Canberra Day 2
Canberra is a small place, so we fit as much as we can into our full day in the capital. A lot of photos will follow in this post – so prepare yourself!
The Cupping Room: 1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra
Canberra’s cafe culture seems to be taking influence from Melbourne – I mean this brunch place even has a wait. It’s nothing like a 30 minute wait you might experience in Melbourne, but more like 10 minutes. We chose this because we heard the World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic works here, but our luck meant he was overseas somewhere doing cooler coffee things than making coffee for us.
We were still able to try their house blend, created by him, but I actually found it did not have a lot of that distinct coffee taste that I like. The filter was fragrant, but filter has some uneasy effects on me – it feels strong and then makes me sleepy!
I decided to be adventurous and try the special of French toast with bacon steak, creme fraiche ice-cream and syrup. Usually I take the mixture of sweet and savoury quite well but the ice-cream was so light and fluffy, it felt mismatched with the entire dish.
Australian War Memorial: Treloar Crescent, Campbell
One can’t stop by the capital without giving this a visit – what surprised me about the political and historic spots we visited was that there was a lot of art mixed in with the displays. Art with political undertones, but nevertheless, it helped keep me interested in the exhibitions.
New Parliament House: Parliament Drive, Canberra
Old Parliament House: 18 King George Terrace, Parkes
The old Parliament House is a lot smaller than new Parliament but it has some exhibitions and a lot of political cartoons up on the wall to keep visitors busy.
National Aboretum: Forest Drive, Canberra
The Aboretum has some scenic views, but the trees are still young and hence not very tall. The landscape is mainly flat and green, but with swirling paths to add to the impressive design element.
There’s a cafe/restaurant and some bonsai on show too. It’s worth a drop by, but it would also be more impressive to see when the trees/plants mature.
Telstra Tower: 100 Black Mountain Dr, Acton
The Telstra Tower on Black Mountain is the place for a view. We timed it to see the sunset, which had some gorgeous colours and city views. Prepare for the cold weather though – the wind made my face feel like ice!
Akiba: 40 Bunda St, Canberra
This funky fusion Asian bar/eatery was bustling when we visited. Apologies for the dim phone photos!
Service was a little slow, our food came out weirdly spaced out and we had to order more food because we weren’t full. Surprisingly, our favourite dish was the fried rice. It had some sort of chilli powder element to it and more flavour than your average fried rice.
The cocktails had some Asian/Japanese twists too!
The wagyu beef was juicy and delicious, but some of the others were hit and miss. It had a fun atmosphere and I think in the end they didn’t charge us for drinks or one dish to make up for the lack of service.
Photos taken by the.adventouriist, Robin and myself!