Fabulous food in Canberra - breakfast, lunch, dinner and exclusive drinks

Imagine having a breakfast spread like this at your disposal?

If you've only got a day to spend in Australia's national capital Canberra here are three places you won't want to miss for a slice of local life and excellent flavours.




Start the day with a hearty breakfast and you'll be firing on all cylinders! QT Canberra does one of the best breakfasts I've seen with freshly sliced meats available for your selection.  There's everything you'd expect to find on a breakfast buffet but it's all done a little better than normal.

And the choice is amazing.  Just look at the line up of sauces available to go with your cooked breakfast.  And yes, there's a chef standing by to do your eggs just the way you like them.

Here's a peek inside the QT Hotel and the rooms.


Head out to Kingston for lunch and explore the newly developed area around the lake foreshore.  It's chocka with great looking restaurants but my tip is to head right down to the end of the strip and find Local Press.

This place just oozes cool with it's furniture made from found and recycled objects.  Check out the lighting, which they made themselves, and see if you don't want to take it home with you.

Local press has a deceptively simple menu that your taste buds will thank you for trying.  Don't miss the cold pressed juices - they know how to make kale taste so good you'd never know it was healthy!

While you are in the area, check out the Canberra Glassworks where Brodburger also comes recommended and The Old Bus Depot Markets which operate on Sundays.  You might walk away with a couple of dresses and a bunch of flowers like I did.


Temporada, recommended to me by Eileen Tang of  The Food Avenue , would be my pick for dinner. Eileen is part of Canberra's #101humans project and knows the local food scene well.  My visit to Canberra was to share some of my tips on how to get to be #7/100 Top Australia Food Social Media Influencers and check out what's been happening on their food scene.

Here's Eileen doing her thing.

There were so many great things on the menu here we did our way to work through our top pics. The beef short rib roll was definitely a favourite as was the raw spanish mackerel with yuzu.

This dessert, vanilla custard, mandarin sorbet, meringue and citrus salad was a real surprise with it's mouth burst of crisp flavours and texture contrasts.  An expensive dessert at $16 but worth the money.


Feel like an after dinner drink?  Well you'll have to be very lucky to get an invitation to this exclusive floor on QT Canberra's 15th level.  It's open by invitation only and not to just any body.  As a journalist I'm definitely not on the list of this place which is designed for the rich, famous and infamous from Canberra and beyond.  I couldn't resist a sneak look inside.

Check out the hidden room - that banquette seating looks very comfortable...

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Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled to Canberra courtesy of Tourism Canberra