A precinct that packs a punch
NewActon is an innovative cultural precinct that has well and truly put Canberra on the map for design, creativity and originality. At the heart of NewActon is Nishi, the much-loved ‘pineapple-shaped’ building which won International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London. With plenty of things to see and do, NewActon is the epitome of new Canberra cool.
Things to see and do in NewActon
Indulge in a feast for the eyes and the senses at the Nishi Gallery. The Nishi Gallery delivers an inspiring range of local, national and international visual art exhibitions and performances.
Located just across the road from the Nishi Gallery is Palace Electric Cinema. Enjoy your film with a drink or coffee from the Prosecco Bar, or indulge in some gourmet delights from the Electric Espresso Cafe.
Amongst the buildings of NewActon are an extraordinary collection of work by contemporary artists and designers. Nationally recognised artists have designed works of art around the precinct, resulting in fascinating surprises around almost every corner.
NewActon also boasts a fantastic program of events. Whether you like to get bendy with some yoga, get the creative juices flowing, or soothe the soul with retail therapy or a spa session at Soma Day Spa, NewActon has plenty of entertainment options up its very fashionable sleeve.
Catch some zzzz’s
If NewActon sounds like your cup of tea then why not stay right amongst it? Huddled within the intriguing Nishi building is the acclaimed Ovolo Nishi, the essence of designer cool and delivering award winning sustainability and style.
For accommodation with a touch of history and heritage, check out the beautifully appointed Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra, a luxury art deco boutique hotel. Or for sleek designer rooms with a touch of Canberra-centric quirk, book your home away from home at QT Canberra. With Lucky’s Speakeasy and Capitol Bar & Grill literally at your doorstep, you may never want to leave.
Nibbles at NewActon
A visit to NewActon is not complete without an encounter with Monster Kitchen and Bar, a welcome intruder on the ground floor of the spectacular Ovolo Nishi. This hatted, award-winning restaurant represents the perfect blend of simplicity, quality and artisan luxe. Seasonal ingredients, an impressive wine list and impeccable service combine to create an unforgettable dining experience.
Močan & Green Grout is a popular spot for a great cup of coffee or a delicious meal. Močan & Green Grout was conceived as a place that evokes the warmth and familiarity of eating in a good friend’s kitchen. The dinner menu is a collection of shared dishes inspired by world cooking traditions that change every week, and the ethical cafe serves fair trade coffee and uses local produce and herbs grown in a planter by the front door.
Nearby, traditional Italian restaurant Bicicletta, found within Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra, remains a favourite dining option for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a range of delicious produce sourced from local suppliers as well as from Italy. A few doors up, drop into the ever popular Morning glory to experience breakfast or lunch drawing inspiratiion from Australia and Asia.
For a nightcap, the decadent and lavish Parlour Wine Room continues to be well recognised as the place to whet your tastebuds with a choice of wines from around the world, including a wide selection of premium Canberra district wines.
If you'd prefer to go underground, Black Market is an exciting, yet small bar hidden below Morning Glory that packs a serious punch, serving high-end, over the top modern cocktails.
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