Yass Valley boasts a large number of quaint cafes serving exceptional food. Each venue is set to welcome weary travellers with some delicious winter warmers. Think soups, crusty bread, handmade pies and THE best coffee.
Perfect place for a cafe break
With five major roads connecting travellers between Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and beyond, our region’s cafes make Yass Valley the perfect place to fuel up. From modern takes on coffee shops, to cafes set in picturesque and historical locations, you can enjoy a warming bite to eat, accompanied by a hot cup of tea or coffee.
The region’s main cafes lie in the towns and villages of Bowning, Yass, Murrumbateman, Gundaroo, Sutton and Wee Jasper. The town of Yass is a wonderful place to stop and stretch the legs. The kids can run around and play in Coronation Park. Drop in and see the friendly staff at the Yass Valley Information Centre to discover lots of wonderful experiences on offer.
Kaffeine 2582 serves up classic eggs benedict with with ham, salmon or spinach topped with a house made hollandaise sauce. Coffee lovers will enjoy the organic direct trade coffee blends roasted by Art of Espresso. Tea drinkers are spoilt with a large range of refreshing organic tea tonics, available by the pot full.
Enjoy a taste of Europe with delicious home-made burek at Galutzi Cafe. It’s a coffee shop that’s popular with the locals, specialising in fresh gourmet sandwiches.
For something a little different head over to Tootsie Fine Art and Design Studio. Tootsie is a gallery showcasing local talent, located in a beautiful 1937 Art Deco building. Their winter special is an amazing Chilli Hot Chocolate, which is sure to put a fire in your belly.
For an authentic taste of the region’s history, step back in time at the Rollonin Café in Bowning. Set inside a charming slab hut, built to replicate those from Australia’s pioneering days. The Rollonin’s wholesome winter fare includes homemade hearty soup or a baked quiche fresh out of the oven. The delicious Devonshire Tea and scones are also popular with visitors.
Also in Bowning, visitors can stop and settle themselves by the cosy wood fire at Mayfield Mews. Mayfield Mews has a strong association with Australian legends Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson. Also, the first racehorse to ever win the Melbourne Cup – Archer was said to be occasionally stabled there. Winter weekend menus include hand-made gourmet pies. With varieties including duck and shitake mushroom, pale ale beef, chicken, leek and smoky bacon.
In the village of Murrumbateman you can warm up with pizzas, made fresh using regional produce and artisan cheese at Win’s Creek Meadery. In addition to weekly chef’s specials, the cellar door also features hot mulled mead throughout winter.
Outer village cafes
If you are seeking adventure and would prefer to explore a little further afield, journey out to the villages of Gundaroo, Sutton or Wee Jasper. While these quaint villages only have a population of around 1500 combined, they certainly know how to serve up some mouthwatering meals. You’ll find gourmet pizza’s at the Cork Street Café in Gundaroo. Hot pies, pastries and freshly made bread at The Baker at Sutton. Combine a tantalizing café menu with panoramic views of a 100 year old historic homestead, home to the Duck N Fishes Café.
With over 15 cafes in Yass Valley, wherever you choose, you will not be disappointed. Forgo the usual highway fast food options and nourish your body with some high quality food accompanied with true, down to earth country hospitality.
For opening hours and more information on these and other cafes of Yass Valley please visit www.yassvalley.com.au