Things to Do in Berry: A Foodie Getaway Guide
Just two hours' from the city, Berry is a charming country town that ticks all the right boxes: lush landscapes, beautiful backdrops, and a friendly village feel. It’s also a bonafide foodie destination – and it only takes one visit to realise why.
Here’s our definitive guide to eating and drinking in Berry. Bring your second stomach!
Savannah Café serves up traditional South African cuisine right in the heart of Berry. If you aren't familiar then try their sosaties (skewered beef infused with spices), and bobotie (lamb mince and turmeric rice), both authentic South African dishes. For a taste of everything, opt for the tasting plate for two.
A deli and café in one, Emporium Food Co is ideal for grabbing a coffee and freshly made goodies on-the-go. The café is open all day and they serve up a range of delicious sandwiches, salads and wraps. Pair your meal with a Toby’s Estate coffee and you've got all the right ingredients for the perfect day out.
Just off the main drag, Figbird Café serves up Euro-Australian fusion cuisine. For breakfast dine on Modern Australian classics like bacon and egg rolls or eggs Benedict, paired with quality coffee or Tielka tea. Come evenings, the café transforms into an Italian trattoria and you can expect the best of Mediterranean fare – think veal saltimbocca and pumpkin risotto.
This charming little tea shop-slash-tearoom is the go-to for a good old-fashioned morning or afternoon tea. A seriously cute café dishing up cakes and slices. Stop in for a scone and jam morning tea break.
The Berry Sourdough Bakery
Bread is one of life’s simple pleasures, and Berry does it well. The Berry Sourdough Bakery attracts a lot of buzz, and for good reason: its century-old building is a joy to curl up in, and the selection of artisan pastries, organic bread and great coffee are out of this world. If you're looking for 'quintessential' Berry, this it it.
Head to Milkwood Bakery and while you’re there you really need to order the sourdough (they’re renowned for it), or at the very least pick up a little treat for later from their selection of cakes and pastries.
Grocers & Markets
To stock up on local gourmet produce, drop into South Coast Providores. From relish and chutney to dukkah and jam, there are plenty of homemade delicacies to enhance your culinary catalogue. If you don't fancy yourself much of a cook, they also sell home-cooked meals – think beef and red wine pie and Grandma Mary's delicious baked pasta.
Every second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month you'll find local growers, producers and providores at the ever-popular Berry Produce Markets. Located in the park behind Queen Street, you can pick up everything from fresh produce, honey, plants and homemade soaps, scrubs, herbal remedies and candles.
With their retail store in the heart of Berry, Flavours Shoalhaven is all about providing local artisans with a platform to showcase their wares. Committed to the local area, all their products have been sourced within a 200km radius of Nowra – this includes Bega Valley eggs, Snowy Mountains trout and Eden smokehouse.
Known for their award-winning meats, the Berry Butchery has all your BBQ needs covered. From sausages and kebabs to free-range chicken and quality cuts of beef, they have everything to please even the most discerning carnivorous palate.
Sweets & Treats
A fixture on the scene for nearly 60 years, The Famous Berry Donut Van is the place to pick up a sweet treat. It serves up cinnamon doughnuts straight from the oven – is there any other way to eat them? – along with hot dogs, pies and coffee.
When the sun’s out, Berry Ice Creamery is the go-to for colourful ice-cream cones. If you are into candy more than ice cream, they stock a huge range of international treats, from Hersheys bars and Twinkies to unicorn cookies and Fun Dip.
While their gelato display makes choosing a flavour the hardest decision of the day, you can't go wrong with any decision made at Il Locale. The 70% cows milk gelato is delivered from The Pines in Kiama – and it doesn’t get fresher than farm fresh dairy.
For chocolate lovers, this country town is a slice of heaven. There’s the Berry Chocolatier (formerly Pompadour’s Chocolate House), the masters of gourmet, handmade chocolates. The salted caramel truffle is something special, and while you’re there, you may as well go all out and swap your daily coffee for a deliciously rich hot chocolate.
If you want to stock up on sweets, head to The Treat Factory. Located a few streets back from the main hub on Old Creamery Lane, its shelves are lined with all kinds of confectionery, chocolates and preserves.
Full of tasty treats, The Berry Bon Bon Sweet Shop is a sugar fiend's haven. With a huge range of international confectionery lining the store, take your time perusing the shelves. For treats made closer to home, they also sell handmade chocolates and homemade delights like rocky road and fudge. The perfect gift or travel snack for the drive home.
Come dinnertime, locals love SOUTH on Albany – a stylish yet casual spot with a Modern European menu. The chefs use seasonal and local produce, with tasty results – think beetroot and fig with truffle honey, pork cutlets with parsnip purée, and a pesto linguine. Equally as important: the wine list is extensive, too.
Located inside the Berry Motel, this charming, family-friendly restaurant offers elegant Mod-Oz dishes in a beautifully rustic dining space. For couples, you’ll also love eating in the candlelit dining room and sipping on some local red.
LEAF (otherwise known as Love Eating Asian Food) is the place to head if you literally love eating Asian food. Located in the historic Post Office, circa 1886, LEAF serves utterly delicious Thai-Vietnamese cuisine in a casual dining space.
A must-visit foodie destination on the South Coast, The Hungry Duck is a fine-dining Asian gem. Taking a ‘locavore’ approach to cooking, the veggies, herbs, duck, wagyu and alpaca – yes alpaca – are sourced from local producers. The dining space is intimate and the food is made for sharing – so be prepared to get up close and personal with your dining companion.
European in style and relaxed in vibe, Queen St Eatery is as beautiful as it is delicious. The locals love this refined restaurant and wine bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sitchu tip: come in for dinner and sample their French-influenced delicacies paired with a glass (or bottle) of French red.
Sitting pretty on Queen Street behind wooden barn doors, Salmon & Co is an eclectic café serving vintage style and smoked meats. Open for breakfast and lunch- with dinner sittings on Friday and Saturday, Salmon & Co is the perfect pit stop to fuel up on salads, sandwiches and meats before a big day exploring Berry.
The Great Southern is in the heart of town, and is essentially the local meeting place. Featuring fireplaces, a wraparound verandah, and a courtyard with a sandpit for the kids, this is the kind of pub where you head in for a long lunch, and stay on till dinner.
A charming spot to enjoy a bevvie, The Berry Hotel is a beloved local watering hotel. Whether you're stopping in for a drink or settling in for dinner, this historic pub is a gloriously cosy and lively hangout. If you’re peckish, try the Street Side Tapas Bar, or head to The Coach House for a hearty meal.
When you’re in the mood for a long, lazy lunch, head for the hills – and by that, we mean the rolling hills of Silos Estate vineyard. Its restaurant is award-winning, as is the cellar door. At Silos Estate Cellar Door, taste the flavours of the Shoalhaven region in their fully restored 1870s building.
The boutique winery produces wines that are equally as impressive as its stunning views overlooking the Shoalhaven River. Book in a tasting at the cellar door, and be sure to leave plenty of space in the car for a few cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
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