There are a wide range of Adelaide Hills’ cafes dotted throughout the region filled with familiar local faces and friendly staff chatting over good coffee and delicious local food.
Set in quiet, tree-lined streets, these quaint street-side cafes are growing in popularity as word gets out about the talented baristas, locally-grown produce and idyllic settings of the local cafes.
Whether it’s lunch with family, brunch with friends or that 3pm coffee pick-me-up, there’s something to suit all tastes in the Adelaide Hills.
Cosy up with hot chocolate by an indoor fire on cooler winter days, or relax with friends in a picturesque outdoor garden setting on lazy sunny days.
There are family-friendly cafes like The Olive Branch at Balhannah, Stirling’s iconic Patch Kitchen and Garden and Hahndorf’s Seasonal Garden Café, decadent. There are destinations for chocolate lovers like Red Cacao in Stirling and Cocolat in Balhannah, and a whole host of delicious and award-winning coffee shops, bakeries and eateries in between.
Here’s our guide to the Adelaide Hills’ cafes putting the hills on the map for fine cuisine and even finer coffee (and chocolate!).
There is a reason everyone’s heard of FRED. FRED has become an institution among the community, visitors and people who come to Aldgate especially for this café. All food is locally sourced and produced for all-day breakfast, casual lunch, sweet treat or twilight dinner. The setting is contemporary with elegant dining areas, outdoor tables in the courtyard, private dining and the option for group bookings. This would have to be up there in the ‘top 3’ Adelaide Hills’ must visit eateries.
Find it: 4/220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate
Follow it: www.facebook.com/fredeatery
Cocolat is a little café on the pretty main street of Balhannah specialising in all things chocolate. They stock all the usual tasty chocolate fare, as well as delicious food prepared in the artisan kitchen on-site, and a range of hot and cold chocolate drinks and deserts. Did we mention the chocolate? A slightly smaller café but big on chocolate!
Find it: 83 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah
Follow it: www.facebook.com/CocolatAu
The Olive Branch
The Olive Branch in Balhannah is a family-friendly café which comes complete with a children’s play area and regular children’s craft mornings. They specialise in foods that cater to all dietary needs, and also offer healthy and fun kids meal options. Haven’t thought about dinner tonight? There’s even a range of tasty, home-style frozen meals to take and eat at home. The perfect spot for families and friends.
Find it: Shop 11 & 12 Balhannah Junction Shopping Centre, 84 Main Street Balhannah
Follow it: www.facebook.com/OliveBranchBalhannah
The Bridgewater Mill
So technically the Mill is a pub, but we love the setting and they’re regional, seasonal share platters and produce from their organic Aldgate vegetable garden so much that we thought they’re a worthy inclusion on this list. Quintessentially Adelaide Hills, there’s fireplaces to cozy up to in winter, but in summer it’s even more spectacular with lounges and decks overlooking the creek. Enjoy local wine and a regionally-inspired menu from the award-winning head chef.
Find it: Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater
Follow it: www.facebook.com/thebridgewatermill
The Haus is spacious yet cosy, and caters to everything from a quick coffee catch up to fine dining. The alfresco area is a lovely spot to watch the hustle and bustle of Hahndorf over a meal or coffee in summer, or head indoors on cooler days to one of the many dining and café ‘nooks’ within the restaurant itself. The food is delicious, the coffee and hot drinks too. It’s a lovely setting that makes the most of a large space but in a comfortable and private way.
Find it: 38A Main Street, Hahndorf
Follow it: www.facebook.com/thehaushahndorf
The Seasonal Garden Café
The Seasonal Garden Café has a drool-worthy Instagram account showcasing their home-grown produce, home-made food and organic, nourishing, whole-food menu. The talented team at Seasonal Garden are constantly evolving the menu, the produce (including the community vegetable garden) and the café area. It’s every bit rustic as you would expect of the village, and a lovely setting for a gathering.
Find it: 100 Main Road, Hahndorf
Follow it: www.facebook.com/TheSeasonalGardenCafe
Chocolate @ No. 5
Depending on the direction you’ve come, Chocolate @ No. 5 is often the first stop on the Hahndorf itinerary. And rightly so – because there’s nothing like the friendly fuel of caffeine or chocolate to get you on your way to exploring this picturesque village! This place is a lovely setting, with cosy couches inside, and relaxed alfresco street-side seating under the vines out the front. A chocolate-lover’s destination that also sells good coffee, cakes and scones.
Find it: 5 Main Street, Hahndorf
Follow it: www.facebook.com/fb.chocolate.at.no.5
Udder Delights Cheese Cellar
Udder Delights is a lovely spot to do some cheese tastings or settle in for a cheese platter in the courtyard as you watch the world pass you by. Udder Delights is a must-visit all the time, but the secret lies in its cellar door menu that has something for everyone.
