Much more than just a stopover for travellers bound for the South Coast, Berry – an enticing little town two hours from Sydney – is a destination in its own right. You’ll find old-world charm thanks to heritage architecture, sympathetic development and a wealth of eateries including the famous Sourdough Cafe and Bakery, the Berry Tea Shop and Il Locale Gelato, whose delicious ice-cream is churned locally. Any – or all – are perfect for a quick pit stop while browsing the gorgeous homewares stores and galleries.
Stop 1: Haven & Space
You could furnish your entire home within the walls of this spacious emporium, launched 14 years ago by owner Barbara Slatyer. Soft furnishings, artwork, lighting and a vast range of tableware – all at super keen prices – complement the pretty French- and Asian-inspired furniture also available in the store’s second branch, which has recently opened a few shops down.
Open: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.
Visit: Shop 1, 58&62 Albert St, Berry (02) 4464 1646
Bookmark: @havenandspace on Instagram
Stop 2: Candleberries
Raimund and Kathleen Schornegg focus on two main lines – candles and bedding, so it’s hardly surprising that they do both very well. Half the store is given over to a huge collection of scented candles from brands like Ecoya and Circa Home, while the remainder is packed with beautiful throws and quilts.
Open: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm.
Visit: Shop 6, 94-96 Queen St, (02) 4464 3487
Stop 3: Emporium Food Company
Locals and regulars of this relaxed, combined cafe and deli know to bag a table before ordering a fair trade coffee and cake or lunch. Owners Pat and Horst Bleuel have been serving up all sorts of homemade goodies including wraps, sandwiches, savoury tarts and salads for nine years, and have it down pat. With a broad selection of gourmet foods from all over Australia and beyond, there’s plenty to take home, too.
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4.30pm.
Visit: 127 Queen St, (02) 4464 1570.
Stop 4: Shady Fig
Shady Fig is a shop dedicated to eclectic and exquisite things. You will find a perfectly conceived mix of fresh flowers, homewares and gifts hand-selected by owner Michelle Collison.
Open: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
Visit: Shop 2, 62 Albert St, Berry (02) 4464 2444
Bookmark: @shadyfig on instagram
Stop 5: Few & Far
A beautiful store to get lost in, wandering through enticed by sweet aromas, soft music and hand-picked furniture and decor from around the world.
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.
Visit: Shops 3 & 4, 78 Albert St, Berry (02)44641684
Stop 6: Country Birdie
A fresh and exciting collection of beautiful homewares, gifts and accessories. Created by two sisters who spent their childhood visiting family in Berry, which they have now made their home.
Open: Mon-Sun 10-4pm
Visit: Shop 4, Broughton Court, 109 Queen Street, Berry
Stop 7: Berry Sourdough Cafe
The Berry Sourdough Bakery and Cafe create their European-style pastries, cakes and savoury treats every day. The sourdough breads available are baked in the two big woodfired ovens by artisan baker Joost Hilkemeijer.
Open: Wed-Sun, Breakfast 8am-11.15am Lunch 11.30am-3pm
Visit: 23 Prince Alfred Street, Berry
Bookmark: @berrysourdoughcafe on instagram
Stop 8: Il Locale Gelato
Il Locale Gelato exclusively serves locally produced gelato from The Pines Kiama. Feel at home while you sit among Amara Home homewares while having a delicious gelato.
Open: Mon-Fri 6am-5 pm, Sat-Sun 8am-5pm
Visit: 114 Queen Street, Berry
Bookmark: @Illocale on instagram
Stop 9: Juniper Hearth
Juniper Hearth offers an elegant and quirky mix of imported and Australian textile-inspired fashion accessories and decorative homewares sourced from around the world. If there is a touch of the nomad in you, the ambience of your home and what you wear, you'll feel right at home here.
Open: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Visit: Corner Alexandra & Princess Streets, Berry.
Stop 10: Moss Nest
Located in a 19th-century historic building, Moss Nest brings together a collection of eclectic home furnishings. Women's fashion and accessories, and a few choice men's selections, can be found here, along with fresh flowers by their in-house florist.
Open: Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm
Visit: 69 Queen Street, Berry