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Smiths Alternative
72/100 (673 ratings)
Restaurants
Cafe
Australian
Dinner
"This is my favourite cafe and my favourite bar and my favourite performance venue. Let me tell you why ~ I appreciate this place a lot for its..."
Jacinta Zander
"This place is just brilliant! I love it. A beautiful vibe. Relaxed folkie/hippie/shabby undertones, with a hip/cool sheen over the top. Who puts a..."
Peter Vadiveloo
"Great coffee and baked treats made on the premises. Proudly supporting and promoting Canberra's awesome original music/arts scene too. Highly..."
Pete Lyon
"Best place for original music, poetry, art and creatives of all sorts in town. Comfy, friendly, great drinks and snacks. Feels like home..."
Lea Docks
"The coolest place in Canberra. Come to a book launch, a poetry reading, live alternative music, coffee, wine, snacks,..."
Gail Langendorf
"The people are so nice here I love this place great relaxing space with great staff and great food very comfy and healing love the books and the..."
Narelle Hutchings
"Saw Fred Smith there at few weeks ago. Awesome comfy place to listen to a diverse range of music have a wine and..."
Susan Powter
"Brilliant venue - comfortable, quirky, sound is great, they sell midstrength tasty beer and friendly staff who let us bring food in from another..."
Sarah Groube
"A delightful and great venue to play with a real attentive listening jazz audience. + another great jazz band working right outside the joint...a..."
Esmond Selwyn
"Excellent space for feeling like the world is going to be..."
Sep Vsv
"I can easily end up spending all day and night in there. Great venue, interesting people, awesome, accommodating staff. Creative..."
Evita Story
"Relaxed, friendly staff who make you feel welcome. We're old friends really. Great venue with great sound for an eclectic range of live music. Great..."
Jay Lee
"Where do I begin? This place is a Canberran institution. Great for hosting events, wandering in off the street, doing work on the couch, drinking,..."
Isaac Dugdale
"Ahh..what a lovely place with lovely people in a lovely town!..."
Phoenix Canberra
"Wonderful and Cozy artistic place to enjoy good music, arts,drinks and delicious cakes..."
Vinicius Moreira Brasil
"Was an awesome night This way North has the place pumpin. Will def going again in the not too distant future. Great to talk to the musician after the..."
Mark Gill
"More places like this, everywhere. Laid back, unpretentious, DIY, grass roots, independent...music venue, serving quality coffee late night. Great..."
Simon Williams
National Portrait Galley Cafe
81/100 (181 ratings)
Quick Bites
Vegetarian Friendly
Australian
Gluten Free Options
Cafe
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Toasts
Sandwiches
Salad
"Wonderful place to visit great exhibitions free parking on weekends great cafe and shop if you need to buy for..."
Di Hurrell
"A hidden gem. I identified with so many of the Aussies portrayed in the paintings. This is a 'must visit' to for those on the Canberra tourist trail...."
Paul Galvin
"Wonderful place to visit .beautiful art .people don't take to time to enjoy art anymore .too busy being..."
Frances Stynes
"What a gem! Intended to visit for a few minutes but stayed a few hours. The staff were charming and the gift shop was full of interesting things to..."
Carol Ingram
"We enjoyed a night of wine and music at the launch of the CSO's 2018 season. Well organized and beautiful evening. Lovely..."
Julie Mylchreest
"We visited the Gallery on a short stopover in Canberra. What an outstanding collection of paintings and photos representing so many parts of..."
Trudy Mace
"Education in pictures. Happily spent a couple of hours reading the story that went with each item, matching some of the names with the suburbs of..."
Karen Dansey
"Great portraits of contemporary Australians. Historical figures represented too but with a short time frame just viewd the modern portraits - well..."
Helen Booth
"One of my favorite Galleries in the world! Excellent gift shop, fantastic exhibitions and iced tea that rivals mine at home!!! Thank you for becoming..."
