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.
Howlin' Wolf Whiskey Bar Wollongong
The Howling Wolf Bar is the local authority on whiskey and with a line-up of live music, you’re basically guaranteed a good night out here. Don’t worry, whiskey isn’t all that these guys get right – the cocktail list is definitely worth a look in too.
Opus Coffee Brewers
Primarily an espresso bar, Opus Coffee Brewers will welcome you with the coffee bar at the entrance, but out the back, communal tables will beg you to stay for brunch. If your Sunday morning ritual looks a little like this: Single O, fresh juice and house-made bagels choca-block full of gourmet toppings – then you’ll be well looked after here. If your Sunday morning ritual doesn’t look like that, one trip here and your weekend brunch game will be changed ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Bread, Espresso &
Bread, Espresso &, is as alternative and hipster as it’s jumbled name suggests.They serve hearty cafe fare and organic Allpress coffee. They’re also super eco-friendly, with a discount for keep-cup-bringers and they give away their leftover coffee grounds to avid composters and gardeners. This place is so lovely, you won’t want to ever leave.
Located in the suburbs’ old post office, this fine dining restaurant showcases regional produce in their al la carte and degustation menus. The décor pays homage to the buildings history, incorporating the original features in a tasteful way. Every dish is innovative and emphasises seasonal and sustainable ingredients from the Illawarra region.
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!
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.
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 ...
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.
Sifters is a community hub and creative space renowned for its edgy appeal. Comprised of various shipping containers, the co-op situation brings together local businesses such as clothing stores, a florist and an art space as well as food truck Son of a Gun. Sifters is an all-day activity, with ample single origin coffee on offer to keep you going.
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.
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.
Gidgets Cafe & Bar
Gidget’s combines two of our favourite things: specialty coffee and all day breakfast, making this a Thirroul café a must-go. On the food front, they’ve really upped the ante on all the usual brunch suspects, adding creative twists and using locally sourced produce. For the little ones, the box of toys should keep them entertained if you want to stay a while, which you most definitely will.
Gelato Emporium, located in Bulli Tops is a one-stop-shop for artisan gelato, coffee, gourmet pantry items and uninterrupted views over the Illawarra. More than just a rest-stop for drivers en route to Wollongong, this convenient gelateria located at the Illawarra Gateway is well-worth a visit for locals as well.
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.
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.
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.
His Boy Elroy
His Boy Elroy is a little laneway bar and burger joint that’s all about serving up burgers and brisket – à la South American. The shakes are compulsory, well, they ought to be when they’re this good. What’s not compulsory is the shot of bourbon you can add to them, but we think this is a very necessary add on.
Eat at Sandy's
Sandy Goodwich uses wholesome, ethically sourced produce to create their delicious sandys. The brunch offering includes deluxe breakfast rolls that you can feel good about – not to mention the avo toast– don’t worry, it definitely won’t set you back a mortgage. These guys also host monthly communal dinners to bring passionate foodies together to talk about, you guessed it – food.
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.