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A T R AV ELLER’S GUIDE TO DINING, NIGHTLIFE, S H O P P I N G A N D S I G H T S E E I N G I N C A N B E R R A

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ll too often, this city is defined by the goings-on of the nation’s decision makers as they go about the business of governing. It goes without saying that Canberra was created solely to facilitate Federal Government and that Capital Hill represents the image most Australians have of Canberra. For many that call this city home, however, the ‘Hill’ is merely a backdrop to their every day lives. Spend some time in Canberra, and you will find a city with a vibrant culture all its own. Within the pages of this book you will discover great places to eat—from the best in fine dining to quick and inexpensive bites—and some of the best places to have a drink and unwind. You will find places of cultural interest to visitors and locals alike. Or if you are in need of a little retail therapy check out the unique local businesses that offer everything from great fashion and jewellery to personal services and giftware. Use this book as a guide and discover the city that exists a little Beyond The Hill…


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beyond the hill 2008

issn 1832-5653 Š  2008 Australian Tourism Publishing Pty Ltd To view this book online visit www.thisiscanberra.com.au Publisher

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Indulge in a range of cuisines from around the globe or the best of local produce. Seek out hidden gems in the inner suburbs such as Ainslie or Dickson. Go formal on the CBD’s west side or with panoramic views on Black Mountain. Feel the buzz of the street with al fresco dining on Bunda Street’s North Quarter, or grab a feast for breakfast in Canberra’s oldest cafe. Enjoy good old fashioned club food or smart and savvy Italian on London Circuit. A l t o T o w e r R e s t a u r a n t | B e n c h m a r k W i n e B a r | Saba y o n T o s o l i n i ’ s R i s t o r a n t é | G u s ’ Ca f é | C r e a m Ca f é & B a r | Sa m m y ’ s K i t c h e n B aba r Ca f é & B a r | K i n g s l e y s S t e a k & C r ab h o u s e | C i t y Lab o r C l u b D e ba c l e | O S t r a t o s G r e e k Ta v e r n a | K i t s c h e n | R u b y C h i n e s e R e s t a u r a n t F i r e s t o n e P i z z e r i a | Ba r | P u l p K i t c h e n | A x i s R e s tau r a n t


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Alto Tower Restaurant Telstra Tower, Black Mountain Drive, Acton Lunch Thurs - Sun from 12.00pm Dinner Tues - Sun from 6.00pm Tel 02 6247 5518 www.altotower.com.au

Quick Facts Modern European cuisine Entrées from $21.00 Mains from $36.00 Desserts from $15.00 Sides from $8.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Wine available by the glass Wheelchair access Ample parking Popular dishes Fresh crab and herb ravioli with a light champagne bisque and baby leaf salad $24.00 Petuna Ocean Trout ‘rouelle’ on steamed green asparagus and kipfler potato salad with a saffron and mussel infused hollandaise sauce $35.00 Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner New Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (AUS) Finalist New Restaurant 2007

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ince opening its doors in 2006, Alto has made a point of redefining the concept of the revolving restaurant and gained a solid following from locals and visitors alike. Here is a restaurant that delivers a dining experience to match the sensational view, and certainly suggests that one is far better off seeing the sights at dinnertime with a delicious meal and a perfect glass of wine, rather than jostling with the

masses during the day. Clean lines and minimalist white décor hint that modern sophistication now reigns in the lofty heights of Black Mountain, and the food confirms it. Chef and co-owner Kurt Neumann has created a modern Australian menu with innovative European influences. Premium fresh, seasonal produce, sourced locally and regionally, shares the stage with international gourmet specialties such as French truffles, foie

gras and sturgeon caviar. The extensive wine list features a solid selection of local, regional and international wines as well as some sumptuous sparklings and champagnes. Maitre De and co-owner Mickey Gubas leads the knowledgeable, friendly and unpretentious staff in creating the perfect combination of culinary and visual bliss.


a modern Australian menu with innovative European influences shares the stage with international

gourmet specialties

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Benchmark Wine Bar 65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City (next to Novotel hotel) Mon - Fri midday til late Sat - Sun 5:00pm til late Tel 02 6262 6522 www.benchmarkwinebar.com.au

Quick Facts Modern European cuisine Entrées $17.00 Mains $28.00 Desserts $14.00 Tapas from $8.00 Wine flights from $15.00 Degustation $85.00 with wine $115.00 Fully licensed Popular dishes Seared scallops with Serano jamon $18.00 Oven roasted lamb $29.00 Grand dessert – an assortment of desserts (recommended for 2 or more) $28.00 Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner European Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner Wine List 2007

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enchmark opened its doors in 2003 proclaiming its intention to offer Canberra’s wine buffs the most interesting wine list in the city. With a selection of 300 old-world and new-world wines–100 of those available by the glass–it certainly seems to have achieved its goal. In 2005, Gourmet Traveller named Benchmark as one of the best wine bars in the country. More recently it took out the top prizes for Wine List and European cuisine in the 2007 Restaurant and Caterer’s Association awards for Canberra and Southern NSW. The seasonally updated menu sits firmly in the Modern European school with offerings such as seared scallops with Serano jamon, rockmelon and fennel salad for starters; or oven roasted lamb rack with braised cabbage, paysan vegetables and rosemary jus for mains. Dessert is typified by popular choices like chocolate and pistacchio fondant with vanilla ice cream. Owner Tasso Rovolis is always on hand to assist in the selection of the perfect drop to match diner’s meals and share some of his extensive knowledge. A degustation course is offered with or without wines; but surely in a place such as this, sampling the many wines available seems the only sensible thing to do.


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Benchmark offers 300 wines – 100 by the glass! Owner Tasso Rovolis is always on hand to assist in the selection of the perfect drop to match diner’s meals


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Sabayon Shop 4, Melbourne Building West Row, Canberra City Lunch Mon - Fri 12-3pm Dinner Mon - Sat 6 - 11pm Tel 02 6247 8212 www.courgette.com.au

Quick Facts Modern European cuisine Entrées from $16.00 Mains from $26.00 Desserts $14.00 Sides $7.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Trio of Quail with celeriac and apple remoulade, balsamic dressing and poultry jus $18.00 Grain fed fillet of beef with soft mash, baby green beans, caramelised onion jam and red wine jus $29.00 Gallontine of duck with braised oxtail, beetroot relish, toasted brioche and foie gras $17.00

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his smart city bistro is the newest baby in the family of highly regarded restaurants owned by chef and restaurateur James Mussillon. Following in the footsteps of sister restaurants Courgette and Aubergine, Sabayon delivers a menu of impeccable quality, but in a more casual and accessible setting. That said, the dining room exudes a simple elegance with whites and soft creams the dominant colours, a smattering of local artworks livening up the walls, and linen free tables the only sign that things are not as formal as Mussillon’s other restaurants. David Keeley, formerly of Aubergine, has headed the kitchen since its inception in 2006, ensuring the meticulous and systematic approach to French inspired cuisine continues here. And meticulous may be the only way to describe some of the more dramatic dishes–modest pricing not curbing the urge to construct entrées such as the trio of quail with celeriac and apple remoulade. Mains may include grain fed fillet of beef with soft mash, baby green beans, caramelised onion jam and red wine jus; or wonderfully balanced seafood offerings such as thyme & olive oil poached Tasmanian salmon with scampi tortellini. A great value and well chosen wine list accompanies the menu, desserts are as they should be in an establishment such as this, and service is always professional.


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Sabayon delivers a menu of impeccable quality, but in a more casual and

accessible setting


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Tosolini’s Ristorante cnr London Circuit & East Row, Canberra City Open 7 days 7.30am til late Tel 02 6247 4317 www.tosolinis.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Italian cuisine Breakfast from $4.90 Light meals from $6.90 Entrées from $13.90 Mains from $26.90 Pasta from $15.50 (e) / $20.50 (m) Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Calamari St Andrea Spaghetti Marinara Food to Go If you can’t get to Tosolinis then have your meal delivered to you Italian style – on a Vespa. Check menus on the Tosolinis website or phone

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his smart Italian eatery was at the forefront of Canberra’s new wave of dining establishments in the early nineties and continues to do great things today. Owner Carlo Tosolini is on hand to ensure that his patrons, who have come seeking those things that haven’t changed – great coffee and modern Italian cuisine – are well catered for in the funky new surroundings. The dining room is a palette of warm browns and muted reds, a lively mix of diners at the tables and coffee lovers on the

leather lounges. The fireplace takes pride of place in the centre of the room and creates a warm and cosy atmosphere on those cold Canberra nights. The outdoor area is lovely in the warmer months with the mature trees acting as a perfect canopy. The menu features pasta such as house made gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce and tomato basil concassé, as well as modern dishes like chargrilled deep sea cod served on a warm fennel, leek and potato salad with a lemon and caper butter sauce. Pizzas are served in

traditional square-cut slices on wooden cutting boards. Those patrons just after coffee and a cake should not go past the tiramisu which is made fresh by Carlo’s mother Valentina and has almost acquired legendary status in Canberra. It’s probably the best version of this traditional dessert in the city – or any where else, for that matter. The wine list is well thought out and features some interesting locals, and the bar stocks a good range of bottled and draught beers.


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patrons, who have come seeking those things that haven’t changed – great coffee and modern Italian cuisine – are well catered for in the funky new surroundings


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Gus’ Café Shop 8, Garema Arcade Bunda Street, Canberra City Open 7 days 7:30am til late Tel 02 6248 8118

Quick Facts Modern Café Breakfast from $7.90 Entrées from $7.90 Salads from $13.90 Pastas from $16.90 Mains from $18.90 Desserts from $6.90 Fully licensed Popular dishes Roasted pumpkin and potato salad $13.90 Lime and coriander fishcakes with crepes, rocket, onion & roast capsicum salad $17.90 Big Benny – eggs benedict with gourmet sausages, garlic mushrooms, grilled tomato & onion on toasted english muffins $18.90

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n 1968 the now legendary Gus Petersilka established Gus’ Café, pioneering Canberra’s modern café culture by defying the draconian regulations which prohibited outdoor dining. Today, this heritage listed café is a Canberra institution. Owned and managed for the last thirteen years by vibrant young brother and sister team Stephen Rockmann and Janice Glenn, Gus’ Café is highly regarded for its mix of great coffee and inner-city vibe. Gus’ famous all-day breakfast offers wholesome and tasty fare to start your day whatever time it may be. Gus’ lunch menu offers everything from quick snacks to hearty servings for long lazy afternoons. From twilight to midnight, the dinner menu promises a great selection of contemporary cuisine.


Manager Alan Lutui

Gus’ CafÊ is highly regarded for its mix of great coffee and

inner-city vibe

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Cream Café & Bar Shop FG10, Canberra Centre Bunda Street Canberra City Mon 12pm til late Tue - Fri 8am til late Sat 9am til late Sun 9am - 5pm Tel 02 6162 1448 www.creamcafébar.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine Breakfast from $9.00 Light Meals from $9.00 Entrées from $5.00 Mains from $19.00 Desserts from $12.00 Cocktails from $13.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only WiFi network access available Popular dishes Bug and soft shell crab wok fried in xo chilli sauce tossed through a salad of green papaya, snow pea sprouts, snake beans, vietnamese mint $21.00 Jambalaya new orleans inspired rice dish with fish, calamari, mussels, chorizo, tomato and chilli $21.00 Recent Awards AHA Awards for Excellence (ACT) Winner Best Casual Dining (100+ guests) Outincanberra People’s Choice Awards Winner Best Restaurant

…an homage to art deco that proclaims that Cream is not just in the city, but of the city


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art café, part bar and part restaurant, Cream stands out in Canberra’s newest dining precinct as a conspicuous statement of intent, speaking volumes about the philosphy of its creators, Socrates Kochinos and Omar Muscat. Spend a moment with either of them and you can’t help but be impressed by the energy they pour into this venture. And like both of them, this establishment is no shrinking violet. Dressed to impress from the outset, it wears its fitout like a sharp suit. Clean lines, white marble, stainless

steel and ceramic come together in an homage to art deco that proclaims that Cream is not just in the city, but of the city. Here you see business types all hours of the day, either scurrying to work with a consistently good ‘Cream blend’ takeaway coffee, or meeting clients over a light lunch. Sunsets are greeted with after-work drinks just as diners arrive for chefs David Black and Ross O’Reilly’s impressive menu of globally influenced contemporary dishes. As the night grows longer, cocktails take the spotlight, and on weekends the brunch crowd descends, newspapers in hand, to take in the ambience. Floor managers Michael Nager and Craig Mortimer are on hand to ensure the satisfaction of all patrons, directing the funky and spunky floor staff with aplomb.

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Sammy’s Kitchen Shop FG09, Canbera Centre Bunda Street, Canberra City Lunch Mon - Sun 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner Mon - Thur 5 - 10:30pm Fri - Sat 5 - 11:30pm Sun 5 - 10pm Tel 02 6247 1464

Quick Facts Chinese & Malaysian cuisine Entrées from $3.60 Soup from $4.50 Mains from $10.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only

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or good quality Chinese or Asian food in the city, you should head to North Quarter on Bunda Street where you will find Sammy’s Kitchen. This bustling restaurant is a brand new version of the previous Sammy’s, which was located across the road and famous for simple high quality Chinese and Malay cuisine with a focus on traditional favourites. Many Canberrans would rate Sammy’s when discussing

where you can find the city’s best laksa or hawker noodle dishes like char kway teow. Also extremely popular here are a number of chef ’s favourites that include Shan Tung chicken – deep fried and shredded with cucumber, garlic and peanuts; or the Sammy’s Kitchen special – marinated pork, chicken, calamari, scallops and broccoli in oyster sauce. Seriously worth a try are some of the range of Malaysian curry dishes like Gulai ayam – boneless chicken

with potatoes and fragrant curry. Owner Sammy Chui is a veteran of the Canberra food industry, having worked at the famous Timmy’s Kitchen in Manuka for many years until opening Sammy’s sixteen years ago. Recently, he made the decision to relocate across the road and be part of the North Quarter dining precinct, and hence Sammy’s is now bigger and brighter, but obviously busier than ever with locals and visitors alike.


famous for simple high quality Chinese and Malay cuisine with a focus on traditional favourites

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Babar CafĂŠ & Bar 9/20 Allara Street, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon 8:00am - 4:00pm Tues - Sat 8:00am til late Tel 02 6248 6446

Quick Facts Modern CafĂŠ cuisine Breakfast from $5.40 Pastas from $12.00 Pizzas from $13.40 Mains from $16.40 Desserts from $7.50 Handmade truffles from $1.80 Fully licensed BYO wine only Popular dishes Mahout - tandoori chicken pizza (small) $15.40 (large) $24.40 Slow roasted lambshanks with vegetable ragoux $19.40


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hilst Babar is the newest addition to the North Quarter dining precinct, it is a well known name by many in Canberra who have visited their other locations. After successfully operating for the last seven years at City Walk, brothers Spiros and John Apostolopoulos have decided to tone down that restaurant’s operations to the level of a daytime café in favour of this big, bold incarnation of the Babar brand. The shiny new premises see a sophisticated new look but continue

to cater to a daily procession of office truants in search of a coffee fix, diners, movie buffs and a lively crowd of after-work drinkers, all lured by the up-market café food, well stocked bar and great coffee. The brightly lit cake display continues the tradition of featuring an amazing selection of house-made sweets, synonymous with the Babar name, that have proven so popular the brothers have been forced to open an off-premises bakery to keep up with demand. Friday afternoons regularly feature live jazz in the outdoor seating area and make for a great start to the weekend. To complement the regular breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, light snacks are available all day. For those that may be venturing into Canberra’s southern suburbs, Babar’s Woden establishment opens seven days a week, with a unique breakfast menu on weekends.