Nicola McMahon
"The private function at the gallery last night was perfect. The foyer was set out beautifully and the staff provided excellent service - could not..."
Rhiannon D Salmon
"Wonderful memorabilia from many Australian classic movies. The guided tour provided tremendous insight. A must see for any Australian who loves the..."
Michelle Strong
"ora cerco di pensare alle cose belle !!! Alla vita ... Penso a tutte quelle cose che ho dentro e posso comunicare all'universo . Il mio linguaggio..."
Ines De Leucio
"Thoroughly enjoyed drifting through the various rooms. There seems to be a more balanced male /female exhibition than in the past. Well..."
Miguel Cruz
"Excellent really enjoyed the exhibition was well Put together fun with tranny bingo was well done and loads of..."
Kerry Davis
Rocksalt
75/100 (429 ratings)
Restaurants
Australian
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast
Brunch
Lunch
Drinks
Salad
Eggs Benedict
"The coffee is great- it's so convenient to get them from the window. I also like to dine in because the layout of the restaurant allows tables to..."
Kelly Jayne
"Wonderful layout, cheerful front staff, reasonable prices and great choices. Brilliant, differently coming again. Thank you for starting my day off..."
Jane Cottam-Manning
"Best coffee in Canberra. And they open at 7am for takeaways. Such a hidden gem here in Belconnen. Great food too. Thanks guys, you do a great..."
Amy Wyer
"The number one place to eat out or get a coffee in Canberra. Lovely, friendly staff, happy to communicate and chat but also efficient and smooth..."
Thomas Richards
"I was there with Sonia Garland Jai Garland and Rhiannon and family for Sunday breakfast. The food orange juice and coffee was..."
Neill Garland
"It's the mark of the quality of an employer and a member of the community that he refuses to add a surcharge to his menu prices! And the food is..."
Bru Steph
"Simply great food and great service. Can't ask..."
Michael Nesbitt
"I have been going to Rocksalt for year and have always enjoyed myself and keep heading back ;) The combination of the food, the very friendly service..."
James Johnson
"Rocksalt is our favourite breakfast place in Canberra. Great coffee, good food, kid friendly and there is a playground outside too! Staff are always..."
Jessica Armstrong
"Lunch today was awesome! Confit of Duck, seared scallops, carrots with walnut and blue cheese, kids fish and chips, beautiful coffee, plenty of GF..."
Lynn Nerdal
"My mother in law and sister in law were after a fancier, child friendly restaurant. Those things don't tend to come hand in hand, but after looking..."
Carina Merritt
"I had a great dinner excellent..."
Darren Lloyd
"Wonderful food. Wonderful people. I go there 4 to 5 times a week. Nice place to go to relieve the boredom..."
Kathryn Warren
"Excellent food. Great gluten free..."
Rebecca Pendlebury
"Over the two decades or so that Rocksalt has been at Hawker it has transformed from a fine dining evening restaurant to an all day modern Australian..."
Papa Chino
"Coffee is great and possibly the best Eggs Benedict in..."
J'ai Faim
"Great atmosphere, food, coffee and service. Great..."
Food Lover
"A good come back. Rocksalt at Hawker was one of the top restaurants in Canberra almost 10 years ago and since the change in ownership and head chef,..."
CanberraTourist
"Great place for breakfast. Had the flamencos (baked eggs+Chirizo) it was fantastic. Definetly try this hidden..."
Eugene
"Went there for dinner (finally!) Kangaroo with beet root relish is a..."
Sarah Burkitt
"I have never had a bad breakfast or coffee from rocksalt. I have a fair few allergies and they are always more than happy to accommodate. Double..."
Sarah Bee
"I have always had a good meal here. Now offers takeaway coffee on..."
Jude Burger
"Lambs brains. The lambs brains at Rocksalt are lovely. Not too fatty and not too try. The crumbed outside is just right. It would be nice with a..."
Gary
"Fabulous breakfast at Rocksalt. I had the chance to experience breakfast at Rocksalt last month and I have to say it was fabulous. Great selection to..."
