Hahndorf, Adelaide


2015 08 18 - WESA Travel - Hahndorf, Adelaide

Through our ten days trip in Adelaide, we visited Hahndorf twice because there were so much to see and do at the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia. We spent one day visiting the Hahndorf Farm Barn, and another day roaming the main street.

It was only about 30 minutes drive away from Adelaide but I wouldn’t recommend you visit this town over the weekends (difficult to find parking lots)! So go during the weekdays to avoid the crowd.

The first place we set our foot on was the oh-so-famous CHOCOLATE @ N°5.

You can satisfy your appetite at an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bakeries – many serving traditional German fare. We were spoilt for choices and were contemplating whether to first stop by the Hahndorf Inn or the CHOCOLATE @ N°5. After much hesitation, we chose the later. Alright, I needed to fix my chocolate craving.

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It was a ‘Wall-of-Honour’. Tens of certificates and medals hung proudly at the entrance of their little cafe. You could almost feel that sense of pride the owner had for her Chocolates. Every chocolate were visually appealing and each was created with passion and care.

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Their chocolates were crafted using fresh ingredients and I like how they omit any artificial preservatives or additives. But with any products using fresh ingredients, shelf life is short so their in-house chocolatier, Sarina Waterman suggests you consume the chocolates as close to the purchased date as possible. And DO NOT store them in the fridge.

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Among all, the Rainbow Mega Freckles Dark was Sonia’s favourite!

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The rich and chocolatey hot chocolate was my favourite! Everyone’s favourite, actually.

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Their Belgian sugar waffles have gained an enviable reputation and we all know why. Crisp and sugary on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, their handmade waffles were so yummy, we wiped the plate clean.

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‘Yes’ to more chocolate desserts! They were amazingly rich and chocolatey!

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And having ice-cream in winter – superb!

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Sonia totally enjoyed the food there! How not to?

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nom nom nom

After a dose of rich and satisfying chocolate feed, we were too full for German cuisine, so we went for a walk down the main street before ending our day at Hahndorf Inn.

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S & A would take every opportunity to sit. I guessed, they were just worn out after so much walking. Wait a second, we were carrying them most of the time , weren’t we?

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A very rare family photo. Rare because either hubby or I would be behind the camera snapping pictures but this really nice lady (random stranger) volunteered to take a family photo for us! And nice people like her are rare too! “If you happen to to be reading my blog, we really want to say thank you! It’s nice to have something to look back, especially family photos.”

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My little social butterfly.

“Mummy, why ducks have beaks, not mouth? Why no teeth?”   My answer “because they are vegetarians”.

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She’s an inquisitive child. “Why are there red and black ants? I only see black ants in Singapore, you know?”

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And so much thanks to the grandparents who helped look after the kids and us throughout the trip. I probably have the BEST in-laws, ever. They woke up so early to prepare breakfast and lunch for the kids. They made us tea and half-boiled eggs every single morning before we head out for our adventures so we feel warm in the winter. We are very blessed. No amount of ‘thank you’ is ever enough. They loved us so dearly and we want to tell them, we love them too! Muack!

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At Hahndorf, it was not quite possible to stop eating. Soon after, we found ourselves in a bakery buying more desserts! This time round, macarons!

These macarons are selling 3 for AUD 10. Slightly more expensive than those at the Grange Jetty Cafe but not as yummy. Grange Jetty Cafe still serves the BEST macarons! I’m not exaggerating any bit.

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Arnold wanted some macarons but of course we didn’t give him any. Here’s my rule – sweet snacks only after 3-yrs-old.

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Sonia is now 3’ish, so she got her macaron!

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We gave her half but she didn’t finish it. This little gourmet is very picky with food. She preferred the macaron at Grange Jetty Cafe.

After a bite or two, she returned the macaron to us.

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I’m not an arty person and have never purchased any art pieces before so this was a whole new experience for me. Papa just commissioned a painting, and it was interesting watching the whole purchasing process. There’s always something new to learn everyday.

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Alec Johnston Park

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Pretty little things

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There was so much to see at Hahndorf. You can browse the incredible range of shops; from toys, antiques, books, clothing, shoes, minerals, cuckoo clocks, hand-crafted leather wares, natural beauty products, bakers, and candle-makers! Hahndorf really is a shopper’s paradise. We didn’t walk into the Candle Barn because we were hungry, again. Yes, you didn’t hear us wrongly, we were hungry, again. But you do visit Hahndorf, be sure to patronise the Candle Barn and make your own candle in a jar. They use only natural and organic ingredients!

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Hahndorf Inn is crowded, whether weekday or weekend. They specialise in German food, the size of some of their meals have to be seen to be believed!

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Mouth-watering but too meaty for my liking. Serving was huge so order a dish or two to share. This dish is called “TASTE OF GERMANY PLATTER” AUD 69.90. It says, serves 2 but I’m sure 2 can’t finish this platter; maybe 4. There were bockwrust, weisswurst, cheese kansky and vienna sausages, smoked pork kassler chop and Eisbein pork knuckle. Served with rhine potato, sauerkraut, 2 pretzels, a selection of German mustards and pork jus. See what I mean?

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“Char Grilled Port Rib Racks” AUD 45 (additional racks at AUD 14 each). This is one of their most famous dishes. Marinated and slow cooked until tender, then charred on the grill in their own BBQ sauce and served with German potato dumplings. Each rack is about 450g. We also add on the rib and wing combo.

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Feeling so FULL! I couldn’t move. No pun intended.

The overall ambience of Hahndorf, Adelaide may best be described by a German word for which there is no translation – Gemutlichkeit!!

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About me

Hello! I'm Winnie! First, a wife to my hub, Edmund. Then a mum to my gems, Sonia and Arnold. Together we form WESA. Everything written in this blog space is about us - it's a family affair! Here I share snippets of our everyday kind of life and adventures. I love motherhood, family, children, playdates, travel, parties and simple joy.

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