After being named Lonely Planet’s third best city in the world to visit in 2018, Canberra punches above its weight. To prove that we’re more than just a city of public servants and clinical national attractions, meet two local businesses spearheading the coffee and brewing cultures.
A home away from home to its local community, Barrio Collective in Braddon’s Ori Building is all about providing a welcoming place and serving interesting coffee and seasonal local produce.
Like the traditional and contemporary coffee brews on the tailored menu, Barrio Collective’s food is defined by simplicity and quality. The menu also goes one step further by finding new ways to pair food and drink and incorporating imported specialty foods from time to time.
Rather than your regular cup, try the seasonal coffee on the menu with the un-homogenised milk that is sourced from a south coast dairy, or cool down with a cold brew cacao stubby. Local treats on the menu include Snowy Mountains trout with pickles and crème fraiche and the Pialligo bacon and Bodalla cheddar toastie. Among the international treats are Bocarte anchovies with sourdough, paprika and lemon and Bellota 24-month jamon.
After five, the new extended opening hours and wine and drinks menu transform this little coffee place into a bar every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
59/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
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Formed by a close group of mates in love with Canberra, coast, beer and good vibes, and a hundred percent employee-owned and dog and kid-friendly, Capital Brewing Company is one of our city’s more innovative chill spots.
Serving brews with names like Coast Ale, Trail Pail Ale, Evil (Red) Eye and First Tracks Stout, the Fyshwick brewery and tap room also offers a shady courtyard and a cubby house for the kids.
Pair your choice of beer with a famous burger or hot dog from the resident Brod food truck for a pub-grub match made in heaven and, if you’re in Canberra on a Saturday or Sunday, book a tour of the brewery.
Part of the relatively new Dairy Road warehouse-style district, Capital Brewing Co. also hosts events and shares the neighbourhood with BlocHaus Bouldering rock climbing gym and the Vertikal Snowsports’ indoor ski slope, which is coming soon. Move over Braddon and New Acton!
Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick
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