Walking into Highlands Merchant is like walking onto the set of a Nancy Meyers film (and we all know how much I love those!). All of my It’s Complicated, The Intern, The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give interior fantasies came true when I walked into this Moss Vale eatery. Duck egg blue walls, pink French doors with leather handles and superior soft furnishings immediately made me contemplate living in The Hamptons, as surely, this is what it would be like. RIP me because I actually died when I saw the black and white window shutters as well as the giant peony mural that adorns the outside wall of the store.
Exquisite interiors and exteriors aside, Highlands Merchant offers the best produce and products (yes, they sell homewares too!) the Southern Highlands has to offer, plus the all important Allpress coffee. Think preserves and honey, books, candles, handmade soap from Mittagong and organic chicken bone broth from Bowral (I feel healthier just writing that).
With an ‘Everyday Basics’ menu as well as daily ‘Superstars’, Highlands Merchants utilises local and fresh produce to create meals worth waiting for (the pineapple relish on the bacon and egg roll deserves an Academy Award for best supporting role). And wait you will, as the line was continuously out the door when we visited on the weekend. Give your name and number to the owner, Lisa and take yourself to peruse interiors heaven next door at Suzie Anderson Home whilst you wait (a surprisingly quick 10 minutes). Or, you can stand in Peony Lane and get your friend to take 23 a few photos of you in front of the floral mural (who me?). It’s definitely worth braving the cold for this Insta-worthy capture.
If time’s not on your side, or you simply want to grab something to eat at home whilst you binge-watch Netflix, Highlands Merchant has a range of sandwiches, salads and freshly baked goods to take away that are oh so delicious.
BRB, just going to ring my mate Nancy to let her know that I have found the set for her new film.
Highlands Merchant is located an hour and forty-five minutes away from Sydney at 405 Argyle Street, Moss Vale. It’s well worth the drive!
Open Wednesday to Friday: 8am – 4pm and weekends: 9am – 3pm.