If you are looking for someone where to have a good brew, a big breakfast, healthy treats, the best sourdough known to man or even pick up some awesome threads , then you need to get down to Old Coach Road at Aldinga.
Yes, it may be a bit of a construction zone and the parking can be a bit average, but the little businesses that call this place home need our support and still doing amazing things even when the road can be a bit chaotic!
Here are some of my favourite places along the strip-
If you’re looking for a sweet green juice, kombucha, locally made ice-blocks (with no nasties) or just some organic veggies and meat to take home for dinner, then this the place to stop in. These guys have a variety of seasonal and fresh produce on offer, as well as local cheeses, condiments and crackers, making platters for the beach oh-so-easy. If you want to feed your sweet tooth then their brownies and treats by The Fleurieu Kitchen are a no brainer, + their burgers, well words can’t do them justice!
The home of big brunches, lunches and strong (and amazing) coffee. Rosey’s is a café surrounded by garden beds filled with beautiful blooms and succulents and lush lawns adorned picnic tables and umbrellas when the sun is out. Their spicy beans with ciabatta is a personal favourite, as is their veggie breakfast and fresh juices. Their indoor space is as lovely as the outside- i’m talking a dreamy stone cottage with timber furniture and loads of space. Bliss.
The Shack Café and Pizzeria
Burgers, fish and chips and pizza- this isn’t just your average fish and chip shop. The Shack Café and Pizzeria has some of the best burgers in the south- their crispy chicken burger and The Shack burger are favourite of ours. Their sweet potato fries are the perfect addition if you’re feeling a bit healthy, or if you’re after the real deal, their calamari and chips is a winner. I’ve ordered pizzas from here many times before, and on every occasion they have been a hit. Garden Chicken and Bruschetta are my go-tos, but I feel like you can’t order a bad one. They stock plenty of cold drinks to wash all that goodness down with, as well as hot coffee from Fleurieu Roast.
Pies, pasties, huge sausage rolls and the best donuts and sourdough getting around- say hello to Homegrain. By far one of my most favourite bakeries, this gem always has the most friendliest of staff and pies that are so good they don’t need sauce (big call I know, but I’m making it). Other than nailing hot food, they also make mean takeaway quiches (for an easy family dinner), healthy rolls and ham and cheese croissants and a range of breads, baguettes, rolls and sweet loaves. If you’re into your coffee they also make a mean brew, and sell beans on site.
Miss Gladys On Sea
Designer threads, a huge range of shoes and stuff for the lads- Miss Gladys on sea has you well and truly looked after. There seriously is no need to venture into the CBD when we have such an awesome little clothing shop down south. Stocking some big name brands, plenty of vintage threads, jewelry and bags, you’ll be able to get a whole outfit and more from here. It’s not just the ladies they look after though- there’s a whole room dedicated the blokes, with some really cool shirts and shoes for the taking. They also know how to throw a mean sale- many a times have I picked up a bargain on the way to a coffee date. Its dangerous (dangerously good!).
Goodness Coffee Co
If you love coffee, and I mean LOVE coffee, then you need to check out Goodness Coffee Co. Tucked away in a 1850’s stone building on Old Coach Road, this coffee joint is cosy and makes you feel right at home. Inside there’s a big roasting machine on display, whilst outside is full of leafy greens, succulents and a little seating area under a big beautiful tree, as well as lawn and a picnic table out the front. Their menu is short but sweet, with you usual suspects on the board (lattes, flat whites and chai’s), as well as offering options of Soy and Almond Milk. They also offer a small, and always changing selection of sweets to go with your brew- think banana bread, croissants, raw and vegan cakes and brownies.
Fall From Grace
After somewhere to kick off Friday night drinks? Then head off to Fall From Grace. Tucked in next to Rosey’s and Miss Gladys, this little wine bar is the perfect place to wine-down (pun definitely intended), kick up your heels and have a few. With plenty of local and international bottles on offer, and on occasions offering tastings with the winemakers themselves, it’s an absolute winner. Grab a picnic rug, hit the lawn and a platter or two from next door and thats friday night made!
photo credit- Fleurieu Yoga Facebook, by Angela Lisman
Kristin from Fleurieu Yoga has recently opened her new yoga studio just up from Miss Gladys and it is looks stuning. Relocating from the eco village to this location has given her way more room to move, and allowing other teachers to come in and utilise the space. There’s a variety of sessions on offer, suiting beginners up to the serious yogis. I must admit, it’s been a while between my visits to Kristin’s classes, but when I have gone I’ve felt so uplifted and completely refreshed- it’s definitely time to book in a class in the new digs.