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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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Today
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great coffee

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Net M
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Melbourne, Australia
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English first
Canberra, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Canberra, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We have always enjoyed going to bookplate, whether for a meal and a glass of wine overlooking the lake, or simply a quick coffee. The venue is lovely and the food has alway been good. Under the new ownership the meals have stepped up a notch. The new menu spans a great variety of tastes and flavours. The wine list... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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222 reviews 222 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A great place to grab a coffee after a visit or for a lunch with a great view. Understated service with great food.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 via mobile

All four of us ordered fish and chips for lunch. The fish was dry, overcooked and very much looked as if the fish had been frozen, it was definitely not fresh. The salad, which was a separate side dish was tasty and fresh. The coffee was also disappointing it was luke warm and weak.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The food and coffee is fine. But it is just like every other generic cafe so nothing special with this one.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have been surprised to see that Bookplate is so under-frequented since Tracey has taken over. The food is similarly lovely with good price points and similarly friendly service but regulars must have changed their habits during the interregnum! Can I encourage everyone to give Bookplate another go. The new management has implemented a slightly different look and feel -... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A visit to the National Library and its cafe, Bookplate, was the perfect way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon in Canberra. A stroll through the well stocked bookshop was a pleasure. The foyer and exhibitions areas are relaxed and inviting. Afternoon tea in the Bookplate Cafe treated us with a divine slice of Chai Spiced Cheesecake and very good... More 

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Albury, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

We arrived for a early lunch and were not allowed to order prior to 12noon. We simply wanted to order and sit down but we were told we had to wait until 12noon as the order could be lost. Really bad customer experience

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Canberra, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is such a peaceful stress free environment, Great food, menu is interesting, staff are lovely. Unfortunately lunch has become a bit mad, as it is so well known now, but if u go for a late lunch or afternoon tea it is fabulous, Also the deck is wonderful in the sun, but shaded in the afternoon which is great... More 

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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 9 - 19
  • 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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