Top 5 Hidden Cafes in Adelaide

Image credit: Flinders Street Project Facebook Page
Image credit: Flinders Street Project Facebook Page

Everyone loves a cafe that’s a little off the beaten track. Whether you’re looking to impress visiting friends and family, or simply for a new coffee spot to call your regular, there are plenty of hidden gems scattered around Adelaide. From the CBD to the outer ‘burbs, we’ve got you covered with all the places to get your coffee hit and enjoy some delicious food!

Monday’s Coffee Store

7, 38 Gawler Pl, Adelaide, SA

Tucked away in Gawler Place, Monday’s Coffee Store is the perfect hidden gem to serve up your Monday morning brew. Owner Jarrad Sharrock has created a simple and approachable cafe serving a straightforward drinks menu including espresso and filter coffee plus a curated selection of delicious teas and hot chocolate! Their small menu includes simple breakfast items along with some delicious sandwiches and locally-sourced, fresh pastries.

Monday’s Coffee Store is sure to make your Monday mornings a lot better!

“Good coffee here and consistently good staff. Love their… sparkling water on tap. I noticed their breakfast menu and it looks great  will have to give it a try!” – 4chillis

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Nutrition Republic

1/100 King William Road, Hyde Park, SA

Never has a cafe had such an extensive drinks menu! From tasty coffee and delicate teas to protein smoothies and health tonics –  Nutrition Republic is sure to quench your thirst. Make sure to check out their weird and wonderful Latte menu includes a Beetroot Latte, Blue Majik Latte, and a Matcha Latte.

If you’re feeling hungry, the food menu does not disappoint. Try their smoothie bowls such as ‘The Amazonian’ which includes acai, blueberries, banana & apple juice blended & topped with caramelised buckini mix, coconut chips & strawberry. There is also a delicious selection of ‘stackable’ salads and scrumptious breakfast items. Oh, and did we mention that all items are gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free!

If this clean-eating cafe has inspired you to be healthier,  you can purchase health foods to take home in the back of the cafe!

“I wish I could give them a higher rating. Friendly and happy staff, Amazing food, delicious hot chocolates, acai bowls are to die for and the slices… OMG” – Sharna.Caple

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La Moka

16 Peel St, Adelaide SA

Peel Street in Adelaide’s CBD has transformed into a foodie’s heaven with lots of unique cafes and wine bars, and La Moka is one of them! This café oozes welcoming Italian charm and is a staple cafe for many morning coffees and after work drinks.

La Moka serves up an array of carefully-selected teas and coffees –  which always come with a side of biscotti! The welcoming staff and charming ambiance are sure to make you feel right at home. After hours, La Moka transforms into a wine and aperitif bar. The menu is also impressive, serving mouth-watering Italians classics such as lasagne and minestrone – the cheese platters are also not to be missed!

La Moka is also a prime people-watching location, with hordes of CBD workers fighting for a barstool by the big, open window overlooking Peel Street.

“So the word on the streets of Adelaide was that La Moka does the best coffees in town… So what do I think… yes it was a pretty darn good coffee” – xbabydollx

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The Flinders Street Project

276 Flinders Lane, Adelaide, SA

Hidden beneath an apartment block on the eastern end of Flinders Street, this trendy and bustling café has scattered seats both inside and out. The first thing that you’ll notice at Flinders Street Project is the artwork. With no available wall space, they have turned to the ceilings to create an installation aptly called Ten Thousand Spoons – which acts as artwork and a soundproofing solution for the venue’s poor acoustics.

The menu will have your mouth watering before you’ve even ordered – think braised pork belly, slow cooked lamb and mushroom & parsnip ragu. The cafe also has a great selection of pastries including rhubarb and baked custard tarts, pain au chocolat and delicious salted caramel scrolls – fresh out of the oven every day. And of course the cafe’s drinks menu includes coffees, cold-pressed juices, and cocktails!

“Very friendly staff. Great coffee. Nice vibe – welcoming and unpretentious. The menu has your usual breakfast items on there plus a few unusual items which is nice.” – 4chillis

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Exchange Specialty Coffee

12, 18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide SA

Tucked away down Vardon Avenue in Adelaide’s East End, Exchange Specialty Coffee has always been at the forefront of Adelaide’s coffee scene. Whilst it imports its beans from Market Lane in Victoria, all of its seasonal produce is sourced locally and prepared on site.

Enjoy a plethora of delicious baked pastries, muffins and cookies from Abbots and Kinney, as well as tasty sandwiches, salads, and other mouth-watering brunch items. As for the coffee – the cafe serves up several espresso blends from top roasters around as well as an array of filter varieties.

“OMG could your coffee get any better?!?! Tucked down a side street off of Rundle Street this little cafe is definitely PUMPING! you wanna try some of the best coffee in town, go here.” – TheMiddleIngredient

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