Whilst visiting South Australia's scenic Fleurieu Peninsula on the Anzac Day long weekend, I didn't think there would be much to do—other than take in beautiful views of the coast and countryside, that is. However, I was happy to be proven wrong when I arrived in the coastal town of Normanville. I had been there before, but had never really taken much notice of what actually graced the main street in the centre of the small town. I was happy to find a few different take away shops and cafes, but one in particular stole my attention, and my heart.
The Southbound Diner sits in the main street of Normanville, amongst other local businesses. From the outside it looks like just another café—it's only once you're inside that it really stands out from the others. The small space is decorated with 1950s style items, including a beautiful vintage kitchen cabinet complete with a retro laminate bench top, which is the featured item against the back wall. Other vintage signs cover the bright, turquoise walls, whilst red and white gingham table cloths add to the retrospective feel.
A traditional black and white checkerboard floor can also be found in the diner, along with vintage records under the stainless steel napkin holders as the table centrepieces. The diner serves delicious meals for breakfast such as pancakes, bacon and eggs etc., as well as burgers; fries; hot dogs; sandwiches; soup; fish and chips; chicken parmi; and more for lunch and dinner. The menu also features strong coffee and tasty milkshakes, as every good diner should.
The staff are both friendly and helpful, welcoming every customer whether they are there to eat in or take away. So whether you are into vintage vibes; appreciate eclectic, themed dining; or just appreciate a good feed at reasonable prices, then this quiet little country café is for you.