Elephant Boy Cafe
A quirky café on Bowral’s main street, Elephant Boy is a haunt for locals itching for a caffeine fix and escape from the daily grind. Walls lined with books and a busy array of knick-knack ensure your eye is consistently entertained make for a whimsical interior while a menu chocked with classic-café fare is a crowd-pleaser.
Renowned Biota Dining is more of an experience than merely a restaurant; deeply connected to it’s surroundings, Biota’s menu changes in line with farmers and growers to ensure that only the best, freshest produce makes its way to your plate. A five or seven course tasting menu is only improved with an in-house reservation meaning you can slink off to bed immeadiately after dessert.
Berrima General Store & Café
Working to bring the best of local produce to the fore, The General Store & Café in Berrima offers everything from coffee, cakes and scones to delectable homemade pies and quiche. Pick up something to take away from their daily to-go board as well as an any grocery essentials to stock the pantry.
A picture-perfect patisserie experience awaits you at Stone’s, where you’ll find a smorgasbord of cakes and pastries within the heritage walls of the bakery. Bringing a slice of Paris to charming Berrima, the all-day breakfast and lunch creations are perfected by the addition of an irresistible pastry to round out your meal.
Revered for their cool climate wines, PepperGreen Estate takes full advantage of Southern Highlands rugged terrain. Producing premium wine and olives along the slopes of Canyonleigh, PepperGreen’s cellar door and tasting room is conveniently located in historic Berrima village. The full dining menu and share board selection are designed to showcase PepperGreen Estate’s wine and olives.
Home no.9 Thai cuisine by Bangkok house
A newbie to Bowral’s dining scene, Home No.9 has fast become a foodie hangout. Part of the Bangkok House Group, their lunch and dinner menu encourages you to explore the traditional home-style dishes which are teeming with flavours of Southeast Asia. And it’s all perfectly paired with a stylish dining room along famed Bong Bong Street.
Grand Bistro Bowral
From sun up to sun down, Grand Bistro offers a beautiful dining experience along Bong Bong Street. The team behind Flat White Café in Sydney’s Woollahra have truly made a statement, with stylishly fresh interiors that complement the modern Australian menu (think seven-hour roasted lamb sandwich). If you’re planning a wedding, Grand Bistro’s Cellar Door and catering service is a must.
Kangaroo Valley Fudge House
Specializing in delectable artisan fudge without any nasties, Fudge House & Ice Creamery is a beloved Kangaroo Valley spot that has been satisfying the sweet tooth of locals and visitors for over 25 years. Sundaes laden with toppings are perfect when the mercury soars and the lolly room is the next best thing to heaven.
RAW & WILD Market & Cafe
Positioned at the top end of Bong Bong Street, RAW & WILD is a wholefood café-slash-fresh food market. They have an all-day menu that’s brimming with wholesome goodness, and they’re fully licensed (or you can BYO). The outdoor deck is the perfect place to refuel before shopping for dairy, meat, poultry and organic groceries. They have bulk bins filled with nuts, grains, mixes, Fair Trade coffee, plus so much more.
For a refined Italian affair, Onesta Cucina in Bowral is the venue to venture. The family owned and operated restaurant focuses on traditional Italian cuisine that takes advantage of exceptional local produce. Braised beef cheeks is the signature dish and you’d be wise to slowly make your way through their considered wine list.
The Press Shop Bowral
Inside out, this is one stunning café. The Press Shop combine their love for fine stationery with speciality coffee. The café is housed in the locally owned Bespoke Letterpress, which design and print stationery from vintage presses. Printed the old-fashioned way, peek through the window and watch how they preserve a centuries-old art form. Here, baristas serve Cultiver by 7 Miles Coffee Roasters and the chef has designed the menu around produce sourced entirely by local Southern Highlands small batch ...
