Breakfast hot spots to add to your Canberra ‘to eat’ list

Looking for some new places for breakfast or brunch in Canberra? Eat Canberra contributor (and amazing photographer) Chanel, recently ventured out in Canberra City and found some breakfast hot spots for you to add to your ‘to eat’ list.

Nookie Espresso Bar

No longer just a ‘hole-in- the-wall’ coffee hotspot, this gorgeous civic café now offers a short but certainly sweet food menu. Offering the likes of an incredibly tasty b & e roll for just $8! Adorned with beautiful floral wall prints, charming wooden tables and stools, the atmosphere is perfectly fun and friendly. You’ll be tempted to sit there all day with a frothy cappuccino and chat to the baristas and chefs, who seem to be having more fun than most!

The Bearded Bean 

This café is quickly attracting the ‘hustle and bustle’ of Canberran caffeine addicts in need of their morning pre-work coffee hit. Boasting the prettiest takeaway cups you’ve ever seen, its no wonder there’s often a crowd gathered under the impressively high ceilings of this urban hub. The layout is also well designed for those who have time to sit down to the most flavoursome all-day breakfast menu. There’s a raised seating area at the back of the café catering for your coffee catch-up, reading or people-watching needs.


I must admit, I was certainly sceptical about going out to pay for a breakfast of toast (one that I could easily make and enjoy at home). However, I was rendered apologetic after trying an innovated version of PB & J (with sprinkles of rosemary!) on rye sourdough at Lonsdale Street’s newest café, Toasted. Whilst the thought of spending $6.50 on a piece of toast initially threw me, I had to reassess my judgement upon seeing how generously-sized and surprisingly gourmet the piece actually was – and indeed the topping options are diverse. Also, consider this, many cafes these days charge more for a piece of banana bread, yet little do we question that! The prices do increase for two slices, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the experimental options are more cost-efficient than other breakfast buys. The space itself is very light and airy, with framed drawings of toast and a long bench top lining the windowed-wall, you’ll be leaving with a smile on your face (and maybe a donut from Doughnut Department too)!

About the Author:

Chanel Irvine is a third-year student at the ANU but she spends most of her time exploring Canberra and beyond with her camera in-hand. She’s a passionate self-taught photographer and endeavours to portray the world from a different angle; one that is committed to noticing the subtler details of our lives and encounters, in all their glory. She is a photographer for the print and online publication ‘Bossy’ and also takes commissioned photographs for personal and business branding, websites and charity promotions. You can check out her work on her website and find her on Instagram @chanelno.6

All photos in this post are by Chanel Irvine.