Start your day with a beautiful breakfast, relaxing brunch or a quick coffee and pastry pick-up as you discover the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast.
Uncovering one of the best spots for breakfast or finding the perfect cup of coffee is always a highlight.
Here’s some top spots to enjoy a relaxed morning of deliciousness.
Cantina 61, Seaford Rise
Savour breakfast and top-notch coffee in a cosy suburban setting. Don’t miss the ‘Godmother’s Creation’, a popular dish combining a traditional Aussie brekkie with Greek ingredients (think scrambled eggs, cucumber, labne, zaatar and tomatoes - yum).
Flava Food and Coffee, Christies Beach
Right on the Esplanade at picturesque Christies Beach, enjoy their all day breakfast menu. There’s gluten-free toast options, as well as a range of coffee, milkshakes and even champagne.
Breeze Café & Bar, Aldinga Beach
Enjoy breakfast, coffee and cake overlooking the sea. They’ve got a delicious smoothie menu too.
Willunga Farmers Market
As far as breakfasts go, the market has something for everyone – from freshly baked toasties, to healthy brekkie bowls and the classic bacon and egg sandwich.
Mullygrub, McLaren Vale
Starting out as a popular local food truck, Mullygrub has brought their truck ‘grub’ to a modern cafe setting. The Eggs Benedict with house-smoked salmon is divine, while the Reuben sandwich with house-smoked brisket is a must.
McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre
Locally-brewed Villeré coffee, light meals and homemade cakes or slices are available daily. Sit inside and enjoy the winter fire or relax outside under the vines on the deck and admire the stunning vineyard views.
Agathas, Port Noarlunga
This ‘Porties’ stalwart has been a popular brekkie spot for years, particularly with locals on weekends. Their smoothies and burgers are some of the best in the region and there’s a separate vegan menu too.
The Farm, Willunga
Lovers of peace and quiet - this is your spot. With breakfast and lunch on offer Friday to Monday, you can sit amongst the gorgeous garden and soak up the surrounding views.
Golden Fleece Cafe, Willunga
This Willunga staple is always busy. The full brekky here is enough to keep you going for a day of exploring and the smoothies have a cult following.
Three Monkeys Fine Foods, Willunga
A one-stop-shop, you can enjoy a vegetable rosti (regulars favourite) and then take away a picnic lunch. Their providore is always stacked to the brim with goodies.
FINDING THE BEST MORNING BREW
Many of us can’t start the day without our coffee, and when you’re exploring somewhere new, it can be tricky to find a good brew.
Here’s some local roasters to look out for and where to find them:
Dal Mare, McLaren Vale: Dal Mare Coffee Roastery/Cafe, Foodland (beans only).
Dawn Patrol Coffee, Kangarilla: Dawn Patrol cellar door, The Salopian Inn, Harry’s Deli, Goodness Coffee Co.
Villeré Coffee, McLaren Vale: Three Monkeys Fine Foods, Coriole, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.
A couple of local coffee shops that have caught our eye include:
• Viscous Coffee, Christies Beach have a passion for exceptional espresso based beverages, siphon brews and cold drip inventions.
• Gooby Goose Cafe, Happy Valley are quickly developing a loyal following, priding themselves on great coffee, friendly service and delicious bite size treats.
• Coffee Factory Cafe, Port Noarlunga serving specialty coffee and brekkie all day including vegan options like their apple pie pancakes.
IT’S BETTER BAKED
That all-important bakery stop-off is an integral part of exploring any region. Here’s some favourites:
• Beck’s Bakehouse, Port Noarlunga
• CJ’s Bakery, Christies Beach
• Clarendon Bakery
• Espy Bakehouse, Christies Beach
• Home Grain Bakery, Aldinga and McLaren Flat
• McLaren Vale Bakery
• Pik ‘a’ Pie, McLaren Vale
• The Cottage Bakery, McLaren Vale
• Willunga Bakery
To experience the region like a local, talk to the specialists at the McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre and visit www.mclarenvaleguide.com