5 cosy cafes to try in the southern highlands before winter ends
The Southern Highlands has more to offer than its charming towns, luscious rolling hills and idyllic national parks: it also has a vibrant café scene that will impress even the most seasoned city folk. With a chillier climate, the Highlands has an abundance of warm, cosy and inviting cafes that use local farms’ organic produce to create delicious and hearty comfort foods, perfect for any winter escape. Here are five of our favourite Southern Highlands cafes to settle in, sip on a warm drink and relax on a winter’s day:
1. Berrima General Store
Shop 1, 13 Old Hume Highway, Berrima | (02) 4877 1225
A colonial-style café with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel at home immediately. Enjoy a cup of excellent coffee or a home-made Devonshire tea with a range of delectable cheeses, preserves and home-made baked goods. The scones, pies and quiches are a must and pair exceptionally well with a refreshing glass of Highlands Water. Or, if you’re feeling like something more substantial, the list of mains is extensive, with an Italian twist on local produce.
2. The Press Shop Bowral
391 – 397 Bong Bong Street, Bowral | thepressshop.com.au/contact/
If you love fresh, seasonal organic produce straight from the earth, look no further than The Press Shop. With a country charm and cute country farmhouse aesthetic, you’ll instantly feel warm and cosy. Come on the weekend for the perfect family brunch – you’ll be spoiled for choice with the mouth-watering seasonal list of brekky and lunch classics, even if you’re gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. The excellent coffee is just a bonus.
3. Moonacres Kitchen
Shop 6/7, 79-81 Hoddle St, Robertson | (02) 4885 1788
Local food at its finest, Moonacres delivers quality organic produce fresh from the farm to the table. The interiors are a perfect blend of cosy old oak and refined, modern finishes. The menu is all locally sourced and changes day-to-day, based on what’s ripe on the vine. The portions are tasty, generous and delicately flavoured with fresh herbs and spices. If you’re too full to try the selection of rustic sourdoughs and warm, flaky pastries, be sure to take some home to nibble on later.
4. Glass Café
118 Main Street, Mittagong | (02) 4872 2640
Quirky and fun, the Glass Café often has live music and always features local artist’s work on the walls. Colourful furniture, crockery and cosy couches create the ultimate relaxed atmosphere. The all-day breakfast and lunch menu is perfect for a late start to the day, while the freshly-baked treats are the ideal comfort snack. Looking for something different? The café also offers an array of alpaca meat dishes served Middle Eastern style – a must try for the adventurous eater.
5. Burrawang General Store
11 Hoddle Street, Burrawang | (02) 4886 4496
Built in 1867, the Burrawang General Store is a local institution with a rich heritage. It’s anything but general and is fast becoming a culinary icon of the Southern Highlands. The menu offers a range of innovative, sweet and savoury options, combining local produce with an international twist. Sit inside and enjoy the central fireplace created a cosy ambience on a chilly morning, or if its sunny outside, relax on the wooden veranda or the recently revived botanical garden at the rear of the store.
Highlands Water comes directly from the Southern Highlands, the home of this delicious produce, wine and stunning scenery. The water is naturally purified by rich mineral sandstone deep below the earth under the town of Burrawang. The fresh country air, gushing waterfalls and tranquil natural scenery truly come to life on each sip. For more information about Highlands Water, contact us today.
Photo sourced from Moonacres Kitchen