The Snowy Mountains in NSW is home to plenty of tucked away places to eat and drink, the kinds of restaurants where you might find a cosy fireplace, a menu filled with heart-warming meals, shelves stocked with homemade condiments or award-winning baked goods. Or possibly all of the above! Gems like these might not be obvious at first glance, so keep reading to find out more about the region’s tastiest and most secluded places to wine, dine or treat yourself…
Crackenback Farm, The Alpine Way
If you’re after an alpine atmosphere, look no further than Crackenback Farm, located just 10 minutes from Jindabyne. Partially hidden behind a hedge of mature pine trees, the restaurant can be hard to spot as you’re buzzing along the Alpine Way. Inside you’ll find a relaxed and welcoming space, an open fireplace in winter and a menu overflowing with French inspired cuisine.
Miss Heidi’s Austrian Tea House, Cooma
You’ll have to take a turn off the main road for this one! But the detour is certainly worth it. Miss Heidi’s Austrian Tea House is located at the top of Mt Gladstone and offers glorious views of the Monaro Plains from its outdoor seating. Indoors you’ll find traditional European décor and an intimate setting. On the menu there are plenty of Euro classics like kransky, sauerkraut and strudel however the shining star is definitely the freshly prepared veal schnitzel, served with salad and pan-fried potatoes.
The Nimmitabel Bakery, Nimmitabel
While the Bakery itself isn’t hard to spot (you’ll find it easily on the main street), Nimmitabel is a quaint, ‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ town located between Cooma and the Coast. Keep your eyes open because you definitely don’t want to drive past their famous pies! Oh, and something else you can’t miss? Next door to the Bakery is George, a giant elephant sculpture that was shipped to Nimmitabel from Bali by the owners!
Freddy’s Bakery, Bombala
If you love baked goods, another out-of-the-way destination worth a visit is Freddy’s Bakery, Bombala. Locals love the sausage rolls and huge variety of cakes and deserts, all lovingly prepared on-site. Freddy’s is the perfect place to stop for coffee, a treat or lunch as you’re touring the Snowy Mountains.
Iona Gardens Café and Nursery, Dalgety
The charming village of Dalgety is located on the banks of the Snowy River with a history dating back to the 1840s. Located just off the main street, Iona Gardens Café and Nursery is the top spot in town for morning tea, lunch or to pick up a gourmet condiment or two. You’ll also find essential groceries and a variety of gifts and homewares, all on offer amid a gorgeous, country garden setting.
Thredbo’s best kept secret is the aptly name Segreto, which means ‘secret’ in Italian. Now a late-night supper club, patrons can expect speak-easy vibes into the late hours of the evening. The menu has been carefully crafted with twilight grazing in mind; think delectable deli selections and antipasto platters! All accompanied by rich reds, delicate whites and hand-crafted cocktails. We would tell you the exact location…but that might spoil some of the fun! Segreto opens winter 2021!
There are plenty more places to eat and drink around the Snowy Mountains! Read more in our guide for food lovers.