Find it: 91A Main Street, Hahndorf
Follow it: www.facebook.com/udderdelights
This isn’t a typical café but it stocks delicious artisan produce, regional platters and, of course, their amazing Somerled wines. Somerled is located just next door to Udder Delights and is a lovely setting for wine tastings or to stay a little longer and enjoy a platter and some good times with friends.
Find it: 89 Main Street, Hahndorf
Follow it: www.facebook.com/SomerledWines
The Original Food Co.
The Hills is home to some truly delightful bakeries, including The Original Food Co at Littlehampton and Mount Barker. The products are all baked on site and tends to change quite often based on local seasonal products. They stock some delicious cakes, Danish and yeasts and offer daily specials too. A tasty option for a bite to eat and a cuppa.
Find it: 85 Main Street, Littlehampton and 70 Gawler Street, Mt Barker
Follow it: www.facebook.com/originalfoodco
This place is a must-visit for lovers of fine coffee. The coffee is prepared by baristas who know their stuff – and care about what they make for you. This café has a Mexican flair, from its brunch dishes to the relaxed café décor and street-side eating on Mount Barker’s prettiest street. It can be busy at lunch time, because it’s so popular – but food comes out quickly and it’s worth the line up!
Find it: 1/24 Gawler St, Mount Barker
Follow it: www.facebook.com/Sazón-Espresso
Millie’s is a traditional bakery favourite in the Hills. Catch up with friends over a coffee and biscuit or muffin, or stay for lunch and try their hot baked goods, freshly-made breads and rolls, home made quiches, and delicious range of deserts. Millie’s use premium Adelaide Hills ingredients, and the entire range is baked fresh each morning..
Find it: Mount Barker, Nairne & Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/MilliesBakery
Gawler Street Café
This café is a great stop for your much-needed caffeine fix and your daily tummy grumble needs. Named after the street it’s situated on, their quirky décor and their smooth and creamy coffee keeps locals and visitors coming back for more. Whether you’re feeling a big breakfast, a casual lunch or a wood-oven pizza, their menu certainly doesn’t disappoint. If your taste-buds are tingling, Gawler Street Café is the place to go.
Find it: 46 Gawler Street, Mount Barker
Follow it: www.facebook.com/gawlerstreetcafe
Our Place Kitchen
The delightful Our Place Kitchen, is a family-friendly café accommodating to all breakfast requests. Invite your friends and family for a catch up here with an all-day feast featuring pancakes, eggs benedict and breakfast pizzas or keep it simple with some smashed avocado on toast. If you’re feeling like treating yourself, try one of their new sinful delights from their Something Naughty Hot Chocolate range. Marshmallows, chocolate pieces, cream and more.
Find it: Shop 2, 1 Walker Street, Mount Barker
Raw in the Hills Wholefoods Café
Specialising in all things seasonal, locally sourced, chemical free and organic whenever possible, Raw in the Hills Wholefoods café is certainly a local favourite. Everyday their chefs cook up new specials ranging from vegan nachos to chocolate, vanilla and salted peanut caramel tarts to vegan and meat gourmet sliders. Their fixed menu features only the freshest of produce to create meals such house-made buckwheat granola and locally sourced poached eggs on toast. This place is certainly popular and their amazing treats walk out the door fast, but the service is great and you’ll still be able to score yourself a tasty dish.
Find it: 10 Gawler Street, Mount Barker
Harvest Mylor Cafe
In the main street of Mylor is Harvest Café, a gorgeous little shopfront offering Adelaide Hills’ produce, fresh coffee and cake in a lovely setting. Enjoy all-day breakfast, lunch from noon or a coffee and snack. Harvest focuses on locally-sourced food and healthier options like butter and coconut oil, organic produce and limiting the use of bleached flours and sugars. From local bacon and meat, to the honey, milk, cream, jams and sourdough – the local produce is a delight for the tastebuds.
Find it: 240 Strathalbyn Road, Mylor
Follow it: www.facebook.com/HarvestMylorCafe
The Piccadilly Kitchen
It won’t be long before word gets out about this little local gem. Piccadilly Kitchen is open Fridays and Saturdays for breakfast and lunch. It has a quaint rustic charm and friendly, family atmosphere. It’s a charming little place with a small menu all made in-house. You can purchase locally-made jams, chutneys and pickles and there will often be fresh produce from their fruit trees for sale. Charming is the word for this place – in an idyllic setting, particularly perfect on a Saturday morning.
Find it: 176 Piccadilly Rd, Piccadilly
Follow it: www.facebook.com/PiccadillyKitchen
Red Cacao is the award-winning destination for hand-made, boutique, artisan chocolate that will have you coming back again and again. The shop/café is quite small, but spills outside and onto the garden lawn area in the warmer weather (or cosy up under a blanket in the cooler weather). Inside the shop you’ll linger at the chocolate display cabinet filled with decadent, hand-made chocolate and discover why this place keeps winning awards. We recommend you stay a while and enjoy one of their Belgian Hot Chocolates – the Aztec Hot Chocolate with cinnamon and chilli is oh-so-warming on a chilly winter’s day. Or, try the unique Chocolate Coffee Experience, where your choice will be served with two chocolates on the side, matched by the Chocolatier. There are tasting plates and café fare. If you love chocolate you won’t be disappointed.