Tracy
"This place amazes me everytime I visit. Service and food is fantastic, with great variety and don't forget to try the desserts cause they don't fail..."
Ryan Winter
"We'd been to Rocksalt in Hawker a few times for dinner in the past, but only recently heard that they'd started serving breakfast. Sooooo ... today..."
Karin
"Omlette with crisp spec, oven dried tomato, Persian fetta and Spanish onion ($14.00) Delicious with a nice combination of flavours that really..."
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U & Co Cafe
81/100 (158 ratings)
Restaurants
Vegan Options
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Australian
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Gluten Free Options
Lunch
Breakfast
Brunch
"First time here today and enjoyed the experience so much I was prompted to write a review! :) extremely friendly and helpful staff, with..."
Jessica Mccarthy
"Lovely little local cafe where I love to spend time with my close friends and family � staff are so friendly that produce awesome coffee and..."
Harry Muir
"Gr8 coffee! Love going here with close friends and family. Lovely staff � ....... Food is to DIE FOR! .... Would..."
Jarrod Phillips
"Great food, friendly staff. Egg n bacon rolls are just perfect as well as Cajon chicken wraps. Hot chips to die for and beaut coffee. Our new..."
Jenny Morris
"U & Co Cafe is doing great business because they have plenty of smiles to offer, excellent coffee � and the coolest take away coffee cups. All..."
Junaid Yamin
"This is by far the best cafe around. Friendly staff with smilies. Owner greets you and has time for a chat. The food is amazing. Great service...."
Nicole Maria
"Great location with convenient parking. Delicious coffee that is served fast by wonderfully friendly staff..."
Melissa Caton
"Thank you to U&Co Cafe for hosting the opening of our Amateur Group's photographic exhibition. Our group frequents the cafe for its excellent coffee,..."
Sandy Ineson
"Excellent setting in a relaxed environment. Fantastic Coffee, great Service. Definitely will be returning in the near..."
Warren Denniss
"Best brunches and great coffee. Great value for money. Friendly and efficient staff. My favorite cafe in..."
Gail Urbanski
"Such great service and deliciuos food been a few times now and my partner goes most saturdays...."
Diane Barrett
"My favourite coffee shop in Canberra. Beautiful coffee and good prices! Food is always sensational and customer service and staff..."
Jonas Bel
"Would recommend anyone too go beautiful food and fabulous service thank you for a wonderful day Mick &..."
Nikki Coombs
"We love our local! Great coffee, lovely food, and a super friendly..."
Erica Kelly
"Always happy with the service and food/coffee at this cafe. Love catching up with my sister at her..."
Emma Ryan
"Top local spot. Very pleasant stall and owners. Good food. Great..."
Bob Jeffrey
"Great food!! Good coffee and fantastic..."
Michelle Walker
"I love this cafe. Beautiful coffee and great..."
Kay Jones
"Great staff!! Wonderful vegetarian big brekkie!! We will be back as soon as possible -..."
Sue Jones
"Every time I come to this cafe I have a good experience. Yesterday I had the beef and pea pie with salad. I am a serious pie aficionado and it's the..."
Virginia Cooke
"Top service, great atmosphere, awesome staff - great food and..."
Kristie Pope
"We love it! Great friendly service, always a smile & a chat! Excellent for children, we always feel..."
Gemma Louise Preston
"SUCH great service. Absolute top blokes all round (including the ladies, yes you are top blokes too) Great coffee and always served with a..."
Sarah Michelle
"Thanks U&CO Cafe for a great brunch this morning, wonderful food, friendly and happy..."
Chris Stokman
"Great food, perfect service at a great price! Thanks U&CO for our coffee on the run each..."
Jad Jadda
"Excellent staff, great food & coffee, free wifi... U&CO Cafe is..."
Geoffrey Roberts
"Woohoo, the cakes from U&Co were delicious and different. They've put a nice little twist on what is offered at most of the generic bakeries in..."
