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) #102 of 1,080 Restaurants in Canberra $$ - $$$ Healthy, Cafe,
Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“lunch” (59 reviews)
“cakes” (31 reviews)
Closes in 5 min
07:30 - 16:00All hours
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed Sunday morning breakfast with friends here. We were shown to our table by a very lovely and patient waitress, who then had to put up with a diatribe from the guy at the next table, who complained for about 3 minutes about another staff...More

Thank Kelli L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've spent many a day studying at this Library and have had more lunches and afternoon coffees and cakes here than I can remember. It is incredibly popular, such that quite a queue can form at lunch time. The coffee is great, the food excellent...More

Thank K0neW0ne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed eating breakfast at Bookplate, friendly welcoming customer service & most importantly tasty fresh food. The hash brown benedict was well presented and filling. A gorgeous cafe to dine at will be back to try the pancakes!!

Thank Ezza37
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Walked straight in 2 days in a row .grren bowl for me rosemary various. Perfection great food surroundings and service

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Had potential to be a great meal, but they dropped the ball. The lunch line was long and not moving quickly, tables were not bussed, seating was limited. When the food arrived it was not served for everyone at the table, and was not hot....More

Thank deacondawn
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We ate hereon our first day for lunch. The menu was good and reasonably priced. It was nice and close to our hotel (where we did not want to pay their breakfast price) so we came in for breakfast the next day. Service was great,...More

Thank Fiona S
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Our group chose to dine at Bookplate for breakfast prior to feasting on the brilliant exhibitions currently on show at the National Library. We were all very impressed and satisfied with our meals, great coffee and the excellent service. So good we repeated the performance...More

Thank ruth m
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Bookplate was always a favourite place for lunch when we lived in Canberra and it has had a significant overhaul since we last visited. There is now more space and a more practical entry. It retains the charm that always attracted us and the coffee...More

Thank Bartonbears
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

It in a wonderful location in the National Library with wonderful modern stained glass windows. I would have liked more healthy choices but was happy with the smashed avocado. A few more salad veg with it and less avocado would have been better. Decor at...More

1  Thank MaurTee
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Had a lively brunch here. Both options were excellent. Great Chai Latte. Would recommend. Great location overlooking the lake

Thank Marie S
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18 August 2015|
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Response from Judz52 | Reviewed this property |
I have just rung the "Bookplate" to check on this, and yes, they are very happy to have you and your dog on the patio. So the answer to your question is definitely 'yes.'
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$19
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Australian Capital Territory  >  Canberra
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6262 1154
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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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