Urban Pantry @ Manuka, ACT

We were in Canberra for a weekend and looked up cafes to visit via google & Instagram. This café caught our eye and we are glad it did. We headed down to Mankua area, which is thriving with cafes, which we were pleasantly surprised about given it was between Christmas and New Year’s.

The Urban Pantry occupies a corner location just by a small open arcade. Its big swinging doors greet you from the front and it’s interior styling has a white cottage chic vibe going on, very pretty, with plenty of greenery. You can also sit alfresco.


It wasn’t too busy and we were seated quickly. The food being served to other diners looked fabulous and the menu is very approachable so we had a very difficult time deciding what to order. Breakfast is until 11:30 or all day dining on weekends – we were brunch visitors but the lunch meals also looked very appealing, in particular the house made gnocchi or meat skewers. This will be for another time!

For the breakfast choices, their sweet dishes include Brioche French Toast and buttermilk pancakes. There’s also plenty of amazing choices to make that are savoury. Whether it be the chef’s pan or urban avocado, mushroom bruschetta or an omelette, you will find something to suit. We decided on their spring onion crumpets, topped with campari cured gravlax, creme fraiche and a toasted grain panagratto. The crumpets were light and fluffy and the topping was a lovely flavour combination. We really enjoyed this dish.


I had the summer fruits – a plate of mango, dragonfruit, kiwi fruit, watermelon, pineapple and a coconut yoghurt pancaotta with macadamia granola. It was lovely and refreshing for summer. Could have done with a more generous serve of the granola for the crunch factor, but that said it was a good dish.


To be honest I’m slightly regretting not ordering an open toast; the option that had oven roasted maple pear, basket ricotta and Majura Valley Vanilla honey is still calling my name. At least, it gives me a want to return!

The coffees are good too – we enjoyed an iced coffee, on what was a scorcher of a weekend.


We really like that this café is not one of the typical cafes we often see in Sydney with their run of the mill bacon and egg rolls or over the top sweet colourful insta worthy dishes. We like that they are inventive and creative, making delicious dishes with beautiful fresh ingredients in an interesting way. Everything was stunning and we are super keen to revisit when in the area.

Urban Pantry


5 Bougainville St, Griffith, ACT

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Culture Bean, Kogarah

Culture Bean is located opposite Kogarah hospital so it’s always buzzing with visitors and public services staff. But equally you should pay this a visit for their beautiful brunch and lunch options that are as pretty as a picture.


Its a small cafe but there is both indoor and outdoor seating available, we sat outside on a hot summers day and enjoyed the sunlight and shared a number of dishes and fresh drinks alongside our coffees.

We tried the healthy açai smoothie as well as a banana smoothie with honey and coffees, which they use Gabriel’s brand.


Eggs your way, avo on toast or the much loved Shakshuka, you’ll find your brekkie favourites on this menu. There’s also a granola bowl and a beautiful açai bowl for those looking for a healthy start.

We shared a few dishes between us, opting for one healthy brekkie bowl, a savoury dish and and a sweet dish too.

The brekkie bowl, filled with quinoa, mashed sweet potato, kale, roasted pumpkin and tomato, edamame, avo and topped with and egg and a lemon dressing was great for those who enjoy fresh healthy meals like me.


We also had the eggs Benedict which looked beautiful and it was on top of some lovely charcoal toast. They were kind enough to adjust to bacon instead of salmon too.


The crumpets by Merna Taouk were a hit. You can have them sweet with coconut yoghurt pistachio crumble and seasonal fruits or savoury with chorizo, bacon, harissa and labneh. We loved the sweet version of these.


Order at the counter but the food is brought to your table. Staff are friendly and hospitable. The cafe was efficient with their service too.

Culture Bean

15 Gray St, Kogarah NSW 2217, Australia



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