Breakfast in the Southern Highlands never disappoints. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite and coffee on the way to work, or you’re after a leisurely brunch, the Highlands has you covered.

Here’s my round up of the best breakfast places the Southern Highlands has to offer. 


Station Coffee House 

This divine cafe has lovely coffee and delicious food, both prepared with love.  The service is friendly and the staff accommodating, whether you’re there with little ones, a big group or eating alone. I love its quirky interior, with the Penny Farthing on the wall and a choice of communal seating, or a table for yourself.

The Station House in Mittagong.

The Shaggy Cow 

A Mittagong staple, this serves up hearty traditional breakfast fare all day. Think: Eggs Benedict with House Made Sourdough and Vegetarian Rolled Omelette made with local free-range eggs. Lighter offerings include scones, muffins and seasonal fruit. Vegan requests and other dietary requirements are easily catered for. The Shaggy Cow is also licensed, so you should be able to order a Mimosa or a Bloody Mary if you so desire.

The Shaggy Cow in Mittagong.

Four Seasons Bistro 

Famed for its mouth-watering vegetarian and vegan meals, even the most ardent meat eaters will love the food here. Don’t miss the ‘Very Vegan’, a generous serving of vegan sausages, Four Season spiced beans, ‘cheesy’ onion potato cake, garlic mushrooms and balsamic roasted tomato. 

The ‘Very Vegan’ breakfast at Four Seasons in Mittagong.

Coffee Culture 

A Bowral staple for years, owner Chris recently opened another cafe in Mittagong. Both eateries are renowned for superb coffee – the beans are roasted on the premises and available to purchase and take home. As for breakfasts, they’re hearty and delicious. The Special Club Sandwich is an absolute favourite. Also, grab the house made Cocoa Chia Coconut Bliss Balls, a healthy, vegan-friendly sweet snack that are also gluten- and sugar-free.

Special Club Sandwich at Coffee Culture in Mittagong and Bowral.
Cocoa Chia Bliss Balls at Coffee Culture in Mittagong and Bowral.


Raw and Wild Market and Cafe 

This is great for the more health conscious amongst us. Even if that’s not your focus, you’ll still love their breakfasts. There’s emphasis on local and organic, with plenty to satisfy meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Those who have to (or just prefer to) eat gluten-free are well looked after here, too. Raw and Wild is also super dog-friendly, with a spacious courtyard out the back and even a doggie menu! 

Poached Pear and Buttermilk Pancakes at Raw and Wild in Bowral.

Early Bird Café 

Perfect for early starters, anyone who has to commute to work, or those who simply want a take-out cuppa to go with their morning power walk. This little ‘hole in the wall’ is renowned for speedy service, stellar tea and coffee and one of the best bacon and egg rolls in the district. Located near the junction of Bong Bong and Merrigang Streets in Bowral, it’s open from 5am, seven days a week.

Early Bird Cafe in Bowral is great when you need to grab breakfast or coffee on the go!

Janek’s Café 

Located in Corbett Plaza, this is a cosy little eatery offering hearty morning meals. The European style coffee is strong and hot, just as we like it, and the service is friendly and efficient. Don’t miss the signature French toast, served with the traditional side of bacon and maple syrup! 

The Press Shop

Located on the corner of Bowral and Bong Bong Streets in the Acre complex, The Press Shop has a seasonally changing menu boasting the best produce from across the Southern Highlands. My current favourites are Avocado on Toast (they don’t scrimp on avo – expect a generous serving!), as well as Waffles with vanilla parfait, lemon fruit curd and meringue. Truffled Scrambled Eggs on sourdough also always satisfies.  The coffee is always sensational, too! 

Waffles with vanilla parfait, lemon fruit curd and meringue from the Press Shop in Bowral.
Truffled Scrambled Eggs from the Press Shop Bowral.

Plantation is an extension of Harry’s on Green Lane.  It’s also part of The Acre complex, situated a little way along Bowral Street, towards Dirty Jane’s Emporium. The beautiful space is only rivalled by the menu. Morning meals include Chia Breakfast Bowl, Plantation Big Breakfast and Tunisian Baked Eggs!


Highlands Merchant,

Situated conveniently on Argyle Street (next to Susie Anderson), Highlands Merchant features a weekly changing menu and all-day breakfasts. Ingredients are locally sourced, and meals are created with small batch principles in mind, to save food wastage and ensure freshness. A local favourite is Mushrooms and Poached Eggs on Sourdough – delicious! The coffee and tea is top notch, and you’ll find a selection of fresh muffins, cakes and pastries, as well as locally made preserves, jams and pickles, on the counter. 

