Fleurieu Peninsula, SA

Best breakfast on the Fleurieu SA

By Michelle Hubbard

September 11, 2020 | 4 minute read

Motherduck Cafe
Motherduck Cafe

The Fleurieu Peninsula offers it all – sights, sea, super-friendly locals and sensational brekkies. Whether you’re popping into Port Elliot, mozeying around Middleton, gazing at Goolwa or hungry in the Harbor (Victor Harbor, that is) you won't be disappointed. Take a look…

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Motherduck Cafe - Goolwa

Situated in a 100+-year-old building that's been transformed into a contemporary but homely eatery, Motherduck Cafe is the perfect hangout for Goolwa visitors looking for a place to rest and fill-up between shopping, visiting the galleries or heading out for a day on the water. Owner and chef, Mel, loves using local and seasonal produce in her cooking and delivers a great menu that will please both traditionalists and vegetarians a like. 

There are lots of egg and bacon options, plus buckwheat pancakes, hotcakes, a speciality plate for those wild about mushrooms and much more. The drinks menu includes healthy choices such as pressed juices (try the Hold Your Horses with apple, spinach, cucumber, celery, kale, kiwi, mint and parsley), smoothies, kombucha - plus bullet proof coffee and naked chocolat. Motherduck is a must visit! 

Pipi's - Middleton

A real favourite with locals and visitors alike, Pipi in the heart of Middleton’s main street, caters for  everyone and by that, we mean coffee-craving adults, hungry kids and furbabies (there‘s a human and dog-friendly courtyard!) Breakfast offerings are seasonal yet innovative with the cafe's aim being to create a beautiful and friendly space for people to enjoy honest and locally sourced food and great coffee.  Current specials include pancakes with strawberries and lime syrup, fresh fruit, vanilla ice cream and coconut and macadamia crunch. Yum!


Thunderbird - Port Elliot

Located on Port Elliot’s Strand, Thunderbird is a restaurant, bar and brekkie spot in one. With a modern stylish feel and an ever-changing seasonal menu, breakfast favourites include homegrain sourdough with spreads, coconut yogurt, seasonal fruits and puffed grain brekky bowl, buttermilk pancakes with berries, maple syrup and vanilla icecream, and grilled haloumi with rocket pesto, vine ripened tomatoes and greens. But my favourite - the organic chia pudding with berries, mango, coconut and almond. OMG!

Cockles Café - Port Elliot

On the go since 2008, Cockles Cafe has grown from humble beginnings to become a popular destination with an extensive hearty brunch menu. Chef Moss McEwan serves up gorgeous eggs benedict, as well as a range of locally produced vegetarian and not-so-vego breakfast plates including lots of family favourites. Drinks-wise there’s a great collection of Grinders coffees, smoothies and a heart-skipping special of Nutella hot chocolate with S’Mores. Cockles believes that brunch is the best meal of the day - and I couldn't agree more!


Anchorage - Victor Harbor

If you don't already know it, the Anchorage is a charming historic hotel overlooking Encounter Bay. It's also a long-standing favourite for those looking for a hearty breakfast and great coffee. Offering freshly baked muffins, waffles and sourdough toast there’s carbs aplenty. Vegetarian and omnivore breakfast eaters are also well catered for with the Anchorage’s big plates, loaded with lots of local produce. There's outside seating, a great view and food a plenty. Perfect place to start the day and plan your adventures! 

Belicious - Victor Harbor

This Victor establishment is very well-known for its waffles, which now come gluten-free. However, be sure to also check out the breakfast menu which extends far beyond waffles to include bacon, smoked salmon and croissants. This cafe also serves a great variety of teas. Perfect for the whole family!

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