THE IN­SID­ERS I CANBERRA

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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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