Il Locale Gelato Cafe
When the sun’s out, Il Locale Cafe is the go-to but their gelato display will make choosing a flavour the hardest decision of the day. The 70% cows milk gelato is sourced locally, brought in from The Pines in Kiama – and it doesn’t get fresher than that. Located on the main street in Berry, this little gelateria also has a strong lunch menu too. Post-lunch dessert after is a must though.
Berry Donut Van
If it’s socially acceptable to have a donut for breakfast, then The Famous Berry Donut Van will sort you out with the goods, and by goods we mean piping hot, freshly made cinnamon donuts. They’re rustic in shape and generously rolled in cinnamon sugar – and are a delicious accompaniment to your morning coffee. This donut van is famous for a reason, they’ve been a fixture on the scene in Berry for nearly 60 years.
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.
Leaf in Berry
LEAF (Love Eating Asian Food) is the place to head if you literally love eating Asian food. When you’re craving your fix, LEAF in Berry’s amazing dishes will warm you up from the inside out. Located in the historic Post Office, circa 1886, Leaf serves utterly delicious Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a casual dining space.
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.
A must-visit foodie destination on the South Coast, The Hungry Duck is a fine dining Asian gem. Chef David Campbell takes a ‘locavore’ approach to cooking, which means he relies heavily on his on-site garden for veggies and herbs and he sources his duck, wagyu and alpaca – yes alpaca – from regional farmers. The space is chic and intimate and the food is made for sharing – so you don’t have to worry about getting food envy for your ...
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.
Berry Sourdough Cafe
Bread is one of life’s simple pleasures, and The Berry Sourdough Bakery does it well. The bakery attracts a lot of buzz, and for good reason: its century-old building, and gourmet pastries, organic bread and great coffee is quintessentially Berry. Great for picking up some nosh for a day of Berry adventuring, but equally as perfect for a casual long-lunch. With two woodfired ovens and in-house artisan bakers, you know this isn’t going to be an ordinary sandwich.
Savannah Cafe & Bar
Situated off the main street in a beautiful arcade, Savannah café brings South African cuisine to the Berry foodie scene. Their tasting plate is perfect for two and an easy way to try all of the signature traditional dishes. After dining, perouse their range of ethically sourced and fair trade African craft work for sale.
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!
Despite being named after the iconic Balinese village, Uluwatu, this café doesn’t actually serve up food from our South East Asian neighbour. Eclectic in both style and cuisine, this Stanwell Park gem is dishing up everything from tacos, nachos and gelato. You can get a pretty Instagrammable acai bowl too, so I guess there is a Bali touch after all.
The Scarborough Hotel
An Illawarra institution, The Scarborough is a seaside pub with a laid-back vibe. The Seacliff Beer Garden is the place to be, with a mix of tables and huts, and a menu featuring pub mains, craft beers and Australian wines. Perched upon a cliff, the pub enjoys uninterrupted ocean views that are as breathtaking as you’d imagine. There’s also a grassy area for the little ones to play making this a great family outing.
Teriyaki meets tacos at this Asian-South American fusion restaurant and bar. Every décor element is meticulously placed - be it the indie Japanese posters adorning the walls or the sugar skulls dotted around the place. Dining here is all about the communal vibe, from their communal tables to their delicious menu, designed to share.
Son of a Gun
Son Of A Gun is housed in a shipping container, and is part of Sifters – the creative co-op in the heart of the Wollongong CBD. Don’t let the fact it’s in a carpark deter you, because this is the go-to hangout for locals who know a thing or two about good coffee. Whether you prefer your brew batch’d, cold or just plain brewed, pull up a seat – or crate and settle in for the morning.
Beast And Bread
Beast and Bread is a sandwich shop of sorts. Packed with organic, slow roasted meats and fresh, flavoursome veg, these aren’t your average sangas. Despite being a fully-fledged lunch spot frequented by hungry workers by day, come night time, the lights are dimmed and protein plates and craft beer come out to play.
Quay Canteen is a Vietnamese street food-slash-vegan hangout-slash-café. Sounds weird? Well, it’s not. They pull it off with their insta-worthy dishes that vary from traditional Vietnamese dishes to raw and baked treats. Take our advice, you don’t want to leave without having tried one of their shakes.
Bombora Seafood Restaurant
Bombora Seafood is everything that its name suggests. They are all about cooking up the freshest seafood sourced locally. From its harbourside location, sit back and take in the views and treat yourself to a seafood platter with a bottle of regional sav blanc.
Rookie eatery does modern fine dining Australian fare well. The historic house with chic whitewashed interiors sets the scene for a menu that is influenced by local produce and is inspired by eastern and western cultures. Indigenous native foods makes an appearance, collected from their on-site veggie garden.
Babyface Kitchen offers a modern Australian menu with sustainability and quality produce, a central mantra and plenty of seafood and international influences offering a touch of colour. If you were to judge a book (restaurant) by its cover (decor), then you’ll know that the menu reflects the interiors - relaxed fine dining.
Kneading Ruby’s classic Italian dishes are executed in a rustic, flavour-comes-first approach. Offering small shares and large share dishes, there’s plenty of cues telling you that you should share – but we wouldn’t judge you if you wanted all the Italian goodness to yourself. Tucked away in a former warehouse, the space has been transformed into a light and plant-filled space.
The hatted institution Caveau, brings refined dining to Wollongong. They are renowned for their decadent seven course tasting menus, but if you’re feeling in need of something a little less filling, they also offer a three course du jour. Produce is sustainable and bio-dynamic and is used to create dishes best described as ‘bush tucker fine dining’. You’ll also be able to try some unusual meats like emu and wallaby here, but don’t worry – vegans are more than catered ...