MUST VISIT IN CANBERRA: Penny University Coffee Roasters.
As you know from my recent hot air balloon photos I have been in Canberra for a few days, exploring as many shops and coffee spots as I can between jobs. The quirky Penny University Coffee Roasters was recommended to me by a friend who was so impressed that he went back a few days in a row to try more of the menu. Being that he is quite the coffee connoisseur of inner-west Sydney I knew that this was a big call :) After visiting twice in two days there are plenty of reasons why I would recommend this cafe to my friends and fellow travellers. Read on for a look inside this unassuming gem…
15 Kennedy Street
As you step off the calm footpath of what I would call a quiet are a of Canberra it is apparent that all of the locals have been hiding out here. The courtyard, cafe, outdoor tables and bench seats are all full of coffee lovers and/or foodies like me who are drooling over plates of food wafting by. My favourite part of Penny’s is a rustic buffet housing fresh pastries on the left as you step inside. Reminiscent of country baking I was eying them off for later…
I took a seat outside on wooden crates covered in comfy pillows made from patchwork and paisley. The vibe is relaxed and above all welcoming from the friendly staff (dare I say something that is lacking in a lot of Sydney cafes). On my first visit I ordered a coffee which was divine but today I opted for their juice of the day: coconut water, pineapple juice and lychees. Um, could there be a tastier combination?
After downing my juice in a flash it was time for the main attraction…the most amazing breakfast I have had in a long time, or maybe even ever! Green eggs and ham. Not something I have ever ordered before but again it had been recommended to me by a friend. The eggs were delicious and had the perfect blend of mushed peas and herbs throughout. Add some grilled ham and baked cherry tomatoes and I am sold.
Needless to say in the end I didn’t have any room for the pastries :( But I did manage to sneak in a takeaway coffee. Have you been to Canberra and found a favourite coffee place of your own? There are so many popping up that I think I’ll have to make a trip down there again soon. Feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments below.