This year we’ve traveled a fair bit domestically and internationally but we also love the little trips within NSW. Whether it be heading away for a weekend up or down the coast, into the hinterland or wine regions, any excuse to get away and explore, we’re there.
Whenever we travel down to Bowral, we always take the opportunity to stop at the Press Shop Cafe. It’s a lovely spot for coffee and a brunch inside a letterpress shop. Don’t forget a pie or sweet from Gumnut Patisserie whilst you’re there.
On a trip to the South Coast, Destination NSW introduced us to a few new places which we loved. In particular, we were impressed by Bangalay Dining (within the Bangalay Villas) for their modern Australian menu showcasing the fresh produce and ingredients from the region. You can read more in our blog here.
In addition, we’d recommend visiting the town of Berry nearby and having brekkie at The Berry Sourdough cafe, their woodfired baked goods are a must.
You also cannot leave Berry without a cinnamon donut (or more) from the Berry Donut Van.
Undoubtedly some of the best donuts going around. In the beachside town of Gerroa we also found a great little cafe called Blue Swimmer Cafe, doing some very tasty baked eggs.
Blue Swimmer Cafe
Be sure to also check out the best fish and chips at Pelican Rocks Cafe in Greenwell point, for it has friendly staff and super generous portions! No wonder it was awarded best fish and chips in NSW.
We’d also recommend a visit to the shellar door for some of the best oysters we’ve eaten at Jim Wild’s oyster farm.
We also like heading down the coast to Merimbula to see our relatives and always stop at the outstanding Rick Stein restaurant at Bannisters in Mollymook along way. This is also listed on our fine dining list. You’ll find great seafood, cooked simply to highlight the natural proteins on offer.
On our last visit to the Sapphire Coast, we found a great new vegetarian cafe called Boneless, at Bermagui. In Tathra, beachside cafe Wild Orchid serves up a good brunch and coffee in a trendy little spot. We are looking out for all our friends in this region affected by the Bushfires. In the recovery from the fires, the region will need your support more than ever.
We drove up north for a friends baby shower and took the opportunity to have dinner in Newcastle and ate a delicious meal at Ethiopian restaurant Habesha. We haven’t had much of this cuisine before but thoroughly enjoyed the flavours here.
The Central Coast saw us visit two of our favourite out of town foodie experiences. Saddles at Mt White and The Bon Pavilion in Gosford. You can read more about each of these on our blog 1– for Saddles and blog 3– for The Bon.
Saddles is absolute gold mine and one of the most picturesque places we’ve been. The cafe and restaurant does beautiful rustic food with a bakery doing baked goods on site.
The Bon Pavilion in Gosford delivers food prepared by chefs Sean Connolly In a restaurant that has the most incredible high end and sophisticated fit out. Complemented by absolutely stunning food. Everything prepared to perfection. Modern Australian food, focusing on fresh proteins and sides.
So if you’re heading away to any of these places, do make sure you check our some of these noteworthy places making our best of 2019 list.