Curl Up In These Cosy Canberra Cafes

Autumn may look pretty, but boy does it get cold! Here are our five perfect places to settle in with a hot drink while you watch the leaves tumble.

Image credit: Eighty/Twenty
Image credit: Eighty/Twenty



This cafe is named after the belief that an ideal diet should be 80% healthy and 20% indulgent. We reckon it should be the other way around, quite frankly, but we respect their good intentions. Eighty/Twenty’s tranquil, monochrome interior is a lovely setting in which to get some proper nourishment inside you, like their steaming hot bowl of chai-spiced quinoa porridge. Whoever thought food could feel like a warm hug? Find out more

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Image credit: Urban Pantry
Image credit: Urban Pantry

Urban Pantry


Relaxed dining in a comfy setting? Count us in! Urban Pantry boasts a warm, woody sense of style, and the staff make you feel right at home. You’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of food, but we’d suggest the lamb backstrap with vegetable a la grecque, goat cheese, port raisins and vincotto reduction. The tender, juicy meat is perfectly balanced against the tart cheese and sweet elements, creating a meal to remember. Find out more

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Image credit: Glasshouse
Image credit: Glasshouse Cafe

Glasshouse Cafe


Transport your taste buds to warmer climates with a trip to Glasshouse Cafe! The Italian and Mediterranean-style grub dished up here is some of the finest cafe food in town, and you definitely can’t go wrong with a big heap of classic ‘Fettucine Carbonara’. That’s fettuccini and shallots served with pan-seared bacon, beautifully prepared in white wine and cream. Now that is comfort food. Find out more

“What a beautiful place to stop for a scone and cuppa or breakfast. The view is amazing. It’s lovely to sit on the deck with friends and see kangaroos feeding in the field. The food is great and the service is friendly. Plenty of seating. Decent amount of parking out the front. Very easy to find. Love this place.” – The healers

Image credit: Cafe Alibi
Image credit: Cafe Alibi

Cafe Alibi


Cafe Alibi is a polished, curvy spot with endlessly entertaining views of the world beyond. It’s perfect for those seeking to nip in out of the cold for a hearty lunch, with the chicken schnitzel and ‘Alibi Salad’ enjoying significant local fame. If you’re really hungry, however, you just can’t beat the rosemary and red wine lamb shank with seasonal veggies. Although the lamb is beautifully tender and falling off the bone, we’d choose it just for the garlic mash alone! Find out more

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Gus’ Cafe


Gus came all the way over from Vienna to open this cafe, so you better appreciate it! It was actually Canberra’s very first outdoor cafe, and remains one of the city’s most beloved haunts. You can practically feel the old-school European warmth emanating from the rustic walls, and we just couldn’t imagine facing down a harsh ACT autumn without Gus’ forest mushroom risotto. It’s a gloriously creamy concoction that’ll make you feel like curling up in front of a fireplace. Find out more

“Gus’s Cafe…one of the classic’s still left in the city. I love the outdoor dining area. Meals are always delicious and the coffee nice.” – gemini69

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