My boyfriend and I visited my hometown Canberra for the first time in more than a year. The weather was just perfect when I arrived on the easy and cheap $33 Murray’s coach on Friday afternoon. I came on my own to spend some quality time with my best friend on Friday night and Saturday morning before my boyfriend arrived on Saturday afternoon.
My best friend KP met me in the city centre of Civic and we caught up over a delicious Asian-themed dinner at Akiba. We sat on high stools at a shared table (and I happened to be seated next to my best friend from primary school highlighting how small Canberra is!) and feasted on Peking duck soup dumplings, beef bao, miso eggplant and chicken karaage with Japanese mayo and Sriracha. For dessert we treated ourselves to hot chocolates at Koko Black.
The next morning, KP and I fuelled up on breakfast at the highly popular Double Shot cafe at the Deakin shops. We waited about 5 minutes for a table but about 20 minutes for the food. Nevertheless, when it was served, it was worth the wait. I had poached eggs with roasted pumpkin, avo, pancetta and macadamia cheese while my best friend had poached eggs with healthy greens.
After washing it all down with coffee and juice, she drove us to the National Gallery of Australia to see the exhibition ‘Versailles: Treasures from the Palace’ museum. I’ll be sharing more photos in my next post because I took far too many photos from this exhibition.
We finished our culture fix with drinks at the street side cafe in the warm, autumn sun.
Later KP dropped me off at East Hotel and we said our goodbyes and parted ways.
My boyfriend and I have stayed at this lovely little hotel every single time visited Canberra over the last 3 years. It’s conveniently located because it’s walking distance to the shopping and eating districts of Manuka and Kingston and it’s got a nice, modern theme which we both like.
My boyfriend was arriving a bit later so I checked in and took photos before freshening up and walking 5 minutes down the road to meet some more close childhood friends for beverages at Jones and Co in Kingston.
After too much chatting and laughter, I walked back to the hotel and my boyfriend had arrived. We were super hungry by that stage so we walked for 20 minutes to the Kingston Foreshore which reminded me of any international city like Sydney or Auckland. We dined at La Rustica on the Lake and were very impressed with the delicious meals (of chicken and veggies with two desserts we couldn’t finish) and the level of service.
The next morning, my boyfriend and I ate breakfast Muse, a lovely restaurant filled with books in our hotel lobby. He opted for the Sriracha eggs benedict while I had one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever eaten – a simple but delicious bowl of brown rice, stir fried beef, avocado, spinach leaves, sprouts, a fried egg and chilli jam. Perfect. My cousin arrived later and we caught up over hot drinks and a muffin.
After brunch we checked out and drove to yet another lovely friend’s house and had a healthy, home cooked lunch and tea with her family.
We drove home with happy stomachs and the warmth from having spent quality time with loving friends and family. It rained all the way home, but we were too happy to mind.