. Although a little pricier than the other options on this list, the freshness of their produce makes all the difference in the flavours of the “My Mum’s Laksa”.

  1. Baan Latsamy

Shop 9/17 Flinders Way, Griffith ACT 2603

Another Manuka gem, this is a good place to go if you’re not too big on chilli. It’s also a great lunch option for those in the area.