Find it: Shop 3, 41 Mt Barker Rd Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/RedCacaoChocolatier
The Organic Market and Café
The Organic Market and Café was famous for organic, locally-grown and produced, clean food – before those food types became a ‘thing’. Experience fine organic food, juice, smoothies, beer and wine indoors on the verandah or in the garden under the trees. The café oozes calm and is a friendly atmosphere for lovers of nourishing, flavoursome food and delicious home-style meals. The Organic Market and Café is a mecca for organic and Hills produce, in the pretty Stirling village.
Find it: 5 Druid Ave, Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/organicmarketandcafe
The Essence Fine Foods
The Essence is a little hidden gem, with nutritious, healthy and delicious lunches to suit all taste buds. The café is renowned for its friendly service, and its delicious meals, juices, smoothies and coffee.
Find it: 7/49 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/theessencecafe
Patch Kitchen & Garden
Any café with a cubby house and chooks is a must-visit for the family! Whether you’re dining with a friend, or with children in tow, there’s lots of little ‘nooks’ in the historic Patch indoor and outdoor dining areas. The menu is delicious, wholesome food cooking inspired by the region’s organic foods. The chefs cater to all dietary needs. Their approach is a real ‘kitchen garden’ – complete with veggie patch, chickens, an outdoor cubby and play toys. There are spaces for group bookings and functions, in a quaint setting all year round.
Find it: 143 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/PatchKitchen
The Stirling Cellars & Patisserie
This is the place to go for a truly unique gourmet food and wine experience. The Cellars and Patisserie located behind the Stirling Hotel combines wine, beer and spirit with fine food and great coffee to eat in or take away. They pride themselves on their coffee almost as much as they do the wine list. For those after a bite to eat, try one of the pastries made in-house by the pastry chef. Linger over a glass of wine and speak with the expert staff or winemaker themselves at a regular tasting night.
Find it: Behind the Stirling Hotel, 52 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/stirlingcellars
Miss Perez Kitchen & Bar is located on the beautiful tree-lined street of Druid Avenue in Stirling. Unwind on the balcony overlooking the comings and goings on the main street of Stirling, or warm up in front of the fire inside in winter. Miss Perez offers contemporary Australian cuisine, cocktails, wine and coffee. Whether it’s a dinner party with friends or a coffee and paper on the balcony, Miss Perez is a lovely location.
Find it: 2 Druid Ave, Stirling
Follow it: www.facebook.com/missperezkitchen
Appleseed on High Street
Appleseed is another Hills-family-owned café, with a family-friendly feel. There’s an area for children to play, lots of cosy little spots to catch up over a coffee, and relax indoors or outdoors. The historic, double-fronted building is the perfect café to warm up over a hearty meal in winter, or relax with a Langhorne Creek wine in the sunshine in summer. Appleseed serves breakfast daily until 11.30am, along with squeezed juices, smoothies and frappes. There’s a seasonal lunch menu with vegetarian and GF options, homemade cakes, slices and biscuits, award-winning coffee and local wine. The Seedlings Room has the dedicated children’s play area and family dining space. Definitely worth a visit, and less than 20 minutes from Mount Barker.
Find it: 30 High Street, Strathalbyn
Follow it: www.facebook.com/AppleseedCafe
Walk The Talk Kitchen & Catering
Walk the Talk is a collaboration of foodie genius in a gorgeous location. Chef Ali Seedsman and former front-of-house at The Lane, Libby Matson are behind WTT, the restored post office on the roadside at Verdun. There is plenty of seating inside (by the fire in winter) and outside in the garden on those sunny Hills days. The menu is outstanding, but there is also a number of freshly-made cakes, tea, juice and local wine, beer and cider. The perfect place for a lazy, sun-filled catch up whatever the weather – but a especially on a balmy Friday evening. (And there’s takeaway too!). It is open Mon-Friday.
Find it: 25 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun
The Woodside Providore embraces the beauty of Hills food and drink, in a relaxed café atmosphere. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, and there’s a range of salads, pizzas and specials. All their cakes and sweet treats are baked on premises. Woodside is in the heart of some beautiful Adelaide Hills towns and this is the local ‘favourite’ if you’re in the area.
Find it: 69 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Woodside
Follow it: www.facebook.com/Woodside-Providore
Wherever you choose to dine, you’re sure to enjoy the food and the gorgeous Adelaide Hills environment – just another reason you’ll love living at Newenham Adelaide Hills.
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