5 seafood dishes to seek out Canberra, Australia’s capital

Australia’s capital is not Sydney, nor Melbourne – it’s a city named Canberra, three hours southwest of Sydney. Often overlooked internationally, it was designed and built specifically to be the capital of the country when the battle between the two more well-known cities became insurmountable. 

For the first part of Canberra’s history, public servants reigned supreme, working in block-like structures and dining in predictable yet pricey restaurants. Fast-forward to today and Canberra has become an eclectic melting pot, its suburbs holding refuge to some of the country’s most sought-after dining experiences.

Like Denver, Canberra is a landlocked city, but with easy access to some of the best seafood Australia has to offer. The food scene there has gone from stayed and staged to exciting and innovative and chefs are relocating to Canberra to defy the norms of other cities and have more room to make their mark. And with a focus on seafood, the chefs operating in Canberra are breathing some fresh air into the country's culinary scene.

Here are 5 seafood dishes worth hunting down in Australia’s capital.


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