Nine new places to eat in Canberra to kick off your 2022

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Canberra foodies, you don’t need us to tell you how difficult hospitality is at the moment.

So while we’re about to share some stellar new dishes, it’s also a message to revisit old favorites and your “new favorite spots” from 2020 and 2021 as well (and 2019, and 2018…).

Share the love, because Canberra’s food scene only thrives if we all make it happen.

banana leaf

Beloved Sri Lankan Restaurant banana leaf moved to new digs on Akuna Street in the city and all we can say is “Wow”.

The layout is clean and elegant with lots of dark wood accented with pops of color and homages to the owners’ country of origin.

2 Akuna Street, City of Canberra |


Promising lunch, dinner and drinks with unique Southeast Asian flavors on Kingston’s Kennedy Street, Champi-Restaurant is named after the hometown of owner Aiden’s grandmother, Champi, on the Xadone River in Champasak Province, Laos.

Although Champi is not yet open, the team promises a menu of “flavors you’ve never tried before” that stem from the team’s childhood experiences, with an emphasis on fresh herbs and the fire of charcoal.

17 Kennedy Street, Kingston | @champicacaferestaurant

Gungahlin Espresso Room

Serving nothing but the best in coffee, the Caffeine Cabal Espresso Room will soon arise in Gungahlin, adding yet another feather to his hat.

While the exact location is yet to be confirmed, we know that Gungahlanite caffiends will be excited about this news.

gungahlin | @espressorooms

The pier

The pier— the newest pop-up summer bar from the team at Kingston’s The Dock pub — has docked (sorry) at Commonwealth Place to give you views of the lake like you’ve never seen before. And with a beer in hand too!

Learn more here.

Commonwealth Square | Thursday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. | @thejettycbr

SuperBao Espresso at Westfield Woden

SuperBao brought its signature baos southside with a new pop-up restaurant on Bradley Street in Westfield Woden.

Expect their signature bao-gers and plenty of takeout options. Nouns.

Bradley Street, Westfield Woden | @superbao.woden

Soft Bone Scullin

Scullin gets a delicious (and vegan!) new resident with darling Braddon soft bone put down roots in local shops. Expect all your favorites (cinnamon rolls!).

Learn more here.

Transport bar

Transport barThe new location of Bailey’s Arcade (formerly Hogsbreath Café) sees the live music icon spread its wings, taking advantage of existing kitchen infrastructure to offer a full menu.

You are thirsty ? A nine meter bar next to the live performance space is ready and waiting for you to sample their craft beer menu or one of their cocktails on tap.

Learn more here.

Lower Ground Floor, Bailey’s Arcade, 143 London Circuit, Civic |

Two blind mice

As my colleague Emma Macdonald wrote, Curtin Shops will be the place to be this summer with the recent opening of Two blind mice.

“All of the ingredients on the Two Blind Mice menu will be handmade, from pizza dough and ice cream to pasta and pickles. There is no freezer on site in accordance with the desire to consume only fresh and seasonal products. And the flavors are quintessentially European, carried over from the food to a wine list that will emphasize Sam’s favorite Italian reds.”

Learn more here.

6/44 Curtin Place, Curtin |

1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodles

A luminous covering is in place on Bunda Street, announcing the arrival of the NSW restaurant chain 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodles in Canberra. Those looking for the taste of authentic hand-pulled noodles need look no further.

Bunda Street, City of Canberra | @1919lanzhoubeefnoodle

Featured Image: Zachary Griffith @botantistcreative

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