10 June 2023

Your trip to the Snowy Mountains isn't complete without a bite to eat in a cozy restaurant

| Claire Sams
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Regional New South Wales is not lacking in things to delight your taste buds. Photo: Lerida Estate.

The Snowy Mountains are known for their beauty and outdoor activities, but you have a drive ahead of you to get there. If you’re looking for a cozy place to stop on your travels to or from the mountains, we have put together a list of some places we think you’d like.

As you travel the scenic roads, make sure to stop by one of these places – you’ll get a good feed and a great view (and don’t forget to tell us what you order)!

Lerida Estate

Lerida Estate is known for its wines, but it also has much more to offer, from views to food. Image: Lerida Estate.

Lerida Estate

Opening hours: Open seven days, 10 am to 5 pm
Location: 87 The Vineyards Road, Lake George, New South Wales

Lerida Estate is well known in the Canberra region and beyond for its cool climate wines. Located at the foot of the Cullerin Range at Lake George, this winery started its operations with a focus on pinot noir in 1997. They have since ramped up production on a range of other wines, such as chardonnay, shiraz, tempranillo and cabernet franc.

If you’re after a bite to eat, stop in at Cafe Lerida and check out their menu of entrees, mains and share plates (if you opt for dessert as well, we won’t tell) and maybe take some wines with you to enjoy by the fireside in the mountains.

If you haven’t stopped by in a while, they recently rejuvenated the experience for diners and staff, and their cafe and cellar door are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.

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Collector might be a small village on the Federal Highway, but we promise this cafe packs a big (food) punch. Photo: Some Cafe/Facebook.

Some Cafe

Opening hours: Thursday to Monday, 9 am to 3 pm (no bookings accepted)
Location: 5-7 Murray Street, Collector, New South Wales

The menu at Some Cafe is sure to have something everyone can enjoy. Take a walk through the streets of Collector and make sure to include this on your itinerary. If you’re a fan of honey, make sure to ask about their beehives and take home some of their honey products.

If you’re after something more to eat Some Cafe features dialled back meals that focus on getting the flavours right. Meat free options mean vegetarians can join in on the fun as well. And they’re dog friendly, so you can bring your four-legged mates along.

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This Cooma cafe specialises in local, fresh produce. Photo: The Lott Cafe Cooma/Facebook.

The Lott Cafe

Opening hours: Open seven days, 7 am to 2 pm
Location: 177-179 Sharp Street, Cooma, New South Wales

The Lott Cafe opened in 2007 and has since been serving fresh produce to Cooma residents and visitors alike. Their menu includes classic breakfast and brunch foods that would be the perfect choice to fuel you on your trip to the Snowy Mountains. A range of dishes heavy with vegetables, eggs, citrus and meat are on offer, so dig in and fuel your big days.

'Vietnamese Streetfood' sign

This is one place that can transport you and your taste buds to Vietnam. Photo: CISNE.


Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 3 pm (dine-in)
Location: 100 Sharp Street, Cooma, New South Wales

Visitors to CISNE can browse the menu to find the best of Vietnamese street food and specialty coffee. Their menu also includes the classics – such as a smashed avocado plate and a bacon-and-egg roll – and a range of teas, burgers, fish and chips and cold drinks to wash it all down with.

Food on a table

This is another place you can’t miss if you’re looking to fuel a visit through the region. Photo: 123 Coffee House.

123 Coffee House

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 4 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 7 pm to 3 pm
Location: 123 Sharp Street, Cooma, New South Wales

This is one place where you can get breakfast or lunch. If you want a bit of a kick to your meals, there are a few options here with at least one chili symbol on the menu to give you a fair warning (we’ll leave it to you to tell us if there was too much spice)! Their winter brunch menu includes waffles, omelettes, yum nua yang (a spicy Thai beef salad), a falafel taco and more. And if you would like a hot drink, they’re also well known for their coffee.

Food on a table

Stop by the distillery for a drink and a bite to eat. Photo: Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery/Facebook.

Stillhouse Cafe at Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery

Opening hours: Monday, Thursday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm (with antipasti and cocktails served from 4 pm to 6 pm)
Location: Alpine Way, Thredbo, New South Wales

The team at Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery have prepared a menu full of old favourites and new delights. Diners can sit at Stillhouse Cafe, either overlooking the distillery’s working still, or outside and take in the views of a raspberry patch and sculpture garden. If you’re after a drink to warm you up, ‘gluhwein’ (German for mulled wine) is on the menu, as well as Wildbrumby’s range of gins, schnapps and vodkas.

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