Torys
"U&Co Cafe is a short bike ride from our house and is a cheery place for a weekend breakfast. We've been there several times now. The food is good and..."
Karin
"Delicious food and excellent service, everyone is super friendly and the food is fresh and..."
Deb Cupîtt
"Good Food and Friendly Service. The staff at U&Co are very friendly and their food is also great. I recommend you give them a..."
Tom D
"This morning, Bron invited me for a walk to a local cafe for breakfast with her and Max. While we walked, Max had his scooter which was only put down..."
Gary
Coffee Cafe Phillip
91/100 (202 ratings)
Quick Bites
Coffee & Tea
Cafe
Australian
Breakfast
Brunch
Lunch
"Just grabbed an ice coffee from here, was an absolute artwork and tasted better than it looked! Super quick despite being somewhat busy. Cheers for..."
Jozo El Cabro
"This is my regular cafe for my morning coffee, and for breakfast ‘meetings’ with colleagues. Great coffee and food, very efficient service and..."
Megan Finnigan
"Love these guys! Thankyou for making me feel special on my birthday today.. Always great coffee, delicious food and the best customer service in..."
Karen Whitelock
"I am a trained barista and used Molinari coffee for 6+ months and I have never had a molinari coffee so prompt and so smooth. You have the..."
Peter Echo Roberts
"Great coffee, wonderful staff and the food is always super fresh. So glad Coffee Cafe is across the road from work � Keep up the great work..."
Kirby Maree
"Perfect flat white and service, will definitely become a regular..."
Gavin Smith
"OMG the food! The pies and slices are soooooo good! Excellent service - such a great..."
Dallas Burkevics
"Best coffee, great bacon and eggs and friendly staff And they go out of their way to get me my favourite almond milk! Good old fashioned customer..."
Samantha Vlahos
"Excellent short black and solid chicken burger, would def..."
Alex Szokalski
"Great job Honey..always a great meal and service...."
Sanjay Kumar
"Coffee cafe is a must daily for me! The staff are incredible! I crave the smooth tasting coffee you guys produce! Service is prompt and always with a..."
Jason Taylor
"Best coffee in the town...............love..."
Garry Sandhu
Frugii Dessert Laboratory
89/100 (1213 ratings)
Dessert
Australian
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
Gluten Free Options
Cheesecake
Cheesecakes
Gelato
Meringue
Ice Cream
"Visited this place when we were on holidays in Canberra and we loved the ice cream selection. They had a good variety and there desserts were really..."
M3lissa____
"Got their cheesecake take away and honestly one of the best cheesecakes I’ve had! Really creamy and strong cheese flavour while remaining smooth..."
The World’s My Oyster
"I've visited here a few times and each time there is an amazing new flavour to try. Even there desserts are amazing. For me it's a must visit place..."
TheNailChronicle
"On a hot 38 degrees day, we really wanted ice cream to cool down, and chose Frugii based on reviews.A small selection of flavours but they..."
Val86
"Great flavours and the ice-cream and sorbets were really smooth. Good value for money, just be careful with the lemonade and limeade as those are..."
Antony Tran
"They have the most unconventional flavours that makes me want to come back frequently and try a new one every time! However, their cardamom and..."
Ame
"The lemon meringue choux is so yummy! The lemon has got the real lemony kick so refreshing. Love the Kaya Tart too, full of coconut flavour! Great..."
Chiliong
"WOW. I went here because I was curious because they had such high reviews. I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY. Their black truffle ice cream is amazingly good!! I..."
Joan Parami
"Frugii is the one-stop place for good quality ice creams. Never had an ice cream that is rich yet has a lingering taste in the mouth.The..."
Nalin Venkat Sameera
"For unique and special desserts and iced treat flavours, you can't go past Frugii. Despite many previous visits to Braddon, the dessert parlour only..."
Eatwithmyfoodsafari
"Canberra's very own innovative dessert joint with desserts handcrafted in the city itself. Pleasant, simple and innovative ambience makes it..."
