Quality Hotel Dickson
Corner Cape & Badham Street
Canberra, AC 2602
Phone: (61) 2 62474744
Fax: (61) 2 62474455
Bars & Cafes
El Dorado's is a versatile place offering contemporary and traditional dinning experience. With a warm, friendly environment, spacious seating, simple decor and licensed bar, dining here is fun. The menu has a huge selection, including a kid's menu. There are daily blackboard specials amongst the standard bistro fare of schnitzels, roasts, soups, pastas, seafood, and steak dishes. Be tempted by the succulent Fillet Mignon. Check website to know more.
An all-organic health cafe, My Rainbow-Dreams is a vegetarian eatery that is run by the students of Sri Chinmoy, a guru in meditation. Delicious wraps, bakes, organic teas and coffees, smoothies and cookies are all part of the menu here at this purity cafe.
Hudsons is a little cafe/delicatessen located in the hub of Dickson's shopping area. Hudson's has a real "New York deli" feel to it, with its warm, busy atmosphere and checkerboard floor. There are tables indoors or you can dine at the large outdoor eating area. Hudsons serves up great lunch treats and savories. Not to be missed are the amazing savory tarts and the filo wrapped chicken and asparagus. They also have a wonderful selection of cakes and a range of gourmet foods and condiments.
Sfoglia Cafe & Patisserie is a family-operated cafe that is popular with business people and shoppers from surrounding areas. The pine tables and chairs, and pictures of Italian scenes on the walls make this modern cafe bright and cozy. Choose from the wide selection of delicious cakes and pastries on display. Try prosciutto, eggplant, roasted capsicum and boccocini focaccia or a quiche with salad. For the perfect afternoon tea, try a Cannoli with vanilla custard.
A piece of Italy in Australia, Ravello is one of Canberra's best-known Italian restaurants. The atmosphere is charming, waiters are warm and make you feel like one of the family in the European style surrounds. The outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for romantic dinners under the stars. The menu features traditional Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta and gnocchi. Breads, cakes and pastries are baked daily. Restaurant is open through the week with individual Lunch and Dinner timings.
This is where the young and the restless hang out in Canberra. The Trinity Bar is a place to meet, greet, and maybe meet someone interesting. A great location for Canberra's young crowd, Trinity Bar features modern decor, plenty of candlelight, and even a bar with beer taps descending from the ceiling. The beer and wine prices may be a bit steep, but what Trinity is known for are their fantastic cocktails that are decent in cost-make sure to try the chocolate flavored Martini. The friendly bar staff add to the fun atmosphere that includes a DJ or live music most nights of the week.
Ko Ko Cafe provides a welcome break for the motorist. Get your Canberra information from the Visitors Center in the same building, then relax over coffee or a snack while deciding where to begin your tour. Located next to busy Northbourne Avenue, the main road into Canberra, Ko Ko offers simple tables and chairs that are comfortable and clean. Choose between good quality tea and coffee or milkshakes to quench your thirst. The sandwiches with three fillings are made while you wait. Or try fish and chips or Spring rolls.
Bernadette's is a lovely place nestled in the groovy Ainslie shops. Enjoy the heritage of one of Canberra's oldest suburbs in a terrific, lively atmosphere with a casual and modern setting, inside or out. Dishes are original and full of flavor. Try the crepe stuffed with eggplant, pesto, almond and spinach crepe or tofu burgers as well as the variety of gourmet pizzas, curries and focaccias on offer.
First opened as a safe nightspot for women, Tilley's has gradually expanded into a popular small venue with sell-out performances from regulars such as Tiddas, Paul Kelly and Renae Geyer. Tilley's also features intimate theatre including poetry, dance, writers' nights and debates. The cafe/bar has a cozy 1920s feel with dark red velvet curtains. It offers excellent food, coffee and cake. The ever popular Friday "happy hour" with half-price drinks means patrons should get here early to ensure a seat. Tilley's is a smoke-free free environment.
A relic from Canberra's history, Old Canberra Inn is worth the visit just for sightseeing alone. The Inn is built from thick, rough-hewn red-gum slab walls and the 18th century atmosphere has been enhanced with old barrels, and electric 'oil' lamps. But as a living modern pub, there are the usual pool tables, a juke-box and Sky Channel. Live entertainment is a feature on many Sundays. On fine days, choose one of three beer gardens or barbecue area. The usual beers and spirits are available. There is also function catering for special events. Check website for timings.
All Bar Nun has become an O'Connor staple, providing an entertaining yet relaxed atmosphere. The place is popular, but still maintains its unpretentious appeal with an equally laid-back clientele. The bar has a rustic, welcoming feel with large wooden communal tables. The outdoor seating area is popular in summer, but no less busy in winter as there is no smoking inside. Heaters surround the outdoor tables, making them quite inviting on a chilly night. Snacks and light meals such as beer-battered chips and wood-fired pizzas are available, along with the standard wine, beer and spirits.
A great find located in Braddon, two minutes from Canberra city center, this unique bakery/cafe will have you coming back for more. Enjoy the simple decor and cosy atmosphere inside, or the cafe-style seating outdoors while you polish off your delectable selection. Specialty breads include potato, walnut and olive. Or try the gourmet pizzas, hot pastries such as cauliflower brioche, spinach and pesto quiche, scrumptious desserts like pear Danish pastry, and apple and custard tarts.