Celebrating a milestone one-year anniversary on October 4th, Rye café has already made a name for itself on the Canberra café scene. Located on Lonsdale street in Braddon (a veritable hub for coffee, bars and restaurants in Canberra), Rye has an immediately welcoming vibe. The space is filled with pale timbers which are flooded with natural light. In the corner, there’s a cosy fireplace while plenty of spacious seating occupies the centre area or you can bask in the sun out on the terrace. It’s the kind of place you could lose yourself in for a few hours. The welcoming atmosphere is reinforced by the owners, Ben and Jacob, and their delightful staff.
The menu is diverse, comforting and constantly evolving. They choose not to focus on trends, but on simple, fresh and local produce. The menu offers a wide range of delights from Japanese salads to open Danish sandwiches – a clear tribute to Jacob’s Danish roots. Local favourites include avocado and poached eggs on dark rye with broad beans, peas, Danish feta and dukkah. Or you could opt for the Smørrebrød which is, of course, a Danish open sandwich on dark rye bread.
The drinks menu reflects the same diversity as the food. A 3 group Synesso MVP pumps out the Crompton Road blend or you can choose from a rotating selection of single origins brewed on a Marco SP9, while take home options include delicious bags of filter from their extensive retail wall. Bloody Marys, craft beers, cocktails and an extensive wine selection also cater for boozy lunches or offer solace for weekend hangovers. Personally, I’m keen to try the Gunfire coffee – a long black with rum. What’s not to love.
9 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612
Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 4pm
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