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Abig change is happening in Canberra.
Locals have known for a while now, and
visitors are slowly starting to notice,
that what was once a public service town,
devoid of life a er 9pm and notoriously di cult
to nd a decent cup of co ee, is now home to
a thriving local culture that can hold its own
against any big city in the world.
Local hospitality, retail and cultural spaces
from the city centre to the outer suburbs are
helping to generate a new image for the nation s
capital, with unique character, innovative
design and fresh new products on o er.
"Canberrans are being supported to be
creative and entrepreneurial which is resulting
in a much more vibrant culture," ACT Chief
Minister Andrew Barr explains.
"Braddon, NewActon, Barton and Kingston
Foreshore have led the urban renewal
charge. But this is extending across Canberra s
town centres and garden suburbs.
" e Brand CBR project and associated
marketing and word of mouth have also played
a large part, and new or enhanced events like
Floriade NightFest, the Enlighten Festival, the
National Multicultural Festival, Art Not Apart,
You Are Here, Tru e Festival and the Fireside
Festival are contributing."
Mr Barr says Canberra s evolving hospitality
and cultural scenes are attracting more
interstate and international visitors to the
capital. e territory has become a destination
not only for travellers looking to explore
Australia s national institutions and see our
seat of democracy, but also for trendsetters and
tastemakers eager to experience the newest
bars, restaurants and cafes.
e New York Times perhaps put it best when
it described Canberra as having "a decidedly
hipster underbelly". For those who want to
experience this underbelly for themselves but
have no idea where to start, we ve compiled a
list of some of the cool, curious and uniquely
Canberran places and spaces that are not to
Words by AMELIA DALE
Photography by DANIEL SPELLMAN
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