Australia’s food scene has long been hailed as one of the most exciting in the world. Considering the high standard of Aussie dining, the fact that Canberra can nowadays hold her own with the country’s more established culinary stalwarts like Sydney and Melbourne, means that the city has more than enough to delight foodies.
From hipster-filled coffee shops, to lunchtime-loving cafes and fine dining establishments, Canberra offers up some of the best in Australian cuisine. Among our top picks would be The Cupping Room (above) concept cafe for the ultimate in caffeinated fare, Patissez, the charming patisserie that’s gone viral due to their famous, overflowing-with-goodies FreakShakes, and for contemporary fine dining Courgette, where Chef James Mussillon expertly prepares some truly flavoursome dishes.
Though it’s noted for its thriving cafe culture and independent eateries, Wellington’s food scene is so much more than just that, and indeed has just about anything and everything to offer food-loving travellers.
One of the city’s most well-known districts for dining would have to be Cuba Street, which features a diverse selection of restaurants such as Matterhorn (above), the famed fine dining establishment that’s become a bit of a New Zealand institution.
Naturally being a city on the water’s edge, Wellington offers abundant options for tasty seafood. For a relaxed atmosphere, head on over to Crab Shack, which is, of course, famous for their many dishes featuring crab. For a somewhat more upscale seafood dining experience try Ortega Fish Shack and Bar, which is an award-winning seafood diner, serving the most delectable seafood goodies, like fresh Clevedon Pacific oysters, crayfish and prawn ravioli and a heavenly aromatic seafood broth crammed with monkfish, baby octopus and shellfish.
For a dining experience with unforgettable views of the city’s famous landscapes, our favourites would include Lyall Bay’s Spruce Goose (above) as well as the Chocolate Fish Cafe, ideally situated on Shelly Bay Road, offering a casual dining experience that exhibits a typical Kiwi quirky sensibility.
Of course, because Wellington and Canberra have such an impressive range of dining options, the above is merely a sampling of what both capitals can offer. It’s therefore recommended to do some additional research before visiting so as to ensure you’ll get to those establishments that most suit your individual tastes and preference.