Standard City Guide: Canberra - The Standard Store

Standard City Guide: Canberra

by Tara Bennett

WHO ARE YOU?                    Jacqueline Haywood

WHERE ARE YOU?                Fitzroy, Melbourne

WHAT DO YOU DO?              Manager, The Standard Store


What do you love about the city?

I hadn’t been to Canberra since my obligatory Primary School trip around our nations capital. It was well worth a re-visit!canberra

Most inspiring stores, spaces, galleries.

Nation Gallery Of Australia – Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles was purchased in 1973 for $1.3 million by the Whitlam government, it is now reportedly valued at $350 million – worth a visit! (Plus other works by de Kooning, Rothko, and Gorky).

Nishi Gallery in NewActon – showing mainly Canberra-based artists



    Australian War Memorial – an incredibly humbling place to visit and well worth it.


    Secret eating/ drinking spots?

    A.Baker – opposite Hotel Hotel, and set in a lovely garden. Perfect for breakfast or brunch! 

    a baker

    Bar Rochford – an award-winning, hidden gem of a cocktail bar upstairs, over looking City Hill. 

    bar rochford

    Bent Spoke Brewing Co – brewery pub pouring delicious beer.

    Grease Monkey – next door to Bent Spoke, it’s great for soaking up the beer drunk and Bent Spoke! Or for a late night snack. 

     The Mandalay Bus – parked at Haig Park, brilliant street food.

    food truck

    Monster Kitchen and Bar – located in the ground floor of Hotel Hotel, spread across various spaces and using local and seasonal produce, it’s sure to impress.

    Best coffee?

    Mocan & Green Grout – delicious coffee and great breakfast using locally sourced produce. 



    Local stores (vintage, interiors, beauty, pharmacy?)

    Lonsdale Street is the place to go.

    Where to stay?

    Hotel Hotel – in the centre of NewActon and only a few years old is this design savvy hotel. With rooms either facing the atrium (moody and romantic) or outwards Lake Burley Griffin (views and sunlight), this boutique hotel packs a punch. Every nook and cranny has something to discover, perfect for those with a curiosity and appetite for quirky design.

    hotel hotel

    hotel hotel



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