Shilpa
"After having dinner nearby, we decided to try this place for dessert. Staff were happy to give us tasting of their gelato and I really enjoyed their..."
Miffy7
"Dessert lab. Very apt. The mix of desserts is awesome. Try the lychee ice cream stick. Absolutely fantastic. Experiment in the..."
Rahul Marwah
"Stopped by Frugii for dessert the other day and you have a selection of gelato, icecream, cakes and choux pastries to choose from. To help with the..."
Dee
"I'm not always one for desserts, but even I have to admit that frugii is amazing! There's plenty of variety, exciting flavours and lovely desserts..."
Brenzorr
"John Marshall lured me to Frugii Dessert Laboratory with cheese ice cream. His store is located in the hip Ori building that is part of the changing..."
Does My Bomb Look Big In This
"I tried the Vegan Banana Cheesecake here, as well as a tester of the Apricot sorbet! The sorbet was actually probably the best I've tasted,..."
Neena
"Frugii is my single favourite ice-cream place in Australia. I cannot get enough of it and think I have visited close on ten times, and I live in..."
Spooning Australia
"Nice little hid-away desert place. The pineapple ice cream was nice while the puff was bit tough to bite... the deserts look pretty and the taste are..."
Youkin328
"The best thing is their everyday changing flavours. I just loved their ice cream. I had salty caramel and it was just too good. Location-4..."
Ashu Bhardwaj
"Great ice cream & dessert place, we stopped here everyday while we were here, and ended up sampling many items. The ice creams were rich & smooth (I..."
Manz
"On recent trip to Canberra, I couldn't help but notice how the active food scene is thriving in this small state. Everywhere you go there is a..."
Eatventures
"Frugii is my go to when I need dessert for a small party of guests or customers after a dinner meeting. The choux pastry puff with salted..."
TotalAwkward
"You guys know how much I love a good fruit sorbet – anything fruity and I am totally there. After a catch up dinner at Golden Drum, we decided to..."
Adventures In Winterland
"A great dessert spot hidden at the end of Lonsdale street in Braddon. Frugii should be commended for thinking outside the box when it comes to the..."
Torys
"Wow ! Yummy ! A very funky cafe. First thing I noticed was the floating tables. Came here looking for a sugar fix after dinner and this was the..."
E
"Frugii Dessert Laboratory is a very different cafe: coffee, tea, a small selection of home made sorbet, ice cream and gelato which changes daily and..."
Andrew W
"Best dessert in canberra 😝😝😝 Puffs there are so delicious especially the salted caramel favour... The staff there are so nice..."
Bloomingalways
"The best dessert I ever had in canberra! We ordered two puffs, hazelnut and salted caramel. I was worrying it might be so sweet but it is not! Love..."
Fungi
"Delicious chaoux pastry desserts and extremely tasty gelato, ice cream and sorbet. A good stop on the way home after dinner, not to big and a good..."
Lauren Green
"Very interesting and complex flavours - definitely for adults though. Brought my two kids here for special treat and ended up eating the verrine..."
Adrienne Yeo
"Love, love, love their ice creams! I look forward to & enjoy trying their new flavours - have tried truffle (one of my favourite), bergamot,..."
Piggypiggy
"Get in quick before this place becomes famous. Not possible to pick a favourite from the 3 desserts we tried (lemon meringue choux, hazelnut choux,..."
Ybibit
"We loved it. We loved it so much we came back for seconds the next day. Favourites was definitely the lemon Meringue, followed closely by the lemon..."
Fatmine
"Just great. Imaginative, creative and delicious all in one. Top coffee, too. The tiny cheesecake with fruit gel topping was the stuff of dreams and..."
Hungryhungry
"Good ice cream but not outstanding and very limited menu. But it's good to have dedicated dessert places in Canberra (finally). The salted caramel..."
Ausbeagle
"The shop's situated within a building for those that aren't familiar with the vicinity. Simple and chic shop interior accompanied with friendly..."
