Find the perfect purchase in the Adelaide Hills, from farm fresh produce and gourmet artisan goodies to fine art, chic homewares, the latest fashions and quirky antiques.
An excellent range of markets in the Adelaide Hills offer something for everyone – from amazing fresh produce direct from the growers (fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, honey, olive oil and eggs) and tasty baked treats, to unique fashions and jewellery, second-hand books, plants and flowers, and gifts lovingly handcrafted by local artists.
Buy seasonal produce direct from the growers, including everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to apple pies, jams and flowers. Visit roadside stalls between Verdun and Balhannah and between Piccadilly and Summertown/Uraidla. Stock up at Beerenberg Farm Shop in Hahndorf with a huge array of jams, sauces and condiments. Cherry season (November to January) is also the time to purchase from shed doors on the Cherries SA Cherry Map and Fresh Cherries app.
Find local art and design at Hahndorf Academy and Bamfurlong Fine Crafts in Hahndorf, Atelier in Crafers, Field Trip in Balhannah, The Coach House Studio in Gumeracha, Top of the Torrens Gallery in Birdwood and Fabrik in Lobethal. Aptos Cruz Galleries in Stirling has contemporary Australian art, and designer furniture and lighting while Peregrine Store at Gumeracha is a trove of artisan gifts and homewares.
Hahndorf, Stirling and Mount Barker all provide a good range of fashion, jewellery, homewares, galleries and food outlets. Local gems can also be found in smaller towns like Aldgate, Nairne, Balhannah, Woodside, Charleston, Lobethal and Gumeracha.
A shopper's paradise, with its shop-lined main street full of antiques and cuckoo clocks, fine jewellery and opals, hand-crafted leather, natural beauty products, German smallgoods and winery cellar doors. Buy local art at Hahndorf Academy and Bamfurlong Fine Crafts and keep the kids entertained at both the Hahndorf Candlemaker and 3 Wishes Candle Barn (make your own candle), traditional lolly shops and fairy garden. Visit the Hahndorf Business and Tourism Association website for more.
The garden village of Stirling has a lovely main street with shops offering shoes and clothing, childrenswear, haberdashery, books, kitchenwares, plants and artisan chocolates. Highlights include Three Birds and September Maison for homewares and fashion (along with 29 Milan just a block back from the main street), Matilda bookshop, the Organic Market and Cafe for interesting health foods and ingredients, Red Cacao for indulgent chocolates and Aptos Cruz for designer art and furniture. The Stirling Adelaide Hills website has a handy list of shops.
Home to big name shopping centres, variety department stores and a homemaker centre, along with a range of specialty and independent retailers, with historic Gawler Street a great place to start.
Smaller towns worth a look include Aldgate for homewares, jewellery, clothing, toys and collectibles, Balhannah for local artisan and homewares at Living by Design and Field Trip, Woodside for bric-a-brac and antiques and Charleston for cool homewares, clothing and accessories at Pony.
Load up on gourmet artisan cheese, chocolates, jams, olives, smallgoods, smoked meats, wine, craft beer, cider, locally distilled spirits and skincare products (including the internationally renowned Jurlique range), German folk art in Hahndorf and wooden toys at The Toy Factory in Gumeracha.
Highlights in Hahndorf include Grass Roots Vintage, Hahndorf Antiques and Collectables and Ambleside Antiques. In Woodside, look for Antique Emporium, The Change Room, Avalon and The Warehouse, and in Birdwood try Treasures on Torrens. Other favourites include Little Ms Waste-Not Vintage in Nairne, Hunted Home and Vintage in Lobethal, Hugo’s in Balhannah, The Farm Gate Services Farm Shop in Echunga and Adelaide Recycled Timbers in Uraidla for doors, windows, lighting and bric-a-brac.