Whether you're desperate for some morning coffee or a way to close out a productive day with a drink, these are the best business dining venues in Australia's northern capital.

Coffee pit stop

Laneway Specialty Coffee

The vibe is hip, the energy 
high and the Campos coffee excellent. There may be a queue at Laneway but it generally moves fast. 
If you have time to sit down 
and eat, the Mushroom Orgy 
or the bacon-and-egg roll 
with multiple layers of smoked 
belly bacon and two fried eggs will set you up for the day.

4/1 Vickers Street, Parap

Breakfast meeting

Sweet Brew & Co.

It’s sweet indeed to find a centrally located venue with tables well spaced for privacy and delicious, inventive food. Whether your business associates fancy burgers or goody-two-shoes granola, Sweet Brew & Co. has it covered. You may be tempted instead by the chilli scrambled eggs with crab (or haloumi) or the Coco Bowl of chocolate panna cotta, fruit, puffed corn and rice. Drinks run the gamut from Campos coffee to tea, smoothies and fresh juices. The croissants, cronuts and pastries are made in-house.

45 Stuart Highway, Stuart Park;
 (08) 7978 8638

Dining alone


This buzzy venue has spots at the bar and tables inside and outside under ceiling fans. The passing parade means a lone diner won’t necessarily feel compelled to hunker over a screen. Inspired by Vietnam, with a nod to a few other Asian nations, the menu has dishes 
for every appetite, whether it’s 
a couple of small plates – maybe spicy flash-fried squid, Peking pork pancakes or sugarcane prawns – or a meal in a bowl in the form of laksa or pho. Drinks include imported beers, fun cocktails, drinking coconuts 
and Vietnamese coffee.

Shops D1 and D2, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin

Business dinner

Wharf One 
Food & Wine

Book a table inside to stay 
cool or enjoy a sultry Darwin evening outside near the 
water. Either way, the food seems just right for this setting. 
The focus is on local produce, mostly raw, cured or grilled. That means dishes such as 
local barramundi and coconut ceviche with mango and chilli salsa; grilled Angus beef Asian salad; and pumpkin with flat mushroom, crumbled fetta, chilli and lemon. Steaks, lamb chops and pot roasts cater 
for less-adventurous diners.

Building 3, 19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin 

Drinks with clients

Stone House 
Wine Bar & Kitchen

Housed in a relic of old Chinatown, this bar has a cosy interior and a lovely garden. Even better, it offers a huge range of globally sourced wines (from Portuguese touriga franca to Argentine malbec), charming service and a kitchen pumping out wine-friendly platters.

33 Cavenagh Street, Darwin 

Top image: Stone House Wine Bar & Kitchen

SEE ALSO: What to do Between Meetings in Darwin


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