Artist Jess Cochrane’s guide to Canberra’s best secluded spots

Visual artist Jess Cochrane grew up on Weston Creek, on the south side of Canberra. Now based in London, the ACT remains a formative element in his life. “Canberra is always home,” she says.

Cochrane recently returned to her hometown for her solo show at Ambush Gallery, located within the grounds of the Australian National University. It’s been a busy period, but you’ve still found time to visit your favorite bars, cafes and hangouts in the city. “Each pocket has its own feel,” she says.

We asked him to tell us the five places that visitors should visit when they are in the city.

ambush gallery
Ambush originated in Sydney, where it still maintains a space in Waterloo. Committed to celebrating emerging artists, his expansion into the ACT has been a valuable addition to Canberra’s visual arts offerings. “It’s a really nice atmosphere and they put on some special shows,” Cochrane says of the ad. “The owners are contributing to multiple communities with the work they do.”

The gallery, located in the Kambri Cultural Center on the ANU campus, recently hosted the Cochrane exhibition. mixed signalsand featured a selection of large-scale digital photographic portraits that she vividly painted.

ambush gallery
Australian National University, Level 2, Building 153 Kambri Cultural Centre, Acton

Mocan and Green Grout
This cafe and restaurant in Acton is the place to go for Cochrane’s brunch, but is also open for dinner at the weekend. A large part of the appeal is its intimate equipment. “It’s like walking into your friend’s really cool kitchen,” says Cochrane. “They have the kitchen set up in the middle of the cafe, and you can sit at the bar and watch them cook or sit in these cute little corners. It is a very considerate space. Aesthetically, it’s very nice to sit there.”

She describes the menu as “extra” cafe food and “classic favorites done really well.” Co-owner Myles Chandler also co-owns local bike brand Goodspeed, which makes distinctive bikes just down the street.

Mocan and Green Grout
1/19 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra

Church Neighborhood Assets
Church, a dimly lit hybrid of café, bar and skateboard shop, makes a unique figure in the Canberra landscape with its low-key, gritty vibe. “It’s kind of tucked away, down a little alleyway in the middle of the Melbourne building,” says Cochrane. “It’s run by a group of skaters, and they sell different brands and skateboard decks. It is very well kept, with cool young locals. They are all very friendly.”

Although it closes as a cafeteria at 2pm every day, it reopens as a bar in the evening from Thursday to Saturday. Although it is located in the CBD, it may still take a bit of effort to find out.

Church Neighborhood Assets
22 Odgers Lane, Canberra

Onzieme
While Bar Rochford is one of the city’s most acclaimed cocktail destinations, its former chef Louis Couttupes graduated to his own restaurant space in suburban Kingston, home to a rapidly growing constellation of offerings near the coast of the Lake Burley Griffin. “It’s a good Saturday activity to go to the cafes and markets and walk around the lake,” says Cochrane.

Named after the 11th arrondissement in Paris, Onzieme on Kennedy Street has a clear focus on minimal intervention wines alongside seasonal shared plates from the hatted chef. “And it’s cute,” says Cochrane. “The food here is really good, and the space itself feels really fresh and stylish.”

Onzieme
5/39 Kennedy Street, Kingston

Cafe Kyo Project
“The best bacon and egg roll in Canberra,” says Cochrane of this Lonsdale Street spot. “This is all you need to know.”

Tucked away between two apartment complexes in Braddon, this cafe mixes Japanese influences with a classic Australian brunch vibe. By serving Sydney-via-Tokyo Single O sustainable brand coffee, Kyo fosters a strong sense of community.

“The owners are so beautiful,” says Cochrane. “I went there the other week and they offered my dog ​​his own food. They literally made him a little dog bento dish with rice and raw egg. It was very sweet. You enter more than twice and they will recognize you and remember your order.”

Cafe Kyo Project
5/27 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

This article is produced by Broadsheet in collaboration with Visit Canberra.

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