Canberra, ACT

25 Jardine St
Kingston, ACT/Australia 2604
Phone: (02) 6295 7148

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Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Closed public holidays

Knife Sharpening: 1st Saturday of every month- bring your knives into the store, safely wrapped, before 1pm on the first Saturday of the month, to have them professionally sharpened or repaired. More information…


Opened in 2003 and neatly settled in the historic, leafy and renowned foodie precinct of Kingston, The Essential Ingredient Canberra is noted for its international and local cookbooks, high quality cookware and wide range of quality food products.

In 2009, the retail store was expanded and relocated within Kingston to 25 Jardine Street, with the addition of a specialty cheese service.

The Essential Ingredient Canberra caters to the ACT region with experienced and professional staff and a broad range of both Australian and International products.

A full range of speciality cheeses, fresh-roasted coffee and culinary books compliment an excellent cookware range, making The Essential Ingredient Canberra a must-visit for any serious foodie.

The Essential Ingredient also provides a wholesale service to the best restaurants in Canberra as well as some of Canberra’s most prominent institutions, including; The National Library, The National Gallery, The National Press Club, Government House and The Prime Ministers Lodge.

Local products we are stocking:

  • Little Monster chocolate
  • The Muesli Bar handmade muesli
  • Pialligo Estate award winning bacon, gravalax & other small goods
  • Biscuitsnotcookies handmade gift cards
  • Serious Salsa chilli jams & relishes
  • Merrita’s homemade fruit cakes & puddings


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Latest news


Say Cheese Festival at Prahran Market

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The Say Cheese Festival is on tomorrow at Prahran Market from 10am and, of course, we will be saying cheese along

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The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne is Go!

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Our new shop is open. We are shouting it from the rooftops (or from the shop floor at least!).

The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne opened it’s doors late last week and

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Dressed for Spring, Part 2.

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We love dressing for Spring. Bold sauces, gentle vinaigrettes, robust oils and fruity vinegars can bring out flavour and add depth to vegetable dishes and crunchy salads.

As we move into

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Our seaweed collection

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Bursting with umami, seaweed is protein rich and packed full of nutrients.

Once soaked, seaweed may be added to salads (think soy

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Nordic Light by Simon Bajada

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Simon Bajada, chef, photographer and food writer, has engrossed himself in the food culture of the Nordic countries.

Nordic Light, his new

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