Fancy a cold brew? A cappuccino? Or an espresso to pick up your afternoon? Sip it your way at these best cafes in Canberra!

How do you keep the capital city of Australia going? Coffee of course!

There’s no denying that when it comes to coffee, us Australians take it very seriously. We start our day with it and, most of us, can’t get through the afternoon without it.

But what makes a good coffee? Is it the specialty roasted beans? The knowledgeable and friendly baristas? The delicious pastries on offer? Or is it the relaxing atmosphere of the cafe itself? To us, it’s all of these things and more. So, to ensure that your next coffee hits the spot, we’ve brewed together a list of the best coffee shops in Canberra of 2023. Happy sipping!

<strong>Barrio Collective Coffee</strong>
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Barrio Collective Coffee

If you’re looking for the best coffee in Canberra, look no further than the coffee bar and roaster legends at Barrio Collective Coffee. Located in Braddon, this neighbourhood cafe and coffee shop likes to keep things simple and, instead, dedicate themselves to all things delicious coffee and food. Unlike other coffee spots in Canberra, Barrio Collective Coffee offers a coffee subscription, an online and instore coffee and pantry shop as well as helpful brew guides on their website.

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59/30 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612
<strong>The Cupping Room</strong>
Photographed by Pat Suraseang. Image via Tourism Australia.

The Cupping Room

When Canberra’s largest specialty coffee roaster, Ona Coffee, opens up a cafe, you know it’s going to be good. This coffee spot in Canberra’s heart is all about sharing their knowledge, passion, and experience through cups of coffee. Designed to take visitors on a flavour journey, The Cupping Room’s coffee menu is filled with a variety of house blends that pair deliciously with their food menu which includes the likes of burgers, brunch basics and, even more sweeter options like Sticky Date, French Toast, and cakes. A must try in 2023!

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1/1-13 University Ave, Canberra, ACT 2601
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Meet another one of Ona Coffee’s prodigies: Highroad. With its decor taking inspiration from a modern Scandi coffee house, Highroad focuses instead on its specialty coffee and locally sourced ingredients that make up its innovative menu. Reflecting the raw and refined feel of Canberra’s landscape in and out, Highroad is all about promoting the local community. For your visit we recommend pairing your coffee order with their potato Galette served with bean skordalia, beetroot, fennel, crème fraiche and puffed wild rice. After one visit you’ll soon realise why they are one of the best cafes in Canberra!

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1 Woolley St, Dickson, ACT 2601
<strong>Redbrick Coffee</strong>
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Redbrick Coffee

When we think of coffee, we think of Redbrick Espresso. They are roasters, wholesalers, distributors and, most of all, lovers of all things coffee. Embracing how coffee brings people together, Redbrick is passionate about forming a community at one of their six Canberra based coffee shops. This famed coffee spot is highlighted by their friendly staff, delicious pastries on offer and, of course, the tantalising smell of roasted beans that fills the air at one of their unmissable cafes plotted around the city. A must try in 2023!

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<strong>RYE Cafe</strong>
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RYE Cafe

Delicious food, even better coffee, wine from Australia’s best producers, a relaxed atmosphere and a central location. What more could you want? Open for breakfast and through to lunch, RYE’s menu features a delectable array of dishes including Danish sandwiches, eggs done your way, a divine Soft Shell Crab Burger, Beef Cheek Croquettes, pancakes, porridge and more. Wash it all down with a coffee and be sure to grab a cold pressed juice on your way out. One of Canberra’s best cafes, be sure to add this spot on your list!

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9 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612

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Feature image: The Cupping Room, Canberra. Photographed by Pat Suraseang. Image via Tourism Australia.