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Heading to the coast this Easter weekend? There’s plenty more than sun and surf to explore—there are also some amazing culinary adventures to be found.
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FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
Berry Sour Dough Café – Berry
Inside the century-old premises, you’ll find freshly baked European-style pastries, cakes and savoury treats, with Artisan sourdough breads baked in two big wood fired ovens. Serving breakfast and lunch, the heart of the café is reflected in the simplicity and warmth of the rustic barn-like premises.
109 Queen Street, Berry | (02) 4464 3033 | Open 6am to 3pm seven days a week | berrysourdoughcafe.com.au
The Berry Tea Shop – Berry
The Berry Tea Shop is dedicated to all things tea — teapots, cups, cozies, cards and, of course, loose-leaf tea. Browse the collection or sit and sip on a cup of their exquisite tea with a slice of cake or freshly baked scones with Cuttaway Creek jam and cream.
66 Albert Street, Berry | 02 4464 1218 | Open 10am to 5pm seven days | theberryteashop.com.au
World Famous Fish and Chips – Huskisson
This one gets 10/10 for location and taste. Grab a bundle before you head off for a spot of whale watching or take it to the big park next to Moona Moona Creek where it’s shallow, shady and family friendly with BBQs and amenities.
54 Owen Street, Huskisson | 02 4401 1933 | Open 10am to 7pm seven days a week |facebook.com/worldfamousfishandchips
Cupitt’s – Milton
Cupitt’s Winery and Restaurant is a must do if you’re after a south coast foodie experience. Their restaurant is perfect for date night or special occasions, with delicious three-course menus that pair modern Australian dining with their very own wine.
Picturesque and romantic, Cupitt’s is a great day out, road trip, or perhaps even a sneaky overnight break from the kids in their boutique accommodation…
58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla | Phone 02 4455 7888 for reservations | Cellar Door Monday to Thursday 11am until 4pm, Friday to Sunday 11am until 5pm or by appointment | Vineyard Kitchen: Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm–2.00pm (2.30pm on Sunday), Dinner: Friday – Saturday, 6pm–8.30pm | cupitt.com.au
Flour Water Salt – Milton
A coastal bakery that’s a cut above the rest. The sourdough is out of this world. A decadent pit stop if you’re taking the Old Braidwood Road and driving down the coast.
87 Princes Highway, Milton | 02 4454 2504 | Open Tuesday to Saturday 8am until 3pm | flourwatersalt.com.au
Pilgrims Vegetarian Café – Milton
The entire HC office agrees that this is a must-do if you’re staying around Milton – or if even if you’re not!
Don’t be fooled by the name – Pilgrims’ version of vegetarian is not a salad-leaves-and-kale type of affair. All of their dishes are generous and absolutely delicious. Out favourites include their Pancakes With The Lot, Bliss Burger and Soft Tacos (yes, they have an entire Mexican section of their menu, get excited).
Shop 8/9, ‘The Settlement’, Princes Highway, Milton | 02 4455 7100 | Open Monday to Friday 9am until 3pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am until 3pm and 5:30pm until close for Mexican nights Friday and Saturday | pilgrims.cafe
Rick Stein at Bannisters
The iconic Rick Stein at Bannisters restaurant highlights incredible, fresh local seafood to produce unforgettable dishes bursting with flavour, prepared in Rick Stein’s beloved style.
Perched high up on a breathtaking sweep of south coast headland, Rick Stein at Bannisters combines a relaxed restaurant vibe, sprawling ocean views and fresh seasonal ingredients to create a truly memorable dining experience.
The Fish Shop at Burrill Lake – Burrill Lake
Arguably serving the South Coast’s best fish and chips, The Fish Shop also dishes up wonderfully fresh oysters—not to mention a mean potato scallop!
Love sourdough? Be sure to stop in at Lagom Bakery next door!
107 Princes Highway, Burrill Lake | Open 11am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday, and 11am til 6.30pm on Friday and Saturday | facebook.com/thefishshopburrilllake
East Lynne Store – 15km North of Batemans Bay on the Princes Highway
So worth the drive for their pies, wherever you’re staying on the coast. These pies are so legendary they were even voted #1 Pie on the Coast by Tim the Yowie Man for Traveller. Now that’s an endorsement.
The best part about this store is the no-frills approach – just order your piping hot pie, decide on your sauce (or whether you’d like fresh cream if you’re grabbing one of their cherry or apple pies, which are highly recommended by the author) and tuck in. No one is expecting you to eat with cutlery here.
