Adelaide Hills' mouth-watering local produce provides rich pickings. Explore thriving restaurants, wineries, cafés and pubs.
Think food, think Adelaide Hills
Exceptional cool climate wines, high-quality local produce and outstanding natural beauty make dining in the Adelaide Hills a memorable gastronomic experience. Bring an appetite on your Adelaide Hills holiday.
Take a self-guided tour along the Chocolate and Cheese Trail, stopping in at cheese and chocolate factories and shops including Udder Delights and Woodside Cheese Wrights, Hahndorf Hill Winery which matches chocolate and wines,
If you still have room and a sweet tooth, head to Chocolate No. 5 in Hahndorf or the award winning Cocolat in Balhannah. At Melba's Chocolates in Woodside you can watch them make sweets the old fashioned way.
Enjoy a picnic and fresh regional produce in the Adelaide Hills.
Pack a picnic rug
There's nothing like a drive through the Adelaide Hills. Collect fresh produce en route to fill a picnic basket, then stop somewhere for a local feast.
Pick strawberries straight from the patch at Beerenberg or fat juicy cherries fresh from the tree of one of the growers along the Cherry Trail.
With smoked salmon from Harris Smokehouse, organic greens from a farmers' market, and fresh bread from a village bakery, you'll have a feast fit for a king. Wash it down with a bottle of local wine, artisan beer or Johnston's cordial from Oakbank.
At historic Mount Lofty House, chesterfield lounges and an open fire set the dining tone. With an emphasis on all things local, enjoy the ambiance and views over breakfast or dinner.
Floor to ceiling glass walls and unrivalled views of Adelaide make the Mount Lofty Summit Restaurant a gastronomic and visual delight.
Maximilian’s opened 35 years ago and still impresses diners with its Austrian, Swiss and French influenced food. Drink estate-grown wine and dine under the vines or near the open fire.
If fine dining on a deck next to an historic waterwheel sounds ideal to you, have lunch at Bridgewater Mill restaurant. The menu is seasonal and complemented by local wines.
Gourmet pub food
If you just want a pub meal, take your pick from a seriously impressive list of Adelaide Hills establishments. Try the Scenic Hotel, Aldgate Pump Hotel and Blumberg Hotel in Birdwood.
Dine on modern Australian cuisine at the Stirling Hotel. The old building’s restaurant The Grill is spacious and filled with light. The bistro entices a young vibrant crowd and is perfect for weekend catch-ups.
The Lobethal Bierhaus creates dishes to match the seven all-grain ales produced in its own micro-brewery.
In iconic Hahndorf, choose your cuisine. There’s traditional German and international food at the German Arms Hotel, the Hahndorf Inn and The Haus (which also does superb platters for two during lunch). The Whitehouse lures you in with its provincial charm, open fire and all-day menu.
Something a little lighter
Casual simplicity and spectacular views are the promise at The Lane Vineyard. Enjoy a long lunch of rustic seasonal dishes when you go to Chain of Ponds Winery.
For lighter meals, there are providores at Aldgate and in Woodside. In Crafers, even the organic flour at Jimmies Pizza is locally sourced.
One thing is certain; the Adelaide Hills loves its food.
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