There are few better ways to spend a sunny autumn Saturday than lying on the grass at Green Square with a book, wringing out every last drop of warmth before the cold descends. Looking around, many people have the same idea. Kids run around on the grass, under the watchful eye of parents cradling take away coffee cups from one of the local, first-class baristas. Across the lawn a group of twenty-somethings sit outside Little Brooklyn swilling American beer. An older couple stroll past the jeweller, looking at the one-of-a-kind designs.
This is what we love about Green Square—it’s a lifestyle choice. Canberra’s oldest shopping district has kept pace with the times and now offers some of the finest coffee you’ll find in the ACT, along with on-trend bars and boutique shopping showcasing some of the best that local producers have to offer.
Renee Douros from The Floral Society has been kicking around Green Square since she was a child.
“My grandfather built the building that hosts The Floral Society’s ‘Flower Bar’ in the 1950s and it’s been in our family ever since. I’d visit Green Square as child with my grandparents and now I run a business from here; suffice to say it holds a sentimental place in my heart.”
When asked what it is about Green Square that she loves the most, Renee pauses for a moment.
“It’s a wonderful meeting place for locals and visitors alike and boasts a welcoming, community vibe. I particularly love it on a Sunday morning when it’s a buzzing hive of activity. You’ll find folk grabbing their morning coffees, enjoying brunch from one of the many cafes, reading the weekend papers in the sun and picking up a fresh bunch from our Flower Bar.”
The artsy, semi-hipster vibe of Kingston has seen an explosion of businesses that put their own spin on traditional retail. The Floral Society boasts a Floral Bar, where you can pull up a seat, go through a menu and order your perfect floral cocktail.
Elsewhere you’ll find Cardiff Collective, a large studio space for local fashion designers, with a retail arm that offers visitors to Green Square direct access to their work. Rarely will you find a single space with so many products from a variety of local designers.
Chris Llyod, co-founder of Cardif Colllective, opened up the cooperative in February this year.
The area will experience even greater vitalization with the introduction of a new Green Square extension, which will create a true market square and include new shared spaces, a Supabarn and the ‘Atria’ residential development. The extensions will add over 1000m2 of new retail space as well as 166 apartments, which will see the already-buzzing community hum.
Plans for the new space have focused on enhancing the existing local culture, creating a hub for coffee-lovers, shopping addicts and food connoisseurs alike. The development has been designed to blend seamlessly with the existing surrounds, employing clean lines and a gorgeous red brick façade.
In a Canberra first, ‘Atria’ will include a leafy, open-air atrium. The one and two bedroom, open-plan apartments will be connected by overlooking skywalks, and will be built with state of the art appliances.
‘Atria’ is launching soon. Register your interest at atriagreensquare.com.au