Braidwood & surrounds, NSW

Shop & eat your way around Braidwood NSW

By The Weekender Travel

September 10, 2020 | 4 minute read

Deadwood Cafe
Deadwood Cafe

With clear weather ahead (hopefully for a while) it's time to start planning your trips to the many safe regional destinations affected by the fires. One on the top of the list is Braidwood, the creative historic hub just an hour's drive out of Canberra. Meet the locals, enjoy top places to eat, shop and play, and continue to support this great community that is doing it tough this summer.

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.



Located in a restored terrace on the main street of Braidwood, Saloon is a one of a kind store that offers "clothing for the wild and wise". Featuring unique one-off handmade dresses, skirts and shirts designed to be fashionable as well as wearable, local dressmaker Dena Pezzano and stylist Jane Magnus have achieved their goal of making clothing  that combines practicality with style and a feminist edge. These trendy pieces are sure to make you feel gorgeous and confident. Stop in for a browse and leave with a treasure!

Gravitas vintage

Anyone who has been visiting Braidwood for a while will remember the eclectic Longbarn antique shop that used to be on the main road. Reborn as Gravitas vintage, just behind the Albion Cafe, it offers a unique range of French vintage, industrial  and architectural furniture and quirky objects for the home, business or work space. Think antique desks, chests, tables, garden urns and  much more. 

Sandalwood Homewares

Sandalwood can always be relied upon to offer a variety of interesting furniture, textiles and homewares lovingly hand picked from different places around the globe. With lovely staff to assist you as you browse the array of unique products, you’re sure to find a great gift, or addition to your wardrobe or home. From quirky chairs to vintage mirrors, Sandalwood has those special pieces that will add character and life to any space. Stop in and say hi!




Located in a re-furbished building just off the main street of Braidwood, Casanova is a great addition to the local foodie scene. Stylish and family run, the menu features delectable dishes focused on local produce and seasonal food. There's even an on-site veggie patch to give a burst of freshness to your meal. 

With a cosy wood fire and vintage armchairs, this is the perfect place to stop for lunch in the middle of a long drive or to unwind if you're visiting for the weekend. Be sure to try the all day breakfast or the Slow Braised Beef Short Rib Ragu. Yum!

Deadwood Cafe 

Now well established in the cafe scene, Deadwood in Duncan Street is all about delicious fresh food, great coffee, beautiful flowers and unique plants. With its earthy, rustic charm and friendly service, this trendy lunch spot is perfect for a meal or quick coffee. Lunch specials are often on offer - including delights such as mouth watering sushi, scrumptious ham and cheese toasties and healthy Buddha Bowls. 


Dojo Bread

This small, family-run bakery tucked away down an alley off the main street of Braidwood is renowned for its top-quality German style breads that range from dense rye sourdoughs to popular crusty white Vienna loaves. There's also great coffee and delicious lunch treats on offer such as baguettes, dips, cheeses and meats.

The Albion

With a well deserved reputation for great coffee, delicious cakes and treats, and fabulous fresh food - The Albion is a Braidwood icon. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, the Albion 's focus is on quality dishes that incorporate local, seasonal and free-range produce. 

There's also superb Lonsdale Street coffee, a range of organic teas and chai as well as organic juices and kombucha on offer. 

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