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Healthy, Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free, International, Contemporary
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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today in the Bookplate café I was delighted to find friendly staff, a beautiful renovation including comfortable chairs (the others were too high), and delicious coffee and Danish pastry. I highly recommend sitting near the stained glass windows on a sunny morning. There was a bad spot last year when service was unfriendly and the water containers were sitting on... More 

Thank PJFB1
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have dined at the Bookplate cafe/restaurant often and always enjoyed the atmosphere and meals. Most recently was our first visit since their re opening after some renovation work. The new look is lovely! Fresh, contemporary yet warm and inviting. Disappointing though was the breakfast menu which consists of half a dozen choices most being variations on eggs! A natural... More 

Thank JanaJean
Canberra, Australia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for Saturday lunch at 2.30pm. Most lunch items and cakes were sold out. Ordered quiche and did not receive the type we ordered. Waiter was not interested in resolving this. Ordered a glass of wine that never came and had to argue to receive it. Would not return. It's a shame as in the past this cafe was a... More 

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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In summary - coffee's good, there are better places for food & service at other locations around the lake. So - the location is great - The National Library near Canberra's central Lake Burley Griffin. Inside is cosy enough with no view but nice stain glass windows; and most people will struggle outside in a Canberra winter. The service was... More 

Thank David N
Canberra, Australia
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66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

What is better than sitting beside those Leonard French stained glass windows with the sun streaming through, drinking coffee?

Thank SusieS994
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Came to eat at bookplate for mothers day. Was a delightful first visit to the restaurant, the staff provided us great service- they told us they had dropped our squid and corn fritter so the chef in apology cooked spares for us and also gave us an extremely delicious cake for this apology. The price is affordable and the quality... More 

Thank bryanlusngkhot
Jerrabomberra, Australia
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122 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

We have been pretty critical of Bookplate previously but it's great to be able to report a significant improvement. Dropped in with a friend during a lap around the lake and was very pleasantly surprised with the menu and the food. We had corn fritters and bao buns and an Asian side salad. All delicious. For both of us including... More 

Thank Jerraquaffers
Launceston, Australia
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57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

It was by pure chance that we ended up at the National Library and the Bookplate Cafe. But as we know unplanned events often turn out to be real winners. The menu covered a broad variety of tastes, with staff bein very accepting of changes to suit individual preferences. Something often absent from other establishments. Menu prices were very good... More 

Thank raithby589
Sydney, Australia
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101 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Best coffee in the CBD and they do a great lunch special. Sit outside and enjoy the view or inside near the stain glass windows.

Thank Kamelion
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for lunch, just off the foyer of that great cultural institution, the National Library of Australia. The menu covers most tastes, the prices are not outrageous and the service is prompt. The staff are friendly and helpful and there is a big of a buzz being amongst all the cultural treasures. You may need to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $18
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free, International, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154
We are a cafe that believes in the simple and healthy things, done well. This applies to all aspects of our food and beverages that we serve to our customers. We celebrate food and make what we can by hand. From our bar we offer fresh pressed juices, fruit smoothies, classic and craft beers and local wines. Stop by and have a chat with our highly skilled baristas who can provide consistent delicious coffees and teas. We are located within the National Library of Australia, with a warm and inviting indoor dining space as well as an outdoor terrace with magnificent panoramic views of Lake Burley Griffin. We are the Winner of the 2015 Savour ACT Restaurant and Catering Awards of Best Tourist Restaurant.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?