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Hidden among the office buildings
that line City Walk is a bustling cafe
that likes to keep its profile quiet.
But word-of-mouth is increasing
patronage at Kindle Cafe to the point
where it is often standing room only.
"We are in a hidden place and the small
cafe works well with what we offer," joint
owner Jean Kirkland said.
"We can fit 25 people inside and about
10 outside and often at lunchtimes it's
packed. People are clearly finding us."
Kirkland and business partner Tim
Williams developed Kindle after running
a cafe in Farrer.
The pair have created a cozy store that
feels a million miles away from the fast
pace of the working day.
Combining vintage couches, homely
shelving and vintage lamps with the GIO
House's large glass windows; Kindle
offers quality coffees with some added
An in-house chef has created a menu
that incorporates pumpkin fritters, home-
made soups and focaccias, along with
"We are very thrilled to be young and
new to the industry and at this stage we
are taking it slowly and mastering the
A: 10/240 City Walk, Canberra City
P: 6169 6169
O: Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
Not much more than a
hole in the wall, Bean In
The City has been one
of the cafe scene's quiet
The small coffee bar, which
covers just 10 square metres
and is based on the impressive
laneway scene of Melbourne,
thrives on simplicity, requiring
just one barista to produce high-
But owner Joseph Cataldo is
happy with the uncomplicated
nature such a small operation
requires, so much so that his
success during the past five years
has meant a new venture is on
A vacant hole in the wall in
Odgers Lane, which splits the
Melbourne Building, will become
Cataldo's next challenge when it
opens later this year.
"I think we were the first in
Canberra to go with the hole in
the wall idea, bringing a little bit
of Melbourne to Canberra, and
hopefully we can do it again in a
back alleyway," he said.
"Small is better, that simplicity
is what makes us able to survive
Bean In The City attracts a
busy trade from office workers
and shoppers stopping in for a
coffee on the run. Funky plastic
pink and green seats and groovy
tunes add a bit of colour and fun
to the street.
The Canberra-born chef
finished his apprenticeship
under Fiona Wright at The
Lobby, before setting out on his
own with a commercial kitchen
at Campbell. From there, he
supplied cakes and pastries to
cafes across the city including
Gus's Cafe, before finding the
smallest of spaces to join the
"You can have the best concept
but if you don't have the staff or
the conviction, it could fail," he
"Luckily I have both."
A: 28\36 Ainslie Ave, Canberra City
P: 6162 0866
O: Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
Spotting politicians sitting on old
milk crates at Lonsdale Street
Roasters is a personal highlight of
A favourite with "hipsters, 60-year-olds
nd everyone in between", the Braddon
peration jointly owned by Evans, Paul Hunt
and Allan Smith has gained a reputation for
a hands-on approach to roasting.
With 16 staff pumping out freshly-
roasted coffee sourced from green bean
wholesalers, the trio believes it's time
for the next stage. A specially-developed
roasting facility, focusing on retail and
wholesale markets, is to open later this
year a few doors down from the cafe.
"We roast small batches because you
can manipulate the temperature, the
airflow to what you want," Evans said.
A Canberra boy, Evans' love of coffee
started away from the capital, while
working as a news cameraman. "I
started drinking a lot of coffee covering
court cases, waiting for things to
happen," he laughed.
After running cafes in Newcastle and
Sydney, he returned to tell Canberra what
coffee was all about.
"It's so special to do it all in Canberra.
People who live here travel a lot, they go
to Sydney, Melbourne, Italy, everywhere,
and they bring back what they see. "
A: 3/7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
P: 6156 0975
O: Monday to Friday, 6.30am-4pm;
Lonsdale Street Roasters is popular with all ages.
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