East Lynne Store is attached to a petrol station so this would make a good fuel stop (of both kinds) if you’re travelling from north to south or even back to Canberra via the Kangaroo Valley from Batemans.
F3050 Princes Highway, East Lynne (10-15 minute drive North from Batemans Bay) | Call 02 4478 6050 for opening hours
Oyster Shed – Batemans Bay
On the banks of the mighty Clyde River, The Oyster Shed is a “farm gate for fresh oysters sold direct to the public”. Prized for their taste, Clyde oysters are well known and this is one of the best places to sample them.
You can buy oysters to take home or enjoy them at the Shed. They also sell a range of condiments that have been hand picked for their complementary nature to the oysters.
Wray Street, Batemans Bay | 02 4472 6771 | Open 9am-5pm seven days a week | www.oystershed.com.au
Sam’s Pizzeria On The Waterfront – Batemans Bay
Sam’s is hearty Italian at its best and one of my favourite places for date night on the South Coast. I like to order a bunch of entrees, pasta and pizzas to share with a bottle of wine (of course).
The service is always friendly too, even when they’re under the pump. The best seats in the house are out the back, facing the Marina. Book around sunset, sit back on their comfy benches and indulge.
3 Orient St, Batemans Bay | Call 02 4472 6687 to make a reservation| Open from 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday to Sunday and from 12-2pm on Fridays for lunch | samspizzeria.wixsite.com/samspizzeria
The Bayview Hotel – Batemans Bay
Family owned and operated, the Bayview Hotel prides itself on being a place that provides quality food, cold beer and delicious wines. Stay the night, choose from the modern menu and enjoy food that has been made using only the freshest ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere. They also have gluten free options available!
20 Orient St, Batemans Bay | 02 4472 4522 | facebook.com/bayviewhotelbatemansbay
Sandbar Restaurant Batehaven
Sandbar is Chef David Tinker’s first restaurant, after a career that includes working with 3 Michelin star Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Receiving its first hat in January 2018, it combines the finest produce from the south coast with French techniques and Japanese inspiration.
Level 1, 62 Beach Road, Batemans Bay | Call 0418 411 940 for reservations | Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast, and Wednesday to Saturday for dinner | quayshotel.com.au
Stingrays Ocean Grill – Batemans Bay
One for the families, Stingrays doesn’t just serve a kids menu, they have an entire enclosed kids play area, complete with iPads!
Even if you don’t have little ones to entertain, you’ll love their enormous servings, air conditioning and friendly service. This is the perfect place to step up your seafood game in a casual environment, with Blue Swimmer Crab, Jalapeno Squid and Balmain Bugs on the menu. I once struggled to finish a Reef and Beef between two people there…if that doesn’t motivate you to try it, I don’t know what will.
4/1 Clyde Street, Batemans Bay | Call 02 4472 3669 for reservations and opening hours | www.facebook.com/pg/stingraysbb
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Raymond’s at Malua Bay – Malua Bay
Serving the community since 1989 Raymond’s is an iconic of the South Coast! Relaunching in October 2020 after the Chinese restaurant was destroyed in the Black Summer fires, the delicious food can now be found at a brand new water front location.
Shop 3, 4 Kuppa Avenue, Malua Bay | Open Tuesday–Sunday 11:30am–2:30pm (Lunch) and 5:30pm-9:30pm (Dinner) | 02 4471 3848 | raymondsatmaluabay.com.au
The Rivermouth Café – Tomakin
A hipster home away from home, this surf-themed store and café does fantastic breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks. Their cakes are homemade and delicious while their burgers and brekkies are value for money and filling.
If you’re looking for something breezy and easy, their smoothies and juices will hit the spot. If you’re stuck for a cute and unique gift, their selection of surf and beach-related books, knick knacks and accessories are perfect.
101 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin | 02 4471 7272 | Open from 8am-2pm Thursday to Friday and 8am-3pm on the weekend | facebook.com/therivermouthcafe
The Mossy Café (Formerly the Muffin Shop) – Mossy Point, Broulee
A South Coast institution, The Mossy Café serves breakfast, lunch, coffee, smoothies and sweets (like their fantastic mega muffins) to an adoring public, which is a nice way of saying that lines can get pretty long around lunch.
Luckily, there’s plenty of shady seating and magazines for you to read while you wait for food. Also great for takeaways to bring down to the beach or lagoon!
