The Adelaide Hills is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. Whether it’s somewhere close like Mt Lofty or Crafers, or further out towards Hahndorf, great coffee is easy to find.
The best coffee in the Adelaide Hills will vary depending on the weather. On cold, wet days you could cosy up next to the fire in the bar of Mt Lofty House, watching the fog through the windows. The leather couches and old-world bar ooze elegance and makes you want to order food and settle in for the day.
Another pick for rain-drenched days is Ateliers in Crafers. It’s a local gem, housing not just a roaring fire on those winter days, but also local artwork to purchase. Of course, if paintings are your thing then there is a good selection, but there’s a huge variety of artwork beyond the everyday. Buy a coffee, a gift, and sit by the fire catching up with a friend.
Across the road, you’ll find the Crafers Hotel, my favourite pub in the hills. It has two log fires to cosy up to with your latte, so is ideal when things get chilly.
If you’re in Crafers but the sun’s out, then wander across to the Bean Café, who roast their own coffee, as well as provide a down to earth vibe and comfy couches to relax on.
You can enjoy not just coffee, but also the best chocolate in the Adelaide Hills at Red Cacao. Their outdoor seating is the place to be in Stirling when it’s warmer. If you’re one of those people who can drink coffee late at night, then you can visit late on Friday’s for their desert night. I recommend getting the platter for 2 which is huge – expect to take some home.
A surprising gem is the patisserie behind the Stirling Hotel. The coffee is excellent, staff are friendly, and if you decide to have a beer afterwards, well, they’re part of a bottle shop so you can take your pick of the fridge.
The Organic Market and Café is worth a visit in summer when you can sit outside under the trees. The food is excellent so plan for brunch. They have a wide range of gourmet take-home food, be sure to have a wander around before you leave.
Ruby’s Organic Café is popular for both food and coffee, and they’re often one of the few places open on public holidays.
The fourth Sunday of each month sees the Stirling Market appear on Druid Avenue, and you can grab a coffee their from The Coffee Pot. If you do make it, be sure to look out for us doing tastings of Roasted On’s latest coffee.
On warm Friday’s and Saturday’s only you can head out to Piccadilly Kitchen and enjoy great food and coffee. It only opens 2 days a week which means there’s always an enthusiastic local crowd there. It’s super friendly.
Continuing in that direction lands you in Uraidla, which is where all the cool kids hang out these days. Stall 1195 is highly regarded, and the Uraidla Bakery is a new favourite. I love that from inside the bakery you have a clear view of the brewery, with their huge shiny tanks of happiness.
Espressoholics in Aldgate serves the local community well and can supply you with a wide range of their beans. Further down the road, you’ll find the Bridgewater Mill. It’s more fine dining than café, but Bridgewater isn’t awash in options so I’ll include it here.
Next stop, tourist hotspot Hahndorf. On a warm day, the Seasonal Garden Café is a beauty thanks to its large garden out the back. Perfect for kids, or those wanting to escape the Hahndorf crowd. The café grow their own produce so it’s fun to wander around the garden and match the plants to menu items.
If you’ve made it out to Mt Barker then the Gawler St Café is an excellent choice for both coffee and food. Brother Bear Wholefood Café is another place to get your caffeine fix, and both cafes work well year-round.
Every Saturday morning in Mount Barker you can visit the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market and get your caffeine fix whilst picking up some fresh, local produce. If you had to choose, the first Saturday of the month is their “Artisan’s market” where there is a bigger array of stallholders to support.
If you venture to Mylor then you’ve got a couple of options – the Mylor General Store with it’s friendly and old-fashioned vibe. And the Harvest Mylor Café with it’s more modern food and coffee.
It’s surprising how few wineries provide coffee at cellar doors, and a bit of a missed opportunity given that there’s usually a thirsty designated driver in each group (and often someone who should take a break for the tastings). I’d love to see a Chemex behind each bar offering a single-origin coffee for visitors to enjoy.
There are also plenty of places in the hills to have a BYO coffee. The Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens is stunning in spring, and a thermos of coffee, picnic rug and bakery treats will make for a relaxing morning. The Oakbank races at Easter is another venue that is well suited to coffee from home. If you’re planning on a bottle of bubbles to get the morning started, it’s not a bad idea to add a long black (or three) to the day’s line up. Need some coffee for that thermos? We can help :)