The Essence Cafe, Stirling

Family Friendly Eats, Hills

We love finding a little hidden gem and that’s exactly what The Essence Cafe is. Located in beautiful Stirling (Adelaide Hills) The Essence Cafe is tucked away behind the main road with indoor and outdoor seating available, and plenty of car parking nearby. There’s also room for prams and high chairs and it’s a popular spot for families to grab a coffee and a treat or go all out with a delicious breakfast or lunch.

The menu has all your favourite breakfast options. Smashed avo, bacon and eggs, waffles, granola, croissants and more. If you want my tip, get the smashed avo and halloumi – it was divine.
Kids can grab a toasty, banana bread or we loved their kids grazing plate with fruit, carrot, corn chips, tomatoes and sultanas. The perfect size to keep those little mouths and hands busy while you try and enjoy your own food (well that’s the plan anyway). There are also more substantial kids options like burgers and a kids bacon and egg breakfast if tummies are hungry.
Lunch you can grab a one of their yummy looking salad, burrito or nachos bowls, a burger and plenty of baguette and wrap options.

We also treated our girls to a milkshake each. Big sis with a unicorn mega shake ($10) and little sis her very own mini chocolate milkshake that was just the right size.

If you find yourself in the Adelaide Hills and looking for the perfect little quaint cafe that’s suitable for kids try this one. They’re also dog friendly so you can bring the fur baby too.
Great spot!

Find them at 7/49 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
Like them on Facebook @theessencecafe
Follow them on Instagram @theessencecafe

You might also be interested in

  • I think I just died and went to brunch heaven. I definitely have a new contender for best brunch on Yorke Peninsula...while staying in Moonta, we dropped into Taste The Yorke, a delightful and delicious café on the main drag in town. Run by Jo and her lovely staff, Taste The Yorke gives locals and tourists alike somewhere to support local Yorkes businesses in more ways than one. The café consists of mainly outdoor seating around an undercover verandah, with a few tables inside. Head indoors to order and have a look at the local produce and products for sale. Jo gets in fresh bread from the famous Minlaton Bakery, plus you'll find shelves stocked with goodies from MBC Foods, Broughton River Gourmet and plenty of other local Yorke Peninsula products. Let's get to the menu though! So much to choose from....the menu is mostly centered around brunch, with some lunch options such as quiche, salad and cornish pasties (if you haven't had a cornish pasty while in Moonta, you are missing out!). The whole menu is available all day though, so you really don't need to decide between brunch or lunch! For the kids there is the "Little Yorkers:…

  • In the beautiful Adelaide Hills, just down the road from Gorge Wildlife Park, the Cudlee Cafe is a gorgeous spot for lunch, coffee, cake and a play in the picturesque grounds. Since the devastating Dec 2019 bushfires, the local area needs your visit more than ever so plan a day in the Hills to support these communities. On the drive up Gorge Road we saw no less than 5 koalas from the car alone, but be sure to take care as lots of cyclists use that road especially during TDU season! Cudlee Cafe does a great selection of meals and pride themselves on the use of fresh, locally sourced produce - so eating here helps the whole community! Much of the organically grown produce is also on sale at the cafe so while you're there, pick yourself up some to take home as well. There is seating inside, but if you're bringing the family and it's a nice day, we recommend heading outside and down the stairs to the wonderful, green, shady seating area. The place feels like your own private secret garden and has a playground for the kids - the best spot to enjoy a relaxing lunch and…

  • The team behind Stirling Fringe are back and this time they are taking over the gorgeous Adelaide hills with 'Fringe & Hills' Festival. Entertainment company and hills locals, Bamboozled Productions present their handpicked programme accompanied with our famous Adelaide Hills food and wine selection for just 10 days this April. Friday, April 15th – Thursday 21st will see Stirling come alive with theatre, live music, comedy and magic, while the following weekend Friday April 22– Sunday April 24 will be Lobethal’s turn, with its own dedicated program of music, magic, cabaret and family friendly activations. Leading the program charge is the critically acclaimed dance piece Egg by renowned Adelaide-based artist Erin Fowler. Egg is coming off two critically acclaimed Adelaide Fringe seasons and explores topics of fertility, motherhood, and choices, using dance, clowning, and a pulsating 80s soundtrack, it is one not to be missed. Magician, mentalist and Survivor star Matt Tarrant has performed all around the globe to sold-out audiences, and returns to the Adelaide Hill to mesmerise audiences. His show won’t fool you, rather it will have you believing in real magic again. He is only performing one night in Stirling, and it is sure to be a…

More family friendly eats in Adelaide

Doughballs The Pizza Place

Doughballs The Pizza Place

Attention Northerners - An exciting northern suburbs Doughballs store is now open at Mawson Lakes! I honestly can't remember a time when I have been more impressed with a kids menu. Passionate about pizza, fresh SA produce and delivering a quality value offering and...

The Landing at East Village

The Landing at East Village

We love a venue that just gets it for families. The ones that go the extra mile to make sure that not only are families welcome, but they make sure that it an experience! We will get to the awesome food later, but anywhere that books in regular face painters, live...

Village Grounds Cafe, Alberton

Village Grounds Cafe, Alberton

Kids in Adelaide Best Babyccino Winner 2022 - click here for info ‘It takes a village’. As parents, I'm sure you've heard the term thrown around the playground before. But, the Village Grounds Cafe adapts the phrase into their dwelling perfectly. With a welcoming vibe...

South Australia’s Best Babyccino

South Australia’s Best Babyccino

Just for a bit of fun, every year here at Kids in Adelaide, we engage the help of our huge local audience to hunt down the best babyccinos in South Australia. We then give you guys the only list you’ll need for the winter….. the top ten BEST Babyccinos in SA!

Want to make a day of it and find more family friendly things to do nearby?

Looking for something?

Generic filters




Baby Bunting


Love to Dream


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.