Canberra craze: 24-hours in the capital city
food & wine
Australia's capital might not come first to mind when you think a weekend away filled with food and wine - but it's time for that to all change. Here, I've rounded up my favourite hotel, restaurant and weekend activity for an overnight stay in Canberra:
Where to stay: Hotel Hotel
Canberra is now home to one of the most exciting hotels Hotel Hotel. When you book ask for view of the atrium, it's got amazing views across the lake or bushland and the quiet nook of the atrium is a little hideaway. The hotel itself is an amalgamation of design, architecture, art and food. With over 50 designers having a stake in the design of this space, it is a really unique place to visit and stay. A focus on sustainability, community and arts patronage can be seen in the use of materials and the quirky furniture and art that adorn the lobby and rooms which has locals and visitors sipping cocktails in the bar at Monster. This strip in New Acton is hitting well above its weight when it comes to good food. With Monster in the lobby of Hotel Hotel, A. Baker across the way and Mocan and Green Grout around the corner, all focus on local produce and excellent coffee.
Hotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, 25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
Where to eat: EightySix
A trip to Canberra is not complete without a visit to EightySix. Start with the duck bun with hoisin and cucumber and some local vino from the surrounding countryside, chicken liver parfait and rhubarb jam and move onto their black chicken with buttermilk slaw. And to finish off: the the banoffee pie. If you can nab a spot on the chef's counter to watch these guys at play your night out in the capital is sorted.
EightySix, mode 3, Elouera St & Lonsdale st, Braddon ACT 2612
Where to visit: Clonakilla Estate
A Sunday drive around the vineyards just outside of Canberra is a Sunday well spent. Clonakilla is the draw-card and a must visit just north of Canberra. Their Shiraz Viognier is what they are known for but their Riesling, Viognier and Shiraz are all worth trying at their quaint cellar door. Brindabella Hills, Helm Wines, Mount Majura and Lark Hill Bio dynamic Winery will have you wondering why you don't visit more often.
Clonakilla 3 Crisps Ln, Murrumbateman NSW 2582
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