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Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse Ground Floor, North Quarter Canberra Centre, Canberra City Open 7 days Lunch & dinner 12pm - late Tel 1300 KINGSLEYS (1300 546 475) www.kingsleys.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine Starters from $13.90 Sides from $5.90 Mains from $13.90 Steaks from $22.90 Crabs (seasonal pricing) Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Singapore Chilli Mud Crab wok fried with a hot sticky tomato, black bean & chilli sauce Rib on the bone aged for 100 days, grain-fed Southern NSW 750g

Kingsleys keeps it simple, forgoing the urge to overdress in favour of focusing on

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ingsleys Steak & Crabhouse opened its doors in mid 2007 with a view to introducing Canberra to the tasty fare enjoyed for years by Sydneysiders. Reminiscent of the great American steakhouses, with comfy booth seating, dark timber detailing, a bar and small private dining room, Kingsleys keeps it simple, forgoing the urge to overdress in favour of focusing on quality steak & seafood. Entrées include wagyu carpaccio, buffalo mozzarella salad or the extremely popular Louisiana crab cakes. You will find 12 different cuts of steaks – from a 180g petite fillet to 300g mid rib-eye all the way up to the massive kilo t-bone. There are also surf & turf options – including the rib-eye topped with prawns & béarnaise sauce. Crabs come in 3 varieties: Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab or Mud Crab, with recommendations on the menu of how to have each served – wok fried Singapore Chilli, crusted with salt & pepper, steamed or chilled in the shell with mayonnaise. Weekly specials include everything from snow crab linguine to wagyu beef lasagne and a chargrilled emu fillet. Desserts have recommended drinks matches and include coffee & vanilla bean brulee, Kingsleys key lime pie and caramel cheesecake. A truly impressive wine list is dominated by big South Australian reds & a range of Australian & New Zealand whites.

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City Labor Club Petrie Plaza, Canberra City Open Mon - Fri 7am ‘til late Sat - Sun 10am ‘til late Tel 02 6230 0404 www.laborclub.com.au

Quick Facts Club cuisine Entrées from $9.50 Mains from $14.50 Light meals from $5.50 Recent Awards ClubsACT Awards for Excellence Club of the Year 2007

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he new City Labor Club has been designed to spark a new vitality in Canberra’s city district, the focus being superior dining facilities and lounge style comfort in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as a gaming lounge. The modern design and plush décor make it inviting to members and interstate visitors, and staff pride themselves on providing a top quality experience within an affordable price bracket. The Club has everything for a

business lunch, a quick afternoon snack or a sophisticated evening of cocktails and dinner. At the bar, a wide variety of beer on tap includes the Japanese wheat beer Asahi and Coopers Pale Ale. Other imports such as Stella Artois, Heineken, Becks and Hoeggarden White are also available by the bottle. You will find a range of wines, spirits and other drinks to suit all tastes with old-fashioned club pricing being retained despite the up-market labels. The wine

menu encompasses a wide range of grape varieties from all wine making regions of Australia, including the Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley and Margaret River. All wine is available by the glass or bottle.  Cocktails can be enjoyed in the cocktail bar Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Members and guests can enjoy a cheap, safe alternative to relax with their friends before hitting the night spots, offering late night drinks.


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superior dining facilities and lounge style

comfort in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as a gaming lounge


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Debacle 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Mon - Fri 9:00am til late Sat - Sun 8:30am til late Tel 02 6247 1314

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine Tapas from $6.90 Mains from $15.90 Salads from $8.90 Pizzas from $11.50 Fully licensed

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ot quite a pub, not quite a café, Debacle is hard to categorise unless there’s a special name for places where you just love passing time over a refreshing drink or a quick meal. It’s the kind of place you’d stumble across in Newtown or St Kilda. It’s casual, it’s funky and it’s understated. The menu features a wide choice of dishes and gourmet pizzas, but the show stopper is the large

steamed mussels, served with one of the chef ’s appetising sauce creations. Light snacks are available, and if you’re just after a drink, you’ll be tempted to try at least one of the 70 imported beers or 30 wines available by the glass. Debacle now also has espresso coffee. Breakfast is another Debacle specialty and it’s available all day. Looking out you’ll notice the view is not typical of other social districts throughout

Canberra. Industrial meets cosmopolitan in the inner city trajectory of Londsdale Street, fast becoming the place where local designers are choosing to showcase their wares.


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It’s the kind of place you’d stumble across in Newtown or St Kilda. It’s casual, it’s funky and it’s

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O Stratos Greek Taverna 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Lunch Mon - Fri from 12.00pm Dinner Mon - Sat from 6.00pm Tel 02 6257 8200

Quick Facts Greek cuisine Entrées from $8 Mains from $15 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Moussaka $16.90 Lamb rack cutlets marinated and charcoal grilled $26.00 Flour dusted and seasoned clamari $11.50 (e) / $23.00 (m) Platters to share from $42.00

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n a city with more than its fair share of Turkish, Italian, Chinese or Thai restaurants, O Stratos Greek Taverna is one of the few places where Greek food can be found, and is certainly the closest to a real taverna experience one would get in the nation’s capital. Owner Stan Daglis has created a relaxed and unpretentious setting with traditional Greek café chairs on polished concrete floors and bi-fold doors that open up inviting the sounds of the street into the colourful space in the

warmer months. Traditional favourites – such as Moussaka – feature prominently on the menu, and are what this Lonsdale Street eatery does best. The grill works overtime turning out souvlaki skewers of lamb, pork or chicken, lamb cutlets, and whole fresh fish (of which there is a good selection on the blackboard). Meze style dishes of octopus and calamari are always good and vegetarians are well catered for with dishes such as Dolmades (rice rolled in vine leaves) or Yemista (oven baked stuffed vegetables). Those adventurous souls wishing to try Greek wine other than Retsina, will be pleasantly surprised by good quality reds like the Boutari Syrah or Xinomavro (merlot) and crisp whites such as Santorini or Kretikos.


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Traditional favourites – such as Moussaka – feature prominently on the menu, and are what this Lonsdale Street eatery does best


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Kitschen 1/18 Elouera St Braddon (cnr Elouera & Lonsdale Sts) Open Mon - Sat breakfast, lunch & dinner Tel 02 6247 2946

Quick Facts Modern Italian cuisine Starters from $8.90 Salads from $15.90 Pasta from $15.90 Mains from $24.90 Light meals from $14.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Penne Milano with pesto, pinenuts, sun-dried tomato and finished in light olive oil $15.90 Veal Saltimbocca – veal medallions wrapped in prosciutto on a pumpkin purée finished with a sage butter sauce $25.90 Recent Awards Australian Hotels Association (ACT) Best casual dining under 100 seats 2006

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raddon’s Lonsdale Street is typical of one of those formerly industrial streets that are situated just outside a city’s CBD which reinvent themselves to cater to quirky boutiques, quality art galleries and interesting eateries. One such eatery is Kitschen, located at the roundabout where Lonsdale street meets Elouera street. Dining at Kitschen is a casual affair, with friendly service the theme throughout

the day. This establishment does breakfast, lunch and dinner and gets its fair share of coffee loving business types through the day. The menu is very much in the Mediterranean school as entrées such as antipasto or Spanish chorizo would testify. Pasta is well represented with classic combinations such as spaghetti pescatora or fettuccine carbonara and mains range from an excellent veal saltimbocca to tempura battered fish and chips.

Salads get a little Asian however with choices such as tandoori chicken with onion, roquette and citrus mayonnaise or chilli beef with sweet soy dressing and leafy greens. A good selection of sweets include a very tempting and traditional Tiramisu, and a well priced wine list rounds things up very nicely.


Dining at Kitschen is a casual affair, with friendly service the theme throughout the day

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Ruby Chinese Restaurant Ground Floor 18 Woolley Street, Dickson Lunch Thur - Tues 12:00pm - 2:00pm Dinner Thur - Tues 5:00pm - 11:30pm Tel 02 6249 8849

Quick Facts Live seafood and Cantonese cuisine EntrĂŠes from $5.00 Mains from $14.80 Desserts from $6.00 Banquets from $30.00 per head Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Premium marbled wagyu beef Pippies with X.O. sauce Steamed crab Braised lobster with ginger & shallot Oysters natural or with ginger & shallot (all market price)

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uby is one of those Chinese restaurants that reminds you of a classic Chinatown eatery — and rightly so. Located in Canberra’s version of Chinatown in Dickson, it is famous for its live seafood, boasting tanks of lobster, crabs, fresh and saltwater fish, and occasionally abalone and prawns in its foyer. It is not uncommon to see delegations from a number of Canberra’s embassies using one of its many private rooms to entertain, and the main dining room still busy with diners til quite late— Ruby opens its kitchen a lot later than most Canberra restaurants. Its five chefs are trained in Hong Kong, have worked in Sydney and Melbourne’s biggest restaurants, and can whip up some 180 dishes. The restaurant’s atmosphere is casual and friendly—its the kind of place where the waiters call their regulars by name and happily recommend dishes. Owners Jimmy and Suzie Chan opened this family business more than 25 years ago. “Our family has a long history of running restaurants in Canberra,” says daughter and manager Amy, “we’ve been here forever and people love our food because it’s authentic.”

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Firestone Pizzeria | Bar Shop 1, 14 Woolley Street, Dickson Mon 5 - 10pm Tues - Sun 12 - 10pm Tel 02 6247 4447 www.firestonepizzeria.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Italian cuisine Pizzas from $8.90 Sharing plates from $6.90 Pastas & risottos from $14.90 Desserts from $9.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Risotto balls of swimmer crab & chives with chilli and caper oil $9.90 Tomato, mozzarella, bocconcini, king prawns, basil, chilli & semi-dried tomato pizza $16.90 Rigatoni with smoked chicken, garlic, parsley, tomato, pinenuts and balsamic vinegar $16.90 Strawberry, marshmallow & white chocolate pizza $9.90

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hilst it’s true that Dickson’s Woolley street has been nicknamed the Chinatown of Canberra, in actual fact this well known eat street caters to a vast array of tastes, including Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, Turkish and of course Italian. Newly opened pizza bar Firestone sits comfortably in this eclectic smorgasbord of flavour, with its Italian inspired menu that features wood-fired pizzas – as the name may suggest. The

restaurant has a fresh and hip feel. Plush bench seats run the length of the long narrow space and dark timber furniture sits on a polished concrete floor. Staff are young and cheerful, and the feeling is casual and light. Wood-fired pizzas are perfectly crisp, and calzones may be stuffed with traditional fillings like mozzarella, pepperoni or asparagus. A wide selection of sharing and caring plates of tidbits such as calamari, haloumi or swimmer-crab risotto balls feature alongside the expected

offerings of pastas and risottos to round out the savoury. The sweet, however gets quite novel. A range of sweet pizzas such as strawberry, marshmallow and white chocolate give a twist on dessert that works surprisingly well. A good selection of Australian wines and imported and local beers cover the beverages quite well, and this fun destination is inclined to stay open a little longer on Friday and Saturday nights.


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Firestone sits comfortably in this eclectic smorgasbord of

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Pulp Kitchen Shop 1, Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie shops, Ainslie Lunch Tues - Fri 12 - 2pm Dinner Tues - Sat 6 - 9.30pm Tel 02 6257 4334 www.pulp-kitchen.com.au

Quick Facts European cuisine Entrées from $12.00 Mains from $18.00 Desserts from $10.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only $4.00 corkage per person Popular dishes Braised lamb shanks with parsley puree and red onion confit and watercress $18 (e) / $26 (m) Roquet blueberry risotto with grana padano $16 (e) / $22 (m) Duck confit with roast baby potatoes and a warm sweetcorn and basil salad $26.90

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isitors to Canberra who decide to step outside the usual restaurant precincts will truly be rewarded if they make their way to Ainslie’s newest dining destination, Pulp Kitchen. Here is an inner north eatery with an unfussed atmosphere–slightly distressed café chairs and tables, polished concrete floors and muted browns create the landscape in which unpretentious waiting staff navigate the room, always friendly yet unintrusive. The open kitchen shares the space with the diners, in a way communicating the fact that this is no show pony. Having done his time in some of the finest restaurants around the world, owner and chef Christian Hauberg now outright rejects million dollar fitouts in favour of rustic simplicity; and shuns haute cuisine in favour of real, flavoursome food and masterful technique. The menu highlights all that is good about European food by staying close to its rural roots. One may find octopus braised in red wine, with asparagus, kipfler potatoes and dill; or rare beef salad with basil ricotta, burnt lemon and chilli. Heartier dishes may include braised lamb shanks with parsley puree and red onion confit. A great selection is also available on the blackboard and almost always features a perfect dry-aged sirloin. Desserts get a little more urbane with offerings such as bitter chocolate terrine on a pistachio and vodka milkshake. Most dishes are available in either entrée or main, and prices can only be described as sensible. A small and interesting wine list features local labels and complements the menu.


The menu highlights all that is good about European food by staying close to its

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Axis Restaurant National Museum of Australia Acton Peninsular, Acton Lunch Tues - Sun from 12:00pm Dinner Tues - Sat from 6:00pm Breakfast Sunday from 8:30am Tel 02 6208 5176 www.canberra.park.hyatt.com

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine EntrĂŠes from $15.00 Mains from $22.50 Desserts from $14.50 Fully licensed BYO wine only Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) WINNER Informal Modern Australian Restaurant 2005

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reat dining continues to appear amongst our national institutions. In this case Axis, at the National Museum of Australia. Axis was named the Restaurant & Catering Association’s Best Restaurant for 2005, and little wonder. Innovative Modern Australian cuisine is served either inside the sun lit dining room or on the wide deck, both of which boast expansive views over the lake. This is a contemporary restaurant, with a very smooth feel and one of the best views in Canberra. In typical Australian style the menu is influenced by Asia and Europe and utilises some of the best local ingredients. This is evident in the Salad of wagyu beef served with seaweed & petite leaves, seared spring bay scallops & baby cress with a green horseradish aioli. Or the very popular Creole spiced Bundawarra free range pork fillet resting on softened polenta with vanilla braised pork belly on savoy cabbage. Service is what you would expect from this type of establishment, with professional well informed and attentive staff on hand to make things run smoothly. An extensive wine list with some great Australian or local labels complements the fresh and seasonal menu, and the desserts are a cut above.

