Top things to do in Canberra

Top Choice Gallery in Parkes & Barton

National Gallery of Australia

This Australian national art collection is showcased in an impressive purpose-built gallery within the parliamentary precinct. Almost every big name you could think of from Australian and international art, past and…
Top Choice Australian in Kingston & Manuka

Muse

This bibliophile restaurant/bookshop on the corner of the East Hotel effortlessly juggles its roles. Start with a drink from the Australian-only drinks list then move on to the ‘prologues’, including seasonal deligh…
Top Choice Gallery in Parkes & Barton

National Portrait Gallery

Occupying a flash, 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, t…
Top Choice Brewery in Canberra

Capital Brewing Co

It's worth seeking out this Fyshwick brewery offering straight-from-the-tap local craft beers in a stylishly fitted-out tap room. Get your bearings with a tasting paddle that includes the popular Coast Ale. Outside,…
Top Choice Japanese in Braddon

Lazy Su

Lazy Su’s playful Asian vibe is obvious as you enter past the wall of lucky cats. You can't go far wrong with the menu, but if you can't decide between the pork-belly bao-ger and the yellowfin tuna tataki, opt for t…
Top Choice Asian in Civic

Akiba

A high-octane vibe pervades this superslick pan-Asian place, fuelled by a lively young crew that effortlessly splashes together cocktails, dispenses food recommendations and juggles orders without breaking a sweat. …
Top Choice 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. A la carte options are av…
Top Choice Italian 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 glittera…
Top Choice Cocktail 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 tonics, …
Top Choice Cafe in Acton

Cupping Room

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