There's nothing like sitting in a quaint little cafe enjoying the tranquillity and delicious food. Country cafes are often more relaxing than the ones in the city; bustling with people in a hurry to go back to work or continue shopping.
City cafes are great if you're in a hurry and need something quick to fill your stomach or wet your throat, but if you're looking for a quiet environment to relax and realise you're not at work, Shivers Cafe at Aldinga is the perfect location.
The moment you walk through the door and catch a whiff of fresh coffee brewing and tasty food cooking you will feel your stomach grumble and your mouth salivate just a little.
The staff at Shivers are friendly, helpful and welcoming and the atmosphere is casual yet classy. Table cloths and freshly picked flowers in vases, coupled with the highly polished floorboards, picture windows and high ceilings make up the charm of the building.
Despite its name, if you visit during the winter months you won't be cold thanks to the roaring fireplaces that are well stoked and not at all smoky. In the warmer weather the beer garden is very popular and often hosts live performances. More information on upcoming events can be found here.
If you're looking at organising a small dinner party or birthday, the cellar (which is said to be haunted) can be reserved for up to eight people. If you like a good ghost story, ask the friendly staff about the ghost tour occasionally run including a buffet dinner and a tour of the cellar and the nearby cemetery.
The menu is diverse and offers something for everyone from all day breakfast to large meals and lighter options if you're in the mood for something a little less filling.
The breakfast menu includes pancakes, bacon and eggs and if you're really hungry after a big morning of surfing at the nearby Aldinga Beach or spending a relaxing morning sleeping in, perhaps try the 'Big Breakfast' – toast, eggs, grilled tomato, sausages and bacon.
The lunch and dinner menu consist of delicious meals including fish and chips, chicken breast and thai green curry. There are a surprising number of vegetarian dishes available; I would highly recommend the 'Vegie Burger', a large house made patty with fresh grated vegetables, crumbed and served on a freshly toasted bun, overloaded with salad and served with crispy beer battered chips.
Local wines and other alcohol is available from the beverage menu as well as hot drinks such as hot chocolates, cappuccinos, lattes and tea and cold drinks including iced chocolate, iced coffee, iced caramel and iced strawberry milk topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.