It’s summer time, which means it’s the perfect weather for long brunches, lazy afternoon catch-ups, and endless coffees. Adelaide is known for cool, quirky havens of food and drinks of the caffeinated variety, so locals better hop to it.
If you’re in the mood for some crowd-pleasing meals and A-grade hospitality, we’ve compiled the best of the best in Adelaide. Grab your sunnies and a few friends, and stop by some of these stunners.
9 Peel Street
This café is as gorgeous as it is modest – it’s all about fresh, simple and delicious food jam-packed with flavour. Peel St use some of the best local ingredients they can get their hands on to give you the kind of home-cooked meals you can’t get anywhere else.
20 Leigh St
Great location, great prices and pet friendly – not to mention simple, tasty food. That’s what it’s all about at Little Pantry. Bag the best seat in the house on the velvet couch and settle in for some people watching.
And foodies take note; you just can’t go past the pancake stack with caramelised bananas, bacon and maple syrup.
5/165 Woodford Road
Coffee and burgers and sweets – oh my! Harper’s, a hidden gem in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, really has it all. You’ll find all the retro favourites, but with a little twist, like Willy Wonka milkshakes and cheese and bacon fries.
But you ain’t seen nothin’ until you try their Chocablock shake; a chocolate milkshake stacked with big blocks of chocolate, ice-cream, flakes and maltesers.
Don’t let this cafes laidback exterior fool you – it’s tasty, reliable and fast on service. Whether you’re after good coffee at an even better price, or a light lunch on the go, Chillo’s has you covered.
*Can also be found in Broadview
49 Bowman St
Harry’s Deli is casual dining meets a revamped cellar door, with extra courtyard dining overlooking the Scrubby Rise vineyard. At Harry’s, they serve up mouth-watering Paninis, Spanish salami, assortments of cheese, and even a glass or two of Wirra Wirra wines.
1/206 Main South Road
At this café in Morphett Vale, you’ll find 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry served up on every plate. From the salmon eggs benedict to the fresh burgers, this place is all about great tasting food.
And if you’re in the mood for a smoothie, you’ll find 11 different fruits and veg that you can handpick to blend up for one heck of a health kick.
24 Old Coach Rd
Every part of this place is worthy of an Instagram photo, from the barn-like exterior to the vintage bikes out front. The rustic vibes are matched with knock-your-socks-off specialty coffee, which tastes even better when you discover they started out as a humble coffee cart, before growing into the place it is today.
531 Marion Rd
Boutique coffees, wood-fired pizzas, bagels or a glass of Shiraz, whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Front Page Café. This menu is loaded with good stuff for every meal of the day, with every dish immaculately presented by the lovely local staff.
3/47 Jetty Rd
No need to reserve a table at The Greens, just stroll on in and take your pick from any number of delicious dishes. Working with trusty local producers and doing their part to reduce their ecological footprint, The Greens truly lives up to its name.
And for caffeine lovers, you can relax inside with a mug of coffee, or grab a takeaway from their window that looks out over Sussex St. Sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, thy also donate $1 for every bag of coffee sold to local charity, ozharvest, so you’re doing your part just by being there.
132 Vincent St
Summer is the perfect time to get on the Drummer Boy bandwagon, as they dish up their brand new menu for the season. You’ll find goodies like smoothie bowls and bircher muesli served up alongside vanilla waffles and Gumview free range eggs.
And if you eat here, you’ll rest easy knowing none of your scraps went to waste; instead, it’s all fed to their hungry chickens, while their coffee grinds are up for grabs if you fancy making a DIY body scrub.
3 Elizabeth St
This café is a sweet tooth’s heaven, with everything from tarts and tasty pastries to take-home cakes on the table. With the Parisian theme strong at Remy and Violette, the café keeps it traditional, even when it comes to its classic Croque Monsieur, made using three cheeses, ham and bechamel sauce.
The funky sofas and cosy corners make it a great place to catch up with friends, while snacking on authentic croissants and sipping cups of Veneziano coffee.