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Things to do in Moss Vale: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay & Play

The list of things to do in Moss Vale is endless, especially if you're a foodie who delights in homegrown goodness.


Two-hours south of Sydney, Moss Vale, is a quiet countryside town that's emerging as one Southern Highlands hotspots. Packed full of things to do, Moss Vale is evolving as a foodie destination that shines a spotlight on homegrown produce. But, that's not all that Moss Vale does well. Beautiful gardens, cellar doors and estate homes with unexpected delights. Then there is the rolling countryside and heritage buildings with stories to tell. A picturesque spot for weekend getaways, Moss Vale really knows how to turn on the charm.

Things to do in Moss Vale: Cafés

The Post Office Moss Vale
The Post Office Moss Vale
A functioning post office for over 100 years, this 1800s heritage building is now home to the stylish Post Office café. One of our favourite things to do in Moss Vale is marvel at the beautifully renovated interiors of exposed brick, timber and marble furnishings while tucking into a hearty meal. The all-day breakfast and lunch menus may be basic, but they are always a hit with classic café favourites. Think burgers, seafood and pie of the day. Delish!
1/249 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
Rush Roasting
The café may be small, but the coffee selection is anything but. A Southern Highlands coffee roastery, Rush uses ethically sourced beans from around the world. These guys are the real deal, having won golden bean awards. Aside from your favourite brew, you can try their cold brew coffee, which is infused with 100 per cent nitrogen served cold through a tap system. If you're feeling a little peckish, their breakfast and lunch menu deserves a look in.
Shop 6, Moss Vale Arcade, 348 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
Highlands Merchant, Moss Vale

Highland Merchant
A beautifully chic café that hints at Moss Vale's burgeoning foodie scene, Highland Merchant makes excellent coffee and has homemade treats which sit temptingly along the counter. Take a little of this café home with you with something from their handsome range of pantry-fillers and gourmet gifts. The Merchant also provides a sought-after catering service for those interested in an in-home dining experience.
405 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Things to do in Moss Vale: Restaurants

Mount Ashby Estate
Mount Ashby Estate
Fancy a bit of French cuisine with countryside views? Mount Ashby Estate's La Palette Café champions paddock to plate dishes, including a charcuterie plate that goes hand-in-hand with their wine selection. When the weather is just right, sit out in the beautiful courtyard, otherwise cosy up inside in front of the warming fireplace. Adding to the charm of the estate is the relocated Bowral Produce Store. It's one of the best things to do in Moss Vale because it's used to restore provincial antique furniture and handcraft French Farmhouse tables. 
128 Nowra Road, Moss Vale
Birch Restaurant
A foodie destination that has put Moss Vale on the map, Birch is all about innovation and warm hospitality. The contemporary modern Australian menu is produce and technique-driven, meaning wherever possible, the ingredients are sourced and made locally. Each dish is expertly crafted, which will have your insta-feed in a frenzy. Settle into this restaurant's exquisite dining room and experience Birch at its finest with their degustation menu. A must when it comes to things to do in Moss Vale.
2/259 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
Bernie's Diner

Bernie's Diner
Set on Moss Vale's main street, Bernie's Diner is a local icon. Dating back to the 1920s, the original Central Café brought European hospitality to the countryside. In recent years, the grandson of the original owner gave the diner a complete makeover to resemble that of an Art Deco American Diner with touches of the 1950s. Pull up a stool or settle into a booth and tuck into one of their burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes.
402 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Things to do in Moss Vale: Drink

Eden Brewery
Eden Brewery

For beer lovers, a stop in at Mittagong's Eden Brewery is a must. Sample the fermented fruits of their labour by pulling up a seat at the brewery bar or, if you have the time, book a spot on their brewery tour to experience the behind the scene's beer magic.

1/19 Cavendish Street, Mittagong

Southern Highlands Brewing & Taphouse
Southern Highlands Brewing & Taphouse

You don't have to be a fan of craft beer to fall in love with this place. Southern Highlands Brewing & Taphouse is one of the best things to do in Moss Vale, thanks to its beer cuisine and homey interiors of original Art Deco window counters and leather sofas. The showpiece of the brewery is the Taphouse which has the brewery's craft beers on tap, as well as a guest tap. You can try any of the beers on a custom-made beer tasting flight of four. 
490-494 Argyle Street, Moss Vale
Wine Mosaic Lounge

