In the April school holidays we spent a few days in the little seaside town of Port Elliot. Port Elliot is just 45 minutes from Adelaide, in the Fleurieu Peninsula. We've stayed here a few times but this was the first time during school holidays. Port Elliot is a small town, which heaves in the summer time. I love staying in small towns, and Port Elliot has the perfect mix of beach, bakery, pub, shops and plenty of stuff to keep the kids happy. Its bakery is legendary...speak to any South Australian and good chance they've most likely heard of the Port Elliot bakery! Its so good you'll have to queue during the lunch hour.
My parents joined us for the few days away so once hubby went back to work in Adelaide, I was lucky enough to 'escape' and check out the retail scene (in other words, go shopping!). Here is my run down on what you can find in Port Elliot if you're after a wander or a spot of retail therapy.
Ok, so I'll let you in on a little secret. Port Elliot is home to the BEST book shop I have ever set foot in (coming from a book lover). Think leather couches, freshly brewed coffee, hard to find books for adults and children, laid back vibe, people sipping lattes on leather while flipping through magazines...well, I think I just about died and went to book heaven! South Seas Books and Trading is worth the trip to Port Elliot alone. I always pay a visit when we are in the area and this time I went back with Max to pick out a book of his choice (with a bit of guidance he chose 'The Book With No Pictures'!).
South Seas Books and Trading
53 North Terrace, Port Elliot
A cute little shop that supports locally made artwork, jewellery, candles and soaps, as well as a fab range of Ecoya candles, curated and on trend furniture pieces such as side tables and chairs, macrame hangers and luxe cushions. I found a key piece here for Lola's nursery without even really looking.
Shop 1, 26 The Strand, Port Elliot
Dog Dragon is a treasure trove of Indonesian furniture, ceramics and garden features. This place has been open for years and for a small seasonal town that's always a good sign. A visit to Dog Dragon is worth it just for the building and the courtyard itself. It's a little piece of Bali in Port Elliot.
55 North Terrace, Port Elliot
Living By Design and Coast
Coast Design on The Strand is the coastal sister of Living By Design in Adelaide. Coast gives me major black and white stripe awning envy!! Coast has a very well curated selection of furniture that suits French, Contemporary and Scandi tastes, homewares, kids clothing and toys, and a fantastic selection of clothing that is heaving with the best knits in winter.
22 The Strand, Port Elliot
Elliot and Me
Elliot and Me, besides having the cutest name ever, is the kind of place you don't walk out empty handed...I visited this shop twice in a few days! Think Elk Accessories, Eb and Ive (urghhh my new fave!), leather shoes and handbags, and lots of other labels I'd never heard of. Let's just say I got educated! (pssst. I bought a stunning pair of grey ankle boots which you can see on my Instagram, if you fancy a look!).
34 The Strand, Port Elliot
A Little Piece of Byron
And so it is! A bohemian luxe boutique channeling the cool and laid back vibes of Byron - vintage lace, leather and tassels. You'll find something to get the party started or pack in the suitcase for your next getaway. If you like your boho you'll love A Little Piece of Byron.
42 North Terrace, Port Elliot
That's my shoppers guide to Port Elliot. If you are a local and you haven't visited before, then it's a must do! A great weekend getaway or day trip out of the city. If you are new to SA, combine a trip to Port Elliot with the wineries of the world class wine region, McLaren Vale, a long lunch at renowned The Star of Greece at Port Willunga and late night pizzas at Russells in Willunga. The Fleurieu Peninsula is such a hidden gem. A trip to this part of Australia will leave you surprised, and definitely wanting more.