31 Pacific St, Mossy Point | 02 4471 8599 | Open 7:30am-3pm seven days a week | www.themossy.com.au
The Gundary Bakers – Moruya
This little gem is tucked away in suburban Moruya, away from the hustle and bustle of main street. As the little sister to Bodalla Bakery, the menu is full of delicious fresh food like summer salads, pies and breads. But if you’re craving something sweet, we recommend the homemade cakes and muffins—you wont be disappointed!
13 Campbell Street, Moruya | 02 4474 3275 | Open 7.30am-3pm Tuesday-Friday, 8am-2pm Saturday and 8am-1pm Sunday. Closed Monday.
The River – Moruya
Take the ambience of an exceptional environmentally sensitive building located on the southern bank of the peaceful Moruya River, with its northerly views to the mountains of the Deua National Park, add one talented and passionate young chef, Peter Compton, fresh regional produce and you have the ingredients for a quintessential Australian South Coast dining experience, the River Moruya.
16b Church Street, Moruya | 02 44740340| Open 7:30am -3pm Monday to Friday| therivermoruya.com.au
Queen Chow – Narooma
Located at The Whale Inn, Queen Chow brings classic Cantonese dishes inspired by the freshest south coast produce.
On a warm day save room for fried ice cream and enjoy.
102 Wagonga St, Narooma | 02 9114 7395 | Open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm-late, Saturday 12pm-3pm and 5pm-late | merivale.com
The Inlet – Narooma
The Inlet is a top local spot for freshly caught fish, the best hot chips and all the rest.
12b Riverside Dr, Narooma | 02 4476 3496 | Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11:30am-7pm and Friday, Saturday 11:30am-8:00pm | merivale.com
Yes, it’s another Merivale venue—Lynch’s is the latest acquisition of the Sydney hospitality giant. With indoor/ outdoor dining areas and a classic bar, Lynch’s is serving up pub classics from a heritage pub, built in 1895.
And if you’re missing the delicious Nepalese cuisine of Wildfire (until recently at Lynch’s), it’ll soon be setting up shop in Campbell Street, where Sorriso Italian used to be.
135 Wagonga St, Narooma | 02 9114 7387 | Open seven days, 10am to late Monday to Saturday (10pm on Sunday) | merivale.com
The Oyster Farmers Daughter Oyster Bar
Serving up fresher-than-fresh Coxons oysters from a boutique trailer on the shores of the Wagonga Inlet, The Oyster Farmers Daughter also offers fresh fish and fries, prawn buckets, fresh lobster, cocktails, juices, batch coffee and more.
The Quarterdeck – Narooma
The Quarterdeck has been known by locals as a place to catch up and celebrate for almost 20 years. Grab a banana daiquiri, watch the sun set, and enjoy a menu that champions the freshest product the South Coast has to offer.
13 Riverside Drive Narooma | 02 9114 7389 | Open Wednesday to Thursday from 5pm-late and Friday to Sunday from 12pm-late | merivale.com
Surfbeach Café – Narooma
Located right by the beach, watching the sunrise with a coffee and brekkie burger in hand never sounded so good. There’s even an icecreamery that’s fully functional from 6am!
38 Ballingalla St, Narooma | Open Wednesday to Sunday from 7am-2.30pm | facebook.com/sbcnarooma
Tuross Boatshed and Cafe -Tuross
Deliciously fresh fish and chips perfect for eating with your hands after a morning at the beach.
93 Trafalgar Road, Tuross Head | 4473 8127 | Open Sunday to Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday to Saturday 8am-7pm | turossboatshed.com.au
Rose and Sparrow Café and Tea Rooms – Tilba
Aside from this shop’s adorable interior featuring every single cup, saucer and teapot you could ever want to buy, from delicate china to chunky animals (really!), their outdoor deck is a Hamptons-esque escape and the perfect place to enjoy some of their delightful Devonshire tea. It comes with a very generous serving of homemade scones, jam and fresh cream and, of course, tea or coffee.
4 Bate Street, Central Tilba | Call 04473 7229 for opening hours
Bermagui Gelati Clinic – Bermagui
A Bermy institution, the Gelati Clinic is named after it’s old premises a street away, which used to be the town’s veterinary clinic.
Their waterfront location caters for their incredible year-round popularity with a big airy space perfect for lining up in while you contemplate whether you’ll go for the classic Chocolato or Vanille or whether you’d prefer to sample the Apple Pie Gelati or even Cumquat or Finger lime?
