THE INSIDERS I CANBERRA
CAFE: Cosmorex Coffee, Kembla Street, Fyshwick A Canberra institution and coffee-lover’s heaven that has been in business for more than 40 years; cosmorex.com.au. SEE: Clonakilla winery, near Murrumbateman, 40km north of Canberra An oenophile’s joy, producing what I think is arguably Australia’s best red, a shiraz viognier; clonakilla.com.au. INDULGE: Canberra Truffle Festival, various restaurants and local markets This midwinter fest in June and July includes special dinners, cooking classes and truffle hunts; trufflefestival.com.au. LATE: Trinity Bar, Dickson An understated, hidden nightspot (look for the triple stripe on the exterior wall; it’s the only signage) serving ultra-cool cocktails; trinitybarcanberra.com.au. SEE: Bigfoot Adventures, citywide Inspirational Paralympian Michael Milton hosts activities including bike tours exploring Lake Burley Griffin’s architecture by night and pedal-powered food tours of the capital; bigfootadventures.com.au. FROLIC: Manuka Pool, Barton A favourite art deco venue with grassy grounds and plenty of splash pools that are perfect for families; it’s about to embark on its 81st summer; manukapool.com.au. DINE: La Cantina, Narrabundah My go-to local (that I’m loath to share); the veal costoletta is especially good; la-cantina.com.au. BARGAIN: Capital Region Farmers Market, Exhibition Park, Watson Passionate producers provide a standout shopping experience on Saturday mornings; capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au. LATE: Tongue & Groove, City With big-city energy, T&G is the place to meet for pizza, tapas and a broad range of beers on tap; tandg.com.au. OUTDOORS: Stromlo Forest Park, 10 minutes from the city Nirvana for runners, walkers, horseriders and mountain bikers; stromloforestpark.com.au. SHOP: Manuka Village, south of the city Great shops and cafes; including Department of the Exterior for girls, Paperchain Bookstore and Fruitacious Deli; visitcanberra.com.au. SNACK: Brodburger, Glassworks, Kingston Seriously good burgers, once served from a popular red van by the lake, now set up properly at Glassworks (although the wait is no shorter); brodburger.com.au. AVOID: Black Mountain Tower, as it’s a bit of a dinosaur. Red Hill Lookout has great views.
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