credit: Verity Lane Market
50 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
When you’re not really sure what you feel like eating, Verity Lane Market might be the solution. Located in the Sydney Building, one of Canberra’s most iconic and historic buildings in the heart of the city, it’s a food hall like no other, and don’t even dare think about shopping centres. The collection of chef-focussed restaurants sits around a central dining area with a sophisticated European-style bar, with snippets of the building’s history proudly on display in the fit out, and there are choices to be made.
Italian style pizzas and fresh pastas from Pizza and Pasta Artigiana; fluffy bao buns packed with punch and Asian slaw from SuperBao; or South African spiced curries and handmade sausages from Tuck Shop. The latest addition to the family is Rasa Rosa, bringing Indonesian flavours and handmade spice pastes and sambals to the mix.
Out the back, a timber decks spills onto tree-lined Verity Lane, perfect for afternoon tipples and summer evenings. And if you like choices in where to drink, the building provides a handful of other bars. Upstairs Louie Louie serves up jazz, comedy and even political discussions, Dear Prudence transports you to a Spanish tapas bar and Capital Brew is all about the beers with 12 rotating craft brews on tap.