Top ChoiceGallery in Parkes & Barton

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Australia

This Australian national art collection is showcased in an impressive purpose-built gallery within the parliamentary precinct. You can justifiably bypass the ticketed exhibitions as almost every big name you...

Top ChoiceGallery in Parkes & Barton

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Occupying a flash, purpose-built building, this wonderful gallery is a striking representation of Australia's shifting self-image and a must-see for art and history lovers. From wax cameos of Indigenous...

Top ChoiceAsian in Civic

Akiba

Here's a place to kickstart a night out or savour 'New Asian' food with attitude. Canberra's coolest bar-restaurant is cocktails first, questions later, but all these are answered by slick staff who recommend...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Dickson

Pilot

Elegant, seasonal dishes are the highlight at this classy fine-dining restaurant in suburban Ainslie. The menu changes daily but features local produce and interesting flavour combinations. À la carte options are...

Top ChoiceItalian in Kingston & Manuka

Agostini's

Wood-fired pizza, rosé on tap and house-made gelato are just some of the charms of this cool, millennial-pink bistro, set in the ground floor of East Hotel. Holidaying families rub shoulders with Canberra's...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Canberra

Capital Brewing Co

Out in industrial Fyshwick are straight-from-the-tap local craft beers served in a stylishly fitted-out taproom. Get your bearings with a tasting paddle that includes the popular Coast Ale. Outside, the green is...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Kingston & Manuka

Joe's Bar

Colourful glass and draped metal beads add to the glitzy boho ambience at this attractive Italian wine bar attached to the East Hotel. The extensive cocktail list includes a whole page of speciality gin and...

Top ChoiceAustralian in Civic

Terra

By day this atmospheric, contemporary space churns out delectable seasonal brunch dishes and fabulous coffee. At night the rotisserie takes centre stage, with six-hour roasted meats alongside innovative sides...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Canberra

Aubergine

You'll need to travel out to the southern suburbs to find Canberra's top-rated restaurant. While the location may be unassuming, the same can't be said for the menu, which is exciting, innovative and seasonally...

Top ChoiceCeramics in Braddon

Bison Home

A Braddon outpost of Pialligo-based ceramics label Bison, this aesthetically pleasing shop will have you rethinking every object in your kitchen, from mugs to mixing bowls. Smaller items – like tiny ceramic milk...

Top ChoiceBar in Civic

Molly

The doorway to this little gem, hidden away down quiet Odgers Lane, is illuminated only by a light bulb. It may take some courage to push through the unmarked wooden door, but have faith; inside you'll find an...

Top ChoiceCafe in Braddon

Rye

Scandi-inspired Rye is all blonde wood, bright lights and modish furniture, with a menu to match. Danish smørrebrød (open sandwiches on dark rye bread) are a popular choice at lunch, while breakfast options are...

Top ChoiceModern Australian in Civic

Courgette

With its crisp white linen, impeccable service and discreet but expensive ambience, Courgette is the kind of place to bring someone you want to impress, like a date, or perhaps the Finnish ambassador. The...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Braddon

Kyō Coffee Project

In a little courtyard just off Lonsdale St, achingly hip Kyō serves coffee just as good as its slick, minimalist fit-out promises. Options are limited to black, white or a batch brew. There's a petite, mildly...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Kingston & Manuka

Ona

Locally owned and roasted Ona coffee beans are the drawcard at this excellent cafe on the pedestrian mall in Manuka. Coffee-lovers should make a beeline for the sweet, perfectly brewed filter options. The dining...

Top ChoiceCafe in Acton

Cupping Room

This very popular coffee-themed restaurant has lively service and a broad menu of burgers, all-day breakfasts, and light fish and vegetarian dishes. Choose your coffee blend from the tasting notes; we recommend...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Civic

Bar Rochford

Bar Rochford

Bearded barmen concentrate earnestly on their cocktail constructions and wine recommendations at this sophisticated but unstuffy bar in the Melbourne Building. Dress up and hope for a table by one of the big...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Civic

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Canberra's glorious art-deco war memorial is a highlight in a city filled with interesting architecture. Built to commemorate 'the war to end all wars', it opened its doors in 1941 when the next world war was...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Parkes & Barton

Australian Parliament House

Australian Parliament House

Built in 1988, Australia's national parliament building is a graceful and deeply symbolic piece of architecture. Sitting atop Capital Hill, the building is crossed by two axes, north–south and east–west,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Acton

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

As well as telling Australia's national story, this museum hosts blockbuster touring exhibitions (admission prices vary), which often outpoint the permanent collection by some margin. Highlights include the...