An exciting range of cafes, restaurants and much-loved food vans sit among an eclectic mix of car yards, retailers and barber shops in vibrant Braddon, just a stone’s throw from the city.

Although one of Canberra’s oldest residential suburbs and one of the three that remain truest today to Walter Burley Griffin’s street and master plans, Braddon wasn’t always this cool. Starting life in 1921 and 1922, and gazetted in 1928, the area named after legislator, federalist and a founder of the Australian Constitution, Sir Edward Braddon (1829-1904), was in fact the city’s first light industrial area.

In recent years, its automotive services, car dealerships, serviceable architecture and non-heritage homes have gradually been replaced by apartments and unique shopping precincts, transforming Braddon into Canberra’s most densely populated suburb.

With 5,500 residents at the last census and the majority of them renters, it’s also a dynamic, young area with a median age of just 29, six per cent lower than the rest of the city.

Now, the creative residents and the passionate owners of local bars, cafes and retail and service businesses, who have been inspired by its industrial heritage and proximity to the city, have authentically recreated Braddon as Canberra’s place to be. And Midnight residents are set to become part of what makes the suburb uber-cool.

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