Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Gallery of Australia

The nation's extraordinary art collection is showcased in a suitably huge purpose-built gallery within the parliamentary precinct. Almost every big name you could think of from the world of Australian and internatio…
Top Choice Asian in Canberra

Akiba

A high-octane vibe pervades this super-slick pan-Asian eatery, fuelled by a hip young crew that effortlessly splashes together cocktails, dispenses food recommendations and juggles orders without breaking a sweat. A…
Top Choice Modern 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 driv…
Top Choice Cafe in Canberra

Cupping Room

Queues often form outside this airy corner cafe, drawn by the prospect of Canberra's best coffee and an interesting menu, including vegetarian and vegan options. The seasonal chia pudding is extraordinary, but if yo…
Top Choice Gallery in Canberra

National Portrait Gallery

Occupying a flash new purpose-built building, this wonderful gallery tells the story of Australia through its faces – from wax cameos of Indigenous Australians to colonial portraits of the nation's founding families…
Top Choice Thai in Canberra

Morks

Our favourite of the restaurants along the Kingston foreshore, Morks offers a contemporary spin on Thai cuisine, with Chinese and Malay elements added to the mix. Ask for a table outside to watch the passing promena…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Canberra

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 exacting …
Top Choice Notable Building in Canberra

Australian Parliament House

Opened in 1988, Australia's national parliament building is a graceful and deeply symbolic piece of architecture. The building itself is embedded in the Australian soil, covered with a turf roof and topped by a spin…
Top Choice Museum in Canberra

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 alread…
Malaysian in Canberra

Malaysian Chapter

Fans of authentic Kuala Lumpur hawker cuisine should make the trek around 8km northwest from Civic to this unassuming, family-run spot in the surprisingly large commercial centre of Belconnen. Highlights includes na…