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Parkes Place, Canberra 2600, Australia
+61 2 6262 1154
07:30 - 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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31 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us shared brunch at Bookplate. The meals that came out were, without exception, delicious looking. My eggs rancheros with chorizo was great with perfectly done eggs and well balanced ingredients. The coffee is good.

Thank Bob Q
Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Initial customer service was very good. The tea didn't pour well from the small teapot and leaked all over the table. At 4.45 pm our conversation was interrupted by the vacuum. Obviously cleaning is done during customer time. Have not been back.

Thank Krysia S
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really good place to be Delicious food, impeccable service Highly recommended clean, fast the presentation is very modern and suits all ages

Thank Le S
Canberra, Australia
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221 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had breakfast here this morning after watching the balloons take off, it opened at 7.30 so was timed perfectly. The queue to order moved fast and we opted to sit outside on the terrace as it was dog friendly. Lots of seating options inside and out with lounges, cushions and traditional table and chairs. I enjoyed the breakfast burger... More 

Thank RodnJude
Sydney, Australia
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319 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice indoor/outdoor cafe at National Library. Large crowd there. Nice in the sunshine under umbrellas. Good cake and pastry selection. Order at bar and delivered to your table.

Thank Murray S
Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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168 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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300 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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217 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 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
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 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 

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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$19
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
View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?