A mix of vibrant new build communities and characterful mid century homes sit pretty atop one of Adelaide’s largest green spaces, Sturt Gorge. Backlit by the city skyline and surrounded by quintessentially Australian grassland and woodland, Flagstaff Hill is an ideal spot for anyone in search of creative communities, easy shopping, great schools and an active lifestyle – all within 15 minutes of the city.
After spending time in Flagstaff Hill working on a recent interior design project, we put together a guide of our (and the locals) favourite places. Featuring cellar doors, art classes, cafe-community hubs and swoon-worthy vintage furniture stores.
Main and Cherry | Winery & Cellar Door
60 Grants Gully Road, Chandlers Hill SA 5159
Designed by architect Mario Dreosti of Brown Falconer, Main and Cherry’s stunning cellar door caters for families, large groups and couples – no matter the weather.
Enjoy a glass of wine from the large undercover deck while the kids run wild on the spacious lawns. Or participate in a casual, guided-wine tasting before tucking in to a shared platter or small plate from their cellar door menu. Plates include Oysters with Prosecco & Raspberry Mignonette and Lime Caviar, Sticky Cracked Pepper Oyster Mushroom and King Prawns with Salsa Mojo.
Panorama Art Group
30 Glenhuntly Drive, Flagstaff Hill SA 5159
Founded and led by well-known and celebrated South Australian artist, Peter Findlay, Panorama Art Group is an independent art school offering group classes and private tuition.
One for the keener painters, classes are suitable for intermediate and advanced artists who are interested in developing their painting technique and skills. The fun, relaxed and explorative lessons are held at Peter’s home-studio in Flagstaff Hill – where you will create, learn and “above all, love your artwork” (Peter Findlay).
The Duck Inn
393 Main Road, Coromandel Valley SA 5051
A popular watering hole among locals, The Duck is a quintessential Aussie pub with a dog-friendly beer garden, private function room, and a stack of great year-round events.
For drinks: park-up for a cold one in the welcoming front bar or enjoy a winter red in a cosy corner by the fireplace. And for food: tuck-in to modern pub classics in the open plan dining room or treat yourself to the five-course tasting menu, handpicked by the chef.
Shop 12, 1 Ridgway Drive, Flagstaff Hill SA 5159
A relatively new face to Flagstaff Hill but an absolute must-visit if you’re a South-Adelaide local, or are up for a pilgrimage. Dellas Delicatessen have taken Adelaide by storm with their iconic sandwiches and specialty coffee.
Alongside flat whites, house-roasted beans and Nespresso compatible pods, the Della’s gang sling their Insta-worthy sandwiches and indulgent brunches, seven days a week. Menu highlights include the Eggs Benny Burger, Meatball Sub, Falafel burger and (our favourite) The Toasted Reuben.
226 Shepherds Hill Rd, Bellevue Heights SA 5050
The friendly faces at Co Gallery have curated a charming, plant-filled, and creative community hub that celebrates good food, local artists and…did we mention plants?
Available to artists and creatives as an exhibition or event space, Co Gallery has a roster of workshops, markets and classes hosted by local makers. On a more regular basis (seven days a week, to be exact) Co Gallery is the perfect place for hot drinks and sweet treats. We recommend enjoying your coffee and cake from a bright blue velvet lounger and soaking up the lively atmosphere.
Sturt Gorge Recreation Park
Flagstaff Hill SA 5159
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A vast, inner-suburban bushland. Sturt Gorge is internationally recognised for its geological and conservation significance and is the perfect place to retreat from suburban life and experience nature up close.
While there’s plenty to learn about this National Park, the main draw for locals is more recreational, than educational. Sturt Gorge is a popular spot for mountain bike riding, hiking and horse riding.
Deviation Road Winery
207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood, SA 5153
Just 5 minutes down the road, family-owned winery, Deviation Road is nestled on the fringe of the Adelaide Hills. Produced from mature vineyards that have been in the Laurie family for generations, their cool climate wines range from traditional and contemporary whites, reds and rosès to funkier bottle-fermented and aged Australian sparkling.
For visitors to their cellar door: guided wine flights and an all-day grazing menu are on offer most days and there’s an events calendar with incredible supper clubs, courses and tastings held regularly.
Emprades Vintage + Design
45 Grants Gully Road, Clarendon SA 5157
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While the history of the building is a story in itself, it’s what is on the inside of this former jam and pickle factory that has our hearts well and truly captured.
Carefully curated and handpicked by store owner Pru, Emprades eclectic mix of vintage & antique furniture, decor, jewellery, cutlery, and art is a must-visit. From the clean lines of Mid-Century modern and glamorous genuine Antiques, to Swedish Klippan Blankets and Danish pleated Lampshades there’s a hidden gem to suit every style.
O’Halloran Hill Fruit Mart
Shop 14/93 Main South Road O’Halloran Hill SA 5158
Very few green grocers are worth making a special trip for, but O’Halloran Hill Fruit Mart is one that’s certainly worth the journey. Family owned for over 30 years, the Daher family have been injecting love and laughter into their fruit and veg shop, which is always full of fresh produce and smiling customers.
Perfectly stacked towers of fresh fruit and veg create colourful isles inside and outside the market shed, sparking joy before you even step inside. One you’re in, you’ll find all the crowd favourites and midweek-meal essentials, as well as rare produce, pantry items, herbs, eggs and breads.
Delicia Açaì and Protein
Shop 6, 47-69 Main South Rd, O’Halloran Hill
This fresh, fun superfood cafe, sits just a few doors down from O’Halloran Hill Fruit Mart. Delicia draws a mixed crowd, from post-workout refuelers looking for a protein hit to on-the-go lunchers picking up one of their famous Açaì Bowls.
If the bright colours and satisfying patterns of purple smoothie bowls don’t lift your spirits, worry-not as there is plenty more joy on offer. Step inside for vegan and gluten-free treats, snacks and coffee, as well as a delicious Warm and Savoury Menu for when the weather drops.