Cosy Corners – Hidden Places to Eat and Drink in the Snowy Mountains.

a selection of treats from Freddie's bakery
You can always find the tastiest selection of treats in country bakeries!

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.

Inside Crackenback Farm restaurant

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.

A view of Heidi's from the outside

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!

A pie from Nimmitabel Bakery

Shut The Gate Cellar Door & Providore, Berridale

Now it may not be hard to find being right on the main road, but the beautiful full vine covered front facade definitely alludes to something special hidden away. Award winning cool climate wines, a gourmet providore for your DIY cheese board and a gorgeous one-of-a-kind vintage interior awaits when you step inside this timber clad cellar door. Choose a seat by the fire places in the cosiest of lounge suites, at the timber tasting bar or simply head into the garden to enjoy some sunshine by the fountain.

You’ll find us with a DIY cheese board in front of the fire!

Maru Fish & Chips, Bredbo

You can drive through the main street of the charming village of Bredbo in under two minutes, so you would be forgiven for totally missing one of the Snowy Mountains best kept secrets, Maru. Perhaps an unlikely spot to find a fish and chip shop, Maru offers an ever changing dine in menu with specials that reflect the freshest produce available weekly. Hailing from Eden on the South Coast from a long line of commercial fisherman, owner Sam knows a thing or two about seafood having been around it all her life. ‘Maru’ means safe circle of travel and is the name of her Grandfather’s fishing boat. His handmade lobster pots are hanging on the restaurant walls. Enjoy an impressive menu of gourmet seafood meals and a carefully curated wine menu.

There are plenty more places to eat and drink around the Snowy Mountains! Read more in our guide for food lovers.

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