The Great Northern Hotel
The Great northern Hotel is not so much of a local pub than it is a local landmark. Located on the corner of Mowbray Road and the Pacific Highway, it’s been a favourite meeting place for locals for years and for good reason. The pub boasts a beer garden, an old-school brasserie and a wide variety of local and imported beers. Can't stay for a drink? Don't worry, they also have a drive though bottle-o!
Chelsea Hotel Chatswood
The place is known for Friday night after work drinks, but The Chelsea Hotel is so much more than a local watering hole. With a recent refurbishment, the hotel is an oasis in the middle of Chatswood, with an outdoor terrace, up-market pub fare and a selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails.
Elbow Room Espresso
You’ll need little convincing to extend your morning coffee into a full blown brunch, once you take a look at the inventive menu at Elbow Room. Grab a table in the sun, perch at the window bar or stretch out with a paper and a specialty cold drip or aero press coffee. They have your standard cappuccinos here as well, but you’re in a hipster café, have a hipster coffee too.
Little Lord Cafe
In Camperdown, Little Lord wins the award for cosiest café. It’s like walking into a time warp. There are couches and chairs just begging to be sunk into, as well as dining tables set with old-school china. The food is simple and delicious (with plenty of options for vegetarians).
Gather On The Green
Camperdown's Gather on the Green is a popular foodie hub for locavore's (those who primarily eat locally sourced foods). Dedicated to ethical and eco-friendly practices, everything from the fairtrade coffee to the Brasserie bread is designed to not only taste good but make you feel good to. The cafe is quaint and boasts an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, adding to the homely vibe.
With a location in two of the inner-west’s most bustling suburbs, Store Espresso keeps locals well-fed and caffeinated wherever they may be. Both spaces are bright, airy and welcoming, and serve up Mediterranean dishes featuring lots of organic produce. The house coffee blend hits the spot, and goes well with any of the baked treats in the display window.
A hidden gem on Bart Street, Camperdown's Runcible Spoon is a local favourite for delicious modern Australian fare. This hip cafe is open from breakfast to lunch every day, serving up consistently good coffee and scrumptious treats. Bright and fun, the cafe provides a lush, greenery-filled oasis to uni students and hospital workers based nearby.
Bion Societe Cafe
Set on quiet Layton Street, Camperdown's Bion Societe is a happening where caffeine addict meet foodies. The interior of the cafe is sleek and minimalist; think white walls, pendant lighting, wood tables with a touch of greenery. From the menu, expect all the classic brunch dishes (done well) and the coffee to be single origin and delicious!
Bowral Centennial Vineyard
An abundance of fresh, local produce and stunning surrounds are the hallmarks of this Southern Highlands gem, making it the perfect destination for lovers of good food and wine. You might just be planning on dropping in for a glass of wine, but a glimpse of the vista will have you lingering over a long lunch.
When Bills arrived in Bondi Beach, it was the ‘it’ restaurant – and that hasn’t changed. The space is light-filled, airy and casual, and the food is modern Australian with a twist. Celebrity chef Bill Granger studied interior design and fine art before becoming a restaurateur, so it’s no surprise that his eateries are stunning spaces.
Up South Bondi
A prime corner location with head turning street art, you can’t miss Up South. Formerly known as Bondi @2026 this brunch spot has a great vibe. The streetside tables are a great place to sample one of their wholesome smoothies and inventive brekkies. Their motto is 'there is no love sincerer than the love of food', and eating here couldn't make that any more true..
The historic ambience of The Berry Hotel creates a hub for travelers and locals to meet, relax and enjoy a bevvie or two. Built in 1863, the buildings’ remnants and collectibles are on display and are a very present reminder of the charm of yesteryear. Modern bistro fare can be enjoyed in The Coach House restaurant by one of their many open fires!
THE BURROWS CAFE
Housed within the historic blacksmith shop, The Burrows of Berry has a distinctly vintage feel, with camel hide chairs and industrial timber decor. The food is equally as hipster, but with a country-rustic touch. This is the type of café you can cosy up in and easily spend the day – which means you can try their breakfast AND their lunch menu! Lucky you.
The Pavilion, located inside the Berry Motel, is a relaxed, family-friendly restaurant offering elegant Mod-Oz dishes. For the couples, you’ll also love eating in the candlelit dining room and then sipping on some local red while soaking up the warmth of the log fire.
SOUTH on Albany
Just off the main thoroughfare in Berry is the stylish yet casual restaurant, SOUTH on Albany which showcases a Modern European influenced menu. The chefs use seasonal and local produce, with tasty results that pair fine dining techniques with rustic cooking and flavours. The space is light-filled and unpretentious with a welcoming vibe characteristic of this friendly coastal town.
Upscale dining in the Southern Highlands hardly gets better than the modern Australian fare on offer at this much-loved Berrima institution. Situated within one of the area’s most significant heritage buildings, you’ll fall in love with the restaurant well before you get to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cuisine created with ‘an elegant and understated sense of occasion.’
Public Dining Room
Nestled by the sand of Balmoral Beach, there is an inexplicably refined air about Public Dining Room. The elegant, coastal style of the restaurant along with a faultless menu of Modern Australian cuisine features plenty of seafood. Then there are the views. Floor to ceiling glass windows lookout over Balmoral Beach and the harbour.
In Balmain, Wilhemina's is the ultimate bohemian-chic haunt. Set in a Victorian building, the restaurant-slash-bar serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. The menu is creative and celebrates local produce, and is made even better by the fact you can enjoy it with your pup by your side.