Food and Wine

Canberra is a great destination for food lovers. You can relax in modern cafes, experience first-class cuisine at stylish restaurants, dine with a view, or taste award-winning wines and fresh food at a vineyard cafe or restaurant set amongst gorgeous rural surrounds.

Most wineries are within 30 minutes drive from the city, making visiting easy. Increasingly, degustation dining and wine matching from sommeliers (wine waiters) is a feature of restaurants in Canberra.

Restaurants and Cafes

Relax in a stylish cafe. Dine with a view. Taste award-winning wines and fresh produce at a vineyard cafe or restaurant. With more than 300 restaurants, cafes and pubs, the dining scene just gets better and better.

Award-winning hospitality schools produce talented chefs. Try fantastic local regional produce and cool climate wines. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels and venues offer culinary creations from simple, hearty family meals to stunning degustation menus.

The inner south - Find modern Australian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Turkish, Spanish, Malaysian, French, Thai, Chinese and Italian.

The city centre - Some of Canberra's best restaurants line West Row in the Melbourne Building. Many other great restaurants are located in Garema Place and along City Walk and Bunda Street.

Dickson - Dickson offers a small flourishing Chinatown and much more. You’ll also find Korean, Malaysian, Turkish, Italian, Indian and Thai food all within a short walk.

Belconnen - This thriving suburb has a growing number of restaurants and bars near the water on Lake Ginninderra. Resturants ranging from Asian, Italian to modern Australian cuisine there's a wide chioce within close proximity to the Bruce CIT campus.


See yourself amongst the vineyards. To get a real feel for the Canberra region you must taste the cool climate wines which are now receiving world-wide recognition. Canberra District Wineries are home to many vineyards and cellar doors in peaceful rural countryside around Canberra. Most are only 35 minutes from the city. You may even get to meet the winemaker at the cellar door.

Food Markets

Nourish your body and stock your larder with fresh produce from Canberra's fresh food markets. Visit Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and Belconnen Fresh Food Markets for fruit, meat, vegetables, nuts, smallgoods, bakeries and delicatessens.

Local growers, providores and makers bring fresh produce to sell at the Capital Regional Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Woden CIT campus, the Hall Markets or the Old Bus Depot Markets. Feast on local seasonal harvests from the region. Reward your body and the planet with low food mile produce, biodynamic and organic produce.

The markets have a wonderful family atmosphere, often with entertainment and colourful characters.

See the Visit Canberra website for a list of Canberra's restaurants and cafes, wineries and food markets.

Australian Cuisine

A bit of a background from

Australian food traditions have been influenced by those who have settled in Australia. Throughout the majority of Australian history, for as long as 40,000 years before European settlement, food traditions were based on the native bushfoods of indigenous Australians. Anglo-Celtic British and Irish food was brought to the country upon the arrival of the earliest settlers from the British Isles in the late 18th century, forming the foundation of the cooking of modern Australian for the next century or so. Later, in the 19th and 20th centuries, food began to reflect the influences of Mediterranean and Asian cultures, introduced by many immigrants who arrived in Australia during this period.

Nowadays, food consumed by Australians bears the influences of globalisation. Organic and biodynamic, Kosher and Halal food, for example, is widely available in Australia. Restaurants whose cuisine tends to demonstrate contemporary adaptations, interpretations or fusions of these multicultural culinary influences are frequently labelled with the umbrella term “Modern Australian.” Fast food chains can also be found all over the country. British traditions still persist to varying degrees in domestic cooking as well as the takeaway food sector, with pies and fish and chips remaining popular among Australians.


The typical breakfast of Australians strongly resembles breakfast in many Western countries. Owing to the warm weather in some parts of Australia, generally breakfast is light but in the colder regions porridge or meals similar to the full English breakfast may be consumed. The light breakfast commonly consists of cereals, toast (with a spread) and fruit. A heavier cooked breakfast will frequently include fried bacon, egg, mushroom, baked beans, sausages, tomatoes and toast with spread. Drinks taken at breakfast include tea, coffee, flavoured milk and juice.


The evening meal is the main meal of the day for most Australians, and when consumed at home, is often eaten with members of the immediate family or household. The dishes served will vary widely according to the tastes and/or background of the family. Common choices would be roast meat and vegetables, pasta, pizza, casseroles, barbecue meat, vegetables, salad, soup and stir-fries.

A standard cafe or restaurant in Australia not adhering to any particular ethnic cuisine might offer sandwiches and focaccias; a range of pasta, risotto, salad or curry dishes; steak, chicken or other meat-based dishes; cakes or other desserts; and juices, red and white wine, soft drink, beer and coffee.

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