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Braddon Canberra - Tourist Guide

Take your foot into Canberra's most creative neighborhood and you'll find Lonsdale Street, Braddon, a city home to impressive food, stunning shops, small-scale ale breweries and a thriving craft.

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Braddon, once an industrial area teeming with car dealerships, located on the northern outskirts of Canberra's city center, has now undergone a charismatic revolution. Although traces of the past are still clearly visible in this area, the character of Braddon has undergone a change marked by the appearance of various modern buildings here. The atmosphere is trendy, unique and full of young artisans, traders, brewers and coffee brewers. When you arrive at this trendy neighborhood, enjoy a brunch lunch and spend a few hours exploring the design-oriented shops, indulge in a treat in the afternoon (haircut, shave, or beauty treatment), then return at sunset for a taste a variety of home beers or a meal in a hawker van, gastro pub or fancy restaurant.

do not miss

  • Sample home brew or apple wine at Bentspoke, one of Canberra's best wineries
  • Walk through the colorful shops of Lonsdale Street Traders in the newly constructed Ori building
  • Sipping coffee brewed by a barista at one of Braddon's coffee shops and cafes
  • How to reach this place

From the city center, walk for 10 minutes to Braddon. Pass by the lively cafe area of ​​Garema Place, then cross Bunda Street which runs parallel to the Canberra Center shopping complex. Lonsdale Street, Braddon's main artery, is only a few hundred meters north.



Barrio Collective, Braddon, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra  Barrio Collective, Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Sipping coffee at a Lonsdale Street cafe

Enjoy the day's caffeine boost before exploring Braddon at one of the coffee shops on Lonsdale Street. Barrio Collective is the local favorite coffee shop, serving a food and beverage menu that follows the cafe philosophy, 'simple but delicious'. Serving 14 different blends of coffee each roasted in Canberra, Lonsdale Street Roasters, located on Lonsdale Street Eatery, often attracts workers from the city who are committed to enjoying the best coffee in the city. This shop that used to only serve coffee has turned into a thriving cafe. So, if you feel hungry, try the variety of other menus on offer, such as cakes or panini sandwiches.

Shop at the Ori Building, Braddon, Canberra, ACT. © VisitCanberra  Shop at the Ori Building, Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Shop at the Ori Building

Small, cozy outlets, known as Lonsdale Street Traders, are crammed into the strikingly designed Ori Building. Here, you'll browse the blooming blossoms and pretty terrariums of the florists and homewares shops. Pay attention to the authenticity of the ceramics, prints, jewelry and souvenirs offered here. You can buy typical Australian clothing to take home, or visit a snack shop for a sweet treat.

Elk & Pea, Braddon, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra  Elk & Pea, Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Enjoyed brunch at Elk & Pea

Take a seat on the blue cushioned benches that stretch along the edge of Elk & Pea, a Central American restaurant and bar. Forget the egg and bacon dishes, you can opt for huevos rancheros, which is a plate of black beans, corn, fried eggs, tortilla chips, avocado, chorizo, salsa, and spiced sour cream. If you happen to arrive for lunch, choose one of the tastiest burgers at Elk & Pea, such as the pork belly burger and the veggie burger.

BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra  BentSpoke Brewing Co, Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Have a beer at Bentspoke

With 21 different beer choices here, you won't find a local ale distillery in one place but Bentspoke. From lager and ginger apple wine, to pilseners, wheat beers and six types of Indian pale ale, a selection that inspires beer enthusiasts to spend time at this two-tiered winery. For die-hard wineries fans, Bentspoke Travelers (AUD $ 65) for sale: a two-liter refillable pressurized container, so tap beer takes you wherever you go. For dessert, enjoy a variety of snacks from the Bentspoke brewery such as spicy cauliflower and zucchini and mint fritters.

eightysix, Braddon, Canberra, ACT © VisitCanberra  eightysix, Braddon, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

 Enjoy fine dining at the Eightysix Restaurant

Culinary creativity can bring new dishes to Eightysix, one of the city's most popular eateries. You can choose a before-or-after session at 19:30 (this cafe only offers two dining time options: from 17:45 to 19:30, and from 19:45 to finish). You are spoiled for a plate of innovative combinations of fresh ingredients such as smoked kangaroo, horseradish and beetroot, as well as an ice cream sundae topped with caramel popcorn sauce. As night falls in the vibrant heart of Braddon, celebrate your visit with a honey badger martini, which is a blend of pure whiskey, honey and thyme.