THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
FOOD AND DINING GUIDE
The dining scene across the Highlands continues to flourish and offers an assortment of cuisines, healthy cafés, award-winning bakeries, farm-to-table dining and unique seasonal and local tasting experiences. Whether you are just passing through, planning your next weekend away or are a local foodie, we have selected our favourite speciality stores, cafés and dining experiences below.
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We are lucky to have this excellent cafe right next door to our Moss Vale Store.
Fresh, innovative menu, gorgeous light-filled space. Owner run, friendly staff. Perfect for dine in or takeaway.
405 Argyle St, Moss Vale NSW 2577
THE PRESS SHOP
Adore the Interior, and the exquisite Stationery. This the perfect space to browse while you wait for your coffee.
Mon – Fri 7am – 4pm
Sat - Sun 8am – 4pm
Kitchen closes 2pm
*Currenly serving Takeaway only
5/391-397 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
RUSH ROASTING CO.
Great Barista, consistently good coffee. Now in Moss Vale and Bowral.
Mon - Fri 6.30am - 3pm
Sat 6.30am - 1pm
The Grand Arcade 4, 293-295 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
FLOUR WATER SALT
Hands down the best Vegan and Vegetarian pies, tarts, take home meals and sourdough bread. For meat eaters there is also a wide range. Pastry is to die for!
Tuesday - Saturday 8am - 2pm
Sunday & Monday closed
374 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
Healthy, farm grown produce.
Couldn't be fresher. Lovely spacious cafe.
81 Illawarra Hwy, Robertson NSW 2577
BURRAWANG GENERAL STORE
A gorgeous Country Cafe. Lofty ceilings, delicious fresh baked produce and good coffee. Quaint Village atmosphere.
Mon - Fri: 8am - 11am: breakfast & takeaway
Sat - Sun: 8am - 2pm
11 Hoddle Street Burrawang, NSW 2577
THE EXETER GENERAL STORE
Exactly what you would hope for in a country cafe. Lovely atmosphere, good coffee, local produce and sunny courtyard right in the heart of delightful Exeter Village.
1 Exeter Rd, Exeter NSW 2579
THE POST OFFICE CAFE
An absolute favourite.
Friendly owners and team, beautifully decorated with fabulous attention to detail in all areas. Private room available for small functions.
Mon - Sun: 7am-3pm
1/249 Argyle St, Moss Vale NSW 2577
THE HOSPITAL SHOP
A hidden gem. This old weatherboard house with sunny deck offers delicious breakfasts, lunches, cakes and consistently good coffee.
4 Mona Rd, Bowral NSW 2576
NO. 9 THAI
Innovative Thai menu with lots of choice for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Super fresh, lovely atmosphere and welcoming owners. Takeaway available.
Mon-Sun: 11am-3:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Gibraltar Square, Shop 9, 328-332 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
SPRING OF LIFE
Our daily fix when renovating the Bowral store! Daily prepared, cooked to order, Asian style, vegetarian food. Perfect for quick takeaway or dine in with complimentary tea. Affordable, fresh and the best of it's kind in the Highlands.
3/391-397 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
Lovely atmosphere with delicious, healthy breakfasts and lunches. There is also an outdoor space for the warmer months.
Lunch: Tues-Sun 8:30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat: 5.30pm - 9.30 pm
The Grand Arcade 295-297 Bong Bong Street Bowral , NSW , 2576
The Highlands Best margaritas! Innovative Mexican and great vegetarian offerings.
Cute space with some outdoor dining options in the covered arcade exterior.
Tues - Saturday: 5 - 10pm
283 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
A true retro gem.
Yanni and his team serve consistently great burgers, pastrami sandwiches, hotcakes, fries and good coffee. The art deco American style diner atmosphere is one of the best in Australia.
Mon - Sun: 8am – 8:30pm
402-404 Argyle Street
Moss Vale NSW 2577
Passionate about Italian produce and wine, Sebastian has created a casual, family friendly and atmospheric dining room.
The restaurant is equally ideal for breakfast, lunch, coffee or a hearty dinner. Takeaway thin crust pizzas are also a great option for an easy night in.
Sun - Wed: 7am -5 pm
Thurs - Sat: 7am-9pm
Shop 3 ,Corner of Station and, Bowral St, Bowral NSW 2576
A must visit when staying in the Highlands.
We have dined in this welcoming weatherboard cottage and Turkish inspired restaurant many times along with enjoying a staff event.
The menu is creative, fresh, flavoursome, the service has never disappointed and it's equally enjoyable for lunch or dinner. It's hard to pass by the zucchini fritters!
Booking are recommended.
