Historically, Canberra has not been on the map for foodies and health nuts, but it’s previously drab reputation has been changing with the help of an ever growing younger population demanding healthier, tasty, local food. And Canberra has delivered. So whether you are a local, a tourist just passing through for a weekend or on your way to the snow, or visiting for a work trip, let me introduce you to some of the best healthy breakfast and lunch cafes in Canberra.
Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Cafes in Canberra
Local press, Kingston Foreshore and Braddon
Let’s start at the beginning, breakfast! My go to is The Local Press. Their menu is based on whole foods that are as unrefined and unprocessed as possible with free range, hormone free proteins. They keep their menu seasonal and source ingredients as locally as possible which means they are helping the local farmers – that’s what I’m talking about! PLUS they’ve earned a local award for their efforts in recycling and their ethos is environmental responsibility.
Without even looking at the menu these are enough reasons to visit. But their menu delivers too, I’m keen to go back and try the ‘build your own breakfast’ as there are so many options! A good range for vegans too.
If you’re near Deakin it’s worth seeking out Double Shot. They have loads of healthy options for breakfast and lunch, including some vegan and paleo options too. One of my favourites to hit after the gym!
If you’re in the Kingston area (lucky you) then 38 Espresso if where you will find your best morning hit. They are coffee specialists and they are GOOD at what they do. Aside from the best coffee around, their new menu is healthy and fresh. They make their own almond milk and almond meal (which they use in their pancakes) and their aim is to continually move towards making all of their own ingredients from scratch. The first pancake photo in this post is also from here and I highly recommend!
Eighty/20’s slogan is ‘Real + Nutritious + Delicious”. They make their menu using whole foods that are natural and unprocessed. However, as their name implies, they leave room (that’s the ’20’) for a bit of indulgence, so you will find a couple of indulgent sides available there too.
Elemental is gem of a cafe with lots of nourishing meals on the menu. The food is amazing and they serve Canberra’s famous coffee – ONA coffee. I’ve been here a few times and can say it’s definitely worth a visit next time you’re in Braddon.
Elemental photos were sourced from the gallery on their website.
Maple and Clove, Barton
In the middle of the Realm Precinct in Barton is Maple and Clove, a beautiful little cafe that prides itself on a menu filled with nourishing, whole foods and hand made meals. Their wholesome meals are cooked on the premises daily, using fresh, local, seasonal and wholefood ingredients. Open for breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week!
Elk and Pea, Braddon
As well as being a great location for healthy breakfast and lunch meals, Elk and Pea are open late and serve a delicious healthy dinner menu. They also use local produce wherever possible. Although their menu is not all healthy, some good options can be found. Try the crispy skinned salmon or ‘The Vegan’ from the dinner menu (and maybe give the pork belly, the bangers and mash and the doughnut a miss if you’re seeking a healthy meal!).
So now you’re all set for your healthy weekend brunch in Canberra! There are plenty of places to enjoy while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However if you’d rather grab some fresh ingredients and whip something up yourself you might prefer visiting one of Canberra’s farmers markets instead, there are quite a few to choose from. If you’re visiting for a little while I would suggest trying one of the best outdoor activities for the area – mountain biking! Follow the link to find some of Canberra’s best spots for mounting biking. Or are you looking for a gym instead? This gym is hands down the best one in Canberra. Give it a go!
So where do you love for healthy Canberra meals? What did you eat there? Let’s flesh out this list to help other Canberrans or travellers hit the hot spots for healthy cafes in Canberra. Leave a comment with your recommendation below, and even better- take a pic of your breakfast or lunch to share with me on socials by tagging @eatprayworkout.