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Experience the village atmosphere of Kingston by night. Join the locals in conversation over authentic Italian, Thai, Portuguese or Chinese. Go a little more formal with modern Australian overlooking Green Square. Watch the world go by on Manuka’s Franklin Street while sharing delicious meals from around the world. Explore a range of flavours such as Indian, Moroccan, Chinese, Thai and more. Head into the inner south suburbs or to Woden for relaxed and efficient dining with quality in mind. pa n ga e a | s a f f r o n | m y c a f é | l e r e n d e z v o u s | j e w e l o f i n d i a f u e l | j u s q y t l y | g i n s e n g | v e r v e c a f é & ba r | m e c c a ba h t h e w i n e & c h e e s e p r o v i d o r e | f i r s t f l o o r | va c o ’ s p o r t u g u e s e g r i l l l a d o l c e v i t a | m ada m w o o | t h a i c h i a n g r a i | l a r u s t i c a t r a t t o r i a f i ga r o | e l e m e n t | p e pp e r e d p r a w n


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Pangaea Corner Franklin and Furneaux Streets, Manuka Open 7 days 12pm til late Tel 02 6232 6600 www.pangaearestaurant.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine Sides from $7.00 Tasting plates from $10.00 Pizzas $18.00 Tasting banquets from $35.00pp Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Indoor/outdoor seating Popular dishes Seared sashimi grade yellowfin tuna with soy & seeded mustard & wasabi mayonnaise $14.00 Steamed asparagus spears with crispy prosciutto, soft poached freerange egg, shaved parmesan $10.00 pan seared tasmanian scallops, potato roesti & tomato salsa $14.00

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hen all the plates were one, the world’s land mass was known as Pangaea. This popular Manuka restaurant of the same name takes this philosophy to heart, and expresses it in the international fusions served simply in the form of unique dishes known as Plates of Pangaea. These plates, which make up the bulk of the menu, are delicious little creations specifically designed to share, and are available all day. Whilst Pangaea does serve a

limited range of decidedly high quality mains, mainly focused on pasta and fresh seasonal seafood, diners are encouraged to embrace the idea of sharing – think Chinese, meze or tapas – so its not uncommon to see a procession of these dishes head to tables, either as courses in a range of set menus, or simply ordered at diners’ discretion. International influences are evident when perusing the selection: Spring rolls are filled with barramundi and served with a sweet Thai

dipping sauce; meatballs are made with pork, chicken and lemongrass and come with a Chinese barbeque sauce. Seared haloumi cheese is perfect with olive tapenade and spanish onion salsa; crispy pork belly is lifted by an apple and star anise chutney. The fitout is warm and inviting with an exotic touch that fits the international flavour, and al fresco dining is hugely popular within the large and well designed outdoor area.


diners are encouraged to embrace the idea of sharing – think Chinese, meze or tapas

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Saffron Franklin Street, Manuka Open 7 days Lunch 12-2pm Dinner 6-10pm Tel 02 6295 7068 www.saffronrestaurant.com.au

Quick Facts East Mediterranian cuisine Entrées from $10.90 Mains from $19.90 Desserts $10.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Castalita $26.90 Sam Keh Harvah – snapper with chilli and coriander sauce $24.90 Poached pear in saffron sauce and dried fruits $10.90 Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Finalist Specialty Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Finalist Wine List 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner Specialty Restaurant 2006

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t is interesting to note that this popular restaurant on Franklin street bills its fare as east Mediterranean. When considering the flavours of Lebanon, Greece and Turkey are so closely aligned they could almost be passed off as one cuisine, east Mediterranean it is! Brothers Max and Marvin Azize have been involved in the food industry for quite some time and are well known in Canberra for their hospitality. With Saffron, their mission over the last four years has been to create a refined dining experience that pays tribute to their roots and embraces all that is shared with the cuisines of this particular part of the world. That the philosophy works is confirmed by the flavours that dominate the menu. For entrées, mushrooms are cooked in olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs. Scallops dressed with white wine, garlic and coriander. Feta cheese and herbs are rolled into delicate filo and freshly baked. Mains include dishes like Castalita–lamb cutlets with tomato puree, red wine, chilli & olive oil; or Sujuc–a hearty baked foil parcel of Armenian salami and vegetables. Service is genuinely warm and wine matching is well executed for those in unfamiliar territory. The dining room is a simply decorated, light and cheerful space with linen on tables keeping it smart, and outdoor dining is also available.


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My Café Franklin Street, Manuka Sun - Wed 8:00am- 10:30pm Thur 8:00am- 11:30pm Fri - Sat 8:00am- 12:00am Tel 02 6295 6632

Quick Facts Modern Café cuisine Breakfast from $4.50 Light meals from $6.00 Lunch mains from $9.50 Dinner mains from $15.90 Desserts from $8.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Lamb Jumbuck $18.90 Chicken Breast filled with Tasmanian Brie, pine nuts & baby spinach $18.90 My Café’s Big Breakfast $16.50


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or over 15 years, My Café has been one of Canberra’s most well known meeting places. And for more reasons than one. Surrounded by the city’s most popular bars and cafés, My Café takes in vast views of Manuka’s lively Franklin Street and offers a wide selection of restaurant quality food at café prices. The modern Australian menu has a touch of the Mediterranean but owner Angelo Petrides sums it up in two words: ‘comfort food’ (because of old favourites such as caesar salad, succulent steak and

My Café takes in vast views of Manuka’s lively Franklin Street and offers a wide selection of restaurant quality food

hearty burgers). The lamb jumbuck remains My Café’s biggest seller. Lamb tenderloins marinated in bush herbs are served on a bed of salad and topped with home-made tomato and basil sauce. Almost as popular is the chicken breast fillet baked with Tasmanian brie, pine nuts and spinach, with a berry glaze. My Café’s outdoor area is bustling all day long, especially on sunny Canberra days. You can easily lose track of time as you watch the world go by.

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Le Rendezvous Manuka Court Bougainville Street, Manuka Lunch Mon - Fri from 12:00pm Dinner Mon - Sat from 5:30pm Tel 02 6295 9763

Quick Facts Italian cuisine / Family restaurant Entrées from $15.00 Mains from $19.00 Desserts from $8.50 Pizzas from $9.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Chargrilled baby octopus on garden salad with fetta cheese and olives Gourmet pizza with prosciutto, sundried tomato, eggplant and artichoke Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner Best Family Restaurant 2007 Finalist Best Family Restaurant 2006 Winner Best Family Restaurant 2005 Finalist Best Family Restaurant 2004 Restaurant & Catering Association (AUS) Winner Best Family Restaurant 2003 Australian Hotels Association (ACT) Winner Best Family Restaurant 2007 Winner Best Family Restaurant 2006

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t’s not surprising that Le Rendezvous has won an array of awards for best family restaurant. With a special kids menu and relaxed atmosphere, it is one of the few restaurants in Canberra’s inner south where the whole family can enjoy a night out. Owners Michael and Sue Giugni have three children of their own and decided to maintain the restaurant’s 40 year tradition of casual family dining when they took over management in 2003. With almost 20 different pizzas and 10 pasta dishes along with great seafood and steaks, there’s something to suit all tastes. The wine list offers a range of Australian and New Zealand accompaniments to your meal at

varying prices. You can also discover something new with the ‘Wine of the Month’, which showcases wine from local wineries and around Australia. The Giugni’s new addition of a gelato bar provides a delicious dessert option with 16 flavours of traditional Italian gelato to choose from. Le Rendezvous’ great service and kids activities make it a family affair to remember.


With a special kids menu and relaxed atmosphere, it is one of the few restaurants in Canberra’s inner south where the whole family can enjoy a night out.

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Jewel of India Unit 16, Level 1 Manuka Court, Manuka Lunch Mon - Fri 12:00pm- 2:00pm Dinner 7 nights 6:00pm- 10:00pm Tel 02 6295 7037 or 6295 6277

Quick Facts Indian cuisine EntrĂŠes from $7.50 Mains from $15.90 Desserts from $7.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Tandoori Chicken $14.90 Butter Chicken $17.90 Dumka Gosht $17.90 Beef Vindaloo $17.90 Gulab Jamun $7.00


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ith views over Bougainville Street and a welcome atmosphere, Jewel of India is considered one of the more genteel destinations serving authentic Indian cuisine in Canberra. With beautifully presented slow cooked standards and a banquet menu of unlimited serves, the menu certainly delivers. Scorching southern flavours and the north’s aromatic fare are given equal standing by owner Venkatesh Ramachandran. A fiery, yet flavoursome, Vindaloo is his hallmark. “It’s not tongue-

burning hot,” he explains. “It’s a head rush that comes from a mix of aromatic and heated spices.” Kadhai dishes — wok fried and served on a sizzling platter — are also popular, stealing the scene every time they’re served. Of course, the menu includes a variety of choices, including mild curries for those who prefer to protect their taste buds, scores of vegetarian delights and Tandoori breads baked to order. Plus, any dish can be adapted to suit special diets or individual tastes. Australian wines are available, along with Indian beers, such as Kingfisher and Taj Mahal.

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Fuel The Lawns Bougainville Street , Manuka Opening Hours: Breakfast Mon - Sat 7 - 11.30am Lunch Mon - Sat 12 - 2.30pm Dinner Mon - Sat 6pm - late Coffee & cakes available all day Tel 02 6239 4462

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine Breakfast from $8.90 EntrĂŠes from $12.90 Mains from $19.90 Desserts from $9.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Szcechuan calamari shallow fried dusted with Szcechuan spice served with vanilla & orange glaze $16.90 Confit duck on pumpkin and pistachio polenta with broccolini & a brandy plum reduction $28.90 Vanilla brulĂŠe with strawberry compote $9.90

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ocated on a lovely sunny corner of The Lawns, Fuel caters to the Manuka business crowd during the day for breakfast and lunch, and loyal inner south leisurely diners by night, as it has for the last twelve years under its previous name The Tryst. Its current owner is the well respected Dave Hocking, who bought the place a couple of years ago and has brought his own flair and energy to a restaurant that remains as popular as ever. His menu is slanted towards upscale and contemporary cafe fare, and typical of the modern Australian fusion of European and Asian flavours. Entrees include quality Caesar salad or Turkish dips and bread, whilst mains are typified by seafood linguine, chorizo penne or Tuscan braised

lamb shanks. An interesting combination is found in the dijon honey dill chicken breast, which comes with herb roasted potatoes, banana salsa and crispy rice noodles. A good wine list features well chosen Australian and NZ wines plus a good selection of spirits. Coffee is very important here and is available, along with desserts, between food service. In the dining area, boldly coloured wrought iron sculptures feature alongside high quality Australian hardwood details, and beautiful timber framed windows open up to invite the ambience in during warmer months.

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Jusqytly M Centre, 9 Flinders Way, Manuka Lunch Tues - Sun 11.30am - 3pm Dinner Tues - Sat 5pm - 10pm Breakfast Sat - Sun 8am - 12pm Tel 02 6232 6200

Quick Facts Modern Casual cuisine Entrées from $13.00 Mains from $23.00 Desserts from $8.00 Breakfast from $8.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Angus beef fillet with sweet potato & potato pavé, onion soubise & wild pepperberry jus $28.50 Caramelised passionfruit tart with piñacolada sorbet $12.00 Tasting plate $16.50pp

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ince opening its doors in September of 2006, it has become apparent that Jusqytly prides itself on offering great quality food, beautifully presented, without the pomp. Accessibility is the name of the game here. Bi-fold doors open onto the street and the side terrace which accommodates outdoor diners. Indoor, things are modern and stylish, polished timber and bright feature walls. An eclectic, modern menu with diverse influences is presented

in a fresh and coherent fashion. Chinese master cookery, Royal Thai and earthy European dishes all happily cohabitate the culinary landscape that has been created by chef and owner Chris Drover. When asked how best to describe the menu, Chris goes no further than to call it Modern Casual, and is quick to point out that the aim is to provide exclusive flavours in a modern and relaxed environment accessible to everyone. At the front of house, Chris’ parents Bronwen

and David, both veterans of the food industry, head an efficient and friendly team that keeps the snob factor at bay and gives this eatery the warmth that is apparent in what is ultimately a family business. A good selection of wines are available, including some of the better offerings of the Canberra region. Along with lunch and dinner, Jusqytly also caters for the breakfast crowd on weekends.


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‌ the aim is to provide exclusive flavours in a modern and relaxed environment

accessible to everyone


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Ginseng 15 Flinders Way Manuka Lunch 7 days 11:30pm - 2:00pm Dinner 7 nights from 5:00pm Tel 02 6260 8346 Fax 02 6260 8347

Quick Facts Modern Chinese Entrées from $3.00 Mains from $10.80 Desserts from $5.00 Vegetarian dishes from $9.80 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Five Spice Squid $11.80 (e) /$16.80 (m) XO Scallops $24.80 Almond crumbed king prawns $10.80 Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (AUS) Best Chinese Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Best Chinese Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Best Chinese Restaurant 2006 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Best Chinese Restaurant 2005 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Best Chinese Restaurant 2004

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fter winning the ACT Restaurant & Catering award for Chinese restaurant for the fourth year in a row, Ginseng went one step further in 2007 by taking out the national award, thereby confirming their position as one of Canberra’s must-visit restaurants. The secret of success here is an uncomplicated Chinese menu with hints of Western technique employed by owner and chef Rockie Cheung in this lively

double storey restaurant with Flinders Street views. Rockie is a Canberra boy, completing his apprenticeship locally, before working at Sydney’s Opera House and Radisson Plaza. If he spends more time as host these days, his father Tung Shing, a traditional Chinese chef with many years of experience in the local industry, makes things happen in the kitchen. The result is an unconventional, yet scrumptious menu that impresses sufficiently with dishes such as

king prawns on vermicelli with XO sauce; or delicately crumbed with almonds. At the same time, classic Asian dishes are offered – regulars always order the five spice squid or soft shell crab or the crispy duck pancake. The mix of cuisines means a unique serving style–both individual entrées and mains, and some 80 dishes for sharing are options. Sunny blue and yellow decor, and glass windows on both floors fold open for al fresco dining in the warmer months.


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The secret of success here is an uncomplicated

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Verve CafĂŠ & Bar Cnr Franklin Street & Flinders Way Manuka Lunch 7 days 12 - 2:30pm Dinner 7 days 6 - 10pm Breakfast from 9am weekends Coffee all day from 10:30am weekdays from 9am weekends Tel 02 6239 4666 www.vervecafebar.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine EntrĂŠes $11.90 Mains $20.90 Pastas & Risottos $17.90 Breakfast from $9.90 Light meals from $11.90 Fully licensed Good vegetarian and gluten-free options Popular dishes Veal escalopes with grilled haloumi, chat potato and asparagus and a semi-dried tomato jus $26.90 Meringue topped with wild berry compote, double cream and grand marnier sauce $12.90 Salt & pepper squid tossed with rocket & parmesan with spicy mayonnaise $16.90

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n the sun-soaked corner of Franklin street and Flinders way, you will find Verve, a busy and bustling restaurant that has won a solid following of Canberrans and visitors looking for a fun place to get together. Whilst the menu is fresh and creative, and the service eager, the reason so many keep coming back is that they may simply enjoy the overall ambience of the place. It may be the large window fascia

that allows them to see the world go by even when dining within the modern dining room, or it may be that they enjoy catching up with friends around the gorgeous stone fireplace, coffee or cocktails in hand. The Verve menu is billed as Modern Australian, with Asian and Mediterranean influences dominating the eclectic and wide ranging choices. Favourites such as caesar salad, calamari or dips with pita bread share the entree

list with more adventurous offerings like aniseed poached pears, chevre and chestnuts tossed with mesclun. Mains may feature dishes such as twice cooked duck confit with bok choy and a juniperberry and plum jus, alongside a good selection of pastas and risottos, stir-fries and paella. The wine list is wide ranging and cocktails are a speciality, whilst brunch is popular on weekends or weekdays.


