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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
09:00 - 16:00
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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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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bookplate has good food, a lovely atmosphere and great service. Inside eating is very comfortable. At the moment, there is also the pop up outdoor dining area showing off the lake and the Captain James Cook Memorial Water Jet. Peaceful and Beautiful. The breakfast was very good and well presented.

Thank a l
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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155 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you need to wait 30-45 minutes for your book to be found in the archive then this is an excellent place to wait. It is licensed and we enjoyed icy cold cider at reasonable prices. Good service too.

Thank Cheryl C
Canberra, Australia
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270 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to LOVE Bookplate until a couple of years ago, when it changed hands and I thought it was terrible in design and food. Well, that has all changed now, the design of the cafe is much better than before. If you like stronger coffee, a double-shot would be advised. The food is very nice and the plates they... More 

Thank Les_Landau
Geelong, Australia
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214 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not in a shopping centre, not in a hotel, you don't have to walk a marathon to find it, plenty of parking and wonderful ambiance. Bring your mum, your girlfriend or your metro man and enjoy some foodie temptations. Sit in the wonderful stained glass cafe or outside in the plein air. The menu was intriguing and stimulated the taste... More 

Thank RedTart1
Canberra, Australia
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123 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Returned for lunch at this cafe within the National Library after a long hiatus. The menu offerings are quite interesting and varied, with blackboard specials and good coffee. On a hot summer day, inside was popular and cool. We 3 sat outside on the terrace however, a space which has been evolving over the years since it was established. Now,... More 

Thank Flashduck
Canberra, Australia
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134 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a nice brunch here outside with some great weather. The location was certainly a motivating factor to try out this cafe. The service was fine but nothing special. The coffee was decent. My only problem was the food. It was fine but just not what I would expect for the cost or going by how delicious it sounded... More 

Thank Nathan M
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242 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived in Canberra for many years I've only just found this place. Very popular with walkers in the morning. Lovely indoor and outdoor spaces. The menu is pretty standard but tasty. Good coffee and service. The best thing is the lakeside position.

Thank holidayitisAustralia
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch on the deck in the shade, looking at Mt Ainslie. Prompt friendly service, delicious salad, pumpkin fritters and coffee.

Thank lat36s
Canberra, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been here for lunch and high tea both were lovely. The menu has a good range, the service is good and the location is lovely. Booking ahead is a good idea and if weather permits sit outside, it's beautiful looking over to the lake.

Thank traceymay2016
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful atmosphere. Friendly efficient staff. We order zucchini fritters which were light fluffy and flavoursome. There was almost no wait for the food to arrive. Library has free wifi too. I'll be back

Thank Dale M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$18
Healthy, Cafe, Australian, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 16:00
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
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?