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Bookplate

Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
(02) 6262 1154
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Ranked #163 of 780 restaurants in Canberra
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra
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  • English first
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English first
Australia
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a Saturday lunch here (Canberra was pouring that day) and I was impressed by the service and also the relative informality. Love the fish and chips and service was quick, prompt and polite. Interestingly, the house rules are that between noon and 2pm patrons shouldn't be using the tables for laptop, tablet work, etc, but I saw a... More

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Canberra, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

The Bookplate is a very special to me; it's where my husband and I got married. It provided a sophisticated venue, outstanding catering including a range of food and beverage options and personal service from the gorgeous owner, Rachel. She made our day. Thank you to Rachel and the team. The Bookplate is also a lovely place to go for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

What a treat to find such a nice place with a great outlook near major venue in Canberra. Decor not over the top but service was very good and nice simple choices for a late lunch - great coffee

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Canberra, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great views, great food. Not sure why they think the super large cup of coffee makes sense. It gets cold before you can drink it...but I am just being picky

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Canberra, Australia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I visited here for a work lunch. There was a queue to order food, which shows you the popularity of Bookplate. But it didn't take to long for our orders to be delivered. You can eat inside or outside on their expansive deck which has stunning views back over the lake. The meal was very nice and the menu selection... More

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Paris, France
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The National Library is a treasure house, beginning with the stunning Leonard French stained glass in the entry hall, where Bookplates is. The food doesn't try to be chic or expensive - it's usually light and full of flavour. With a glass of local wines to go with it. Maybe out on the terrace beside the lake. There is no... More

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Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This place survives in its current state because it is remote and people need a coffee while doing research or as part of the visit to an exhibition. It is pretentious and overpriced. At one stage it only took cash which was totally against its projected status as a coffee shop at an international tourist venue. Stop by if you... More

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Totally overpriced, like many people here have stated. Always too busy, and always crowded with snobby researches taking whole four person tables for themselves... Thats what inside the library is for! Every time i decide to give this place a chance when i am starving and have spent a whole day completing painful essays, this place manages to let me... More

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Canberra, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I always take a deep breath as I enter the National Library. Will there be a queue in Bookplate? But even if there is, everything buzzes along nicely. I get annoyed at various bookworks and researchers sitting over one coffee in the most comfortable sofas and best tables, but it is hard to be cross for long. Menu - delicious... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Ludicrously overpriced and the coffee is, without fail, always terrible. Any merit in the friendly service of the wait staff will consistently be undermined by the unnecessarily high prices Bookplate charges.

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