A local guide on the best places to eat, drink, stay, relax and explore in McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula
To Perk Up – Someday Soon Co.
We love Someday soon Co coffee shop on Main Road McLaren Vale, which is owned by 2 stellar women creating awesome coffee, delicious freshly baked treats, chill vibes and $10 Mimosas on Saturdays. Sit amongst the gum trees and prepare for your day ahead with dreamy, creamy coffee (optional edible coffee cups made from oats and grains that are also human and doggo friendly!). We might just run into you there while we get our morning fix.
— 33 Main Rd, McLaren Vale
— Open Tuesday – Saturday: 7am-3pm, Sunday: 7am-10am
To Eat – Hanabi Japanese Kitchen
Hanabi Japanese Kitchen is hidden away in one of the train carriages on main street McLaren Vale bringing tasty Japanese fare to the area. The train carriage was built in the 1920’s with a cozy interior and a relaxed vibe. Walking into an open kitchen you are greeted by friendly staff who escort you into the rear of the carriage into the old train seating.
Best for couples or small groups, these are generous serves of authentic Japanese food, with the ability to consume with Sake or Japanese plum liqueur, or if you prefer, BYO from the local pub from a selection of McLaren Vale wines.
— 196 Main Road McLaren Vale
To Drink – Prohibition Liquor Co. at Penny’s Hill
Prohibition Liquor Co. always gets a visit from the OTV staff when in the city, and now they have decided to open a tasting room closer to us at Penny’s Hill! Winemaker Corrina is a dedicated member of their Bootleg Box subscription, and Wednesday knock offs usually see us sipping away a G&T.
Pay them a visit for a gin flight, a cocktail using their small batch spirits or perhaps a cheese board (dine in or takeaway) and soak up the weekend sun on the beautiful lawn area or enjoy the historic coach house tasting room.
To Do – Fleurieu Arthouse
Located at Hardys Tintara, this is an arthouse and an artisan hub with so much to offer. There is a display gallery for you to wander through and choose locally made art, homewares, accessories and gifts for sale, studios that are for rent to local artists that are open for you to wander through and to chat with, as well as workshops for adults and children. Get all your Christmas shopping done, meet some great people, learn some new craft skills then relax in the Arthouse coffee bar – no better way to spend a day!
To Stay – Ukiyo House, Port Willunga
For an intimate couples retreat we suggest you treat yourself to the magnificent Ukiyo House “The Floating World” luxury accommodation in Port Willunga featuring Japanese artesian touches. This is a recently built house for 2 adults using beautiful furnishings and personally restored quality furniture to provide maximum comfort for each guest’s experience.
With a short 5 minute walk to the beach your stay includes the use of beach games and equipment and a Kayak and only a short stroll to local restaurant “The Star of Greece”. Also, let’s just finish by pointing out that your stay includes a fully stocked gin bar…