The Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide is paradise for food and drink aficionados, and coffee is no exception. Caffeine addicts will find no shortage of great coffee shops and cafes around town to get their fix. These are the pick of the best places for a cuppa and some breakfast in the South Australian capital.
One of the fresh new faces lighting up the growing Flinders St precinct in the East End of Adelaide is First Order Coffee, which opened its doors in September 2017. This bright, airy cafe at the entrance to the WOTSO Workspace takes its coffee seriously, and also offers cooking classes, a coffee school as well as event catering.
This trendy space on Leigh St is memorable for the quirky contemporary artwork that adorns the walls, but it’s the excellent coffee that keeps inner-city caffeine addicts coming back for a cuppa at this cosy espresso bar. Coffee Branch also serves gourmet sandwiches, quiches and baked goods for a quick bite on your lunch break.
You’ll feel like you’re going down a rabbit hole at this whimsical West End cafe, complete with lush green lawns, an organic garden on the roof and even resident bunnies in their own on-site enclosure. Peter Rabbit’s menu is similarly green — think herb-laden salads and sandwiches — before the venue turns into a bar for a quiet tipple in the evening.
Friendly service, blonde wood and a glass of sparkling water to cleanse the palate before sampling a delicious brew is what you can expect at this Gawler Place favourite, which serves a carefully curated menu of espresso and filter coffee, as well as a nice selection of teas. Monday’s also sells a serious range of merchandise, wholesale goods and coffee paraphernalia for caffeine aficionados.
Borrowing the environmentally friendly ethos of their father — Phil Harris of eco-friendly Troppo Architects — sibling ownership team Maddie and Alex Harris have made sure their Whitmore Square cafe exhibits the same green credentials. Cafe Troppo’s fresh, sustainable menu changes with the seasons, and even the coffee cups are kinder on Mother Nature than the average ones that end up in landfill.
The brainchild of a Bangkok-born couple who swapped Bondi for North Adelaide to open a Thai-inspired brunch spot, UR Caffe has a menu option for every diet — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, you name it — served alongside enormous cups of tasty coffee and famously friendly service.
The clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows and sleek black interior of this uber-popular cafe reflect Exchange’s sophisticated offerings on the plate and in the cup. This East End establishment has earned a formidable reputation for coffee roasted by Market Lane and artisanal tea by Waterloo Tea, as well as a refined menu of modern, inventive dishes.
Community is at the heart of everything this Melbourne St cafe does, selling handmade eco-friendly products from local small businesses alongside appetising coffee and brunch. E for Ethel prides itself on sourcing products from South Australian providers like De Groot Coffee Co, Sweet Lola Desserts, Tweedvale Milk and Don’s Fresh Fruit and Veg.
This cafe’s website describes itself as a “wicked boutique coffee shop” and it’s impossible to disagree. Since opening with only two items on its menu back in 2011, Paddy’s Lantern has expanded its culinary options — but the beans remain numero uno, brewing the best cup of coffee you’ll find in the south-west corner of the Adelaide CBD.
Adelaide Central Market is the beating heart of the city’s diverse food and drink scene, and Jamface is one of its most charming features. Opened by reality TV superstar chef Poh Ling Yeow in 2015, Jamface brews a nice cuppa to go with the pastries, jams, relishes, sandwiches, soups and other hand-made delights you can pick up at this sweet market stall.