G
"Wonderful and new flavours of ice cream, gelato or sorbet are always available, some including rice pudding, cherry ripe (as pictured) or christmas..."
MoodandFood
"On a hot Braddon evening, it seemed most apt to head to Frugii for dessert. The heat of the weather and also from the mild chillies from Mandalay Bus..."
Eat Like Ushi
"The salted caramel choux pastry and salted caramel ice cream is deeeeelicioussss. I have always been a big fan of salted caramel and frugii does not..."
James Cheng
"I love Frugii and it makes me so excited that Canberra is home to this lip smackingly good dessert laboratory. Canberra was really lacking in the..."
Eat Canberra
"Excellent dessert place along Lonsdale street (right at the end inside the strange looking building). For a long time I put off going here because I..."
Jules
"Interesting and sleek looking dessert bar. Well balance and unique flavours. Nice new refurbished setting. Highly recommended for dessert after a..."
Jack
"I have heard so much of this dessert place. It's a dessert laboratory tucked away in the hip and happening Braddon. To avoid the lines I made a..."
FoodsterAu
"Frugii Dessert Laboratory is one of the best places in Canberra for ice cream and sorbet. With a range of different flavours that will fit..."
Michael Nguyen
"Hip icecream nook in an artsy, trendy building on Lonsdale Street. I had scoops of rosewater and lychee and was struck by the clarity of flavour...."
Greedygreedyguts
"Great icecream flavours and fantastic dessert choices. I like that the decor isn't too comfy because it means people don't sit around too much...."
Brett Scholz
"Canberra's Ice Cream man, Mr. Marshall is already well known for its ice cream and desserts creation around town. A trip to Canberra now is simply..."
Let's Nomnom
"Such a cute little shop with amazing desserts. I've only ever been once but i am dying to go back. I went when it has just opened and I was so sad..."
Sharon
"Better second time, truffle ice cream was really..."
Thomad
"Wow. Mr Frugii is the master of dessert. Such a great little place tucked in Braddon, if you come across Frugii, you will be taken into a whole new..."
Audrey Svoboda
"I used to buy ice cream from Frugii when they were at the Capital Region Farmers Market. When I heard that they were opening up a shop in Braddon, I..."
Regan
"This is worth it even if it's winter and freezing cold. Had salted butter caramel, limon something pattatone. (: It's worth while. Nice..."
Shimmy Bong
"John Marshall is an ice cream god, and while we miss him at the Farmers Markets, it's great to see Frugii going so well. Some of the flavours are..."
Brian Eats
"Unbelievable flavours!. Frugii is incredible. I don't know how they make these flavours but they are amazing! The liquorice ice cream blew my mind!..."
Kym
"Amazing. Mr Frugii is so delightful and has so much passion ! I love everything and have taken/will continue to go here with friends and family !..."
Marion.rogers
"I've probably mentioned this before, but I'm literally always amazed at all the cool new places that seem to constantly be popping up in Canberra. I..."
Missklicious
"Great ice-cream and desserts. They finally got some signage done and it looks awesome. Can't wait to try some of their other ice-cream..."
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"Amazing!! Nine pm and the p.... Amazing!!Nine pm and the people are still pouring in the door - at least 25 in the last 10 minutes or..."
Maybe
"Being a lover of all things salted caramel, I knew I had to try Frugii’s salted butter caramel ice-cream. I cannot believe I’m actually saying..."
Myfructosefreelife
"The much loved Frugii gelato and sorbet can now be found at the Frugii Dessert Laboratory on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It opened its doors today in..."
Foodpornjournal
"I absolutely love Mr Frugii’s ice cream, I remember when I use to wake up early on Saturday or Sundays just to head down to either the Bus Depot..."
Lily Ouk Eat Food
"A chocoholic Belgian, TimmyC and a foodie walked into a bar Frugii dessert laboratory.It sounds like the beginning of a joke but it was my..."
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