Pod Food is a great, laid back café set amongst the gardens of the Pialligo Farm Nursery. Set in a 1930’s weather board cottage, you can enjoy great coffee on the shaded verandah and great bistro style breakfasts and lunches. They also offer cooking lessons for those that want to replicate at home. Milk and Honey is a quirky café serves a great breakfast with the standard fare as well as some more unusual dishes such as sweet sticky, black rice and grain-free chocolate bread. Lunch features a menu with an Asian twist – recommended. If that all sounds too groovy, you might find the monstrous fry-up at Gus's Cafe, served from 7.30am, more your speed. It is well worth trekking out to A Bite To Eat, a retro-furnished cafe, with a little bar and courtyard. They serve good coffee, freshly squeezed juices and simple, tasty food such as pides full of haloumi, tomato and roasted fennel. While you are in the neighbourhood pop in to the Bavarian Bakehouse at the back of the supermarket next door to pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread or a log of wonderfully light strudel stuffed with apple, poppyseed or our favorite -sour cherry. For a more downbeat and a less glam crowd Pizzazz Cafe and Foodstore ( Cofee purists will approve of the Kingston Grind (where they serve a good latte or ristretto using their own blend of beans. If you are passionate about your hot chocolate head to Zucchero's made with hot milk and melted Belgian chocolate.
Pod Food: 12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, tel: (02) 6257 3388
Milk and Honey: Centre Cinema, 29 Garema Pl, Canberra, tel: (02) 6247 7722
A Bite to Eat: Shop 8. Eggleston Crescent, Chifley
Bavarian Bakehouse: Shop 20, Eggleston Crescent. (02) 6282 5050
Pizzazz Cafe and Foodstore: 41 Kennedy St, cnr Eyre St, Kingston. (02) 6239 6200
Kington Grind: Shop 1, Green Sq, Kingston. (02) 6295 8189
Zuccheros: Shop 2, 21 Bougainville St, Griffith, tel: (02) 6295 9272
B Bar is slick, serves great cocktails and plays great music Thursday through Saturday. Lots of pretty people and the odd politician thrown in. Hippo Lounge Bar is very groovy and is decked out Oriental style with lots of Buddahs and rice paper lanterns for decoration. Go for the Hippo Martini and stay for the live jazz on Wednesdays or the DJs on the weekend.
B Bar, 21 Kennedy Street, Kingston ACT 1604 (02) 6295 1949 www.
Hippo Lounge Bar, 17 Garema Place, Canberra ACT. www.hippobar.com.au