Whilst the menu is fresh and creative, and the service eager, the reason so many keep coming back is that they may simply enjoy the overall ambience of the place

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Mecca Bah The Terrace, Cnr Franklin Street and Flinders Way, Manuka Open for lunch and dinner 7 days from 12.00pm - 10.00pm For bookings Tel 02 6260 6700 www.meccabah.com

Quick Facts Moroccan & Middle Eastern cuisine Mezze from $4.80 Mains from $16.30 Desserts from $8.80 Fully licensed Popular dishes Sweet potato felafels with tahini $8.60 Tunisian Carrot Salad $8.20 Moroccan spiced calimari with Turkish bean salad $20.00 Sticky banana & date pudding $11.30

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ith over 20 years experience in some of Melbourne’s top restaurants, Mecca Bah principle chef Cath Claringbold creates a menu reliant on adventurous use of Moroccan and Middle Eastern herbs and spices to create distinctive flavour combinations. Under the watchful eye of head chef James Rivard, the subtle flavours and fragrant spice combinations are drawn together with quality Australian produce to create a modern interpretation of Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. The innovative menu encourages guests to taste a range flavours in an informal, communal dining experience. Mezze are served in hand made serving dishes from Tunisia and include Turkish kofte with yogurt and mint sauce and kataifi pastries filled with Middle Eastern cheeses. Awardwinning Turkish pizzas, such as roast pumpkin, chilli, pomegranate jam and fetta, and Cath’s favourite tagines, including lamb with preserved lemon, green olive and harissa, are always popular menu choices. A stunning water feature beckons invitingly out the front of Mecca Bah’s alfresco dining area. Warm colours, soft cushions, and Middle Eastern trimmings, such as rows of colourful tagine pots and intricate mosaic wallpaper, decorate the restaurant with deep banquette lounges, allowing guests to soak up the ambiance. An intimate private dining room offers some privacy for larger groups, with exquisite lead-light lanterns adding to the illusion of a traditional Moroccan eating house.

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The Wine & Cheese Providore 25-29 Manuka Terrace Flinders Way, Manuka Open 7 days a week Providore open 8am - 6pm Bottle shop Open Sun - Thurs 10am - 8pm Fri & Sat 10am til late Tel 02 6134 6682 wineandcheeseprovidore.com.au

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ecca Bah owners Cath Claringbold and Damian Trytell have now launched The Wine & Cheese Providore in Manuka for lovers of fine wine, artisan cheeses and excellent produce. This gorgeous new cafĂŠ, specialty grocer and bottle shop offers fabulous produce driven breakfasts, drawing on much of the specialty product available in store. Open from early morning seven days a week, the good food continues all day with a cafĂŠ menu and fresh sandwiches, baguettes, salads and cakes to take away that have all been made on the premises. Inside The Wine & Cheese Providore, one is surrounded by the delicious aromas of premium local and imported artisan cheese, fresh bread and great coffee. The mezzanine level offers intimate seating inside the store, alongside the action of the open kitchen and cheese display.The bottle shop, staffed with friendly knowledgeable assistants, stocks a variety of wines from the everyday tipple to rare and unusual bottles for cellaring and special occasions. Those with time to relax can have a seat and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine, or create their own sumptuous cheese, antipasto platter or a simple charcuterie platter with crusty baguette. On your way out, browse the shelves for great gift ideas, or pick up some great pasta, pasta sauce and ingredients for a quick and healthy dinner.

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First Floor Jardine Street Green Square Kingston Lunch Tues - Fri 12:00pm- 2:00pm Dinner Mon - Sat from 6:00pm Tel 02 6260 6311 Fax 02 6260 6363 www.firstfloor.net.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian Entrées from $13.90 Mains from $18.90 Desserts $10.90 Soup from $10.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Golden Calamari $14.90 (e) / $18.90 (m) Kangaroo and Cabernet pie $24.90 Salt Baked Duck $26.90 Recent Awards AHA (ACT) Best Restaurant 2005 Entertainment Gold Award Best Fine Dining 2005

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uzzing and metropolitan — the essence of First Floor is fine dining in an industrial setting, whether for romance or functions. Upstairs and over-looking Green Square, it’s the perfect place to survey Kingston’s action, especially in warm weather when the windows fold open for a balcony effect. Locally trained and with experience in some of Canberra and Sydney’s best restaurants, owner and executive chef Darren Perryman creates simple and tasty food, with award-winning results. The Golden Calamari is a crowd pleaser, dusted with chilli salt, as are the melt-in-the-mouth Lamb Shanks, slow braised and set on creamy mash. The real delight is that most meals come in entrée and main sizes. Not that First Floor is only for diners — there’s plenty of room at the bar for drinks. In fact, cocktails are a specialty and various entrées double as bar snacks. There’s also a superb selection of Australian wines, including a few from the Capital region. Darren has also been busy recently with the opening of his café, Double Shot, in Deakin, so if you find yourself in the area drop in for a quality espresso or light meal.


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On your way out, be sure to pick up one or two of Darren Perryman’s

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Vasco’s Portuguese Grill 46 Giles Street, Kingston Lunch Tues - Fri 12.00am - 2.30pm Dinner 7 nights 5.30pm - 10.00pm Tel 02 6232 7034

Quick Facts Portuguese cuisine EntrĂŠes from $10.00 Mains from $22.00 Desserts from $10.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Sado Eye fillet medallions and King Balmain Bugs $33.00 Portuguese BBQ Chicken $23.00 Sardines Escabeche $14.00 Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Finalist European Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Finalist European Restaurant 2006 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner European Restaurant 2005

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asco’s Portuguese Charcoal Grill, on Kingston’s Giles Street, is one of the few restaurants offering authentic Portuguese cuisine in Canberra.The menu features a great selection of grilled seafood and meat dishes, and of course, barbecued chicken served with the quintessential Piri-Piri sauce. Butterflied, marinated and grilled, it fills the restaurant with a mouth watering aroma, ensuring that it is the most popular dish on the menu. Platters are also available to share,

and seem to be the best way to enjoy this kind of cuisine if one is dining with a sizeable group, allowing diners to sample much of what is good here. Soft blue and yellow tones, along with some rustic touches to the decor, help create an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere in the long dining space, and Al fresco diners are catered for with outdoor tables on the sidewalk. Kids are catered for with a great value children’s menu, obviously appreciated by the many locals and their families that dine here on a regular basis.

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La Dolce Vita 34 Giles Street, Kingston Lunch Mon - Fri 12:00pm - 3:00pm Dinner 7 nights from 6:00pm Tel 02 6295 7877

Quick Facts Italian cuisine Entrées from $11.90 Mains from $21.90 Desserts from $9.90 Pastas from $16.90 Pizzas from $17.50 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Spaghetti Scampi $24.50 Vitello Cacciatore $21.90 Ravioli Aurora $19.90

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ver the years, La Dolce Vita has become an institution in the leafy inner south suburb of Kingston. Dining here for the first time, one may sense a familial warmth in this rustic eatery. Many patrons will know the menu off by heart – and the waiting staff by name. Many will have frequented a number of restaurants, over the past twenty years or so, operated by charismatic owner

and chef Salvatore. Certainly, this restaurant has not escaped the attention of neighbourhood regulars, or high ranking pollies when parliament is sitting. Plate-sized pizzas are always good with ingredients such as prosciutto or ham off the bone, fresh mushrooms or artichokes. Pastas range from standards like Spaghetti Marinara, an ample serve with fresh seafood done in tomato or cream, or specials of the house such as

the Penne Mosca Vita, a great tasting combination of vodka, smoked salmon and cream. The standout, however, is the ricotta filled ravioli. Made fresh daily by Salvatore’s mother Anna, a fortyyear veteran of the restaurant game, it is served with a simple sauce of tomato and basil and should not be missed. Mains include a number of traditional dishes such as Saltimbocca – a stack of pan-fried veal and bacon with a rosemary sauce.


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charismatic chef and owner salvatore

anna (salvatore’s mother), a veteran of the restaurant game

This restaurant has not escaped the attention of neighbourhood regulars, or

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Madam Woo 38 Giles Street, Kingston Lunch Tues - Fri 12 - 2.30pm Sun 12 - 2.30pm Dinner Tues - Sun 5 - 10pm Closed Mondays Tel 02 6239 4220 or 02 6232 6932 www.madamwoo.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Asian cuisine Entrées from $6.00 Mains from $14.80 Desserts from $7.50 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Salt and pepper squid from $11.80 (e) Madam Woo coconut lime chicken $16.80 Red curry prawns $22.80 ‘The Butterfly’ Japanese fried ice cream $7.50 Jasmine tea smoked duck $28.80

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he imaginative approach to food continues to be refined in the kitchen of this family business, with Jacky Woo now taking over the cooking duties from brother Daniel. Jacky’s cooking brings a lighter touch whilst staying true to the family recipes that have made this restaurant so popular. The philosophy behind Madam Woo’s cuisine that makes it unique is that “each continent

has its own distinct flavour, therefore the food must be adapted to suit its environment”. Traditional Woo family recipes are refined to complement the climate and the wide variety of wines and beers that are enjoyed in Australia. Madam Woo offers dishes of mostly Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Chinese, and Vietnamese origins, such as coconut lime chicken, red curry prawns, along with laksa, which

they are becoming well known for. On the floor, efficient and cheerful service is managed by Jacky’s wife, Ruby. Whilst the restaurant looks quite small from the street, there are two distinct dining areas here. Out the back a rustic looking space is ideal for larger groups while the fit-out at the front is vibrant and funky and, like the food, adds its own distinct flavour to the dining scene of Kingston.


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Traditional Woo family recipes are refined to complement the climate and the wide variety of wines and beers that are enjoyed in Australia


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Thai Chiang Rai 48 Giles Street, Kingston Lunch Mon - Fri 12 - 2:30pm Dinner Mon - Sun 5 - 10pm Tel 02 6232 6999 www.thaichiangrai.com.au

Quick Facts Thai cuisine EntrĂŠes from $8.90 Mains from $15.90 Desserts from $5.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Duck Paa-lo - duck leg slow cooked in secret herbs & spices with figs and steamed asparagus Grilled chicken fillet with Thai pawpaw salad Macadamia scallops - stir fried with basil, mild chilli, onion, shallots and snow peas topped with macadamia nuts Recent Awards Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Finalist Thai Restaurant 2007 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner Thai Restaurant 2006 Restaurant & Catering Association (ACT) Winner Thai Restaurant 2005 Restaurant & Catering Association (AUS) Finalist Thai Restaurant 2006 Restaurant & Catering Association (AUS) Finalist Thai Restaurant 2005


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hen looking for Thai cuisine in the inner south, one should not overlook this stylish looking restaurant on Kingston’s busiest eat street. Named after Chiang Rai, a region in the north of Thailand, Thai Chiang Rai has consistently offered authentic and sometimes unique dishes that have impressed enough to see it win awards for Thai cooking in the ACT on a number of occasions. Whilst many lovers of this cuisine are drawn by the usual, and very well executed, array

of green and red curries, or the ever popular pad thai, those in the know come seeking owner and chef Nat Chaiyabarn’s list of house specials. In her unique style, duck legs are cooked in herbs and spices and served with figs and steamed asparagus; scallops are stir fried with basil, mild chilli, onion, shallots and snowpeas and topped with macadamia nuts; chicken fillet is grilled and served with a Thai paw-paw salad – and always served with the traditional Thai sticky rice. The interior is surprisingly warm and cosy for such a large space. Ceilings are high and interior details are painted in blue and yellow with bold touches of red, and walls are adorned with the occasional authentic item, such as a gorgeous golden tapestry, handmade in the mountains near Nat’s home town.

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La Rustica Trattoria 35 Kennedy Street, Kingston Lunch Mon - Fri 12:00pm- 2:30pm Dinner Mon - Sun 6:00pm- 10:30pm Tel 02 6295 0152

Quick Facts Italian / Family Restaurant Entrées from $13.90 Mains from $16.90 Desserts from $9.50 Pizza from $10.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes Spaghetti Pescatore $19.90 Scallopine Gamberi $23.90 Recent Awards MIX106.3 & ACT Tourism Best Of In Canberra Winner Canberra’s Best Restaurant 2005

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rom the warm rustic fit-out to the familiar aromas of fresh garlic, basil and rosemary, La Rustica feels a bit like a holiday in southern Italy. The cuisine is authentic. The chefs emigrated from the stunning Calabrian coastline of Mare Ionico, bringing with them the region’s culinary secrets. A family run business, La Rustica has been indulging Canberra taste buds for 14 years with a huge selection of reliably good Italian dishes including pasta, home-made gnocchi, veal, chicken, beef and of course, pizza. La Rustica’s casual environment makes it a great family venue and the combination of popular and regional dishes ensure there’s something for everyone. The simple Gnocchi Sorrento - rich tomato and basil sauce - is somehow perfect without all the fuss, while the Spaghetti Pescatore - fresh seafood, garlic, white wine, chilli and tomato sauce - gives marinara the edge. Seafood dishes are common in Calabria so expect a good selection. Like the menu, La Rustica’s wine list is big. It offers Australian, New Zealand and Italian wines and helps make lunch or dinner the complete Italian dining experience.

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Figaro 17 Kennedy Street, Kingston Lunch Wed - Fri 11:30am - 2pm Dinner 7 nights from 6pm Tel 02 6232 6922

Quick Facts Italian / Family Restaurant Entrées from $14.90 Mains from $20.90 Desserts from $10.90 Pizza from $19.90 Takeaway available $15.00 lunch special available weekdays Earlybird special Mon - Thurs 20% off before 7pm Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Popular dishes King Prawns Cognac $34.90 Filetto Siciliano eye filet with sautéed mushrooms $32.90 Fettucini Tartufo Nero $22.90 Risotto Aspargi $24.90 Caramel Pot $10.90

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t’s a joy to find a restaurant that balances a warm and friendly ambience with great food, and that is exactly what Figaro owner John Barone has managed to achieve – he is, however, the first to give credit to his team. Manager Jemma Gundry makes one immediately comfortable by her genuine warmth, effortlessly chatting with everyone from local families to some of the most influential figures in business and government. In the kitchen Chef Nino Pagano – a true artisan

– works with passion, combining decades of experience in the kitchens of Rome with fresh local ingredients, creating classic tastes rarely found in such an accessible setting. Simple things are done well. Pastas such as fettucine and gnocchi are made in house, with sauces that cannot hide their origins. Traditional Genovese style pesto, for example, is teamed with sun-dried tomatoes and served with any pasta that diners choose. But a look at the menu or blackboard confirms that seafood and meat dishes are truly the

drawcard here. Swordfish and salmon feature prominently, as does veal in typical Italian style. Popular choices also include lamb cutlets and char grilled beef dishes. A good wine list is offered, along with a selection of Italian liqueurs and desserts to finish.


