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Cafe Review: Liberty Snackbar

May 6th, 2006 at 07:01am

Yesterday I visited Bunnings Belconnen with Mum, and after doing that we visited the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. While we were there we stopped in at Liberty Snackbar to have our morning tea. When we walked in we were carrying a couple bulky items from Bunnings and the lovely lady (whom I think was probably Ornela Anastasopoulos) in attendance at Liberty offered us a space to put our shopping while we enjoyed our drink.

As it happened, Liberty had some iced donuts on offer, so Mum & I decided to have a cappuccino and a caramel donut each. We payed for this (from memory it was $9, which is quite good value in my view), and the lady in attendance said that she would bring over our drinks and donuts.

The coffees and donuts arrived very quickly whilst Mum & I enjoyed a chat, the coffees arrived with two teaspoon size sugar packets each, which was extremely courteous considering that most cafes expect you to find your own sugar. The cappuccinos were quite magnificent, with just the right amount of froth at just the right consistency, the coffee component of the cappuccino was also just right, having a good mix of coffee and milk. The coffee at Liberty is in my view among the best in Canberra.

The donuts were also excellent, having a rich caramel flavour, and being a good, light, fluffy consistency. Many donuts from snack bars are too heavy, or the icing is flaky and overpowering, but not the donuts at Liberty, which were just right. I would even go so far as to say that the donuts are on par with, if not better than, the donuts available at Fantasy Donuts in Westfield Woden which are quite scrumptious.

Originally I had no intention of reviewing Liberty, but after tasting the coffee and donut and experiencing the fantastic customer service on offer, I felt compelled to write a review. I would have no hesitation in referring people to Liberty as I’m sure they would enjoy their time, and find plenty of good things on offer in the surrounding stores of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets.

Liberty offer much more than just coffee and donuts, in fact they offer a whole range of meals including burgers, seafood, pasta, greek salad and much much more, including an extensive range of juice, milk and fizzy drinks (as well as excellent coffee).

Liberty Snackbar is open on Tuesday from 7am-2pm, Wednesday-Sunday 6am-6pm, and closed on Monday. They can be found at shop 18 of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Lathlain Street, Belconnen, just opposite Bunnings and just off Belconnen Way. You can contact them by phone on (02) 6251 1575.

I would thoroughly recommend that you visit Liberty Snackbar next time you are around that area, say hello to owners John and Ornela, and let them know that Samuel Gordon-Stewart recommended them. I will be sending them a copy of this review, so they should know who you’re talking about.

Liberty Snackbar owners John and Ornela Anastasopoulos
Photo source http://www.belconnenmarkets.com.au/cafes1.html

Samuel

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4 Comments

  • 1. John B1_B5  |  May 6th, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Sounds marvellous Samuel, but with the cost of petrol these days, it will many many years before I get out to Belconnen again .

  • 2. Samuel  |  May 6th, 2006 at 9:59 am

    That’s a pity John as it is a fantastic cafe.

  • 3. lucylou  |  May 6th, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Gee that brings back memories. Was it freezing cold in the markets? I remember just not being able to get warm in there in Winter. Sounds like the quality has improved a lot in the past few years as well. Any idea how long these owners have had the business?

  • 4. Samuel  |  May 6th, 2006 at 9:03 pm

    They appear to have put air conditioning in to the stores which is a vast improvement. I can’t say that I really recall the state of the Belconnen Markets from a few years ago as I rarely visited them, but they do seem to be of a high quality now.

    I don’t know how long John and Ornela have owned Liberty, although I do know that they were there last time I was therein early february for the opening of Bunnings Belconnen


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