One of the things we love most about the Barossa is the breadth of things to do. There's everything from horse-riding to cooking schools, nature-trails to walking tours, a whole world of wine tasting to discover and, of course, an incredible living food culture that infuses through our everyday lives.
And with that love of fresh, seasonal, delicious food comes a devotion to our local cafe culture. We all have our favourite spots and regular orders, and to help you get your cafe tour of the Barossa off to a great start, we've gathered together five of our top picks for you here.
Darlings Food with Passion Cafe
A firm local favourite, Darling's Food with Passion cafe is located right in the heart of Tanunda, in the midst of a lovely little shopping strip which includes Daisy and Hen (beautiful things for little people), Alabaster (clothing, homewares and original art), A Time for Seasons (ladies' fashion and beautiful homewares) and Elemental Barossa (gorgeous homewares and accessories crafted by artisans from around the world).
Once you've worked up an appetite with a spot of shopping, Darling's makes the perfect stop, either for a full breakfast, a delicious, ecclectic salad for lunch or afternoon tea complete with one of Eleni's sweet treats. Their coffee is always perfectly on point, and the service is genuinely friendly, professional and welcoming.
Our tip: A long black with a serve of the vegetarian baked beans on sour dough toasts.
Keil's Fine Food and Coffee
Located in a row of beautiful heritage shops across the road from Darling's is Keil's Fine Food and Coffee. Run by sisters Veena and Sarsi, this is a lovely, light airy space - the huge front windows are the perfect place to sit and indulge in some people-watching, while the sidewalk tables are popular with locals - and their dogs!
A definite menu highlight are the amazing salads - huge and loaded with ALL the good stuff, they will keep you fuelled up well past snack-o-clock.
Our tip: try the sushi bowl. Cooked-to-perfection sticky rice, smoked salmon, endamame beans, ginger and lashing of wasabi mayo, it's fresh, zingy and addictive. I've been known to have it three times in one week!
Keil's Fine Food and Coffee
Shop 1, 63 - 67 Murray Street Tanunda
Ph: 08 8563 1468
Re-invigorating the northern end of Nuriootpa's main street is Fleur Social. A relative new-comer to the Barossa cafe scene, Fleur Social is the creation of husband and wife team Ryan and Sara and combines their respective passions of great coffee and floral design, creating a unique cafe/florist hybrid space. As soon as you step in to the space, you're overwhelmed with the gorgeous smell of freshly cut flowers, combined with freshly roasted coffee; it's a feast for the senses.
Their menu is seriously local, with all ingredients listed according to the grower/maker and a great selection of sweet treats to compliment their excellent coffee.
Our tip: check out the bagel menu. As a proud Canadian, Ryan is bringing bagels to the Barossa in a big way with lashings of local ingredients and some classic combinations. The Mt Pleasant Smoked Salmon is our current fave.
55C Murray Street, Tanunda
Ph: 08 8562 1612
We can't help but mention that sometimes the best cafe-experience has very little to do with an actual cafe.
Pack a thermos of Barossa Coffee Roasters' finest (your BnB should have a french press, or pick up a take away from any local Barossa cafe), paired with a little Jersey Fresh milk (from any local supermarket) and head up to Steingarten with a picnic rug. The view is simply incredible and of course there are the untold benefits of a few minutes of quiet reflection over a great cup of coffee.