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Chef Nino Pagano – a true artisan – works with passion, combining decades of experience in the kitchens of Rome with fresh local ingredients


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Element Griffith Shops Barker Street, Griffith Lunch Tues - Fri 12 - 3pm Dinner Mon - Sat 6 - 10pm Tel 02 6295 6915 elementrestaurant.com

Quick Facts Modern Australian cuisine EntrĂŠes from $9.00 Mains from $19.00 Desserts from $12.00 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Gluten free and vegetarian needs well catered for Popular dishes Roasted quail with porcini, sage and orange dust potato with gnocci in a white truffle oil and caramelised compote $17.00 Lamb cutlets on caramelised root vegetable and rosemary ravioli in sage noisette sauce with marinated fetta $28.00 5 flavour elements dessert for 2 (sour, salty, bitter, hot & sweet) $29.00 Element Degustation from $75.00 with wine from $95.00

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hilst it has been the trend lately for restaurants to locate to the quieter local shops in the inner suburbs, Barker street at Griffith shops has been known for years as a dining destination. Just a kilometre away from Manuka and home to half a dozen eateries, it is here you will find Element, the latest incarnation of an establishment that successfully operated under a number of guises over the last two decades. The energy that has come with a young and dynamic new ownership team is evident however, as soon as guests are greeted by host Roland Cheung, a ‘people person’ whose boyish charm and good nature would give one the impression everyone dining here is a personal friend of his. In the kitchen Shane Delamont has succeeded in delivering a refined menu of European influenced mod oz dishes that

would be more suited to more formal premises, but nonetheless are greatly appreciated by locals who enjoy the casual atmosphere and neighbourhood feel here. Food is complemented by the impressive wine matching skills and smooth service of Ryan Davies at the front. Element has two dining areas; the cosy shopfront seats around thirty and is treated with a minimalist touch while the back is rather sprawling, with bi fold doors opening onto a timber deck with bamboo walls, ferns and torches giving it an almost Balinese feel.


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guests are greeted by host Roland Cheung, a ‘people person’ whose boyish charm and good nature would give one the impression everyone dining here is a personal friend


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Peppered Prawn Sky Plaza 98 Corinna St Woden Town Centre Lunch Mon - Fri 12 - 2:30pm Dinner Mon - Sat from 6pm Opening times may change during winter, please call for details

Tel 02 6162 0122 www.pepperedprawn.com.au

Quick Facts Modern Australian / Seafood Entrées from $14.90 Mains from $19.80 Desserts from $10.90 Fully licensed BYO bottled wine only Gluten free and non seafood lovers catered for Early diners special Mon - Thurs In by 6pm out by 7:30pm Free bottle of house red or white per table (min 2pp) Popular dishes Drunken Oyster – grilled with bacon & special bourbon sauce Designed to Share – a selection of options for two or more featuring cold, grilled or hot seafood Blackboard Selections Daily fish specials available on blackboard depending on market freshness – choose your fish and create your dish


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ome visitors may assume there are not many options when it comes to seafood in Canberra, but this is a view that needs to be quashed right now. In truth, there are a number of reputable suppliers who make the daily trek to Sydney and the south coast with the sole purpose of supplying the city’s restaurants with the finest and freshest seafood on offer. One such place is Peppered Prawn, located at the base of Sky Plaza in Woden. This is a modern little restaurant

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offering a selection that ranges from traditional favourites like battered fish & chips to more innovative fare. The peppered prawn pot is the namesake dish – prawns with cream on a bed of diced onions and trio of peppercorns, always worth mopping up with bread roll provided. Oysters get interesting twists on standards. Drunken oysters, for example, are Kilpatrick style with a bourbon based sauce that creates a deliciously smokey and meaty flavour. Mains include variations on comfort food such as lamb shanks with tiger prawns and scallops on garlic mash & braised red cabbage; or a more mediterranean styled gnocchi with bug & crab meat, goats cheese, baby spinach, raisins and burnt butter. A good selection of sampling options like platters or towers of hot and cold platters are designed to share, and fresheness in every dish is paramount.

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On the northside, try one of the major multi-levelled pubs in the city, or go for something a little more intimate with cool grooves in Braddon. Head to O’Connor or to Braddon for a sports bar atmosphere or make a night of it at the casino. On the southside, get a little exotic in Manuka, or mix with the in-crowd in Kingston. c a s i n o c a n b e r r a | m o o s e h e ad s | t h e u n i p u b | b ba r c u b e n i g h t c l u b | k i n g o ’ m a l l e y ’ s | a l l ba r n u n k n i g h t s b r i dg e p e n t h o u s e | b i n a r a o n e | t h e ba h


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Casino Canberra Glebe Park, 21 Binara Street Canberra City Open 7 days 12:00pm - 5:45am Dining facilities a la carte 12 - 9pm snacks 12pm - 5:45am Nightclub 9pm - 3am Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night Tel 02 6257 7074 www.casinocanberra.com.au

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asino Canberra has revamped its entertainment, dining and gaming services to offer something for everyone. To start with, live music is back, and big time, with the best live musicians Canberra has to offer, handpicked by renowned musical director, Ian McLean. You’ll hear world class jazz, sultry Latin, or sizzling swing, all free of charge. The live entertainment is staged just next to the Main Bar, with a superb range of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits on hand. It’s a great place to relax and unwind with sensational live sounds on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm. The Party Pit is great

place to get into casino gaming, and offers great new games (like Three Card Poker) as well as casino classics like Blackjack. It’s designed as a fun, welcoming place with no pressure and lots of friendly staff. And for all us social players, games like Roulette have very low minimum bets. If you are after a good value meal before heading out on the town, The Grill Restaurant offers delicious options for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Select from a range of great entrées, move into mouth-watering mains, and a dessert menu to die for. Bookings are recommended as this restaurant has become extremely

popular. For those watching the poker tournaments on television, there’s a place to try your hand at the game for real. Casino Canberra has opened a new, expanded poker lounge featuring more tables and more chances to play. To play Texas Hold ‘em, a great way to start is by entering one of the regular tournaments. Casino Canberra strongly believes that it is not just a place just for serious gamers, but a place where everyone is welcome and catered for. It’s warm, welcoming, great fun and one of the best value nights out in town, so put it on your list as a must visit.


The casino is warm, welcoming, great fun and one of the best value nights out in town, so put it on your list as a must visit

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Mooseheads 105 London Circuit, Canberra City Opening Hours Downstairs Mon - Wed 11:00am - 3:00am Thur - Sat 11:00am - 5:00am Upstairs Thur - Sat 9:00pm - 5:00am Mon - Wed available for functions Tel 02 6257 6496 www.mooseheads.com.au

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ith four levels, and a diverse crowd of professionals, sporting heroes and students — Mooseheads is one of Canberra’s most impressive and award-winning pubs and nightclubs. The street and basement levels are laidback and pub style, with pool tables and comfortable seating. Framed sporting memorabilia reveals a long history supporting local teams. The bistro serves hearty pub favourites — including steak, fish and chips, and hamburgers — as well as salads, focaccia, pasta and pizza. Prices will delight and all meals are prepared from scratch. Cover bands and DJs pump up Fridays and the odd weeknight with rock ‘n’ roll classics. The top two levels are club dedicated, with sleek industrial styling. DJs get the dance floor spinning with Top 40 dance and R&B tunes, while ample booths allow chill-out time over classic cocktails or modern spirits, including Jagermeister, Alize or Absinthe. Private and mezzanine, the top floor is perfect for cool functions, from birthdays to launches.

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The Uni Pub cnr London Circuit & University Avenue, Canberra City Open 7 days 11.00am til late Tel 02 6247 5576

Quick Facts Ground Floor – Pub Bar 1st Floor – Bar & Grill 2nd Floor – Pool & Bar level 3rd Floor – Executive Lounge 4th Floor – Elevated Nightclub

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hat do you do with a heritage listed former bank building in the heart of Canberra’s professional and legal precinct? Turn it into Canberra’s biggest pub of course! The Uni Pub, located on the corner of University Avenue and London Circuit, is a venue that excites through its sheer ambition. Australia’s only five storey pub opened just before Christmas 2006 with a view to

catering to the growing number of professional workers, uni students and residents on the west side of the expanding CBD, and is certainly worth a visit for thirsty travellers in the city. Each level of this multi storey complex has a fully equipped bar with beer on tap and a great selection of wines & spirits. Each level is beautifully fitted out in a classic style and each has its own purpose: On street level you will find the Pub Bar, opening out to the street

with plenty of outdoor tables for patrons enjoying an after work drink. The first floor offers a restaurant, specialising in grilled pub fare; the second floor is dedicated to pool tables; the third is an executive lounge bar with a very exclusive feel and the top floor is a nightclub. Canberra’s biggest and newest pub is a great experience for those looking for a place that caters to a number of tastes and activities.


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B Bar 21 Kennedy Street, Kingston Open 7 days 3.00pm til late Tel 02 6295 1949 www.bbarkingston.com.au Popular cocktails Kennedy Evans Collins $13.00 Smashed lime and orange with a long pour of Jose Cuervo tequila charged with lemonade Vanilla Passion $13.00 Fresh lime and passionfruit with a generous measure of vanilla vodka

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ocated in Kennedy Street Kingston, B Bar is one of Canberra’s premier nightlife venues. Weeknights kick off at around 3pm with a great selection of delicious tapas sized bites available as accompaniments to the great range of bottled and tap beers and well respected wines that have made this bar a favourite destination for the after work crowd in the inner south. Temptation Tuesdays feature complimentary tapas and

bubbly between 5–8pm. A great selection of cocktails may include such treats as Berry Balsamic, a fusion of strawberries, vodka and balsamic vinegar; or Sam’s Sour, with Absolut Citron, Cointreau and sugar. As the weekend beckons, hip young things and partygoers infiltrate. An impromptu dance space rules the centre of the room as DJs play funky house beats to the enthusiastic crowd. The modern bar space is subtle – olive and metallic decor, smart light

fittings, groovy ottomans – and the heated courtyard area in the rear is one of the biggest outdoor drinking spaces in Canberra, great in summer and winter. On Sundays – between 4-9pm – $5 Coronas and two for one bubbly’s feature with DJs or live bands providing entertainment.

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dance space rules the centre of the room as DJs play funky house beats to the enthusiastic crowd

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ore than a nightclub, Cube is a home away from home with a sense of family so unique it cannot be compared. Canberra’s premier gay venue along with ARIA accredited resident DJs provide a mix of music beyond the charts, topped with beds, two way mirror, lockers, mosaics and loads of pouffes to sit on. Amazing theme parties such as Homo High School, Drag Queen/King Idol, Gender Bender and White Party compiled with poles on the centre stage, Cube makes for a cocktail of interest and fun – shaken not stirred – securing a night to remember everytime. Like the carousel located out the front of the club in the heart of the City, just come in and enjoy the ride. Above all Cube boasts a Zero

Violence Policy (see website) within the club ensuring the safest clubbing experience possible. From Thursday to Sunday your able to party before the weekend starts and well after its over.

33 Petrie Plaza London Circuit, Canberra City Opening Hours Thur 8:00pm - 5:00am Fri 9:00pm - 5:00am Sat 10:00pm - 5:00am Sun 9:00pm til late Tel 02 6257 1110 www.cubenightclub.com.au www.myspace.com/cubenightclub

Canberra’s premier gay venue embracing Australia’s gay culture whilst boasting a New York style interior


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ing O’Malley’s is a local icon, attracting a host of major hospitality awards. Over 10 Irish and Australian beers are available on tap, including Guinness, Kilkenny, Coopers and Bulmer’s Cider. There’s also a cocktail menu and the finest scotch, including Johnny Walker blue label. Like all good pubs King O’Malley’s offers a

King O’Malley’s wide selection of meals and snacks, including the popular wicklow wedges, BBQ prawns and beef and Guinness pie. Live entertainment sets off the lively nightlife, starting with jazz on Mondays and popular music by local rock bands from Thursdays to Saturdays. On Sunday nights, Irish folk musicians gather round a 100 year old bluegum table to play traditional Irish music. King

O’Malley’s expansive interior includes eight different areas, each with its own theme such as the Brewery Room, Blarney Room and The King’s Snug. The warmer months are best enjoyed in the outdoor beer garden where patrons can soak in the city activity. Highchairs and baby change facilities allow the whole family to share in the spirit of King O’Malley.

Live entertainment sets off the lively nightlife, starting with jazz on Mondays and popular music by local rock bands from Thursdays to Saturdays

131 City Walk, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Sat 11:00am til late Sun 12:00pm til late Tel 02 6257 0111 www.kingomalleys.com.au

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All Bar Nun O’Connor Shops, Macpherson Street, O’connor Tel 02 6257 9191 Open 7 days Midday til late Breakfast Fri - Sun 8am - 12pm www.allbarnun.com.au

Quick Facts Remote Broadband access available free of charge Sixteen beers on tap Sports loving venue Extensive menu including famous chicken burgers and gourmet pizzas Regular art exhibitions on display

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ver the last ten years, All Bar Nun has set the trend for the kind of relaxed “gastro-pub” establishments that have become popular in Canberra’s inner north. Offering one of Canberra’s largest selections of international and domestic beers along with good quality bar food such as gourmet pizzas, chicken burgers, antipasto and salads, this popular venue is certainly doing something right, judging by the number of patrons that can be found here, day or night, enjoying the casual setting and easy going ambience. After work drinks, lazy lunches and casual dinners are the main focus in the recently extended bar, and with the most recent expansion, it now caters for breakfast from Friday to Sunday. All Bar Nun is well known for its affiliations with many sporting groups, and provides large screen viewing of the big sporting events. Remote broadband access is also available for customers to study, work or just play around on the internet. Enjoy the weekend with a cool drink and good friends.

this popular venue is certainly doing something right, judging by the number of patrons that can be found here, day or night


Knightsbridge Penthouse 34 Mort Street, Braddon Tel 02 6262 6221 Summer 1st Oct to 31st Mar Tues - Wed 5:00pm - 12:00am Thur 4:00pm - 1:00am Fri 4:00pm - 4:00am Sat 2:00pm - 4:00am Sun 2:00pm - 10:00pm Winter 1st Apr to 30th Sept Tues 6:00pm - 12:00am Wed 5:00pm - 12:00am Thur 4:00pm - 12:00am Fri 4:00pm - 3:00am Sat 3:00pm - 3:00am Sun 3:00pm - 10:00pm

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ominated as one of Australia’s best cocktail bars, Knightsbridge Penthouse Lounge Bar is simply cool, blending the best of modern and old-time Bohemian style. Seating is ample and cosy, mirroring the feeling of a stylish lounge room. Chandeliers, candles and fibre optics lighting is intimate and equally eclectic. Knightsbridge also features a funky and intimate back courtyard. Spray

painted by some of Canberra’s best graffiti artists, it is perfect for a sunny afternoon or a warm evening.  Quality is the essential ingredient in all drinks, with top shelf or boutique spirits, and cocktails based on fresh ingredients. Australian wines also feature, including Canberra drops and wine tasting on the first Wednesday of each month. Thursday night sees $10 cocktails, while Friday Happy Hour boasts a free barbecue

from 5pm-8pm. Check out “Sunday Sets” - once a fortnight - for a chance to see and hear some of Canberra’s best blues, rock and jazz bands, free of charge. Starting at 4pm with the last band finishing at 7pm, here is a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Never too loud, funk and soul - from Nina Simone and James Brown to the latest tunes - spin from an upright piano converted into a DJ booth.

