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Published January 13th 2013
The historic village of Braidwood
Centrally located between Canberra and Batemans Bay, lies the charming and historic town of Braidwood.

Fun second-hand dealers at Braidwood

If you are like me and love all things quaint and charming, you are certain to love Braidwood.

Step back into history - and be delighted by old-fashioned favourites.

Historic tea house entrance

For those people who love history, there are antique stores and amazing old buildings to look at and photograph.

We actually came to Braidwood as we were visiting Canberra, and a fellow traveller told me we must come here to eat a custard tart. They winked at me and said "trust me, you'll know what I mean afterwards, but you must eat the custard tarts".

Delicious treats from the Braidwood bakery

Well, it doesn't take much more than food and history to convince us to visit anywhere, so off we went.

The Main Street of Braidwood

We were delighted with the lovely village as we arrived and delighted in the amazing historic doors and old buildings.

Looking for a place to park, we drove past an old teahouse, the bakery and an old-fashioned sweet shop and we knew we would like it here.

Flower and fruit vendors in the Braidwood streets

The furniture in the teahouse was really cute and beautifully thought out.

There were merchants in the street selling flowers and fresh fruit and of course, as we had promised, we made our way to the bakery.

Antique buildings at Braidwood

Actually the custard tart did not look nearly as interesting as the other treats on display, however a promise is a promise, so we added one to our selection. Of course, as it turns out, we were really glad we did.

It was delicious, tasting more like a Portuguese egg custard tart than the usual Australian custard tarts. The pastry was buttery and crunchy and the filling was creamy and rich. My husband had to stop me buying six more for the road.

We also had lovely pies, pasties and spinach rolls here for our lunch. They were all good. I then spotted a lady walking out with the largest loaf of bread I had ever seen in my life.

Tummies satisfied, we then browsed some antique stores, the teahouse and some lovely old shops.

Beautiful old historic buildings at Braidwood

Whether you come for a day trip or whether it is part of a longer journey, Braidwood is a lovely village to visit.

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Why? Antique, Historic and Retro Village
When: Anytime
Where: Braidwood, NSW
Cost: Free to wander around
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