5 Reasons why we ❤️ Canberra

We just love Canberra.  Here are 5 reasons why …

5.  It’s beautiful.

A stunning image, captured from Miguel’s drone.

Seriously, it really is beautiful.  It’s a city, with a country feel.  With green, tree-lined streets and an abundance of open spaces, Canberra was well designed to incorporate nature.  This city is gorgeous in every season.  Contemporary architecture, beautiful sunsets and amazing skies complete this beautiful city.

4. Our people.

Canberra locals Thaliy and Em from Instagram account @thecanberrabrunchdiaries.

We’re pretty sure that the people of Canberra are the friendliest and most welcoming Australians in the entire country, definitely the most polite!  But the best thing about them is that they love getting out and doing stuff.  It barely matters what is on- a food or music festival, a balloon ride or game of rugby, Canberrans will support it!

3. Balloons.

The Balloons make a spectacular feature in our skies.

Balloons.  Need we say more?  Not really, but we will!  Every year, The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is an awesome way to see a whole bunch of balloons at the one time.  It’s a rite of passage in Canberra- getting up before dawn and heading out to watch the balloons take off.  Hop on a balloon ride or have some breakfast and watch them up close getting ready for flight.  Definitely an experience you do not want to miss.

2. Family and lifestyle.

Beers, burgers and kids entertainment at Capital Brewery, Fyshwick.

There really is nowhere as good as Canberra to raise families! We have tried to keep Canberra a bit of a secret, but it keeps getting voted most liveable city in the world, so it’s hard to keep it under wraps.  We have the best roads, schools and parks.  The city is humming with activity, the food scene is off the charts and we are clearly over-represented on the sports grounds around the country.  We really do have it all, but please don’t tell anyone.

1. Food!

A delicious cheeseburger from Ona, Manuka.

Canberra has become the number 1 food destination in the country.  Our food scene has exploded in recent years.  With gifted chefs and a natural abundance of spectacular produce, Canberra is creating its own niche.  We have some of the best wineries and breweries in the world, alongside amazing restaurants and food festivals.  We are definitely spoilt for choice when we dine out!

So that wraps up why “We ❤️ Canberra”.  We’re Canberra-proud and we wouldn’t live anywhere else!  Follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts to check out more of what makes Canberra so amazing!

– Michelle & Miguel

5 Amazing Cocktails of Canberra!

Canberra is blessed with so many cocktail bars and restaurants. TheCanberra5 has collated 5 of our favourite cocktails.  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Alter Ego, 10 Bunda St, Canberra City ACT 2601.

Express yourself with an Espresso Martini from Alter Ego!

Alter Ego offers tasty food and all-day cocktails.  Down for a breakfast cocktail?  Here is the place!  They also have espresso martini’s on tap, utlising vodka from Canberra distillery Underground Spirits and local Bellerophon Coffee.  Miguel had the opportunity to sample a few of the cocktails and he was a big fan of the delicious Coffee Caramel Martini. His other fave cocktail was the Bellini, so simple and delicious! We hear their Eggs Benedict bar is awesome as well. Breakfast cocktails and Eggs Benny? Hell, yeah!

Momoda, Melbourne Building, 39-47 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City ACT 2601.

Leng Lui- Momoda’s beautiful lady!
Momoda is a delicious asian fusion restaurant/bar that offers a great night out for a romantic dinner or a catch up with your mates.  Their lunch specials are always cheap and tasty, too!

The food is outstanding (hello kangaroo spring rolls and cheeseburger dumplings!) and their cocktails are incredible.  The Leng Lui (Beautiful Lady) cocktail is the perfect blend of sweet with a touch of sour.  A delicious combination of vodka, lavender and rose water, lychee liqueur, and elderflower makes this one cocktail that goes down very (too?!) easily!  The freeze-dried hibiscus also adds a pretty touch.

Howling Moon, Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT 2612.

One Night in Braddon. You will most definitely want two!
Howling Moon is one unique spot in Canberra.  This panoramic rooftop bar is set atop the Canberra Rex Hotel, with gorgeous views over the city. Along with a tasty menu, delicious cocktails and friendly staff, this is the place to be!  Their One Night in Braddon cocktail is a sweet finish to the working week (or any other day that tickles your fancy!).  Created with maraschino liqueur, vodka, cranberry juice, violet syrup and pink grapefruit.

First Edition Restaurant and Bar, Novotel Canberra, 1/65 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City ACT 2601.

First Impressions are important. This cocktail is one of them!

First Edition is located at the lovely Novotel Canberra– with a light rail stop conveniently out the front!  First Edition is a gorgeous bar, with luxurious velvet seating and comfortable lounges- perfect to settle into for the evening!  A spot by the window gives you great views of Canberra’s nightlife.  Not only does First Edition have their own gin (created with The Canberra Distillery), they also have a signature cocktail featuring this very said gin!  The First Impression cocktail is finished with fresh passionfruit, ice and clapped basil – so refreshing and tasty!  If you’re not a fan of sweet cocktails, this is the one for you.

Hot tip- the food looks very tasty!

Kokomo’s, 1 Genge St, Canberra City ACT 2601.

The lovely Maryanne Irhia with Blu-Tang Clan.
Kokomo’s is an adventure in itself.  Keeping in theme with the lush tropical decor, their cocktails are an island escape captured in a glass.  Maryanne Irhia- Kokomo’s Ambassodor, local Instagram Influencer and Canberra’s resident party gal- introduced us to the Blu-Tang Clan– a delicious cocktail garnished with it’s own rubber ducky!  Maryanne says that she’s instantly transported to the tropics with how easy it is to drink.  “It tastes like summer and pairs nicely with anything on the menu. Did I forget to mention that it’s totally Insta worthy?”

Want to experience these delicious cocktails?  We’ve created TheCanberra5 Cocktail Bar Crawl below.

But most importantly, always drink responsibly.