Heading to Canberra? Here are five foodie things for your to do list.

Canberra Region Farmers Market

You’ll really mix it up with the locals at the Canberra Region Farmers Market.  It’s located a little out of town but well worth the effort for the range and freshness of the produce.  It’s also definitely a real farmers market as the Rotary Club of Hall, who runs the market, is fastidious in inspecting farms and produce to ensure they match.  In a quick wander around here you’ll see everything from oysters freshly plucked from the Clyde River, smoked trout, free range pork, bags of walnuts in their shells, locally grown garlic, warming cups of mead, fresh bread and a wide range of fruits and flowers.  Enjoy breakfast here with black rice pudding with palm syrup and coconut cream, topped with toasted coconut and a traditional sticky Dutch biscuit.

Grab a freshly pressed juice at Kingston

Kingston has experienced a rejuvenation with a newly developed area around the lake foreshore that’s chocka with great looking restaurants. Best in the strip is right at the end, a small cafe known as Local Press where the cold pressed juices are just one of the treats in store. Also worth a visit are Morks Restaurant, C Dine and Brodburger which is located across the road at the Canberra Glassworks. Pop into the Glassworks and learn how to blow your own piece of art glass.

Kingston is also home to the Bus Depot Market and it’s hard to resist a browse in here, even harder to come out with empty arms.

Be cool in New Action

The NewAction precinct is bursting with cool.  It’s home to the ultra trendy Hotel Hotel and QT Hotel which feels like a set for a James Bond movie.  There are several places to eat, including A Baker, Mocan & Green Grout, Parlour Wine Room and Bicicletta but my tip for an outstanding breakfast is QT Hotel.  There’s a selection of at least 20 sauces, from tomato to tabasco, to liven up your eggs, a fine selection of premium charcuterie, the perfect free range egg and plenty of fresh fruit.

Stroll the city

Head west, just a short walk from New Action, and you’ll find the latest hot city coffee spot, The Cupping Room on London Circuit. A little further on London Circuit, Da Rossario is a hole-in-the-wall with delicious Italian food but it’s worth the extended walk to Temporada, located off London Circuit onto Moore Street.  This new restaurant serves up modern Australian, fresh seasonal produce.  Try the beef short rib roll, the raw spanish mackerel with yuzu and the Bangalow pork cutlet with smoked bacon and mustard sauce.

Travel the Poachers Way

Head out from Canberra and follow the Poachers Way to discover local artists, chefs and winemakers.  Some of the names you’ll stumble across in this area include Grazing in The Royal Hotel, an icon on the Canberra region dining scene, and Poachers Pantry, home to the award winning Smokehouse Cafe and Wily Trout Vineyard, in Hall. Both offer great destination dining but be sure to book well ahead.  Robin Rowe Chocolates is a pleasant tea or coffee stop and there’s more than enough to tempt you to leave with a box of chocolates under your arm.

Kerry Heaney visited Canberra as a guest of Visit Canberra.