February 3, 2019 / By Bridget Donovan
Braidwood is going through a growth spurt! New cafes and shops are popping up next to the tried and true establishments we've come to know and love. So whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, heading there for a special event or just taking a break on your way to the coast, here are my top picks for the places to check out in brilliant Braidwood.
Shop - Saloon (above)
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!
Eat - Casanova
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!
Shop - 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!
Eat - Deadwood Cafe (above)
New to the cafe scene, Deadwood cafe in Duncan Street is all about delicious fresh food, great coffee and beautiful flowers and plants. With its earthy, rustic charm and friendly service, this trendy lunch spot is perfect for a quick meal or slow coffee with friends and family. Lunch specials are always on offer - from mouth watering sushi, scrumptious ham and cheese toasties to healthy Buddha Bowls. Deadwood cafe might be new in town but its owner Dee Allchin certainly isn't - having formerly run The Fickle Pickle. Stop by, grab a tasty treat and check out the fresh flowers and plants while you're there. You won't regret it!
Shop - Mr. Mr (above)
Mr. Mr began life as a pop-up in Braidwood and has now migrated to new premises where it intends to stay (yeah!). Showcasing stunning jewellery made by local, national and international designers, the offerings are original and elegant. Add to this a selection of trendy swimwear and accessories and you're missing something great if you don't stop in for a browse. It's the perfect place to find a special gift to spoil yourself, or get your Christmas shopping over early by looking for something wonderful for friends or family. They will love you for it!
Eat - 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. My picks - the mushroom and baked ricotta or shredded chicken salad for lunch . Always an ideal stop!
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