Over the past five weeks of watching hospitality adjust to the changing environment we have seen exceptional strength and clever ideas blossom. While venues have adapted differently they have all focused on giving Canberra exactly what we want and need. One of the trends which has emerged is makeshift mini markets.

Mezzalira Grocer

The restaurant has been transformed into an Italian grocer. You’ll find fresh pasta, ragu & sauces ready to re-heat. Their famous salt crusted Rangers Valley fillet or beef portioned and ready to cook. And for some vino to complete the offering, the entire Gourmet Traveller Wine List is available to purchase too.


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This kitchen strongly believes in up-cycling produce which means they always have house pickled veg and bespoke sauces perfect for a mini mart! As lovers of wine the team added a killer selection of minimal intervention wines to go with your iso-kiosk takeaway feed. The line up is jam packed with Canberran and Australian natural wines, and they’ve snuck in some special internationals too.

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The Knox

Set up on the bakery side of the cafe The Knox grocer items are exactly what you need working from home or home-schooling. While you’re grabbing a fresh loaf or morning coffee pick up some granola breakfast tubs, eggs, flour, pasta, wine, jams, produce boxes and a range of goodies to keep the kids entertained such as cookie kids.

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Even without the usual crowds Assembly has managed to keep the floor occupied with a makeshift general store and bottle shop. Get your hands on some quality wine at bottle shop prices, coffee and essential items. The team have been baking up a storm, drop by for a fresh bakery box daily!

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Urban Pantry

They may have closed their doors for a while but the team are back as temporary bakers! The brekkie hot spot has transformed its offering to gourmet pies, house sausage rolls, baguettes, croissants, fresh loaves and Nutella bombolonis!


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