Knightsbridge also features a funky and intimate back courtyard spray painted by some of Canberra’s best graffiti artists

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ontemporary and stylish is the best way to describe Binara one, modelled on Europeanstyle bars in international centres such as New York, Paris and Milan. The back-lit bar, long lounge area and modern designer furnishings help to create the perfect spot for after-work drinkers to congregate on weeknights, or the young and the hip on weekends. An upmarket setting with

great cocktails, Binara one opens daily from 4pm until late, has an outdoor terrace with seating for the warmer months, and provides funky Dj’s and vocalists several nights a week. 1 Binara Street, Canberra City Open 7 days 4:00pm til late Tel 02 6247 8999

The back-lit bar, long lounge area and modern designer furnishings help to create the perfect spot


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he popular Mecca Bah restaurant is now joined by The Bah, an intimate and stylish bar that is situated on The Terrace, directly opposite Mecca Bah looking out over Manuka. The Bah offers diners an ideal spot to meet a group of friends before dinner at Mecca Bah, a drink before the movies, or just as a sophisticated, cosy space to come and enjoy the

smart cocktail list, exceptional wine list, open fireplace and ambient music. Mecca Bah provides a modern interpretation of Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine and The Bah continues on the theme, with a small bar menu featuring Middle Eastern flavours available throughout the day and night including Mecca Bah’s award-winning Turkish pizzas. The Bah offers a vast array of

beverage options. Exotic cocktail pitchers such as Rosewater and Berry punch, or large format beers for two or more people to share, as well as a range of interesting wines, both international and domestic. The style is similar to Mecca Bah with warm colours, soft cushions, and exotic Middle Eastern furnishings, yet has its own unique twist and is a hot new destination in its own right.

a sophisticated, cosy space to come and enjoy the smart cocktail list, exceptional wine list, open fireplace and ambient music

Located in front of Mecca Bah 25-29 Manuka Terrace, Flinders Way, Manuka Open 7 days a week 12pm - 1am Tel 02 6260 6700 www.meccabah.com

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Immerse yourself in local history and check out some historic homesteads. Get a sense of local art and culture at the Canberra Museum and Gallery or revisit the War Memorial, one of the great museums of the world. Take a lakeside tour and discover beautiful icons and informative exhibitions in a park-like shorefront, or experience peace and tranquillity in a native garden. au s t r a l i a n wa r m e m o r i a l n a t i o n a l c ap i t a l e x h i b i t i o n a n d a t t r a c t i o n s a c t m u s e u m s a n d ga l l e r i e s a u s t r a l i a n n a t i o n a l b o t a n i c ga r d e n s


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Australian War Memorial Treloar Crescent, Campbell (top of ANZAC Parade) Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm Closed Christmas day

Tel (02) 6243 4211 www.visitwarmemorial.com.au

Quick Facts Free admission Australian Tourism Awards Best Major Tourist Attraction Hall of Fame

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he Australian War Memorial is one of the world’s great museums and a true Australian icon. It is often described as the spiritual heart of the nation, holding a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. Inducted into the Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, the Memorial is internationally recognised for its exhibitions, which present stories of Australians at war and during peacekeeping. Get the most

out of the Memorial by setting aside enough time to explore the galleries and special exhibitions, and don’t forget to visit the Roll of Honour, which commemorates the 102,000 Australians who have died while serving their country during time of war. Make sure you visit ANZAC Hall and experience Striking by night, a recreation of a bombing raid over Berlin in 1943, featuring the famous Second World War Lancaster bomber “G for George”, part of the Qantas Australia

Aircraft Collection. Come and experience our exciting new Discovery Zone, a unique handson learning experience designed for children and families. Another new edition is the stunning Conflicts 1945 to today galleries, which combine cutting-edge technology with large iconic objects to tell powerful stories about Australian involvement in conflicts over six decades. Visit the Memorial’s website for details about upcoming events and exhibitions.


‘G for George’ (above), part of the Qantas Australian Aircraft Collection, flew 89 operational missions

over Germany and occupied Europe during the height of the bomber offensive. The bomber has always been one of the most popular Memorial exhibits, and, after extensive conservation work, it is back on display as the focus of an outstanding sound-and-light show, Striking by night

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National Capital Exhibition and Attractions National attractions managed by the National Capital Authority National Capital Exhibition & Captain Cook Memorial Jet Exhibition open daily 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day)

Free admission Jet operates daily 11am – 4pm Blundells’ Cottage Open 10am to 3pm Thurs - Sat (except Christmas Day and public holidays)

adults - $7.00 concessions/students - $5.00 families - $15.00 National Carillon Free recitals are conducted 12.30 – 1.20pm, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & public holidays during spring, summer & autumn, and during winter on Wednesday, Sundays & public holidays Tours are held Saturdays from 11.30am Adults $8.00 concessions/students - $4.00 families - $15.00 Bookings essential Tel 02 6257 1068 Old Parliament House Gardens Open daily 7am – 8pm during daylight savings 7am – 5pm all other times Free admission For more information on any of these attractions Tel 02 6257 1068 or visit www.nationalcapital.gov.au

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ational Capital Exhibition Located on Barrine Drive in Commonwealth Park, the National Capital Exhibition is the essential stop for visitors to the national capital. Through interactive multilingual displays and photographic exhibits, discover the people, events, history and design which contributed to the development of this uniquely beautiful city. Spectacular panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin and the Captain Cook Memorial Jet are available from the balcony at the Exhibition. The Exhibition also houses a gift shop featuring local art and design, picnic facilities and The Deck at Regatta Point café.

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lundells’ Cottage Built around 1860, historic Blundells’ Cottage was originally part of the Campbell Family’s 32,000 acre ‘Duntroon’ estate and home to families of tenant farm workers. Immerse yourself in the history of the cottage and use the hands-on displays to experience the stories of the people that lived there. Located on Wendouree Drive, off Constitution Avenue.

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ational Carillon The National Carillon is located just to the east of the National Capital Exhibition and Blundells’ Cottage on Aspen Island in Kings Park. One of Canberra’s most striking landmarks, the National Carillon was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national capital. Featuring 55 bronze bells, the 50-metre high carillon tower ranks among the worlds largest and allows the sound of the bells to drift across Lake Burley Griffin.

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ld Parliament House Gardens These magnificently restored gardens planted on either side of Old Parliament House were originally designed and completed during the 1930’s depression years. The gardens were reconstructed in 2004 and feature seating, pavilions, pergolas, paths and gateways, as well as one of the most diverse and comprehensive plantings of roses. The roses in the four gardens have been sponsored by people from across the country and overseas.


Footbridge to Aspen Island and The National Carillon (above), National Capital Exhibition and Captain Cook Memorial Jet (below), Roses at Old Parliament House Gardens (inset), view from inside the kitchen at Blundells’ Cottage (opposite page)

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ACT Museums & Galleries Calthorpes’ House 24 Mugga Way, Red Hill Open Sat - Sun 1pm – 4pm Group bookings by arrangement at other times

Admission $7 Adults, $5 Concession, $15 Family Tel 02 6295 1945 Further enquiries 02 6235 5677 Lanyon Homestead Tharwa Drive, Tharwa Open Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm Some public holidays (please telephone to confirm)

Admission $7 Adults, $5 Concession, $15 Family Tel 02 6235 5677 Café bookings 02 6237 5268 Mugga-Mugga 8 Narrabundah Lane, Symonston Open Sat - Sun 1.30pm – 4.30pm Group Bookings by arrangement at other times

Admission $7 Adults, $5 Concession, $15 Family Tel 02 6239 5607 Further enquiries 02 6235 5677 Canberra Museum & Gallery Cnr London circuit & Civic Square Canberra City Opening Hours Summer (September-May) Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm Sat – Sun 12 noon – 5pm Winter (June – August) Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm Sat – Sun 12 noon – 4pm Closed Public Holidays Admission Free Tel 02 6207 3968 museumsandgalleries.act.gov.au

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althorpes’ House is a window into an almost forgotten world. Built in 1927, this genuine survivor is a treasure house of domestic history. Original furnishings, household appliances and photos reflect the fashionable ideal of style and taste in the middle class Australian home of the late 1920s.
 A visit to Calthorpes’ House will take you back to the time when the Calthorpe Family lived in the house. Enjoy hearing the family Pianola played by one of our friendly guides, explore the house and garden, and then relax with afternoon tea on the front verandah. Calthorpes’ House offers a range of community programs and events, and education programs at selected times throughout the year.

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anyon Homestead lies at the foot of the Brindabellas and is one of Australia’s premier historic properties. The Homestead dates from the 1850s and has been beautifully restored and furnished. Set within superb pleasure gardens the property includes a range of buildings and is located within a landscape of great natural beauty. Visit the courtyard outbuildings and exhibitions which focus on aspects of Australian country life, enjoy a guided tour of the Homestead or just take a stroll in the rambling gardens. Tours of the historic precinct can include, a self guided tour using a free detailed brochure; an audio tour of the Homestead and courtyard buildings; or a guided tour of the Homestead with one of our trained, enthusiastic guides. Bring a picnic or enjoy a splendid meal or light refershments at the Lanyon Café. Lanyon also offers an exciting range of public programs, special events and school programs. We also provide venue hire for that special occasion.


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ugga-Mugga historic cottage stands as a testament to the lives of the families who worked on one of the Limestone Plain’s great pastoral estates. Set on seventeen hectares of grazing land its centrepiece is a simple cottage built for the head shepherd of Duntroon in the 1870s. This simple dwelling has been adapted and extended over time. The small stone cottage has been conserved and furnished with household items that belonged to the Curley family who moved to Mugga-Mugga from Duntroon in 1913. Mugga-Mugga offers a range of education and community programs and provides a unique site for venue hire.

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anberra Museum and Gallery is a vibrant place in the heart of the city, exploring the region’s social history and visual arts with dynamic exhibitions and unique community programs and events. Housing a permanent exhibition, Reflecting Canberra, along with five other gallery spaces, CMAG offers a variety of changing, local, national and international exhibitions providing a refreshing insight into the social history and the visual arts of the Canberra region. A variety of education and community programs complement exhibitions, providing you with the opportunity to learn new skills and discover a sense of Canberra, as a community.

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olan collection A changing selection of works by renowned Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan is on display in the Permanent Collection gallery space at Canberra Museum and Gallery.

(from top right) the irises at Lanyon Homestead, Mugga-Mugga cottage, inside Calthorpes’ House, Canberra Museum & Gallery entrance, the view from Mugga

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Australian National Botanic Gardens Clunies Ross Street, Acton Open daily 8:30 - 5:00pm extended to 6pm in January

Tel 02 6250 9540 www.anbg.gov.au/anbg

Quick Facts Free admission Wheelchairs and Motorised scooters available from the Visitor Centre Guided walks at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day Australian Tourism Awards Winner of the 2002, 2003 & 2004 Ecotourism Award for the Canberra Region

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ut of the 21,000 known species of Australian plants, 7000 are found at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Nowhere else can you see such diversity of Australian plants in the one location. Covering 90 hectares on the lower slopes of Black Mountain in Canberra, the Gardens displays a range of themed landscapes, allowing visitors to experience natural vegetation from the coast to the mountains, deserts and beyond. From the lush rainforest gully and the majestic forests on the eucalypt lawn, to the rock gardens and orchids in the display glasshouse, it’s all here at the Gardens! All year round, visitors from every walk of life enjoy the unique collection of Australian plants, trees, shrubs, grasses, mushrooms, mosses and lichens. Masses of native flowers emerge each spring, attracting up to 100 species of birds together with various insects and frogs. In the summer months the Gardens plays host to breeding water dragons. The Gardens’ Main Path is designed to allow all visitors a comfortable and unencumbered look at a variety of areas.


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Head for some retail therapy in the flagship of Canberra’s shopping scene. National and international outlets, designers, major chains and more can be found in the city, along with great food courts, restaurants and cafÊs. Head to Belconnen for a food market that will impress with quality produce from the region and around Australia, alongside cheap and cheerful food stalls with great food to eat right there. On your way out, discover great suburban shopping centres that cater to most needs. canberra centre belconnen fresh food markets t h e m a r k e t p l a c e g u n ga h l i n


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Canberra Centre Bunda Street, Canberra City Tel 02 6247 5611 Fax 02 6257 5232 customerservice@canberracentre.com.au www.canberracentre.com.au Core Trading Hours Mon - Thur 9.00am - 5.30pm Friday 9.00am - 9.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm Public holidays 10.00am - 4.00pm Please note that some retailers trade outside these hours. Please consult stores directly. Major retailers David Jones, Myer, Target, Big W Supabarn Supermarket, ALDI, Dick Smith Powerhouse and Dendy Cinemas


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ore than a shopping centre, Canberra Centre is a world class contemporary and innovative, retail and leisure destination. Canberra Centre’s premium offer includes the cream of Australia’s fashion retailers, a state of the art entertainment and dining precinct, along with an unrivalled gourmet fresh food precinct. Home to major department stores including David Jones, Myer, Big W, Target and Supabarn, Canberra Centre also boasts over 280 specialty retailers, over 150 of which are unique to the centre. With names such as Saba, Sportscraft, French Connection, Napoleon Perdis, Herringbone, Veronica Maine, Mollini, Peter Alexander, Seduce and Rodd & Gunn, to name a few. Canberra Centre also boasts the city’s only ninescreen cinema – Dendy – offering moviegoers an enticing choice of art house, luxurious premium class and mainstream cinemas, showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and independent releases. The centre’s glamorous alfresco streetscape dining precinct, North Quarter can’t be missed. North Quarter features a tempting selection of high quality cafés, fine dining and family restaurants, presented in a relaxed contemporary setting. Canberra Centre has an exciting mix of stores presented in an award winning modern design, with unrivalled visual connections to its surroundings. By all accounts Canberra Centre is a must see destination.

