Isn’t everything closed in winter? Myth busted! Check out our pick of the food and drink haunts you must visit when you come to Kangaroo Island this winter (and summer!)

For an Island its size, Kangaroo Island really packs a punch in the gourmet food and drink department…year-round. From award winning gins to breathtaking cellar doors and quirky coffee shops. If you are a dedicated foodie, you will not be disappointed.

Here we have curated some of our favorite eating and drinking spots, and some inside tips on the best times to visit.

Millie Mae’s Pantry

Located in the heart of Penneshaw in a 100 year old fruit orchard Millie Mae’s serves up high end café fare with a focus on seasonality and local produce. Great coffee and cold press juices as well as a charming rustic fit out, the perfect brunch or lunch stopover as you get off the ferry.

False Cape Wines

A 15 minute drive from Penneshaw is the newly opened False Cape Wines. Whilst they have been well known for their quality wine, they are also the go to spot for a relaxed lunch which slides on into the afternoon. With a wood fire and ample outdoor heating, its is also a gorgeous spot during winter where their hearty homemade pies and grazing platters are a warming winter lunch.

The Oyster Farm Shop

Where else would you look for fresh oysters other than an Island paradise? Perched on the American River wharf within swinging distance of the oyster lease, at Kangaroo Islands Oyster Farm Shop you can taste fresh Pacific Oysters as you watch the days haul brought in to shore. Choose from seven hot or cold toppings at the deli style shop or get a dozen to take home for entrée.

KI Spirits

Not a secret anymore, KI Spirits is a multi global award-winning boutique gin distillery in the Cygnet River region. The perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail or two in the eclectic garden beneath the festoon lights. With unique cocktails on the menu get some inspiration and get some gin to enjoy long after your holiday is over.

Cactus Coffee + Food

Right on the main street of Kingscote Cactus is a local favorite, with excellent coffee and a fresh Asian inspired menu it’s a great place for a spot of lunch or a takeaway latte and some of their famous Portuguese custard tarts.

Islander Estate

For the serious wine connoisseur, it would be a mistake to miss The Islander Estate Tasting Rooms at Cygnet River. Have an expert take you through their wines, and explain the unique fusion of the vineyards of France with wine making on Kangaroo Island. The staff are warm and knowledgeable, and the outdoor fire pits and blankets make a winter stop off well worth it.

Vivonne Bay General Store

A local takeaway shop like they used to be, Vivonne Bay General Store has been transformed in recent years. Recently renovated into a laid back oceanside hangout offering quality takeaway fare. Home to the famous KI Whiting Burger it’s a perfect stop off on the way to or from Flinders Chase Nation Park. Eat in the new decked area or take it away and eat down the beach or overlooking the jetty as the cray boats unload their catch.

Still not sure if a winter escape to Kangaroo Island is for you? Get in contact with us, we are happy to help you plan your own personalized itinerary, whatever your interest.