The Friendly Inn Hotel
This irrefutably welcoming establishment is just the place for a warm reception to the spectacular Kangaroo Valley. The Family Bistro whips up Australian pub favourites, and the littlies will no doubt make a bee-line for the playground while you indulge in a post-lunch game of pétanque in the expansive beer garden.
For the love of pie…the team at this Kangaroo Valley venue are unabashedly obsessed with the meat and pastry combination, so much so that they’ve gone above and beyond to create the own array of inventive pies. From the classic slow cooked lamb and rosemary to the cheeseburger or chicken parmigiana pie you won’t be disappointed with the dishes at Southern Pies.
Keeping freshness and fun at the fore of their attention, this Bowral venue effortlessly sashays from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner without a hint of pretension or drama. Inventive, excellent quality fare by Joshua Huxtable that is best enjoyed when shared with friends in this vibrant space.
This quaint venue is all about the café classics, from the full breakfast and omelettes to the trusty steak sandwich there is something to suit everyone. The café’s homestead-style verandah offers the perfect vantage point to take in the comings and goings of the charmingly laidback Southern Highlands 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.’
With three locations in the region, Gumnut Patisserie is a quintessentially Southern Highlands haunt, boasting a vast range of traditional French pastries crafted daily. Be sure to be punctual with your visit, as afternoon patrons are often left to make do with the morsels remaining after lively morning mobs get their pick of the blissfully brimming display cases.
The Mill Bowral
Located inside a restored old mill along Bong Bong Street, The Mill Café has garnered a reputation for serving modern Australian dishes for breakfast and lunch. The space is ample and open but made cosy with a roaring fireplace. And the kids’ corner is a much-welcomed addition in an area suited for large groups.
The General Cafe
With a proclivity toward the sustainable, you’ll be doing yourself and the environment a favour by munching on the wholesome, hand-made fare at The General Café. Keep an eye on the ever-changing specials board and the Handcrafted selection ensures you can take some of The General’s gourmet pantry fillers home with you.
The Imperial Hotel & Motel
The Imperial Hotel is an undeniable crowd-pleaser. Situated in the heart of Bowral, The Imperial pleases every patron regardless of whether they’re popping in for a game of pool and a schooner or a glass of wine and a wood-fired pizza. Live music and a sleek, contemporary fit-out makes for a fantastic time with every visit
Gumnut Patisserie Bowral
Gumnut Patisserie in Bowral is a quintessentially Southern Highlands haunt, with three patisseries in the region. Boasting a wide range of traditional French pastries, be sure to get in early as lots of the delicious treats are sold out by the afternoon. From morning to afternoon there is a constant stream of people making their selection from the brimming display cases.
Surveyor General Inn
Founded in 1834, the Surveyor General Inn claims to be one of the country’s oldest continuously licensed Inns and you will certainly find a nourishing meal and crisp ale among the history-soaked walls of the pub. Settle in for a meal in the Bush Ranger’s Bistro or soak up some vitamin D with a rosé in hand on the verandah or beer garden benches.
A unique escape in the heart of the Southern highlands, the vegetarian buffet offered at Zen Oasis is an array of more than 30 oriental-inspired dishes from yum-cha, freshly wrapped sushi and enticing desserts. Be sure to wander around the gardens following your lunch to take in the stunning lake and surrounds.
Harry's On Green Lane
Opening onto a leafy boulevard, Harry’s on Green Lane is the kind of place that will have you lingering well into the evening. Open from 10 am for brunch, the menu is filled with classic, rustic provincial cuisine. The takeaway food bar, Green Lane Kitchen, serves takeaway coffee and meals, but why rush? Named after a famed botanist, the space is filled with lush plant life and exotic travel memorabilia.
Jing Jo Cafe Restaurant
Using produce sourced from local growers and suppliers - including gathering from their own garden – Jing Jo’s contemporary Australian and Thai fusion is a tribute to the region’s quality ingredients and dedication to sustainability. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s rotating exhibitions featuring local artists for an even greater feel for the area.