Breakfast in the city
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Breakfast in the city

It’s the most important meal of the day, and one that is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of a busy working day. We’ve tracked down the best city breakfast spots so that you can treat yourself to a gourmet start to the day this winter.

Mood Food & Co - Brioche French toast

Mood Food & Co is a brand new eatery in Braddon’s Mode3 building, and it’s a perfect city breakfast spot. The menu is gourmet, the coffee fantastic, and the atmosphere fun and relaxing.

The breakfast menu is long and diverse, with something to suit every taste, from mustard and dill pikelets to porridge with fresh fruit.

Brioche French toast at Mood Food & Co

Brioche French toast at Mood Food & Co

We recommend the brioche French toast, served with a salted caramel sauce and toasted pistachio crumble to add some texture. The dish is topped off with gorgeous roasted figs.

Price: $19
A: Unit 132, 24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
P: 6257 8990

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Waffles at Cream

Waffles at Cream

Cream - Waffles

Conveniently located in the middle of Civic’s stylish North Quarter, Cream is a beautiful sprawling diner where you can get everything from a cup of coffee to a gourmet dinner, or, in this case, a deliciously decadent breakfast.

Their waffles are without a doubt the best I’ve ever eaten – light and fluffy inside with a perfectly crispy crust, and served drenched in a rich butterscotch sauce with caramelised toffee apple pieces and a dollop of creamy vanilla bean ice cream. What sweet tooth can resist starting their day with that?

Price: $17
A: Canberra Centre Shop FG10, Bunda Street, Canberra City
P: 6162 1448

Autolyse - Bruschetta

Braddon newcomer Autolyse is a simple but classical bakery and cafe offering hand-made breads and pastries, baked fresh each and every day. Drop in for a meal or coffee and you can watch the hardworking bakers making loaf after loaf of rye, sourdough or wholemeal right in front of you.

Bruschetta at Autolyse

Bruschetta at Autolyse

The simple and traditional breakfast menu at Autolyse features ever-changing specials, with a focus on fresh local ingredients that highlight the phenomenal Autolyse baked goods.

For a great start to the day, we recommend the bruschetta – heritage tomatoes, rocket, caper gremolata and ricotta, all piled on top of what is earning a reputation as Canberra’s best sourdough.

Tasmanian salmon with poached eggs at Mocan Green Grout

Tasmanian salmon with poached eggs at Mocan Green Grout

Price: $12
A: 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
P: 6262 8819

Mocan and Green Grout - Tasmanian salmon with poached eggs

Mocan and Green Grout is a perfect spot for a leisurely breakfast. With cosy indoor and outdoor seating and a fitout overflowing with raw wood and lush greenery, it’s as much an art and design experience as a place to enjoy good coffee and food.

Baked eggs at Loading Zone

Baked eggs at Loading Zone

The cafe’s focus is on ethical food production processes, with fair trade coffee, produce from local farmers, and herbs grown in a planter right outside the front door.

A breakfast menu highlight is the tasmanian salmon, served on delicious crusty bread with poached free range eggs and horseradish.

Bircher muesli at Elk and Pea

Bircher muesli at Elk and Pea

Price: $16
A: 1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, NewActon
P: 6162 2909

Loading Zone - Baked eggs

Loading Zone is one of the city’s most unique eateries. It’s a secret cafe tucked away in the Melbourne building’s Odgers Lane – people passing by on London Circuit wouldn’t even know it was there.

Smoked trout at Two Before Ten

Smoked trout at Two Before Ten

If you venture down to Loading Zone you will be greeted by friendly staff and the smell of some seriously delicious Italian-style food. Take a seat in the grassy outdoor area, order a coffee and check out the specials of the day.

A breakfast specialty is baked eggs served fresh from the oven with sugo, pork and fennel sausage, chickpeas, and crusty bread on the side.

Price: $16
A: 22 Odgers Lane, Canberra City
P: 6248 6400

Elk and Pea - Bircher muesli

Elk and Pea has been a go-to Canberra breakfast spot since it opened, with a menu full of South American influences and fresh ingredients.

For a light and healthy breakfast, you can go past their coconut and cinnamon infused muesli with poached pear compote and toasted nuts – it’s fruity but not too sweet, with a tart fruit puree to complement the crunchy nuts and oats.

For those who want to add a little excitement to their breakfast, the Hair of the Elk menu is an absolute must. It features a breakfast martini, an espresso martini and a bloody mary, all made with Square One organic basil and cucumber vodka.

Price: $14
A: 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
P: 6162 0222

Two Before Ten - Smoked trout

Two Before Ten is a perfect city breakfast spot – the warm and welcoming cafe has a kick-ass menu and some of the best coffee in Canberra.

For breakfast on the go there are toasties and daily sweet specials, but if you really want to treat yourself take the time to sit down for one of the gourmet dishes out of the kitchen.

This smoked trout with parsnip pea puree, quinoa crisp, sumac crushed egg and red currant jelly is a beautiful combination of flavours and textures that you will remember for days to come.

Price: $17
A: 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City
P: 6162 1260