The second the gates lifted on iso, we’ve been out and about falling in love again with allllll our favourite haunts!
A recent little escapade down at Port Elliot had us squealing with how many incredible small businesses are now operating on the junction of The Strand and North Terrace of this popular little coastal town.
Rail, hail or shine, this petite strip is full of the quirkiest, tastiest, most delightful places to eat, drink and shop, so here’s our pick of where to start exploring next time you’re down that way…
1. Yeo Haus | WEBSITE
Nestled in this historic blue-stone building on The Strand, this shop of gentle goods and coffee hole is a go-to for a caffeine-hit and relaxed clothes shop post-surf or when you’re just chilling out. And a hot tip, my fave pop-up food van (Gang Gang) are regularly parked on the back lawn at Yeo Haus, serving up all sorts of Burgery goodness… heaven!
2. Thunderbird | WEBSITE
We’ve gone from newbies, to full blown regulars at this gorgeous little restaurant and wine bar that serves up the freshest seafood and regional tapas. It’s perfect for a coffee and a bite to eat, a lazy lunch, or a full-blown dinner affair… any way you try it, you’ll be wanting more!
3. Mist | WEBSITE
Caution… shopping in Mist while feeling the relaxed holiday vibes may harm your wallet! This sweet store is oozing chic clothing, jewellery, gorgeous homewares and gifts, and it’s literally impossible to go in without coming out with a new purchase.
Image :: Mist Instagram
4. South Seas Books and Trading | WEBSITE
I’m a total nerd who gets excited by the smell of books and an independently owned bookstore has a special kinda magic about it! This quaint store is packed with beautiful books, homewares and gifts that will delight, plus they serve a great cuppa joe.
5. Hotel Elliot | WEBSITE
Kids, doggos, all are welcome for a great pub meal in this family-friendly pub. There’s heaps of seating both indoors and outdoors, plus live entertainment picks up the pace for a few relaxed bevvies with friends on weekends.
Image :: Hotel Elliot Instagram
6. Callan’s Collectables | WEBSITE
Another great nook for those who love to browse second-hand goods — think an eclectic range of fine china, militaria, figurines, kitchenware and lots of quirky collectables in this shop on The Strand.
7. Living By Design | WEBSITE
Half an hour browsing the furniture and homewares in this chic space will have you totally recreating the way you live at home! Filled with exceptional pieces, you can extend the holiday-feeling in your own pad when you take home a few goodies from here. And if that’s not enough to hook you, they’ve got gorgeous fashion for adults and littlies, plus eye-catching artwork.
Image :: Living By Design Facebook
8. Beaches | WEBSITE
The fresh coastal-vibes are pumping at this beautiful coffee shop on North Terrace and it’s easy to spend a morning here eating incredible food (lots of vegan and veggo options) with the whole fam.
Image :: Beaches Instagram
9. Royal Family Hotel | WEBSITE
This traditional pub is fab for a super easy meal with the kids… they’ve even got an outdoor playground which makes dining with littlies a breeze.
10. Port Elliot Bakery | WEBSITE
It’s a hotly contested point among locals, but whether or not this is the best bakery on the coast, the regular line ups have to speak for something! Pop it on your bucket list to grab a pie and a Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake Donut and make up your own mind… we doubt you’ll be disappointed!
11. The Bargain Barn
If you love browsing nick-nacks, check out this surprisingly big second-hand store on The Strand for quality bric-a-brac, second hand books, jigsaws and linen.
12. Cockles | WEBSITE
Delicious dining in a laid-back atmosphere makes Cockles the perfect spot for brunching, lunching, coffee and cake.
Image :: Cockles Instagram
Do yourself a favour — if you’re yet to explore this beautiful regional town, make a day of moseying around.