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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
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07:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Thu 07:30 - 17:00
Fri 07:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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214 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 the front entry is a bit dated and chintsee and could do with a revamp.... More 

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Thank MaurTee
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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Thank Marie S
Oz
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189 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the 3rd time here and each time the service has been consistenly good. Can't say the same for the food - i.e quite variable in quality and taste. First couple of visits was for breakfast/meeting and the smashed avocado was very good. This visit was lunch. The fish and chips was rather poor - the flat head tails... More 

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1 Thank TheUnicorn
Canberra
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105 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had brunch at Bookplate on Saturday with interstate friends. We had a lovely meal with great service. While the cafe was full there were also lots of guests from the fun run, but not too worry we were told there might be a slight delay, but food arrived in great time

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1 Thank carltonCanberra
Mazatlan, Mexico
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going off and on, as a friend of the library for a decade, for years. Now the system is that they no longer take bookings except on the net. The booking didn't work and the older ladies who were treated so rudely were most distressed. Shoddy, Bookplate, shoddy.

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1 Thank wendykain
Jerrabomberra, Australia
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168 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brealfast menu was quite diverse. The price was a bit higher than a lot of other cafes in the area. This would not normally be a problem, but the portions were on the small side. Nevertheless a nice cafe, hood atmosphere.

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1 Thank Murray H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't understand how this place is so highly rated. Coffees were terrible and our meals (green breakfast bowl and eggs benedict) were very ordinary. One of my poached eggs was so hard it was basically like hard boiled. The 'green' breaky bowl came with two huge chunks of pumpkin not mentioned on the menu and was not seasoned at all.... More 

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1 Thank Kym R
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

A group of us shared brunch at Bookplate. The meals that came out were, without exception, delicious looking. My eggs rancheros with chorizo was great with perfectly done eggs and well balanced ingredients. The coffee is good.

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Thank Bob Q
Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Initial customer service was very good. The tea didn't pour well from the small teapot and leaked all over the table. At 4.45 pm our conversation was interrupted by the vacuum. Obviously cleaning is done during customer time. Have not been back.

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Thank Krysia S
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

A really good place to be Delicious food, impeccable service Highly recommended clean, fast the presentation is very modern and suits all ages

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Thank Le S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 18
Cuisine
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
07:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 17:00
Thursday
07:30 - 17:00
Friday
07:30 - 16:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?