Looking for a new local? Wondering where all the new places are popping up? If you love trying the new places to eat around capital, make this your hit list!


OMI – Civic

Not your typical Japanese, OMI’s award-winning premium wagyu rice bowls are the best way to try high-quality wagyu at affordable prices. Meat not your thing? Their Asian fusion menu also offers bowls with salmon or soft-shell crab with your choosing of sauce, or udon noodles and sweet treats such as green tea cake.


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Dada – Woden

Inspired by the Korean word for ‘da’ meaning ‘all’, Dada is an Asian fusion restaurant that is for everyone. With every dietary requirement catered for without compromising on flavour, tuck into Asian fusion dishes such as Asian beef tartare, stir-fried pipis, wombok pancake, lemongrass pork, tom yum fried rice and red date pudding.


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11e Cave – Kingston

Taking over an old bank vault under the building, Onzieme has expanded with a tiny bar a vin. Inspired by the small French cellar bars, 11e Cave serves simple snacks and quality wines and cocktails.


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Deakin & Me – Deakin

The newest café to try for those coffee and egg enthusiasts, Deakin & Me is a friendly neighbourhood café with delicious breakfast and lunch items that are simple yet packed with flavour.


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Walter Café – Parkes

Inspired by Walter Burley Griffin as part of the new Marion venue, Walter Café offers a modern breakfast and lunch menu with seasonal and sustainable produce, and more importantly, spectacular views of the lake. On the menu expect the classics as well as an omelette menu and more refined dishes such as pan-fried gnocchi and Black Angus sirloin steak with frites.


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Leyla Bar – Barton

Perched on the rooftop of the Burbury Hotel in Barton, Leyla Bar is the newest trendy bar to hit Canberra. Bringing an exclusive club lounge experience with an outdoor oasis feel, sip on cocktails all night overlooking the city and share delectable snacks such as prawn brioche rolls, tuna tostadas and wagyu tartare.


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Parbery Lane Pizza – Kingston

Promising good pizza, good drinks and great times, join Parbery Lane Pizza for delicious wood-fired Italian pizzas with simple, authentic ingredients.


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Ramen O – Woden

Canberra’s favourite ramen joint Ramen O has now opened up a second store! You can now get your favourite bowl of steaming, flavourful ramen with that perfect broth in Woden.


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Southern Soul Fried Chicken and Beer – Casey

Bringing the crispy, spicy, deep-fried succulent chicken from the southern heartlands of the U.S where it was later interpreted in Korea, Southern Soul Fried Chicken and Beer has the perfect American and Korean fried chicken in every form imaginable. From wings, thighs, tenders and pieces with hickory, blue cheese, gravy and buffalo sauce, anyway you want it, you got it.

Maple and Pine – Isaacs

Isaacs locals rejoice, grab your morning coffee and a bite at Maple and Pine café. The all-day menu includes goodies like eggs Benedict, caramelised banana French toast and a delectable sweets cabinet.


Canteen – Fyshwick

Joining the growing foodie venues on Dairy Road, Ramen Daddy is opening a new restaurant in August. Canteen’s menu will put a spin on the much-loved Japanese and Taiwanese classics to bring diners a modern Japanese street food menu. Expect their beloved ramen, as well as rice bowls, noodle bowls, ‘sandos’ and snacks.


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The Marion – Parkes

The highly anticipated The Marion is almost ready to open its doors. Providing a stunning events space overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, the venue will also open to the public for lunch and high tea. Founded by the Grand Pacific Group, you can expect their famous high tea flare with an exceptional high-end lunch menu.


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Negozio by Amelia – Civic

Pasticceria Amelia’s age-old authentic family recipes are making their way to the Canberra Centre next month. Opening a café, bottega and bar, Negozio by Amelia‘s menu is pretty under wraps at the moment, but if their Belconnen store is anything to go by, you won’t be disappointed.

Kodiak Bar – Kingston  

Caribou Kingston is starting a new venture around the corner. Opening a new laid back cocktail bar, Kodiak Bar will see creative cocktails, craft beer and quality wines paired with an authentic comfort dishes.


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