Adelaide has been transforming itself into a much more exciting and creative place in recent years, as witnessed by the plethora of funky bars, cafes and restaurants opening up in the city’s once dormant laneways. With a small population (1.2 million) and a small urban footprint that can see you from the CBD to the beach or hills in just 20 minutes (depending on the direction), Adelaide also offers its lucky residents a more relaxed and very healthy pace of life. In keeping with the laid back, healthy ethos of this city, we’ve put together a list of some top #cleaneating spots that have recently caught the True Local team’s eye.
3 Waterloo St, Glenelg
Catering for the complex dietary needs of vegans, vegetarians, the gluten intolerant and those following a strict paleo diet, The Annex Café occupies a quiet side street off the main drag in glamorous Glenelg, Adelaide’s favourite seaside destination. With its menu including healthy goodies such as organic museli ($9.50), vegetarian lasagne ($16.00) and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies ($6.00), The Annex is great for a quick brekkie or a long, casual lunch within easy reach of the beach.
“Amazing vibe, friendly staff, delicious drinks and food. Second time I’ve been there and both times they’ve exceeded expectations. If you’re vegan or vegetarian or just like eating a clean meal this is the place to go for catching up with a friend or just grabbing a coffee and raw dessert.”
212 the Parade, Norwood
Occupying a street corner in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburb of Norwood, Argo On the Parade is a bustling neighbourhood café serving super healthy vegetarian-friendly dishes from their massive menu such as the brekkie Tofu Scramble ($18.90) and brunch Purple Toast ($16.90), which can be followed by a Cocowhip Cacao Bomb ($11.90) – considered to be Australia’s number one coconut soft serve.
“I love this place! They have the longest menu in history. I am vegan and there is so much I can eat here. Breakfasts, lunches, Smoothies, desserts, you name it. The last time I counted there were 24 desserts I could eat! A lot of them are free from refined sugar too, which is fantastic. I haven’t met anyone who has been to Argo and doesn’t love it. There is generally a queue outside the door of people waiting! Namaste, Eimear”
Stall S39-40, Adelaide Central Market, Gouger St Adelaide
Located in Adelaide’s renowned Central Market, Big Table has been a local institution for over 20 years, specialising in delicious baguettes, wholemeal bread rolls and breakfast dishes available as vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options. Popular items you can choose from include poached eggs with smoked salmon ($16.90), housemade pear, raspberry & oat loaf ($9.00) as well as soothing organic tea ($4.00).
“Great salads, panini, wrap and roll selection along with a breakfast menu. We had walked around the market and this was a place that looked like the perfect spot to satisfy our hunger. My bocconcini, pesto and tomato Panini was spot on and my partner enjoyed his wrap, coffees were very good too”.
1, 100 King William Rd, Goodwood
A family owned and operated business, Nutrition Republic began life as a sports supplement store in Adelaide’s inner southern suburb of Goodward, before being reborn, appropriately, as a café serving organic espresso and nutrition-rich elixirs. Items on their menu include blended organic black coffee for $4.50, blue majik latte for $6.00 and hearty earth bowls for $15.90 which feature exotic goodies like acai berries, cacao and caramalised buckini mix.
“My partner and I have been coming to Nutrition Republic for a few years now and we absolutely love this place! The food is to die for and mostly vegan which is perfect for my vegan fiancé and what makes it better is that it’s all healthy so you can enjoy what you like guilt free! I highly recommend trying any of the “earth bowls” (you will thank yourself!). We used to have to drive all the way to their Hyde Park location however they have opened up a new shop at Plant4 in Bowden so it’s conveniently closer to us!”
1, 240 Rundle St, Adelaide
Tucked away in an upstairs floor of a heritage building on Adelaide’s main drag (Rundle Street), Vego & Love’n It could easily be mistaken for your eccentric auntie’s oversized kitchen/dining room over a traditional restaurant. That’s just how the regulars like it, with this cosy establishment serving a range of delicious, healthy vegetarian dishes ranging from simple salad sandwiches ($7.00) to filling lentil burgers ($16.00) and fresh juices ($4.00) to wash it all down.
“I am not a vegetarian or a vegan but I LOVE Vego & Love’n It. The mexican chilli burger is my burger of choice and the “cheese” sauce actually tastes cheesy! But I’ve tried all of the other burgers and they’re equally as good (but I think the mediterranean burger would have to be my second favourite). The burgers are huge but you can order a half serve if you don’t think you’ll be able to handle it. Have a smoothie to wash it down”.