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About Ivy lake view café
Set in historic Old Canberra House, Ivy lake view café takes full advantage of its prime location on the edge of the Australian National University on Acton Peninsula. Overlooking the stunning grounds, and with views to Lake Burley Griffin, the Ivy lake view café is the perfect choice for a meeting of friends, for business, or just to relax by yourself with a coffee or lunch. John Stokes (formerly of As you like it café at the Street Theatre and Das Kapital boutique bar in Narrabundah) is the creative force at the helm of the Ivy lake view café. Since the café opened in July 2010, John has been watching, listening and planning in order to deliver an experience that fulfills both the needs of his customers and the exquisite venue.

Whilst primarily a café, serving coffee, breakfast and lunch (Monday to Friday) and a very relaxed brunch on Sundays the Ivy lake view café is fully licensed and available for private dinners and functions.

Weddings and other private and corporate events are welcomed and catered for in a manner befitting this wonderful and iconic Canberra location.

If you have something special coming up send us an email at
ivy-cafe@incanberra.com.au and we will help you create the perfect event.


Opening hours
Monday–Friday 8:30am–5pm for breakfast and lunch
Saturday and Sunday closed (except by appointment)
Dinner Wednesday-Saturday
from 7-10pm
Function enquiries welcome