Grab your coffee to relax or explore where you are; Canberra has some great scenic views for enjoying a cuppa. File image.

Whether you like to grab your coffee to relax or explore where you are, Canberra has some of the best scenic views for enjoying a cuppa. Here are five cafés with amazing scenic views of the National Capital, perfect for some ‘me’ time.

Sprout Café

Sprout Café at the National Arboretum overlooks the stunning mosaic of the Arboretum and beyond. Sit down with friends or family to enjoy some food and the views or grab a takeaway coffee to explore the forests and landscaped gardens. 

Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm

National Arboretum Canberra, Forest Drive, Weston Creek

Photo from @nationalarboretumcanberra

Red Hill Café & Bar

Perfect for brunch with a view, the Red Hill Café & Bar is located at Red Hill Lookout under its bigger sibling, Onred. With a light-hearted approach to dining, Red Hill Café & Bar is worth a visit.

Mon-Tues: Closed

Wed-Fri: 9am-3pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm

50 Red Hill Drive, Red Hill

Photo from Facebook

Coffee Shop and Kiosk at Telstra Tower

Enjoy aerial views of Canberra and the wind in your hair at Telstra Tower. Located on Level 5 along with a souvenir shop, you can enjoy coffee, light refreshments, cakes, sandwiches and more.

Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm

Black Mountain Drive, Acton

National Museum Café

With lake views of the spray of Captain Cook Memorial Jet and stunning architecture, the café at the National Museum of Australia is a perfect spot to relax. Choose from a selection of delicious locally made cakes and pastries, seasonal light meals and daily specials or stick to coffee and enjoy the view.

Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm

Sat-Sun: 9am-4.30pm

Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula

Photo from @nationalmuseumofaustralia

Elixir Café

Located right on the southern foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin’s Central Basin, Elixir Café is perfect for a relaxed catch-up with friends or an afternoon stroll. Choose from a range of sweet and savoury treats or sit next to the lake and enjoy the view.

Mon-Sun: 7.15am-4pm

Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes

Photo from @elixircafecanberra

Do you have a favourite café with a spectacular view? Let us know in the comments!

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