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How to spend an afternoon in Manuka

Manuka is one of Canberra’s most sought after suburbs.

Being one of Canberra’s inner south hotspots for good quality dining, entertainment, people watching, as well as shopping and beauty. Manuka is most definitely the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Despite new cafe’s, restaurants, bars and shopping precincts popping up elsewhere in Canberra. Manuka has always remained a must visit destination for both locals and visitors.

Whether you’re on the hunt for places to shop, or a cafe to stop at for a quick bite to eat; here’s how we suggest you should spend an afternoon in the leafy suburb of Manuka.

Where to eat in Manuka

Theres no better place to start your afternoon in Manuka, than at Urban Pantry. Urban Pantry has been a go-to for locals for their morning coffees, breakfast, as well as lunch and drinks in the afternoon. A light filled space with a beautiful flow from indoor to outdoor, Urban Pantry is the ideal casual dining venue.

Located in the heart of the iconic Manuka Lawns, Urban Pantry offers an exceptional range of hot and cold beverages (their juices are some of the best in Canberra!), and you could easily find yourself sitting here and enjoying the sunshine for hours.

Where to shop in Manuka

For him.

Once you’ve had a coffee or juice and are energised for the afternoon ahead, take a wander through the lawns to MJ Bale .

Having recently relocated to Manuka, M.J. Bale offers its customer everything the modern man needs to look his best in any given situation or dress code. Their Manuka store is beautifully laid out with racks upon racks of mens suits, shirts and accessories.

From MJ Bale, make your way down Bougainville street and wander into the variety of boutiques that line the sidewalk.

For her.

If you’re looking for the perfect dress for an evening out, or wanting to purchase something for someone special, stop in at Momento Dezigns. Ros and her team at Momento Dezigns have been selling fashion to the women of Canberra for over twenty years. It’s here where you’ll find a fantastic selection of both occasion-wear, as well as designer gowns for that special occasion.

There’s a large variety of boutiques that sit along Bougainville Street, so we guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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Photo credit: Simona R Photography.