By Jemma Mrdak
September 9, 2020 | 5 minute read
Dirty Janes Emporium
Ask any Sydneysider where's a great place to go for a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend away, and a common answer is bound to be "The Southern Highlands".
And they’re so right!
The Southern Highlands IS the perfect place for a romantic getaway, a weekend away with family or friends, or even just some alone time.
Best known for it’s picturesque location, stylish boutiques, great antique stores and delish gourmet cafes and restaurants, the Southern Highlands is the perfect spot for a quick day trip, or weekend stay. Take a squiz at my top tips on where to visit when you’re next in the area.
* 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.
Where to shop
Dirty Jane’s is the ideal spot for a touch of vintage shopping. Here you’ll find 75+ dealers spread across 3 large warehouses offering a range of antique and vintage furniture, lighting, clothing, jewellery, books and much more.
You can easily spend a good hour here looking around and it's hard not to find a few treasures to bring home.
More than just a jam shop, The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop offers a unique and extensive range of quality, hand made products, many of which are created in their Berrima kitchen or sourced from passionate suppliers throughout regional Australia.
This is the perfect place to visit if you want to stock up, or purchase a delicious and thoughtful gift for someone else.
With its dark walls, industrial ceiling and mood lighting, Nest & Burrow offers a unique shopping experience.
With gifts sourced from far and wide, browse through the various themed rooms to find truly eye-catching and one of a kind items.
Suzie Anderson Home
With a store in both Moss Vale and Bowral, Suzie Anderson Home is an emporium of 10 rooms that hosts modern, elegant, rustic and timeless pieces for those that love creating their home. Both stores stock furnishings, candles, dinnerware, lighting, fashion, accessories, fragrance, rugs, books, even pet accessories! All designed to bring beauty to our daily lives.
Take a drive out to Bendooley Estate to visit The Berkelouw Book Barn. The Barn is definitely a paradise for book lovers, authors, artists and visitors. Built early last century, the iconic Book Barn is both the HQ of Berkelouw Books and the centrepiece of Bendooley Estate. As one of Australia’s most atmospheric bookstores, it showcases endless rows of rare books under cathedral ceilings, and there's even a stone fireplace - perfect for perching at with a glass of wine and a good book.
Where to eat
Built in 1867, Burrawang General Store has developed from a traditional general store to a culinary destination for locals, as well as visitors to the Southern Highlands. Open Sunday- Thursday, the Burrawang General Store Cafe prepares and serves a high quality and innovative menu with an emphasis on local produce. Relax in the middle of the warm and inviting cafe, and admire the interior which is filled with old General Store memorabilia and gorgeous timber features.
Located behind a stunning blue door, The Press Shop is both a great cafe and a stationers selling gorgeous stationary from the flagship business, the Bespoke Letterpress. The cafe serves speciality coffee and a delicious menu focused on bringing to the table fresh, seasonal produce from local small batch producers. Expect great atmosphere, friendly staff and food that tastes out of this world!
Harry’s On Green Lane
You’ll be absolutely blown away when you step inside this well-regarded local establishment. Open daily for brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks and everything in between, Harry’s is a must visit when you're in town. There's seating in the leafy Green Lane boulevard, where the bar is filled with plant life and exotic travel memorabilia. Inside offers an elegant interior with books lining the rooms and tables scattered through the charming Raffles like environment. Oh and did I mention that the food and wine is some of the best in the region?
Eschalot is one of the finest restaurants in the Southern Highlands. Located in the historic village of Berrima, Eschalot consistently delivers great cuisine crafted from high quality fresh produce, as well as professional and friendly service. Set in an elegant and relaxed environment, Eschalot has been the recipient of countless awards, including 11 prestigious chef hats! Wow!
Situated just minutes from the centre of Bowral, Centennial Vineyards Restaurant is set amongst stunning vines and is ideal for a lazy Sunday lunch, drinks with friends, or even high tea! The menu is seasonal and features produce sourced from the surrounding region. After lunch, take a walk through the vineyards and learn about the wines made on site by winemaker Tony Cosgriff.
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