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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 - 4:00 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Description: It is a cafe located within the National Library of Australia in Canberra

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  • 29
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 10
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  • 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
Great menu

The menu caters to all tastes, fine mains to a simple friand. Coffee is good and outdoor seating is awesome on sunny days. Can be busy when conferences are on.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Sydney
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Sydney
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The menu caters to all tastes, fine mains to a simple friand. Coffee is good and outdoor seating is awesome on sunny days. Can be busy when conferences are on.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We were at the National Library doing some family history research & had both morning tea & lunch here. Both were really tasty. Coffee was excellent as was the service. It is a really beautiful venue with the sun shining in through lovely stained glass windows. Really pleasant!

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

One of Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle hidden treasures as far as Cafe's go. I elected to beat the crowd at an adjoining National attraction and headed straight for the Bookplate - I was very well rewarded. The food was superb (fish and chips on one occasion and the burger on another) and there was nothing finer than enjoying that meal with... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Tracey manages the new Bookplate experience and it is lovely. Opening a little earlier to cater to the breakfast crowd (and consequently closing a little earlier) this is a great start to the day. Quality fare at good price points in a lovely setting - what's not to like! Parking is easy (and free if you are in and out... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Went here for lunch and had a reasonable meal but then returned for breakfast- what a shame. Poor food and service. Make sure you chose your meal wisely...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Fantastic views if you sit outside in the fresh air. Inside has a nice atmosphere. The staff are friendly and food is delivered quickly. I come reasonably often with friends as we walk around Lake Burley Griffin.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

My wife and I recently visited the National Library and enjoyed coffee in the Bookplate cafe. The coffee and service was good. The setting is peaceful and was not overly crowded. They provide a range of meals and casual snacks. In summertime, it is very pleasant to sit outside and take in the views of Lake Burley Griffin. Thanks for... More 

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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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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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