Thurs-Sat: 12pm-2pm, 6pm-9pm
9 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577
HORDERNS AT MILTON PARK
Historic country house hotel with established gardens and a mix of dining options with a French flavour.
Extensive wine list. Old fashioned charm.
200 Horderns Road, Bowral,
NSW, Australia, 2576
Housed within a 1800's stone cottage in the quaint Village of Berrima, the elegant decor and modern Australian menu creates a romantic atmosphere for that special lunch or dinner.
The Degustation menu with paired wines is fabulous (particularly the vegetarian menu).
Thurs: 6pm-11pm, Fri: 12pm-11pm
Sat: 8am– 11pm, Sun: 8am-late afternoon
24 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima NSW 2577
THE LOCH - TASTING ROOM
The Loch tasting room showcases a paddock to plate menu, which changes fortnightly.
Locally sourced produce, open fires in the converted barn and the verandah alfresco dining overlooks the pretty garden.
Loch grown produce can be purchased from their Farm Stall.
Open Sundays, 10am to 4pm
581 Greenhills Rd, Berrima NSW 2577
Every time I dine here I feel like I've arrived at Ralph Lauren's country home!
The fabulous bar with an open fire and broad gin menu is complimented by the spacious and nicely decorated dining room. The restaurant is ideal for both brunch, lunch and dinner.
We've had dinner for two through to our Work Xmas party and Training days here. Great staff. You can even stay and enjoy the newly renovated rooms and spa.
We especially love the house made bread and smoked butter!
6 David St, Bowral NSW 2576
Elegant dining space with a curated yet varied menu that utilises local seasonal produce.
Call ahead for delicious Vegetarian options. I love the crisp white tablecloths, candlelit atmosphere and excellent personalised service.
Incredible side orders and desserts with matched wines! A must try.
Lunch: Fri - Sun: 12pm - 2pm
Dinner: Thurs - Sat: 6pm onwards
2/249 Argyle St, Moss Vale NSW 2577
MOUNT ASHBY ESTATE
We had the most wonderful S.A.H Staff dinner at Mount Ashby Estate last year.
Chris and his team couldn't have created a better experience. We started with a game of boules on the lawn, cocktails on the terrace and then dinner for 16 in the French style restaurant, decorated by Chris's wife, the talented Antique Dealer Sally Beresford.
For winter months the open fire and view over the countryside is an ideal Sunday long lunch venue. Can't wait to return!
Closed Monday - Wednesday
Lunch: Thurs-Sunday: 11:30pm – 3pm
Wine & Grazing until 4.30pm
Dinner: Last Saturday of each month
128 Nowra Rd, Moss Vale NSW 2577
Elegant, Italian style cuisine with a spacious, warm interior and attentive service.
Several vegetarian options and delicious side dishes.
Mon - Saturday: 6pm-9pm
5 Boolwey St, Bowral NSW 2576
Fresh, flavoursome menu, authentic Japanese cuisine. Unique dining option of Japanese seating or Western seating. Excellent Vegetarian options and good service.
Lunch: Thurs - Sat: 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Tues - Sat: 5:30pm onwards
60 Bowral Rd, Mittagong NSW 2575
HARRY'S ON GREEN LANE
Atmosphere atmosphere atmosphere!
We have had some fabulous dinners at Harry's, soaking up the British Colonial interiors, open fire and greenery. The wine list is expansive and the concise menu offers classic provincial cuisine.
Dine alfresco in warmer weather or pop in enjoy an afternoon drink amongst the perfectly tended nursery garden, before browsing at S.A.H Bowral and Dirty Janes.
Hosts Chris, Maureen and their team are passionate about quality service and creating an excellent dining experience.
Drink & Dine: Set Menus
Mon-Sun: 2 lunch sittings: 12pm and 2pm
Friday-Sat: 2 dinner sittings: 6pm and 8pm
15-17 Banyette St,
Bowral NSW 2576
THE SOURCE BULK FOODS
Save the planet and shop locally at the Source for your everyday produce needs.
Bring your own containers and forget the packaging. Kombucha on tap, healthy snacks and organic products.
Mon-Fri: 9am– 5:30pm,
Sat: 9am-4pm, Sun: 10:30am-2:30pm
Springetts Arcade, 3/302 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576
MS PEACOCK CHOCOLATIER
A trip to Bowral wouldn't be complete without visiting this boutique hand crafted Chocolatier.
High quality, unique offerings, beautifully presented packaging, and therefore an ideal gift to give or an indulgent treat for yourself.
Ms Peacock only offers chocolates that are made with sustainable cacao and as many local producers ingredients as possible. Magical!
Shop 3b - The Acre, 391-397 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576