Winding roads soothe the soul.
There’s something therapeutic about watching the city disappear in your rear-view mirror, as you surround yourself with the lush pleasures the Adelaide Hills have to offer (with your favourite playlist bellowing through your speakers, of course).
There’s no shortage of destinations for a great cup of coffee or a hearty bite to eat, regardless of where in the Hills you find yourself.
After years of exploration and a lot of trial and error, I’ve found a few favourites which I wanted to share with you.
1. Caffeind Coffee Company – Handorf
Caffeind boasts some of the best coffee in the Adelaide Hills, all roasted in-house. Couple your coffee with something sensational from their all-day breakfast or lunch menu (I recommend the mac and cheese toastie).
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2. The Organic Market and Café – Stirling
A ‘Green Table Award’ winner for efforts to reduce their environmental impact, The Organic Market and Café features an in-house market with a wide variety of locally sourced fresh produce. Sit down for an organic beer or wine, or try one of their home-style meals. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
We are stoked to announce that we have added some exciting new dishes to The OM menu! Avocado, green peas and sweet corn on sourdough AND confit mushrooms, feta, pickled onion, hummus and pesto on sourdough. Both will be available this weekend, so join us, have a taste, and let us know what you think! 🤩
3. Red Cacao Chocolatier – Stirling
I stumbled across Red Cacao Chocolatier purely by accident. Tucked away just off the bustling main street of Stirling, Red Cacao features a quaint atmosphere, and personalised service. If you have a chocolate craving that needs to be satisfied, your personal waiter will provide recommendations for coffee pairing based on your choice.
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4. b3 Coffee – Blackwood
It’s not too difficult to find a half-decent cup of coffee around Adelaide, particularly in the Hills. But for those with higher expectations and a want for something more than a caffeine injection, b3 have you covered. A small batch roaster with an aim to spoil Adelaide with specialty, quality blends, b3 have the knowledge and experience to serve you a cup of coffee that will exceed your expectations.
Wanting a bit of everything? Let b3 Coffee help! Natural processed Costa Rica Tarrazu Asoproaaa Parritilla roasted two different ways! We have an espresso roast which we will serve as an espresso and a piccolo, and a filter roast which will be served as a delicious pour over. All for $9! #YeahTheBeans . . . #blackwood #Adelaide #coffee #CoffeeAddict #b3Coffee #b3RoastHouse
5. FRED Eatery – Aldgate
FRED Eatery is more for you food lovers than caffeine nuts. FRED is home to a contemporary dining experience. There’s vegetarian options aplenty, with an extensive breakfast menu and smoothies for those on the go. FRED Eatery is hard to go past if you’re near Aldgate and your stomach is rumbling.
6. Lobethal Bierhaus – Lobethal
On the main street of Lobethal, the Bierhaus distinguishes itself with its small, all-grain microbrewery. Coupled with their award-winning hand-crafted beers, the Bierhaus offers a food pairing menu from locally sourced ingredients. If beer isn’t for you, a selection of Adelaide Hills wine and cider is also available.
7. Lost In A Forest – Uraidla
Hidden away in stunning Uraidla, Lost In a Forest is a self-described ‘Wood Oven Wine Lounge’. Lost In A Forest has an extensive local wine list which pair incredibly with their uniquely styled wood oven pizzas. If you’re out and about in Uraidla early, their breakfast pizzas and smoothies are hard to beat.
The Adelaide Hills are constantly changing and expanding. My picks bring together an amalgamation of local ingredients, internationally awarded coffee and unrivalled atmosphere. If I’ve missed your favourite, I’d love to know about it!