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Get a Taste of Latin American at La Empanada Bakehouse

Venture 20 minutes north of Canberra city centre and you’ll discover a carnival of South American flavours at La Empanada Bakehouse. Located in Gungahlin, this alluring bakery has a serious rep for its namesake empanadas.

Perfectly baked golden pockets of pastry burst to reveal delicious, sweet, or savoury fillings. As La Empanada’s saying goes, ‘one is never enough’ so be prepared to arrive with an appetite.

What’s the La Empanada Bakehouse story?

Ever since the husband-and-wife team, André Nogales and Andrea Carvajal, opened their pop-up at Kingston’s Old Bus Depot Markets in 2016, their delicious empanadas gained a cult following. To satisfy demand, they opened La Empanada Bakehouse, and not surprisingly it’s been a roaring success.

Step inside the Hibberson Street bakery and you’re immediately greeted with row-upon-row of neatly crimped empanadas sitting temptingly behind the glass counter, as the sound of salsa fills the air.

What’s on the menu at La Empanada Bakehouse?

Whether you fancy something classically Latin American, unexpected Southeast Asian flavours or a sticky-sweet delight, there’s a filling for everyone at La Empanada Bakehouse. In fact, it’s their imaginative take on internationally inspired fillings that makes it such a hit.

For something traditionally South American, go for the Lomo Saltado, stuffed with beef, capsicum, fried potato, and onions. Or perhaps try a piece of Italy with Pizza Mia, loaded with ham, mozzarella and napolitana sauce. Vegan? No problemo! La Empanada have an array of meat and dairy-free options like their Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry pastry.

No visit would be complete without the heavenly Apple & Dulce de Leche empanada, oozing with authentic Argentinian dulce de leche. La Empanada Bakehouse serves all-day breakfast burritos, acai bowls, and waffles too.

What else is there to see and do around Gungahlin?

La Empanada Bakehouse is right in the centre of Gungahlin, close to the district’s main highlights. Opposite, just over Gungahlin Place, Marketplace Gungahlin is a modern shopping destination packed with independent fashion and homeware stores along with wellness centres and spas.

On the western outskirts of Gungahlin, there’s a cluster of great, family-friendly attractions at Gold Creek Village. Home to heritage buildings, Ginninderra Village is an old settlement that offers a glimpse of Canberra’s past. Meanwhile, the National Dinosaur Museum a few moments’ walk away is packed with interactive dino exhibits.

La Empanada Bakehouse at a glance

  • La Empanada Bakehouse is 13km and 20 minutes’ drive from Canberra city centre on Hibberson Street, Gungahlin.
  • La Empanada Bakehouse is open Tuesday – Sunday 7am – 4pm.
  • It sells sweet and savoury empanadas with internationally inspired fillings to eat in or takeaway.
  • When in Gungahlin, check out major shopping destination, Marketplace Gungahlin, and find family-friendly attractions on its outskirts at Gold Creek Village.

Who is La Empanada Bakehouse good for?

Families, commuters, couples, brunchers and lunchers.

Listed below are three charging stations along the way to help with planning your trip.

Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Tesla, 2 Plugs 7 kW2
Stations Tesla Destination

120, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla ACT, 2600, NSW


Mantra Macarthur Hotel
Wall (AU/NZ), 1 Plug, 1 Station
Non-networked

219, Northbourne Ave, Turner, 2612, ACT


Alivio Tourist Park Canberra
Wall port (AU/NZ) – 31 ports available

20, Kunzea Street, O’Connor ACT, 2602, NSW


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