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Bookplate

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International, Contemporary, Australian
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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
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7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A perfect brunch venue

This is one of Canberra's best spots for Sunday brunch. Usually crowded but the food is good, the venue is excellent, the view is superb. Brilliant for a sunny Sunday late morning/lunch with a bottle of chilled Riesling and good friends or family.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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English first
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great choice of food, and always good coffee. There is always a great range of specials and the menu is well rounded, with some great looking breakfast items. Have had a few lunches here over a week and really enjoyed everyone, sometimes the portion sizes were tricky to determine, but the food tasted fantastic! The outdoor seating area is hard... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is one of Canberra's best spots for Sunday brunch. Usually crowded but the food is good, the venue is excellent, the view is superb. Brilliant for a sunny Sunday late morning/lunch with a bottle of chilled Riesling and good friends or family.

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Jerrabomberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Have been here many times but looks like new management and has a new approach. Seems to be missing the mark with the clientele though who are mostly poor students or tight fisted oldies. Prices are a bit steep and I'm no fan of anything "deconstructed". Coffee is still OK and the location is prime within the National Library.

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Canberra
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Why have Competitive tendering for a perfectly functional well patronised existing cafe that had many regulars, a great menu, excellent coffee and service that was perfectly suited to the venue and the type of patrons. Now many regulars do not go there any more. The atmosphere, food, coffee and service is not as good. The competitive process is often won... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I wondered if I were imagining that Bookplate under new management isn't as good as the old Bookplate, but I see that a few other reviewers are also disappointed by the changes. There doesn't seem to be the same variety of dishes and they seem a little more expensive. And the cheaper options of sandwiches and wraps are no longer... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Before it felt like a cafe for all ages and backgrounds, not just the wealthy &/or hip. There were a range of magazines and newspapers encouraging people to linger longer - we would often buy a 2nd coffee or stay on for lunch. Maybe they now want a faster turnover but that will probably happen anyway with paid parking at... More 

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Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A group of us have been visiting Bookplate for lunch regularly for the past 5 years. This was our first time since it reopened and while it might have retained that lovely relaxed and eclectic atmosphere, that's all that is the same now. We all chose fish and chips and were all disappointed in the quality and size of serve.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

After our regular walk around the lake today we decided to have lunch at Bookplate.We shouldn't have bothered. We ordered at 12.30. Our coffee's arrived as expected though they were luke warm. After half an hour we inquired as to when our meals would be coming. We had noticed people who arrived after us had been served. We were told... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Well, you can at least get a parking spot now, thanks to parking meters in the previously free parking area -- which public servants working nearby would fill up all day. It's not cheap if you're studying at the library, though, at $2.50 per hour (I feel for students). I also feel for the students who work long hours in... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Loved the atmosphere of this cafe with the stained glass windows. Coffee was great, delicious homemade cakes. Limited menu, we had brunch. Food delicious but small serves for the price paid.

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Additional Information about Bookplate

Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Greater Canberra  >  Canberra
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
Cuisine: International, Contemporary, Australian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Greater Canberra  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 17
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary, Australian

Description

It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?