Al Fresco: Eight Outdoor Dining Ideas in Canberra

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Summer has arrived, (most) rooms have reopened after the vacation period and we are… still cautious.

With the increase in COVID cases here and around Australia, it’s understandable. However, for those who wish to support our hotel dynamic in these difficult times and stay out, here are some of our favorite outdoor restaurants across town.

Café Devine de Tilley (Lyneham)

North side icon Tilley’s hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1984 – and luckily that includes the expansive outdoor seating area.

Tilley’s also earns points for having plenty of covered seats, perfect for that dripping La Niña summer.

Yaki Boi (Braddon)

Did someone say rooftop terrace? by Braddon Yaki Boi (feature image) offers one of the best views of Lonsdale Street (and the entire city) with plenty of room to spread out.

Bitter (Kingston)

Head to sunny Green Square in Kingston for brunch, lunch or coffee at Bitter.

If there is no free table, there are plenty of benches and green spaces for picnics.

The Alby (Woden)

The newest local in Woden, The Alby, has plenty of outdoor seating which is generally shaded and airy. Don’t miss the basement bowling alleys!

Tipsy Bull (Braddon)

Some places have beer gardens, but we prefer to think of Tipsy bullis like a G&T garden in homage to their epic deconstructed G&T boards.

Phat Panda (Tuggeranong)

Supplier of street food delicacies Phat panda sits next to an airy outdoor dining area at South.Point Tuggeranong, with plenty of outdoor seating.

A bite to eat (Chifley)

Out of sight, one of the cutest outdoor seating areas in the south can be found at Chifley’s Something to eat. Simply cross the restaurant and exit through the back.

Capital Brewing Co (Fyshwick)

A brasserie with a huge beer garden AND a Brodburger van? Yes please.

No tables to have? Head uphill (literally) to one of the grassy spots next to the man-made creek that winds through the shady Dairy Road area.

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