Adelaide’s booming café scene rivals anywhere in Australia – yep, even coffee-obsessed Melbourne – and these are the best brunches in town.
The capital of South Australia has reinvented itself as a food and drink paradise in recent years, and a wave of exciting new cafés are popping up around Adelaide to lead the charge. From the mid-morning classics to more inventive modern menus, feast on this smorgasbord of mouth-watering brunches you can find around Adelaide.
First Order Coffee
Cafe, Contemporary, Russian, $$$
First Order Coffee interior
Welcome to one of the newest cafés lighting up the Flinders St precinct in the East End of Adelaide. First Order Coffee inhabits a converted industrial space at the entrance of the WOTSO Workspace – a stylish venue that plates up brunch with a distinctly Eastern European flavour, as well as expertly roasted beans from Elementary Coffee just down the road.
This Richmond café plates up some of Adelaide’s most Instagrammable breakfasts, and not just because Karma and Crow also doubles as an artist studio collective. The all-day brekky menu changes with the seasons but hotcakes are a permanent feature – the ricotta hotcakes topped with coconut ice cream, candied orange and a toffee crumb taste as good as they look posted on social media.
Go down the rabbit hole and you’ll stumble upon some seriously scrumptious brunch options at this whimsical West End café. Peter Rabbit is always well populated with students from the nearby University of South Australia campus and other trendy creative types who flock to the lush green space for an equally leafy salad or sandwich. Also open late on Thursday to Saturday for a quiet tipple.
The facade of this East End favourite looks just like a Parisian Metro station, and the brunch served within its walls taste just like a Parisian bistro. Hey Jupiter is a ‘brasserie francaise’ plating up bread baked in local boulangeries and sweet treats created by Adelaide’s top patisseries. If you’re feeling really fancy, order the Champagne Breakfast For Two, washing down your eggs, salmon and pastries with a bottle of bubbles.
Sustainability is at the core of everything this Whitmore Square eatery does, from the reclaimed materials used in the fit-out to the locally sourced ingredients used on the plate. Sibling ownership team Maddie and Alex Harris have borrowed this environmental ethos from their father, Phil Harris of eco-friendly Troppo Architects, to create the sort of delicious brunch spot that Mother Nature herself would dine at – all thanks to the ever-changing menu of sustainable dishes.
This Halifax St haunt dubs itself as ‘where Mediterranean meets Middle East’, and the influence on the menu is obvious – spiced sausages, labneh and house-baked flatbread fill the Lebanese-inspired breakfast menu. Ballaboosta occupies a converted laundromat but the smell of bread baking in the huge wood-fired oven is a much more alluring aroma than the old soap and steam presses.
This family-run trattoria has been an Adelaide institution since way back in 1985, feeding South Australian diners authentic fare from northern Italy, including a European-style brunch to start the day. Grab a table on the footpath for some wonderful weekend people-watching to accompany your Eggs Florentine and house-made ciabatta.
Prepare to queue at this small Hawthorn brunch spot – there are only so many eclectic mismatched tables and chairs to accommodate all the hungry diners desperate to taste the Pantry’s appetising brekky options. The menu isn’t huge but the portions certainly are, plus there are plenty of dedicated dishes for kids and vegans – choose from 10 terrific brunches free of animal products as well as four vegan milkshakes and smoothies.
E is for Ethel, and it’s also for ethical. Found on Melbourne St in leafy North Adelaide, this community-conscious café doesn’t just dish up a tasty brunch menu brimming with vegetarian and vegan options – it also works closely with local producers, bakers, farmers and coffee roasters to showcase the best of South Australia, and supports artists and designers from the area with their retail shelves.
The 10,000 wooden spoons dangling from the ceiling make for an incredible backdrop for brunch at this award-winning café in Adelaide’s East End. In the kitchen, wooden spoons and other utensils produce cuisine with an international streak – Turkish lamb, wombok and tahini labneh are sprinkled throughout the menu – going nicely with coffee from local roaster Veneziano, cold-pressed juices and house-made cordial.