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