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Belconnen Fresh Food Markets Lathlain Street, Belconnen (off Benjamin Way) Tel 02 6251 1680 Opening hours: Wed–Sun 8am–6pm Some stores open 7 days www.belconnenmarkets.com.au

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llow yourself to explore new taste sensations with a variety of fresh, wholesome and organic products sourced from all over the continent and throughout the world. The Market’s 30 speciality stores offer an array of products with competitive prices and of course, friendly service. There is a range of takeaway and sit down restaurants, so why not relax and try some authentic Tuscan cuisine from Beppe’s or a delicious seafood laksa from Tee’s Trading. For gourmet food lovers and entrepreneurs the cooking school, Cooking Co-ordinates offers a range of cooking classes to suit a range of expertise. The cooking school is frequented by such leading chefs as Rick Stein, Margaret Fulton, Geoff Jansz and Elizabeth Chong. On the weekends the marketplace is bustling with life and vitality with spruikers, great specials and taste testings. The festive atmosphere is enhanced as you enter the Piazza Area, often filled with song, music and dance. The Belconnen Markets is home to Australia’s only Giant Mushroom Adventure Playground. The playground is a Sunsmart initiative of the markets, supported by the Australian Cancer Society. The mushroom is 6 metres high and has a roof diameter of 15.6 metres covering a total area of 190 square metres. Your kids will enjoy all the features of the playground, allowing them to play all year round. Parents can supervise their children romping in the playground from the balcony of Fins Seafood Café, whilst enjoying a delicious seafood platter for two or Kilpatrick oysters with a glass of wine. Children can join them after a play for kids fish and chips meals, while they draw on the tables as well! Visit the Belconnen Markets and experience culture, value and quality.

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The Marketplace Gungahlin 30-33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin Tel 02 6123 4900 Centre Trading Hours Mon – Thurs 9am – 5.30pm Fri  9am – 9pm Sat 9am – 5pm Sun 10am – 4pm (Woolworths and Big W trading hours will differ)

List of Traders Woolworths, Video 2000, Sultan’s Turkish Pide, Chinese Dragon, Just Caught Seafood, Bakers Delight, Lenards, First Choice Butchery, Chemworld Chemist, Gungahlin Centre News, Noble Style Fashions, Poetry In Flowers, First Choice Dry Cleaners, Be Me, Time Hair Design, Aviva Beauty Salon, Kim Tailor Alterations, J E K Jewellers, BIG W, Zamels, Noni B, Williams The Shoeman, Diamond Rose Jewellery, Suzanne Grae, Crossroads, Wrapped Wonders, Dick Smith Electronics, Free People, Strandbags, Class Shoes, Ed Harry, Leading Edge Music, Coffee Club, Wombat, Fone Zone, Guru Coffee, Grandma’s Attic, Crystal Nails, Mako Café and Bar, Mama Spice, Subway, Divine Pita, Starbucks, Supercuts, Rockmans, Diamond Design, Just Tel Communications, Sox Star, Michael’s Keys and Gifts, Hub Asian Supermarket, FSW Shoe Warehouse, The Craft Store Gungahlin, The Framing Store, Tanjelo, Fernwood Women’s Health Club, Gungahlin Workwear, Jamison Travel Gungahlin


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he Marketplace is a convenient, sub regional shopping centre located in the heart of the Gungahlin Town Centre, to the north of the city’s inner suburbs. The Marketplace is comprised of two distinct entities separated by Hibberson Street in the heart of Gungahlin, the fastest growing residential region located in the Australian Capital Territory. The first centre, which was built in August 1998, is anchored by Woolworths and the later, opening in October 2005, is anchored by Big W. In addition, 60 specialty shops are located here and include a mix of well known national and local retailers. A number of cafe options are available along the length of Hibberson street, and close to 20 commercial premises comprise the full tenancy mix of the centre. The Marketplace offers an attractive shopping destination for those who prefer to take advantage of the convenience, free parking (close to 1000 car parks), and local shopping. The Marketplace prides itself on its close relationship with local community groups and schools which ensures it is the number one shopping centre for customers who want to shop in a relaxed and clean environment.

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northside boutiques Explore the city’s boutiques and find gorgeous fashion, footwear and jewellery for both men and women. Urban streetwear, high fashion, designer jewellery or specialty foods are all available in the ever expanding CBD. On the city fringe, semi industrial Braddon is emerging as the home for quirky, creative and offbeat retailers alongside art galleries and more.


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Pilgrim at Inspired Collections Inspired Collections are excited to present the famous Danish mens and womens fashion jewellery and accessories brand PILGRIM. PILGRIM products reflect broad fashion trends – with a difference. PILGRIM’s designs always stand out from the crowd in terms of design that ranges from the natural and Bohemian to the more crazy look. Other ranges lean towards sensuality, and attract with their elegance and simplicity. PILGRIM also offers a range of reading and sunglasses – and a fantastic range of watches ranging from strong, robust designs to fancy timepieces signalling dynamism, to simpler models with the classic look. Melbourne Building 27 Northbourne Ave & London Cct Canberra City Tel 02 6257 7511 westfield woden keltie street, phillip tel 6162 4042

Perfume BOX “The world’s designers in one box.” Located on Bunda Street, in the heart of the city, you will find Perfume BOX – Canberra’s number one perfumery. This funky little shop stocks the world’s leading designer fragrances for men and women and offers them for less than retail. Exclusive and hard to find brands are their specialty. They are Canberra’s only stockist of the complete range of Dior, Armani and Narciso Rodriguez. Perfume BOX are exclusive stockists of Salvadore Dali fragrances in the Canberra Region and also stock the complete range of Serje Louis Alvarez SLA Paris cosmetics. 106A Bunda Street, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30am - 6:00pm Fri 9.30am - 9.00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11.00am - 4.00pm Tel 02 6257 7110 Fax 02 6248 9767 perfumebox@bigpond.com


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Diamond Boutique For a piece of jewellery that’s unique and totally you, or to bring an old piece of jewellery back to life, Canberra’s only state-ofthe-art, computer-aided design studio can help create and view that one of a kind piece — built just for you. Located in Canberra House Arcade, on the west side of the city, Diamond Boutique specialises in natural stones — including coloured diamonds — and memorable custom or period jewellery. A gemmologist, registered valuer and gem cutter, proprietor James Corbett sees all customers, providing expert advice on selecting stones and designing heirlooms. Solid silver, gold or diamond set Australianmade writing implements make prestigious gifts. Watch faces can be diamond set. Shop 9b, Canberra House 40 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm Tel 02 6249 6997

Nunie The girls at Nunie believe that your style is your personal statement. What’s more, they are professionals who know what flatters you, the look that suits you and how to keep your look contemporary. They want to help you feel good and look great! Nunie has been established for over thirty years and boasts Canberra’s widest selection of Australian, New Zealand and European labels with a selection of sizes 8-20. In stock are over 100 designer labels, amongst them Verge, Didier Parakian, Marco Polo, Chocolate, Vertice, VSSP, Kathleen Berney, Yarra Trail, Visage, Lisa Law, Ping Pong, Meredith, Rene Dehry, Philosophy, Oroton Sunglasses and Seven Sisters. Canberra House Arcade, Cnr Alinga & Moore Sts, Canberra City opening hours Mon - Thurs 9am - 5:30pm Fri 9am - 7pm Sat 9:30 - 3pm Tel 02 6248 5353


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sixonethree SixOneThree is about what’s new and different, the philosophy is based on creating an easy going atmosphere where customers can browse at their leisure without the pressure. SixOneThree is a boutique specialising in Streetwear and Footwear, offering the latest exclusive products from top labels from around the world. In store you will find footwear from Nike, Onitsuka Tiger, New Balance, Adidas, Reebok and Gravis. Along with clothing and accessories from Nixon, Analog, Bec & Bridge, WeSC, Shona Joy, Addict, Lola&Evie, Levi’s, Huffer and Obey. Stocking a comprehensive range from each… more than you would expect in a store of its size. SixOneThree is committed to its labels and a unique shopping experience. Shop 2, Garema Arcade Bunda Street, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10:00am - 5:30pm Fri 10:00am - 8:00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6247 0515 www.sixonethree.com.au

Cowboys and Angels Funky but not precious, Cowboys and Angels offers urban daywear to be worn year after year. Items are eclectic and exclusive — from Cheap Mondays and Stella (Melbourne) to Kornerd and Thousand Reasons (Sydney), as well as Beautiful bags by Pink Corp. and costume jewellery by Canberra designers. Owner Karen Bustamante has created a fun store, one that invites both men and women to fossick. Shop 7, Garema Arcade Bunda Street, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10:00am - 5:30pm Fri 10:00am - 9:00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6262 8120


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Civic Shoes Civic Shoes provides stylish footwear for business, tough work and casual wear. From conventional to edgy — men’s business shoes pack a youthful punch. Italian label Brando features, including sought-after designs in snake, emu and crocodile skin. Work shoes, including Baxter and Dr Martens, offer cool high performance. While casual footwear for either sex, including labels from Italy, Spain and Germany – including Merrell, Brando, Elite, Giorgio Vertucci, Karandonis and Bernard. Shop 3, Baileys Arcade London Cct, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 8:00am - 5:30pm Fri 8:00am - 7:00pm Sat 9:00am - 3:00pm Tel 02 6248 7032

Redpath’s Redpath’s may be one of the oldest stores in Civic, but its attitude is pure youth. From European imports to up-to-the-minute designs — all shoes are a knock out, whether casual, street or dress-up. Quality and comfort is as important as looks, and Diesel is a specialty, including shoes, satchels and accessories. 7 Garema Place Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 6:00pm Fri 9:30 - 9:00pm Sat 9:30 - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6249 7997 redpath’s direct brand depot – canberra airport tel 02 6249 6277


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Ken Cook Menswear Ken Cook Menswear is an icon for fine men’s clothing in Canberra. Established in 1935, Ken Cook has become synonymous with sourcing the finest mens clothing from around the world. Their Baileys Corner boutique provides a world class showcase for labels such as Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, Canali, Ted Baker, bugatti and LLOYDS. They also specialize in some of Europe’s finest specialist labels such as MEYER trousers of Gemany, Sonrisa shirts from northern Italy and Villa ties from Bologna, Italy. This is combined with fantastic service

from our expert staff to ensure every piece is both perfectly coordinated and fitted. If you are in a rush, we also have a tailor on site for fast alteration service. ‘Baileys Corner’ Cnr London Cct & Petrie Plaza, Canberra City open Mon - Thur 9am - 5.30pm Fri 9am - 7pm Sat 9am - 4pm Closed Sun tel 02 62479842

bugatti Canberra Canberra has been chosen by bugatti International as the location for their first Australian store. The Canberra store is the first of the new generation of bugatti concept shops. The ambience sophisticated, modern and fresh. Previously only found in exclusive independent retailers, the Canberra store is the first time in Australia that the entire collection of bugatti clothes and accessories for men is on display – including suits, sport coats, ties, shirts, jeans, trousers, knit shirts, shoes, leather accessories and casual jackets, Combining the best European design and materials the collections are classic yet contemporary. All products are produced using the finest luxury and technical materials to the highest standards. shop EGO8B Ground Floor on bunda street new Canberra Centre 125 Bunda Street, Canberra City tel 02 6162 2920 open Mon - Thurs 10am - 6pm Fri 10am - 9pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 4pm


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Hugo Boss Hugo Boss has opened a stylish new store at the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street, showcasing the latest in quality European clothes, shoes and accessories by one of the world’s leading designers. Whether it’s casual and carefree or smart and sophisticated, this impressive emporium with an international flavour caters to men and women looking for the leading edge in contemporary attire. A must for the fashion conscious shopper. shop eg11a, canberra centre Bunda street, canberra city Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9am - 5:30pm Fri 9am - 9pm Sat 9am - 5pm sun 10am - 4pm Tel 02 6247 7788

Blades Menswear Blades Menswear provides stylish designer clothes for young and mature men. From casual and sports wear to handmade suits - the full range of each stocked brand is available in this Bunda Street store, including Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, Paul Smith and Dolce & Gabbana. Good humour, a no pressure attitude and experience inspire trust, as does advice on looks for individuals. 120 Bunda Street, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm Sat 9:30 - 3:00pm Tel 02 6249 7088 Email shop@blades.com.au


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Slave to Luxury Birthdays, weddings, engagements or simply as a treat for yourself — Slave to Luxury offers affordable and irresistible giftware. From vessels and tableware to original art and water features, items are arranged by colour for easy selection. Owners Kelly Sault and Mark Neilsen personally sources many items from Asia and provides free gift-wrapping. Shop ag23, canberra centre, canberra city Tel 02 6230 4554 Shop 5, 18 Flinders Way, Manuka Tel 02 6239 4554 www.slavetoluxury.com

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Snowgums Snowgums specialises in smart leisurewear made from natural fibres. Mela Purdie, Nic, Line 7 and Original Blues — exclusive Australian and international labels are relaxed and individual. They’re also easy care and perfect for travel: simply machine wash and occasionally iron. Sizes across the board, unisex garments and some men’s wear are available. Shop 10, Centrepoint Petire Plaza, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6257 4599


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La Cobbler Shoes Express yourself with a visit to La Cobbler, a gallery of exclusive women’s footwear in the heart of the city. Labels include Alan Pinkus for fabulously fresh cocktail wear, bridal and after five, and Hogl for everyday comfort. Amada brings you Colombian leather shoes and boots bursting with attitude and colour. Shoes can be coordinated with handbags to create delicious duos, hats & jewellery show style a-plenty and are available in an elegant and pressure free setting. Shop 8, Centrepoint Petrie Plaza, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 5:30pm Fri 9:30 - 8:00pm Sat 9:30 - 4:00pm Tel 02 6247 4855

The Chocolate Shop With quality chocolate high in cocoa, The Chocolate Shop is paradise. Handmade selections include shimmering, airbrushed creations by ‘cacao’ – Melbournes nationally acclaimed artisan chocolate makers. Michel Cluizel pre-packaged bars feature, made with traditional ingredients from his plantations. The bar dispenses an expanding menu of rich, authentic Italian hot chocolates. There’s also confectionery, imported American favourites, and pure cocoa and couverture for cooking. Make sure you pick up a tub of Frugii – locally made ice creams & gelati – on your way out. Shop 9, Centrepoint Petrie Plaza, Canberra City Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 5:30pm Fri 9:30 - 8:00pm Sat 9:30 - 4:00pm Tel 02 6249 7626


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Diafora Meaning “different” in Greek, Diafora offers contemporary and oriental furniture, homewares and gifts. Owner Tijana Katsoulis thinks like a shopper, sourcing unexpected and environmentallyconscious pieces, including Ludens and Funk Me Bags. Art, accessories and jewellery — affordable prices and leisurely browsing are hallmarks, as are gifts for children and teenagers to cherish. 3/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10:00am - 5:30pm Fri 10:00am - 7:00pm Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6247 8209

The Hive The Hive in Braddon is unique to Canberra – many of its customers describe it as a creative sanctuary. It aims to source Australian contemporary art, craft and design for all budgets so it can be enjoyed by all. The Hive’s philosophy is to provide gifts, jewellery, accessories and homewares with either a beautiful aesthetic or a quirky nature. The emphasis is on products that are totally individual and handmade but also includes more commercial, quirky gift lines sourced from all over the world. 25 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Open 7 days a week (please call or see website for details) Tel 02 6257 9700 www.thehivegallery.com.au


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Impressions On Paper Gallery Impressions on Paper provides original yet affordable limited edition art. Works include lithographs, etchings, screenprints, wood block prints as well as paintings and drawings. More than 1000 works by over 120 Australian artists range in price from $80 to $10,000. Artists include Arthur Boyd, David Larwill, Garry Shead, Jenny Sages, Rona Green, Marco Luccio, Bruno Leti, and Dennis Nona. Art for the investor, collector, and decorator or as a gift for a special occasion, Impressions on Paper Gallery can help you choose the right piece of art. 7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Opening Hours Tues - Sat 11:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12.00pm - 4.00pm Tel 02 6161 3185 impressionsonpaper@actewagl.net.au www.impressionsonpaper.com.au

