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Berrima. A Foodie Destination

Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Southern Highlands, Berrima is so much more than a charming country town: it’s a bonafide foodie destination. Explore main street and beyond, and you’ll come across cute cafes, bustling bistros, fine dining restaurants and cellar doors, serving up something to suit every palate.

Hungry yet? Buckle in for a tour of Berrima’s foodie scene.


Treat yourself and book a table at Eschalot, an elegant restaurant inside a heritage-listed stone cottage. Settle in at a table in front of the fire or overlooking the gardens, and dig into French-Australian delights such as twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé, veal loin and duck leg confit. The menu changes seasonally, and most of the ingredients are grown on site. Feeling extra fancy? Go all out with the seven-course degustation menu, which comes with matching wines.

24 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Feast at Berrima

This restaurant is a go-to for good comfort food. The interior is intimate, and all about modern accents and natural light, while the menu shines a spotlight on local produce. On a chilly winter’s day, there’s nothing better than tucking into the housemade linguine with prawns or the Angus beef pot pie. The restaurant’s licensed, but has a BYO option – which is handy if you’ve just come from one of the region’s vineyards!

1 Market Place, Berrima

Bushranger’s Bistro

No visit to Berrima is complete without a visit to Surveyor General Inn – built in 1834, it’s Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn. Inside the sandstone inn, you’ll find Bushranger’s Bistro, which dishes up pub-grub like burgers, mushroom and Guinness pot pies, and Cajun red wine lamb shanks. There’s a beer garden out the back with a barbecue area, where, if you’re so inclined, you can cook your own steak as you do some wildlife watching.

26 Old Hume Highway

The Courtyard Café

To start your day with a hearty, homestyle meal, head to The Courtyard Café. The local haunt is warm and inviting, and dishes up breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as well as dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. The chef cooks up a roast daily, and families flock to the café for its casual vibe and extensive kids menu.

Shop 2-4, 117 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Bendooley Estate

Speaking of wineries, the Berkelouw family (known for their bookshops) own Bendooley Estate, a beautiful vineyard with a cellar door and casual restaurant. Located inside the ‘Book Barn’, the menu focuses on country comfort food: think charcuterie boards, wood-fired pizzas and slow-braised lamb shoulder, all perfectly paired with Bendooley wines. With a roaring fire, stacks of books, and serene views of the countryside, you won’t want to leave.

3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Zen Oasis

Set on 100 acres of manicured gardens and koi ponds, Zen Oasis is a vegetarian restaurant that’s rustic, relaxed, and popular among locals and out-of-towners. Open on Saturdays and Sundays, the venue treats guests to a buffet of yum cha, fresh sushi and main plates, as well as a huge selection of vegan desserts. The menu has an oriental bent to match the idyllic surrounds, and there’s a later lunch seating open to larger groups (bookings essential).

230 Medway Rd, Berrima

Berrima General Store & Café

For a true taste of country living, make your way to Berrima General Store & Café in the morning. Grab a chai tea, freshly baked scone, and the paper, and catch up on the day’s news while chatting to the locals who pop in and out of the café-slash-produce-store. If you sleep in, never fear – the café is open until 5pm, and after 2pm on Sundays, when you’ll be hard-pressed to find many places brewing coffee.

Shop 1, 13 Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Josh’s Cafe

A local institution, Josh’s Café is a country bistro with friendly staff, a laidback vibe, and a Middle Eastern-inspired menu. After a day of shopping, exploring, or doing sweet nothing, it’s the perfect place to stop and dig into zucchini flowers, mushroom risotto, char-grilled calamari, or any of the creative blackboard specials. The coffee is excellent, as are the desserts – they change all the time, but you can’t go wrong with a baked-to-order tarte.

2/9 Old Hume Highway, Berrima


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