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Dreaming of a European holiday?

From the south of France to the beaches of Sicily, it feels like our Instagram feeds are full of lucky people on fun-filled European adventures. But don’t worry (or be jealous), if booking a trip this year is looking out of your budget, we have the perfect solution: take your tastebuds on an international vacation without leaving the city.

Because from escargot to loukoumades, Canberra has an amazing international food scene—and we’ve rounded up 20 places to add to your bucket list so you can eat your way around Europe.

A note on inclusions—this is by no means a true reflection of the breadth and depth of the international food scene.

We know there are likely amazing restaurants and cafes missing from this list and this isn’t the ‘be all and end all’ by any means—just a light-hearted way to showcase food you may not have tried before. And if you DO have a fave that deserves a mention, simply send us an email!

FRANCE

Ondine

A casual dining experience in a relaxed setting, the French-inspired menu at Ondine has everything from escargots au Café de Paris to beef bourguignon with Paris mash. The only thing missing is the Eiffel Tower.

Les Bistronomes

This restaurant is at the helm of an authentic fine dining experience to rival any in France itself. Expect intricate and subtle combinations of traditional French flavors.

Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar

Creating French-inspired seasonal menus, Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar is the place to go for shared plates, charcuterie, grills, and decadent desserts. Unwind in their wine bar and indulge in Chef’s choice plat pour Deux.

Le Très Bon

At Le Très Bon you can enjoy traditional French cuisine in a farmhouse setting with leafy views. It may not be the French countryside but with foie gras, truffles, escargot, and game on the menu, it’s not far off.

letresbon.com.au | 40 Malbon St, Bungendore 

ITALY

Amici

This deli, wine, and cocktail bar will transport you to Italy with its delectable offerings of cheese, meats, hand-stretched pizzas, and pasta. Seasonal baked brie anyone? Oh and don’t forget their Bottomless Pasta nights.

amici.bar59 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City

Molto

The perfect mix of modern and traditional, Molto is full of Italian food and culture. Think pizza, pasta, seafood, and desserts, plus a large wine list. Deliziosa!

moltoitalian.com | Element Building, Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore

Chez Freds

A melting pot of flavors, Chez Freds combines classical French and Italian cuisine. However, if you’re specifically looking for a taste of the Mediterranean, you can’t go past the pasta made lovingly in-house (and with a slightly modern twist).

chezfreds.com.au | 4/14 Lonsdale St, Braddon

The Italian Place

Warm hospitality, seasonal Italian dishes, beautiful wine, and even better company—The Italian Place offers the best of Italy. Go to enjoy authentic Italian dining and expect to take something home from their providore.

theitalianplace.net.au | 38 Mort St, Braddon

SPAIN

Parlour

Serving share plates and upscale wine, Parlour has a moreish range of tapas that combines a modern Australian feel and Spanish influence, with flavors transporting you to Barcelona, Madrid, and more.

parlour.net.au | 16 Kendall Ln, Acton 

Saint-Malo

Taking cues from the Spanish coastline with an elegant menu featuring light, fresh flavors, from the menu to the interiors, this hidden oasis will transport you to the Mediterranean.

saintmalo.com.au | 21 London Circuit, Canberra City

Temporada

Named after the Spanish word for ‘season’, the menu at Temporada is not entirely Spanish. However, there’s no denying the Spanish influences on the menu with options like marinated organic olives and pan-fried snapper.

temporada.com.au | 15 Moore St, Canberra

GREECE

Zeus’ Street Food

Gyros, loukoumades, and more—enjoy the delicious flavors of authentic Greek cuisine and be transported to the streets of Greece with each bite.

zeusstreetgreek.com.au | s7/21 Genge St, Canberra City

Olive at Hawker

With a strong Greek influence, this boutique restaurant has everything from moussaka to souzoukakia and more. We recommend you start with Mediterranean dips and crispy fried olives.

oliveathawker.com.au | 2a/78 Hawker Pl, Hawker 

Black Fire Restaurant

A fiercely individualistic Mediterranean cuisine restaurant, the meats, seafood, and vegetables are all rustically cooked through their open fire roast, the wood fire oven, and the charcoal grill—perfect if you’re looking for authentic culinary creations that include Greek flavor.

blackfirecanberra.com.au | 45/38 Mort St, Braddon

CROATIA

Maestral Seafood Restaurant

Reflecting Croatia’s coastal heritage, this modern bistro has a menu full of seafood, schnitzel, and grilled meats. Croatian-style grilled octopus, anyone?

maestral.com.au | 13 Trenerry St, Weston

The Australian Croatian Club

Serving a fine collection of traditional Croatian meals, this constantly changing menu includes everything from čevapi to crepes. Make sure to try some Croatian wine to create the feeling of sitting on the beach on the Dalmatian coast.

australiancroatianclub.com.au | 68 McCaughey St, Turner

GERMANY

The Bavarian

Craving some German-inspired dining complete with authentic beer? The Bavarian has everything from traditional German egg pasta to crispy pork knuckles and—of course—schnitzels. Wash it down with a Munich Helles and enjoy.

thebavarians.com |  Shop R06 Westfield Woden, Keltie St, Phillip and Shop 332, Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen

The Harmonie German Club

Bringing the best of German culture to Canberra, the Harmonie German Club has a menu full of traditional food and drinks (including a German breakfast complete with freshly baked giant pretzels).

harmonieclub.com.au | 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah

SWEDEN

Fika Café and Deli

Inspired by the simple yet delicious Scandinavian style of cuisine, this café is named after a Swedish word that translates as “taking a break for a coffee and a bite to eat.” And with a menu full of natural, fresh produce and a large range of homemade products available in the deli, Fika never sounded so good.

fikacafedeli.com.au | 17 Botany St, Phillip

RYE Café

This Swedish-style café serves seasonal food that’s perfect to grab and go. Make sure to try the Dutch pancakes or their smorrebrod for a Danish open sandwich.

ryecafe.com.au | 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon and South Point, Anketell St, Greenway

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