Wine Mosaic Lounge
Overlooking Leighton Gardens, Wine Mosaic Lounge is a relaxed 60s inspired wine bar with a cosy fireplace. The ever-changing seasonal menu pairs beautifully with the varied wine selection, which focuses on small-batch wines. If you prefer a cocktail or craft beer, they have that too. Argyle Street Wine Merchants is right next door, so you can bring your new favourite drop home with you. 
386 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Things to do in Moss Vale: Play

Cuttaway Hill Wines
Cuttaway Hill Wines

Making the most of the unique Southern Highlands climate are the winemakers at Cuttaway Hill Wines. Combining traditional and new techniques to craft their signature drops, you'll fall in love with their wines and in particular, their traditional hand made sparkling. Better still, once you have finished the bottles you bought at the winery you can order some online, direct from the cellar door, and have them delivered. That way, you never have to go without a glass from Cuttaway Hill.

212 Sallys Corner Road, Exeter

Italian Cooking Experience with Stefano Marvello
Italian Cooking Experience with Stefano Marvello

Culinary wizard Stefano Marvello has set up an Italian cooking school in the heart of the Southern Highlands. From flavoursome sauces and wholesome breads, to homemade pasta and traditional cooking techniques, you can sign up to one of his popular classes or book in a private session for you and your friends. Be sure to go hungry, so you can dine on the decadent dishes you whip up!

From $130 per person

12 Sutherland Park Drive, Burradoo

Southern Highlands Winery
Southern Highlands Winery
On the road out of town, Southern Highlands Winery has a cellar door and an Italian-inspired restaurant that you won't want to miss. Their floor to ceiling glass allows you to view the day to day running of the winery while sipping your way through their varietals. Book a table in the restaurant or stop by for head chef, Marco Salvestrin's Italian cooking demonstration (held monthly). It includes a wine talk and tour of the winery. 
Cnr Oldbury Road and Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest 
Leighton Gardens (Dee Kramer, Visit Southern Highlands)

Leighton Gardens
One of the most picturesque gardens in the Southern Highlands is a must-see when tulips are in full bloom during September. Located in the centre of town along Argyle Street, locals grab takeaway from their favourite eatery and sit in the gardens for an impromptu picnic. 

Argyle Street, Moss Vale 

Things to do in Moss Vale: Shop

Suzie Anderson Home
Suzie Anderson Home

For interior style-mavens look no further than a trip to Suzie Anderson Home. Known for their rustic elegance, expect chic furniture, modern decor and timeless homewares to reign supreme. Make sure you have enough room in the car to get your stylish haul home.

409 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Shop 101, 13 Banyette Street, Enter via Green Lane, Bowral 

Made by Others
Made by Others

Made by Others boasts a bold and colourful collection curated from a range of independent artists and artisans from around the globe. From quirky jewellery and bright servewear, to kitsch homewares and designer threads, there is something for everyone to fall in love with.

366 Argyle Street, Moss Vale

Railway St Fresh Food & Produce Market
A must when it comes to things to do in Moss Vale, the local markets are overflowing with fresh produce, which many cafes and restaurant champion in their dishes. You too can take some home with you from the Moss Vale Show Society Farmer and Flea Markets (held every fourth Saturday of the month). Or the Railway Street Fresh Food & Produce Market is held every Thursday from 3pm to 5.30pm.

Things to do in Moss Vale: Stay

Ellery Farm

When it comes to luxury, countryside accommodation, you can't go past Exeter's Ellery Farm. This architecturally designed home boasts four bedrooms, modern furnishings, open plan living, and a state-of-the-art kitchen, making it the perfect place to book for a group getaway or family retreat. Kitted out everything you need for an unforgettable stay, we guarantee you'll find any excuse to extend your weekend trip into a week-long sojourn.

From $957.14 per night

340 Ellsmore Road, Exeter

Peppers Manon House
Peppers Manor House

The Highlands is steeped in history, and Peppers Manor house is at its heart. The 140-year-old hotel has had a multi-million dollar makeover, but its formal gardens and Great Hall – complete with soaring ceilings, couches and a roaring log fire – hint at its past. It has all the mod cons for a comfortable stay, plus an 18-hole championship golf course, and the chef-hatted Katers Restaurant.

From $249 per night

Kater Road, Sutton Forest

There are so many things to do in Moss Vale and surrounding towns, from foodie delights to picture-perfect gardens and beautiful nature walks in nearby Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve. If you're after more ideas on how to spend your time in the Southern Highlands, check out our guide to the best restaurants in Berrima


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