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Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
9:00 am - 4:00 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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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place for brekky, lunch or brunch. Very classy establishment with beautiful views. Highly recommended

Thank Karen P
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did a tour of one of the special exhibitions and booked a table for lunch following. Finished tour a little early so we had coffee in the library foyer. Lunch was great. Some 20 people all accommodated very well. Food ordered individually and served very promptly and professionally. Range of options and all met with quality satisfaction. Lovely atmosphere... More 

1 Thank George K
Sydney, Australia
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84 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the national library and took the opportunity to have coffee and cakes at the this place with my friends on a cold spring and gloomy day. Service was good and the food was good too.

1 Thank IanSydney2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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174 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We had breakfast here and I cant complain about the food - it was excellent. But this place needs some work. Why wait to be seated when you have to order and pay at the bar? What happens if you order 2 courses - they seem to come all at once. What are all those fancy dressed and very serious... More 

Thank Lily W
Canberra, Australia
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48 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Sunday brunch was very disappointing. Still waiting for the water we asked for. Buckwheat pancakes were tough, barely warm and over priced. We were warned that coffee would take some time, but with no idea why given there were few customers at the time. Refurbishment seems to focus on pretension.

Thank Deb P
Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great atmosphere, the refurbishment has opened up the restaurant. I had the breakfast burger with gluten free bread, just the right size for a big breakfast. Decaf coffee was very palatable. As we stayed and talked for ages I had to have a green leaf freshly made drink, apple, celery and kale. Pricy but enjoyable. My two friends enjoyed their... More 

Thank jalimest0neplains
Canberra, Australia
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

How many times has this state library cafe been reinvented? It went bad for a while, causing me to stay away, but it's undergone a revamp -- for the better. No more ugly, twee bookcases, water jugs on unsightly stained tables, or drinks in a jar (as far as I could see). It's more upmarket and the prices reflect that.... More 

Thank ozcosbcos
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Perfect spot even with fussy teenagers, great coffee, juice and brekkie choices and no parking problems!

Thank spicechilli
Flaxton, Australia
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100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Stopped in for a morning tea coffee the other day. The fresh flowers at the entrance looked great, the macaroon display was amazing, the service was quick and friendly, the array of light snacks and cakes was scrumptious and the coffee was excellent.

Thank Kim R
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

After a visit to Questacon, we popped across the road for a tasty lunch. I had the pumpkin salad with salmon and it was terrible. The salmon was the toughest I've ever had, so dry it tasted like cardboard. Given what we paid, would have been better off staying at Questacon and enjoying their cafe.

Thank Kelly P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $18
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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
Scenic view, Business meetings, Large groups, Families with children
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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