In my last blog I wrote about my favorite places from a weekend in Adelaide. Within those 2 days, me and my sister’s family were able to include a visit to the lovely town of Hahndorf.
Hahndorf is a German town in Adelaide Hills, South Australia. It is 30 kilometers away from Adelaide, and it took us about 30 minutes’ drive. I didn’t know what to expect – all I know is that my parents raved about it, and when I told friends in Melbourne that I was going to Adelaide for the weekend, all of them recommended having a visit to Hahndorf.
Boy, were they right! The main street was lined with quaint little shops and the pubs reminded me of an unforgettable Oktorberfest trip to Munich years ago.
Beerenberg Family Farm
Our first stop was at Beerenberg, a family-owned farm and shop. They make their products from home-grown crops, and they offer strawberry-picking from November to April. I was able to sample their different jams, and we got a few jars of slow cooker sauces.
I was also able to buy some postcards which they mail for free.
Seasonal Garden Café
We had brunch here, which I believe is a family favorite of my sister and brother-in-law. Their menu says that they serve “simple, peasant food that is guided by what is available from [their] garden and from the gardens of local growers.”
On that sunny morning we asked for outside seating – this was in their garden at the back of the restaurant. They are vegetarian and vegan friendly, and their pastry display looked tempting. Our brunch was yummy and filling, giving us the energy boost we needed for that day as we headed off to walk through Hanhdorf’s streets.
Rummaging Through an Op Shop
I’m supportive of op shops because they promote the reuse of items, which is my way of helping save the environment. I was glad I found the Christian Care & Share shop. My sister was able to get some clothes, and I had a good deal getting my duvet cover from this store for just $12!
This shop sells vintage items, from garden tools to furniture. Though I did not buy anything, it was quite fun walking around and seeing these items being reused and recycled. I imagine if I lived nearby I would definitely get some of their items for my yard.
Hahn and Hamlin
Now, Hanhdorf is lined up with several cafes. What made Hahn and Hamlin stand out for me was its red door and its interior’s cozy ambience (the fireplace was awesome!). They sell organic coffee and local cakes, and they have gluten-free and dairy-free pastries. After a couple of hours of walking, we wrapped it up with vegan pastries, and a hot cup of chai and soy latte for me and my sister.
I am glad I was able to see Hahndorf up close. I think in my next visit I should spend at least a full weekend there so I can check out more shops. I saw a couple of cafes claiming they had the best coffee – they’re the first in the list so I could see for myself. Then there’s the gelato place, soap shop, and then the vintage book shop….so many places I have yet to check out!