Berry is an easy day trip from the Southern Highlands, Illawarra and southern suburbs of Sydney. There’s only one small problem… how to fit everything into just one day! So here’s a few tips on our favourite things to do in Berry in one day.
The early bird gets the worm, so they say, and while worms do not appeal to us, breakfast in Berry certainly does, so we recommend an early start to the day arriving in Berry before 9am. With no shortage of great cafes in Berry, you will be spoilt for choice. Our top picks for breakfast are Family Tree Cafe, Hedgehogs Cafe, Milkwood Bakery, Queen Street Cafe, Salmon & Co Eatery, The Dairy Bar, The Garden Berry or The Hungry Monkey. If you don’t have time to stop, why not grab a takeaway coffee and a sweet treat on the run from iv coffee.
Once you have fuelled up, it’s time to hit the shops! Berry is packed with beautiful unique stores stocking everything from homewares and furniture, fashion and jewellery, antiques, art and crafts, books and music, plants and flowers, speciality foods and more. While several shops open at 9am, all are open by 10am.
Berry is also very well known for its markets, with several now on the monthly calendar. The original and mostly widely known is Berry Markets, held on the first Sunday of each month, except February. There is also the weekly Farmers’ Market held each Thursday, and the monthly markets at the Berry Bowling Club. Depending on the timing of your trip to Berry it may well coincide with one of these great markets.
After all that shopping, a lunch stop is in order. If you are eating on the run because, let’s face it, there’s still so much to do, there’s great wraps, sandwiches and more to eat in or takeaway at The Emporium or delicious pies, salads and more at Milkwood Bakery.
However, if your feet need a break, why not take a table and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Berry’s cafes, restaurants or clubs and pubs. There are various outdoor or indoor dining options and some venues are fully licensed so you can enjoy a beverage while you dine.
If you fancy heading slightly out of town for lunch we would highly recommend heading to one of the region’s wineries. All within 10 minutes drive of Berry, our top picks for wineries with restaurants are Mountain Ridge Wines, the historic Coolangatta Estate and Crooked River Wines.
Once you’ve finished lunch, make sure you pop into the winery cellar doors and see why the Shoalhaven is gaining a reputation for great wines. You must not forgot to visit Two Figs Winery and Silos Estate, two excellent wineries within easy driving distance of Berry, that are definitely worth visiting. Two Figs Winery is set high on a hill at with stunning views of the Shoalhaven River, while Silos Estate located offers a fantastic outlook over the vineyards and the resident alpacas. Closer to town there’s also the small yet lovely Woodhill Mountain Wines.
There’s plenty of scenic places to explore in and around Berry, whether on foot, by bike, car or kayak. For some of the many great ways to explore Berry click here.
By the afternoon you’re probably in dire need of a sweet treat or a coffee, so if you’re out of town we recommend heading back into Berry.
On your way back into town you don’t want to miss stopping at The Treat Factory, which is jam packed with locally made chocolates, confectionary, preserves and more. The Dairy Bar, next door, serves light meals, coffee, plus amazing milkshakes and locally made ice cream, from local cows. In fact, you can literally watch cows graze as you eat!
Another favourite spot for a sweet treat or afternoon tea is The Berry Tea Shop, with the most delicious homemade cakes and special tea blends. The interior is stunning, with a huge range of tea related homewares you’ll want (need) to take home.
The Berry Chocolatier is located nearby in Broughton Court with an amazing selection of handcrafted chocolates, hot beverages and gelato. Luckily there are plenty of chocolates beautifully presented and ready to take home as well.
Before you head home there’s just enough time to grab some extra supplies of local produce from the speciality food stores so your tastebuds can continue to enjoy Berry long after you’ve returned home.
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