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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set within the sprawling grounds of Bendooley Estate, Bendooley Dining offers flavoursome cuisine inspired by the seasons of the Southern Highlands. You can dine before walls laden with books in The Book Barn or make it an alfresco affair overlooking the elegant gardens. The space is open from 10am for morning coffee and cakes, lunch and evening sittings, there is also a cellar door on site. Bendooley Estate’s Cellar Door is a captivating venue that celebrates the visual beauty of ...
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.
Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse
Another establishment on Kangaroo Valley’s Moss Vale Road vying for your attention is the Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse, whose signature pies, pastries and bread are hand crafted on premises daily. In addition to their irresistible baked goods, a full café menu is available for those with a little more time on their hands.
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.
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.
Bistro ONE46 Kangaroo Valley
Authentic, seasonal, flavours worked through simple-yet-robust dishes bring out the best of local produce sourced by Chef Gerald Poelzl. Perfectly suited to a family outing, you can sidle up to the dining room’s fireplace during winter or bask under the verandah’s grapevines during the warmer months.
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 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.
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.
Flour Water Salt
With a mantra of keeping things simple, Flour Water Salt are the authority on sticking to a few things and doing them well. Their curated bread, cake, pastry and deli offering is perfected through quality ingredients, skilled producers and an unwavering passion to creating fresh goods that are simply too irresistible to refuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RAW & WILD Market & Cafe
Raw & Wild Market & Café is all about making wholesome, organic food delicious and accessible. A focus on sustainability means you can feel good about chowing down your weekend brunch, and the shelves of their market store is brimming with fresh and nutritious goods you can take home for the fam to enjoy.
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