Aubergine at Griffith. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Established in 1927, with tree-lined streets and prestigious old-style brick homes, Griffith represents the quintessential Old Canberra suburb. Formerly named south Blandfordia, the inner-south suburb is home to several ACT heritage council listed areas including Griffith Oval, St Paul’s Church and the Whitley Houses. While it is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs, many Griffith homes have undergone refurbishments in recent years, adding a contemporary feel to the leafy suburb.

Griffith borders Manuka and Narrabundah. At the 2016 census it recorded a population of 4575. The neighbourhood centres around the much-loved Griffith shops. This retail strip is home to a variety of dining options, both casual and fine dining, alongside your typical shops, and offers immense character.

Griffith shops

GRIFFITH STATS

Clearance rate: 67%
Median price houses: $1.495 million
Median price units: $493,000
Highest selling property in the past 12 months: $2.97 million, 16 Durville Crescent, November 25, 2017.

EAT

Aubergine

Aubergine

Duck breast, confit cumquat, roast pumpkin, and fermented daikon at Aubergine. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The jewel of the Griffith Shops crown, Aubergine is one of the ACT’s most renowned restaurants. It has won an array of accolades on both a national and local scale, and has been given two chef’s hats for seven consecutive years. The ever-changing degustation menu offers delectable seasonal food of high quality and stunning presentation. Our top pick off its current menu is the brown butter ice cream with almond praline and frozen lemon verbena milk – absolutely amazing!

Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant

Griffith Vietnamese

Signature wall at Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

What sets Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant apart is the many posters adorning its walls with personalised messages and signatures, most of which belong to politicians who have called the venue their go-to for years. This unassuming restaurant is a favourite among pollies and locals alike, and upon eating the food you can see why. Make sure you try the Yummy Chicken, a classic dish that’s one of the chef’s specialities.

Rubicon

Rubicon

Rubicon restaurant’s twinkling fairy light ceiling. Photo: Karleen Minney

The perfect spot for a romantic date night or catch-up over dinner and wine with friends, Rubicon offers a warm and cosy atmosphere through its four small dining rooms and open terrace-style space. Both an a la carte and degustation menu is available showcasing contemporary Australian cuisine with a twist. If you choose the a la carte, make sure you accompany your meal with the kipfler potatoes in duck fat, serrano and mustard.

PLAY

M16 Artspace

M16 Artspace

Bowen Place Crossing 2016 gouache by Christopher Oates, part of his exhibition on Infrastructure at the M16 Artspace last month. Photo: Supplied

An intimate gallery which also offers residencies to local artists, M16 Artspace is the perfect Saturday afternoon activity. The gallery is currently showing finalists from the annual M16 Drawing Prize which seeks to examine, challenge and open a dialogue concerning perceptions of what drawing can be. This runs until December 17.

SHOP

Mountain Creek Wholefoods

Moutain Creek Wholefoods

Mountain Creek Wholefoods in Griffith is comfortable and unpretentious. Photo: Mountain Creek Wholefoods Facebook

Comfortable and unpretentious, Mountain Creek Wholefoods is a health food store offering a combination of whole food, vegan cosmetics, health and wellbeing books and vitamins. Each day there is a new selection of healthy freshly baked goods, which unlike most healthy snacks, actually taste naughty!

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