Leathersmith & Bush Gallery: Much more than just a leather shop.
This is a shop bursting with character and atmosphere. All are welcome, even the family dog which can be tied to the dog hitching rail out the front. The signs out the front give you some idea of the humour of the owners of this place.
Once inside, you find a rabbit warren of tight passageways winding about the place. The open fireplace by the entrance gives a warm cosy feeling and sets the atmosphere. Over the fireplace, you find little quotes written in a seemingly ending variety of languages, together with banknotes from around the world.
The interior is full of nooks and crannies and even sports a little farmyard at the back of the shop. Around every corner is another surprise with something to make you smile or laugh.
What to buy: Aussie bush hats, stubbie holders, purses, wallets, whips, belts, jackets, passport pouches........
Basically if it can be made from leather, you'll find it here. They also sell Australiana music and literary works by local artists. You can also find emu oil products.
A top place to come for a real Aussie souvenir made by real Aussies.
If you get the chance to visit this place, ask the owners about the saddle they made for a goanna - yes I am serious, they have the photos to prove it!
What to pay: Anywhere from $2 for essential oils to $$$ for a top quality leather or suede jacket. There's something here for any budget.
Fairies in your garden: Delightful giftshop with a Fairy theme
It's a little house with the shop inside a garage out the back, and to get there you walk through a wonderful garden.
We couldn't resist buying some beautiful ceramic red toadstools with white dots on for my mother in law's garden setting.
- Arts and Culture
The Alcapa Shop: The softest thing you will ever feel........
I was drawn to this shop because of my love for Alpacas and their products. The wool of an alpaca is the most delcate, softest thing you will ever feel in your life! They sell everything from mittens, gloves, jumpers, hats, scarfs, pashminas, ponchos, big wooly coats and all sorts of teddies.
What to buy: Anything - you will love it all.
What to pay: A lot - this gear does not come cheap. I had to have something, so I bought a beautiful scarf and pair of mittens which are my fave things ever!
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The Cutler's Cottage: Knives with a history lesson.
A two room stone cottage built in 1870 by a family of Blacksmiths is now Knifemaker, Malcolm Day's workshop.
Step on in and discover more than just mere knives - most of these are works of art. The owners are more than happy to chat with you, not just about the knives themselves, but also about the cottage. Take the time to find out about the cottage's last occupant, the blacksmith's son who never married.
What to buy: Although the store is an agency for international renown brands including Victorinox and Excalibur, it's the craftsmanship of Malcolm's knives that will hold your attention.
You can purchase anything on display, or if you want, you can have a knife made to order. A suggestion for international tourists would be to get one featuring opal, a unique souvenir of German craft featuring South Australian precious stone.
For locals, Malcolm also does repairs, sharpening and rehandling to order.
What to pay: Prices start from $75 for a small knife to $1000 for a work of art.
- Arts and Culture
Hahndorf Sweets: Old fashioned sweet shop
Old fashioned sweets that you don't see around so much any more, some international sweets too. Huge range, so well worth a visit.
- Road Trip