Paintbox Fine Art Situated amidst the buzz of the boutiques and bars in Lonsdale Street, Paintbox Fine Art sells paintings, drawings and sculpture from award winning artists across Australia. Paintbox artists make regular appearances in the country’s most prestigious art competitions, the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald, Wynne and Dobell Prizes, the Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, the Moran, Portia Geach and National Portrait prizes. Prominent amongst our artists are a number of émigré Chinese artists who settled in Australia in the wake of Tianenmen Square in 1989 bringing new vigor to artistic life in Australia. A visit to Paintbox is a must for art enthusiasts 32 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Opening Hours Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm Tel: 02 6162 1717 www.paintboxfineart.com


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Unit Concepts Let your personality shine at Unit Concepts through homeware, giftware, music and novelties. Chic meets cheek at this emporium of crazy gifts and objects from $2 to $10,000. Its quirky, its fun and its unusual. iitalla, Alessi & Marimekko feature, along with Boda Nova, Eva Solo and Menu - and the Moomin Trolls live here! Also available is an eclectic mix of contemporary homeware which includes bean bags from Fatboy; Nambe crystalware; retro-styled Tivoli Audio; Royal Doulton; and gallery objects from Artecnica. 28 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Opening Hours Tues - Wed 10:00am - 5:00pm Thur - Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm Tel 02 6230 0943 www.unitconcepts.com.au

Bourgeois Pig This little piggy went to market – and has brought back some of the most gorgeous personal accessories to share. Step in to this corridor of indulgence and discover the earthy Demeter fragrance library which includes candles, body oils and perfumes. Womens’ accessories include Pratten shoes and purses, and Pandora bracelets and charms. Men are catered to with Pratten wallets, watches, sunglasses and jewellery from DK Man by Dyrberg/Kern. Bourgeois Pig exclusively stocks designer Kidada Jones’ range of Disney Couture jewellery. 28 Lonsdale Street, Braddon Opening Hours mon 11am - 5pm tues - Thur 10am - 5:30pm fri 10am - 6pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 12pm - 4pm Tel 02 6262 8607


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Angelo’s Shoes The owner of award-winning Angelo’s Shoes, Anne Rendina, has a passion for fashion and a great love of beautiful footwear. Angelo’s carries exclusive brands that are a perfect fit for special occasions, and corporate, comfort and casual wear. The store stocks international labels—such as Naot, Hispanitas, Piazza Grande and Marian—which Anne carefully selects on buying trips, including overseas to Spain, Italy and Portugal. The quality of leather and attention to detail in the design and production of the shoes and accessories Angelo’s carries is a step up from the rest. This year, Angelo’s took out the top accolade in the Small Business Champion Awards (fashion), competing against hundreds nationally. 6 Flinders Way, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 5:30pm Fri 9:30 - 6:00pm Sat 9:30 - 4:00pm Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm Tel 02 6295 1358 www.angelosshoes.com.au

‘M’Country ‘M’Country is Canberra’s one stop location for elegant casual outfits for men and women. ‘M’Country are independent stockists of iconic brands like R.M.Williams, Drizabone, Timberland Line 7 and Toorallie knitwear. Quality Bush leather handbags will complete any ladies wardrobe. Summer or Winter, you can be sure to find your next outfit at ‘M’Country. Located conveniently on Flinders Way between the foot crossings in Manuka, the friendly staff look forward to your visit. 17 Flinders Way, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Fri 10.00am - 5.30pm Sat 10.00am - 5.00pm Tel 02 6162 0870 mcountry@grapevine.com.au


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Department of the Exterior Owner Susan Taylor’s commitment to quality Australian design continues to introduce fresh labels and ideas to the local fashion scene. Labels stocked exclusively in Canberra by Department of the Exterior include Munk, Obßs, High Tea With Mrs Woo, United Constructions, dogstar, passion seed, Since Grey and Mild Red (NZ). New to the store in 2008 are Melbourne labels Ammo and Ess.hoshika. Accessories include jewellery by local label Love Your Work, shoes by Saben (NZ) and bags by nancybird and Nicola Cerini. Visit Exterior to be refreshed by the experience of innovative, distinctive and wearable clothes, complemented by art displays and jazz-inspired sounds. Shop 1, Ground Floor, Manuka Court 11-17 Bougainville Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Wed 9:30 - 6:00pm Thur - Fri 9:30 - 7:00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Tel 02 6239 4225

Furla This store exclusively stocks Furla, an Italian range of luxurious, yet affordable leather goods and accessories. Classic, feminine handbags are the mainstay, along with elegant and matching shoes, jewellery, wallets, sunglasses and scarves. Furla invites customers to delve through cutting-edge displays and see-through drawers for the perfect gift or self-indulgence. Bougainville Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10.00am - 5.30pm Fri 10.00am - 7.00pm Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm Tel 02 6232 6004 furlaact@bigpond.net.au


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Living In Style Life is for living—in style. Known for its extensive and everchanging range of contemporary gifts and novelties, Living in Style is worth visiting over and over. There are stylish and practical offerings for the home, garden and even for the corporate world. And Living in Style is the only shop in Canberra to sell Victoria Spring Design Jewellery. There’s also a great selection of watches, earrings, bangles and other fashion items. You’ll have a laugh while shopping too—at the off-the-wall cards, hilarious aprons and quirky specialty items, including for pets. Free gift wrapping available. Shop 11, Style Arcade Palmerston Lane, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 6:30pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 6894

Home Bed, Bath & Baby An emporium of indulgent body care and bathroom luxuries that will arouse your senses. Specialties include an extensive range of L’Occitane en Provence, Gianna Rose Atelier carved soaps, Bod’s chemical free aromatherapy range for babies, Voluspa scented candles, Marimekko clothing & accessories, Italian cashmere blankets and luxurious bathrobes & sleepwear. Find fabulous baby gifts to indulge your special little one. Spoil yourself or your loved ones from the many gift ideas or create your own gift basket. Shop 3, Style Arcade Franklin Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 2255


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Creations Jewellers Creations provides exceptional modern jewellery, crafted in-house and designed to be worn, both every day and for occasions. Their designs with pearls have made them award winners in the field. Discover the best Australia has to offer including an extensive selection of South Sea Pearls, coloured diamonds, unusual gemstones and stunning sterling silver. Find unique, hand-made diamond rings, and jewellery and charms from Pandora. The friendly staff consists of designers, gemmologists and a team of creative jewellers. Shop 5, Style Arcade Franklin Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 1763 www.creationsjewellers.com.au

Home by Creations Owned and operated by the people from Creations Jewellers, Home by Creations is a gallery of superb and practical homewares designed to make everyday household tasks a sheer pleasure. Leading homeware brands from the likes of Marimekko, Stelton, Alessi, iittala, Rosendahl and Fink are all beautifully presented in this gorgeous store and guaranteed to enhance your home. Take advantage of Home’s gift and bridal registry. Shop 8, Style Arcade Franklin Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:00am - 5:30pm Fri 9:00am - 8:00pm Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 1985


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Ambia Ambia provides exclusive evening and casual wear by Australian and International designers in a fresh, intimate setting. Labels are vibrant and feminine, including Bang, Messina, Joseph Ribkoff and Geoff Bade. Weddings are a speciality, with personalised service to find the perfect outfit for mother-of-thebride or groom, bridesmaids or guests. Coordinated shoes and accessories are available. 2 Manuka Village, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10:00am - 5:30pm Fri 10:00am - 7:00pm Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 8411 www.ambia.com.au

Village Jewellers The Sofoulis family and their two in-house jewellers have over 100 years of combined experience at The Village Jewellers. A gemmologist and valuer, second-generation owner Anthony is an expert in precious stones. Premium cut eternity diamonds and custom designs are specialties, along with Swiss watches and modern stainless steel jewellery for men. Knowledgeable staff pay attention to detail. 13 Manuka Village, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Fri 9:30 - 5:30pm Sat 9:30 - 3:00pm Tel 02 6295 7955 Email info@villagejewellers.com.au www.villagejewellers.com.au


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B&G Handbags B&G Handbags is situated inside the warm and inviting atmosphere of Manuka Village and provides a vast collection of Italian designed leather handbags, comfortable, colourful shoes, Swarovski Crystal jewellery, watches, casual wear and special occasion dresses. Stylish bags and accessories such as wallets, shoes, shawls, hats and scarves are also available. The friendly staff will be happy to assist you with choosing the right bag or accessory for the occasion. Shop 4 Manuka Village Bougainville Street Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 5:30pm Friday 9:30 - 7:30pm Sat 9:30 - 5:00pm Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm Tel 02 6295 1151

Asian Arts Manuka Asian Arts Manuka provides affordable Oriental furniture and homewares which are sourced regularly from various countries. Classical cabinets and sideboards, often with hand-finished detail, evoke past elegance. Smaller treasures include blue and white porcelain, ceramic miniatures, Japanese crockery and trinket boxes. Free gift-wrapping is provided. Shop 5-6 Manuka Village Furneaux Street Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Fri 9:30 - 5:30pm Sat 9:30 - 3:00pm Sun 11:30 - 2:30pm Tel 02 6232 6199 Email asianarts@webone.com.au


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Bamboozle Bamboozle has been providing parents and grandparents of Canberra with a fantastic range of children’s clothes and gifts for four years. They have a great selection of clothing from birth to five years, including brands such as Gumboots, Pure Baby, Koby (Aust made), Scooter, and Early Bird (premmie range) to name just a few. If it is a gift you are after they have a great range of Kaloo soft toys and Wow trucks and cars as well as rag dolls by Kate Finn and Tip Toey Joey shoes. Other gift ranges include Branberry blankets as well as a great selection of accessories and toys for your special little ones. 2/14 Furneaux Street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 10.00am - 5.30pm Fri 10.00am - 6.00pm Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm sun 11.00am - 3.00pm (from Floriade until Xmas) Tel 02 6239 4533 bamboozle@netspeed.com.au

Momento Dezigns Momento Dezigns represents the ‘sharp edge of fashion’, that embraces both creativity and the individual. On the one hand, Momento endeavours to provide a whole new brand of confident and feminine chic. On the other they represent ‘pure glamour’ in special occasion dressing. Momento Dezigns is famous for its extensive range of labels, both International and Australian, that caters for a very broad age range. Experience the ultimate in customer service with designers such as Miss Sixty (Italy), Trelise Cooper (NZ), Alice McCall, Andiamo, Bettina Liano, Diesel (Italy), Camilla & Marc, Nolita, Nicola Finetti, Manning Cartel, Willow, Sretsis (Bankok), Matthew Eager, Wayne Cooper and many more… shop 4, Manuka Court 17 Bougainville street, Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9.30am - 6.00pm Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm sun 11.00am - 4.00pm Tel 02 6295 1146 www.momentodezigns.com.au


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Escala If you ask Escala owner Gail Lubbock about shoes, she will tell you that they are not simply what one wears on their feet, but rather, a source of expression, a statement and a passion. Gail and her staff understand that shoes say a lot about a woman, and are on hand to give genuine advice along with warm and friendly service. Well known international labels Thierry Rabotin, Dorotea, Sara Navarro and Looky are stocked in this impressive and commanding premises on the Lawns, Manuka. Handbags and accessories coordinate with shoes, as do hats by talented local milliners Rachael Hanson and Cynthia Bryson. Escala is well worth a visit, if only to confirm what most women already know – that fabulous shoes are a joy! Shop 1, the lawns 21 bougainville street, manuka Opening Hours Mon - fri 10am - 6pm Sat 10am - 5pm Tel 02 6232 7666

Bronze Solarium Bronze Solarium provides a boutique service with the latest technology and products offering total tanning solutions. You will find a stylish and sophisticated solarium and beauty salon of the same standards as Sydney and Melbourne. Exclusive to Bronze is a state of the art spray system, totally private, quick and delivering a tan suitable for all skin types. Also enjoy the added luxury of their beauty therapy services. Shop 21, The Terrace Flinders Way Manuka Opening Hours Mon - Fri 11:00 - 6:00pm Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm or by appointment Tel 02 6295 9252 www.bronzesolarium.com.au VIVACIOUS | ALLURING | EXCLUSIVE


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Iron Butterfly Jewellery From Paris to Ecuador, Iron Butterfly offers fine silver and gold jewellery from chic and far-off destinations. Owner Wanda Faux sources striking pieces that express individuality — from timehonoured cultural designs to one-off contemporary pieces and Aboriginal designs. Specialties include exquisite materials and textures — from ebony and mammoth ivory to semi-precious stones and woven metals. Shop 2, The Lawns Bougainville Street, Manuka Opening Hours Tue - Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm Sat 10.00am - 3.00pm Tel 02 6232 6444 Mob 0418 880 066 Email wanda@webone.com.au

Iron Butterfly Furniture Iron Butterfly provides furniture with personality, from antiques to contemporary designs. Rare treasures from the Indian Raj are a specialty — with 25 years experience, owner Wanda Faux knows the history behind each one. From cane to chrome, modern pieces are equally precious and snapped up fast. Beautiful, yet useful executive gifts are also available. Shop 2, The Lawns Bougainville Street, Manuka Opening Hours Tue - Fri 10.00am - 5.00pm Sat 10.00am - 3.00pm Tel 02 6232 6444 Mob 0418 880 066 Email wanda@webone.com.au


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Bellissima on Kennedy Bellissima on Kennedy is a light and airy boutique on Kingston’s leafy Kennedy street that caters to the mature lady with an eye for style. Bellissima on Kennedy stocks a number of interesting and exclusive labels from Australian and New Zealand designers, precious stones and amber jewellery. Dresses and outfits range from corporate to casual or that perfect dress for a special night out. Stylish hats and accessories are also available. 11 Kennedy Street, Kingston Opening Hours Mon - Thur 9:30 - 5:30pm Fri 9:30 - 6:00pm Sat 9:30 - 4:00pm Tel 02 6232 6361

Sybil’s Closet A visit to Sybil’s Closet will tickle the fancy of even the most jaded shopper. Choc full with Australian and international labels that have all passed Sybil’s four-point test – great fabric, meticulous construction, easy-to-wear and affordable – no you haven’t died, but you are in heaven. Sybil’s Closet is a sumptuous refuge for the extravagant shopper – without the inflated price tags. You will find an utterly va va voom range of party and formal wear, fun and flirty dresses, Sybil’s own range of divine lounge wear, and a huge selection of the best of Australian swimwear, including Jets, Lisa Ho, Baku and Ginja. Shop 9 Andrew Arcade, 42 Giles St, Kingston Tel 02 6162 1185 Shop 6a, 71 Woolley St, Dickson Tel 02 6262 7184 opening hours Mon - Fri 10am - 5:30pm (Dickson closed Mondays) Sat 10am - 4pm Sun 11am - 4pm


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Griffin Hotel Canberra............................................... 13

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Hotel Heritage............................................................ 21 The Bah.....................................................................G5

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