Hole in the wall restaurants are simply the best! They offer amazing food along with a unique experience that even the best restaurants with the trendiest décor cannot give you. In most cases, the food is amazing and doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. We went looking for some of the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Canberra and found some amazing food at a very reasonable price.

  1. Da Rosario: This place is no more than three metres wide opening up to London circuit in Canberra just across the ACT Law Courts. It offers some of the best Italian sandwiches that you can find along with some delightful sweets. The only problem is that they run out of food really quickly which says a lot about their quality.
  2. Elixer: A small kiosk on Queen Elizabeth Terrace on Lake Burley Griffin, each morning they open their shutters, place some chairs and offer morning coffee to walkers along the lakefront. It is best known for a variety of healthy food options, yoghurts, cakes and a wide range of coffee. They offer the best view, some great coffee and healthy food options to the joggers and cyclists every day.
  3. Spices of Malacca: If exceptional Malaysian food is what you are looking for, then this is the best bet. They have a great menu and the portions are generous. Tucked away at the rear of Mawson shops, their pan noodles and curries are delicious, to say the least.
  4. Mama Dough: A pizza bar located in the Ainslie Shopping Precinct, their service is very friendly. The pizzas are listed only by the name of the ingredients without sounding very fancy and exotic. They deliver a lot in a very small space and their wood-fired pizza are as authentic and delicious as it can get. Mama Dough is also licensed with a small but interesting collection of wines and beers, mostly local.
  5. White Chaco: An interesting addition to the trendy Lonsdale street, White Chaco offers Asian fusion food along with a great service. It also has a great wine list including Japanese Beer and Sake. Considering the premium quality of the dishes, they are priced very reasonably.
  6. Rice Tapas: Located in the Civic Centre, it is a quiet little place that offers a great variety of food for vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians at a very reasonable price. Hidden up a fairly ordinary staircase, they offer some great Thai food along with very friendly service. Do visit this place, especially if you like your food “hot”.
  7. Global Café: A tiny shop on Northbourne Avenue, it is super cheap and serves some amazing Ethiopian food. It is extremely popular with the Civic office worker lunch crowd. The food is wonderful and the portions are generous. It is best known for ‘Injera’, which is a sourdough risen flatbread with a spongy texture and slightly tangy flavour. In under $ 10 you can get ‘Injera’ or rice with three curries on the side.
  8. Coffee Café Philip: With a lovely selection of breakfast, lunch and buffet, Coffee Café Philip, located in Philip ACT, is best known for its fast and friendly service. With consistently great coffee, their filter of the day is something to look out for. While they have limited items to offer, they excel at whatever they serve.

So, the next time you are looking for a great meal at a reasonable price, try one of these hole- in- the -wall restaurants for some authentic and delicious food.