73-79 Lamont Street, Bermagui | Open 9:30am-5pm 7 days a week | facebook.com/BermaguiGelatiClinic
The Wharf Locavore – Tathra
Featuring a gorgeous selection of ready to eat antipasto, locally-made preserves and with one of the best seats in town (right on the famous Tathra Wharf), you can’t go past the Locavore for a light lunch or morning tea.
On hotter days, the wharf turns into one big jumping/diving contest—make sure you pencil in a spot of ray-watching under the wharf too.
Wharf Road, Tathra | 0438 762 175 | Open Wednesday to Sunday 8am-4pm
Dulcie’s Cottage – Merimbula
From the team who arguably started the speakeasy trend with their Shady Pines Saloon in Sydney comes Dulcie’s Cottage. You’ll find one of the coolest South Coast bars inside an unassuming weatherboard cottage in Merimbula.
60 Main Street Merimbula | Open 5pm-11pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 12pm-11pm and Sunday 12pm-10pm dulcies.com.au
Valentina – Merimbula
With views of Merimbula Lake, the menu at Valentina is designed to share with a strong focus on seafood.
Choose from stracciatella with peaches, scallops in half shell with sea urchin sauce and more.
Upstairs, 2 Market Street, Merimbula | Open for dinner Thursday to Sunday 5pm-10pm and for lunch Saturday and Sunday 12pm-5pm | valentinamerimbula.com
Beach Bar Kiosk – Merimbula
Right on the beach is where we want to be at all times and the Beach Bar Kiosk is here to make it happen. The little kiosk/café is right on Merimbula’s bar beach, serves delicious simple food and great coffee. Order a sriracha baked tofu bowl and take in the stunning views while you eat.
Bar Beach, off Lake Street, Merimbula | Open 7 days 7.30am – 2pm | facebook.com/barbeachkiosk
Banksia – Pambula
Fine dining in the ambience of The Old Pambula Bank, a heritage-listed building and local landmark, from Huw and Renee Jones—formerly of award-winning Merimbula restaurant, Zanzibar Cafe.
22 Quondola Street, Pambula Village | Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday, and Sunday Lunch | Call 6495 7172 for reservations | banksiarestaurant.com.au
Longstocking Brewery – Pambula
Pambula’s first craft brewery, producing delicious, handmade brews on site. Perfect for a post-surf catch up.
3546 Princes Highway, Greigs Flat | 0407 691 640 | facebook.com/longstockingbrewery
Wheelers Seafood – Pambula
Wheelers boasts contemporary Australian cuisine featuring a fusion of flavours and the freshest local seafood. Serving Wheeler’s own Merimbula Lake oysters, the farm-to-plate experience comes full circle within the architecture of reclaimed wharf timber, high ceilings and stunning coastal bush surrounds.
Oaklands Cafe – Pambula
Listed in the 2012 and 2013 Good Food Guide, Oaklands is a must try while in Pambula. Run by a dedicated team of talented locals, the café serves delicious, house-made breakfasts and lunches where a seasonal and wholesome focus influences the regularly changing menus. They also serve sweet treats that can be enjoyed in the sunny courtyard or inside beside the cosy wood fire in winter.
3546 Princes Hwy, Pambula | Open Monday to Sunday 9am-4pm| 02 6495 7373 | oaklandsbarn.com/cafe
Wild Rye’s Bakery – Pambula
Purveyors of fine artisan breads, baked goods and coffee, Wild Rye’s has delicious range of coffee, cakes, pies, pastries, breads and more.
26 Quondola St, Pambula | Open Monday to Friday 6:30am to 4pm and 6:30am – 2:30pm Saturday | (02) 6495 6649 | wildryes.com.au
Toast Café – Pambula
Situated where the highway narrows in historical Pambula, Toast Café has fresh, creative, seasonal and local food available to eat in or takeaway. Make a special trip in a Wednesday to enjoy one of their Mexican nights or try some local drops featured on their drinks list.
3/25 Quondola St, Pambula | Open Monday to Sunday 8am – 2pm and Wednesday 5:00pm – 7:30pm for dinner | 02 480 170 648 | toastpambula.com.au
Keep an eye out for this one – Mr Salubrious is on wheels to bring the best tacos on the South Coast to you! You need to keep an eye on their Facebook page to see where they will be next, but with choices like pumpkin tacos, Mexican street food, and fresh juice, it’s a challenge we’re willing to accept.
Feature image: Via the Valentina Facebook page.