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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WIN a copy of Deep South by Brad McDonald

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Brad McDonald was born in Mississippi and is now executive chef of The Lockhart and Shotgun in London.

For Brad,

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Recipe: Chicken Tagine

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Thinking about Moroccan food conjures up thoughts of spicy, slow-cooked meat dishes cooked in a magical pot: a tagine.

The conical shaped

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Recipe: Smokin’ Popcorn

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At The Essential Ingredient we love La Dalia paprika- hot, sweet and bittersweet.

La Dalia have been making paprika for over 100 years.

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Paez Morilla De Jerez Reserva 25 year old Sherry Vinegar

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Only authentic sherry vinegar may be called ‘vinagre de Jerez’, and by law the different grades must be aged in American

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Colusari Red Rice

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Colusari™ Red Rice is grown in the Sacramento Valley, California, from rescued heirloom seeds that were held in the Maryland seed

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