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Where to Eat, Play & Stay in Canberra


Canberra, Australia’s misunderstood capital isn’t all things political and boring. There’s so much more than meets the eye! With its historical sites, buzzing cafés and natural wonders, you can’t go wrong with Canberra.

Where to Eat

Canberra is an idyllic landscape suited to all foodies far and wide. Whether you’re wanting to whet your appetite with their hatted restaurants, hip cafes or innovate eateries, Canberra has you covered.

A Baker

This intimate yet vivacious restaurant is the ultimate inner city spot with its all-day breakfast and nibbles, as well as a unique offering of lunch and dinner. Whether you desire an evening cocktail downstairs, a taste of Canberra’s regional flavours or a bundle of fresh breads, A Baker is the place to be. 

15 Edinburgh Avenue, New Acton Pavilion (02) 6287 6150 

Bicicletta Provedore & Cellar 

For unconditional authenticity, head to Bicicletta’s award winning restaurant which boasts an array of classic and contemporary dishes sourced from the locals themselves. Best known for their hand crafted pizzas and al dente pasta, Bicicletta’s is a rustic yet delectable slice of little Italy.

1/15 Edinburgh Avenue, Acton (02) 6262 8683


Canberra’s culinary gem, Aubergine is an absolute godsend with its distinct French and European flavours. This elegant establishment consistently delivers superb seasonal dishes made with such innovation and talent. A favourite amongst locals is Aubergine’s Palmer Island mulloway served with grilled cuttlefish, ink, tomato and roasted fennel.

18 Barker Street, Griffith (02) 6260 8666


Where to Play

Australian War Memorial

With Anzac Day fast approaching, why not pay homage to the many Australians who gave their lives by visiting the Australian War Memorial. With its museum, shrine and extensive archives, you’re bound to be deeply touched and learn a thing or two. To commemorate such sacrifices, visitors are encouraged to witness on 25th April the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Solider.

Treloar Cresent, Campbell (02) 6243 4211

Old Bus Depot Markets

If you’re lucky enough to be in town on a Sunday, why not pop into the Old Bus Depot Markets for some hand crafted goodies. Housed in an industrial building, you will experience the flavours and vibrancy of Canberra’s food scene. So if you’re chasing something delectable, hand crafted or antique, head down to the Old Depot between 10am to 4pm.

21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston (02) 6239 5306

National Gallery of Australia

Expose yourself to James Turrell’s A Retrospective exhibit featuring an array of projections, holograms, prints and photographs. This visionary exhibit exclusive to Canberra itself, explores the balance of light and space. Having boggled LA and New York, Turrell’s Australian exhibit combines his ground breaking pieces with site-specific additions. Exhibition on now until 8 June 2015.

Parkes Place, Parkes (02) 6240 6411


Where to Stay

Burbury Hotel

For dazzling elegance, look no further than the Burbury Hotel! With its sleek lobby, minimalist aesthetic and glistening finishes, Burbury exudes absolute style. This contemporary precinct boasts an array of dining experiences, hair salon and a state of the art health club. Should you have the opportunity, Alluxia would recommend Burbury’s oh so French high tea which is perched on their rooftop terrace.

1 Burbury Close, Barton 

Design Icon

Live like a local in Design Icon’s apartments, where you get the privacy, space and cook itself utensils. This art savvy abode features natural lighting, a quirky selection of antique designs and sweeping views. Such an establishment has thoughtfully been curated with stylish bits and bobs throughout the bedrooms, bathrooms and entertainment areas. The Design Icon is best described as a cultural oasis in the heart of Canberra.

25 Edinburgh Avenue 

Hotel Realm

Only footsteps from our nation’s icons, Hotel Realm is central and offers absolute luxury. The Hotel Realm fuses contemporary elegance and inventive elements throughout its 163 rooms and suites. On site facilities include a lounge bar for mingling, café for nibbles, a health club to burn the calories off and a selection of fine dining for the evenings. Hotel Realm is the spot to indulge, especially with their 24 hour room service!

18 National Circuit, Barton 

Now you’re equipped with the facts, it’s time to organise a trip to Australia’s capital, Canberra. With so much to do, see and taste, Alluxia would recommend browsing our luxurious collection of ACT accommodation to make a weekend of it. Should you be a local or had the opportunity to pop into Canberra, let us know what spots tickled your fancy! 

Image Credit: A Baker, IG @elly_81_xox, National Gallery of Australia, IG @wanderlust73, Aubergine & Hotel Realm 

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