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. By day, the cafes in Berrima serve plates filled with homegrown goodness, while at night, the restaurants in Berrima take it up a notch with dishes to rival that of Sydney's fine dining scene. Better yet, it all comes with a side of good old country hospitality.
Sprinkled along the Old Hume Highway, and beyond, are 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 the best restaurants in Berrima.
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 the French-Australian cuisine, pulled together with ingredients that are mostly grown on-site. At the restaurant in Berrima, you can spend all day delighting over the menus that change with the season, starting out with breakfast (weekends only). Feeling extra fancy? Go all out with the six-course degustation menu, which comes with matching wines.
24 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
No visit to the Southern Highlands is complete without a visit to one of the best restaurants (and pubs) in Berrima, Surveyor General Inn. Built in 1834, Surveyor's is Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn. And while the old pub is the place to get lost in tales of times past, it's the Bushranger’s Bistro that has our attention. Comfort style pub food is the order of the day here, think bangers and mash, pie of the day and burgers. There’s also a beer garden out the back with a barbecue area where you can cook your own steak while watching playful wildlife.
26 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
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 and wood-fired pizzas, all perfectly paired with Bendooley wines. And if you're just wanting to pop in for coffee and cake, you can do that too. But, with a roaring fire, stacks of books, and serene views of the countryside, you won’t want to leave this restaurant in Berrima.
3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
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. At this cafe in Berrima, the coffee is excellent, and so 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
This cafe in Berrima has quite the reputation, thanks to its flagship store in Bowral. Set in the old post office, their desserts are what put Gumnut on the map, but it's the pastries that have kept them there with locals queueing up alongside visitors each morning. It is a popular go-to for a quick bite that's packed full of delicious goodness, but be sure to get in early. For a slower start to your morning, grab a seat out front and watch people wander by with pastry and coffee in hand.
Shop 1, Post Office Corner, Hume Highway, Berrima
You don't need to be a motorbike enthusiast to fall in love with this cafe in Berrima. Think countryside pit stop meets urban cafe, with a whole lot of love for classic and vintage motorbikes. Tuck into some street-style food in the fairy-lit courtyard while checking out the bikes on display and those riding in. Once you've had your fill browse the store and be inspired by the classic bikes and fashion that goes with it.
1 Market Place, Berrima
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
To start your day with a hearty, homestyle meal, head to The Courtyard Café. A long-time favourite, this cafe in Berrima is a true locals haunt that is oh, so warm and inviting. They dish 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
Berrima may be small, but it packs a whole lot in when it comes to eating out. From fine dining to pub-grub to cafes with hearty breakfasts, you really can't go wrong in this gem of a place. And if you loved our edit of the best cafes and restaurants in Berrima, be sure to pop over to our foodie getaway guide to Bowral.