Mushrooms and Poached Eggs on Sourdough at Highlands Merchant in Moss Vale.

Rush Cafe

Across the road from Highlands Merchant, Rush Cafe is super stylish and long renowned for serving some of the best brewed coffee in the region. The food is really yummy, too, with delicious breakfasts served from 6.30am six days a week.


Magpie Café 

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time, with antique furniture, beautiful tea and scones and peaceful surrounds. It’s dog-friendly, so grab a table outside and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with your canine best mate! 

Peppergreen Estate 

As well as it’s wonderful Cellar Door, Peppergreen Estate also offers terrific breakfast feasts! While a cellar door and tasting room, well-known local chef Mark Chance cooks up a storm in the morning, serving such delights as Spanish Eggs with capsicum, tomato, spices, chilli jam, chorizo and toast.

Spanish Eggs at Peppergreen Estate.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love the Coconut Bread with honeycomb butter and maple syrup! 


Exeter General Store 

This cosy space is a café, food store, post office and a much-loved local meeting place. Eggs are cooked and served how you like, laid fresh that morning by happy and well-cared for Exeter chooks.

Local Exeter eggs, cooked exactly how you like, at
Exeter General Store.

The Breakfast Bowl is a healthy but filling and super-tasty meal. It features the aforementioned eggs, sautéed cabbage, spinach, leeks, shallots, bacon, parmesan and sourdough. On cooler mornings, you’ll love the Whiskey Porridge, served with chai poached pears, brown sugar and sweet spiced dukkha. 

Whiskey Porridge at Exeter General Store.



The owner/operator here set out with the intent of reviving the old fashioned deli. They succeeded, and created a much-loved community hub where locals linger over fab coffee and fresh food. It’s also super dog friendly, and even devotes an entire Facebook album to the dogs that visit. 

Jumping Rock Café 

Thi features a seasonally changing menu made from local ingredients. Breakfast faves include House Made Corn Fritters with avocado and feta smash, smoked salmon and house made chutney.  

House Made Corn Fritters at Jumping Rock Cafe in Bundanoon.

Customers recently started a ‘pay it forward’ game, where someone will randomly give the owners $5 and offer to pay for the next person’s coffee. This has sparked a lovely community initiative and filled Bundanoon with caffeinated joy each morning. I just love it! 

Potters Pantry Bundanoon 

Situated where the post office used to be. Locals flock here for great coffee, tea made the way the English love it and rich, thick hot chocolate. The food’s not bad either. I just love the Waffles Benny, sweet waffles with a side of bacon and poached local eggs with Benedict sauce!

Waffles Benny at Potter’s Pantry Bundanoon.

The Breakfast Burger is amazing and the Caramel and Banana Crumpets are perfect for satisfying sweet cravings. 

Caramel and Banana Crumpets at Potter’s Pantry Bundanoon.


Burrawang General Store 

Thi local icon has been sitting pretty in picturesque Hoddle Street since 1867! It was once a simple general store, but these days it is a well-known culinary destination!

The Belgian Waffles with banana, maple whipped ricotta and wet walnuts are to die for! Feeling hungry? Try the hearty Breakfast Burger, with bacon, egg, avocado, cheese, tomato, sweet potato hash brown and sweet and spicy relish. 

Belgian Waffles at the Burrawang General Store.



Moonacres started out as a farm and evolved into a thriving café, and now a cooking school and experience destination! It use its own produce in its seasonally changing menu. Breads and pastries are made in house daily. The house-made pickles and jams used in the meals served and can also be purchased to take home. 

Freshly baked croissant at Moonacres.

Stand out dishes include Morning Broth, a hearty meat broth with cabbage, boiled egg and a cheese toasty, as well as Morning Bruschetta, with beetroot, goat’s cheese and citrus. There’s also a kid’s breakfast menu, which will keep little faces smiling. 

Locals love to ride their horses here and enjoy a relaxed, lazy breakfast. It’s a sight to behold! 

Robertson local John Keats rides his horse to Moonacres regularly.

Well, that should be enough to keep your hunger at bay for quite some time! Let me know if you think I’ve forgotten anything, and if you wish to know more about life in the Southern Highlands, feel free to stop by my office on Bong Bong Street, or visit our website.

Love, Di xx