Searching for the Best Cafes in Adelaide
Fancy cosying up with a coffee or brunch at one of the best cafes in Adelaide. Well, keep reading and you will be soon enough. I’m on a mission to discover the best cafes in Australia.
After a really hard couple of years. Cafes everywhere are doing it tough. You can walk through any town in Australia and see cafes who’ve had to close their doors.
I want to help in any way I can. I’ve decided to dedicate my blog, to finding the best cafes in Australia and shine a light on them. It’s time to get out and support these wonderful cafes. I’ve already uncovered some of the cafe in Sydney, amazing cafes in Canberra and brilliant cafes in Perth. Now, I’m searching for the best cafes in Adelaide.
Adelaide is brimming with fabulous cafes, serving delicious coffee and mouth-watering breakfast and lunch dishes. But we all know, not all cafes are created equal. There’s nothing worse than heading out for a delicious brunch and being disappointed with what you receive. So, I’ve done the hard yards. I’ve visited cafes all over Adelaide, from the lively spots to the hidden gems. After so many lattes, fluffy stacks of pancakes, bacon and egg rolls, flaky pastries and avo on toasts, I’ve narrowed it down to the five best cafes in Adelaide.
I’m so excited to share. Let’s get going.
Where are the Best Adelaide Cafes?
Folklore Cafe is a fabulous Port Adelaide Cafe. It’s a community orientated eatery, serving only the freshest local produce in their delicious seasonal menu. Sustainability is big here. The Café is nestled on the edge of the Port Adelaide River and boasts unique industrial views. If you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a dolphin or two, through the floor to ceiling glass.
Folklore serves delicious local organic coffee, milk and produce from South Australian farms nearby. Their menu is simple, fresh and delicious. There is a House Granola, a Tempeh Noodle Bowl and a delicious Halloumi Burger loaded with caramelised onion, seasonal greens, shaved zucchini and aioli, served with smoky sweet potato chips.
The Mushroom Ragu with pecorino, poached egg and crusty bread is also a standout dish here.
To drink, there are delicious coffee blends and a great selection of teas, chai, fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
MY GRANDMA BEN
My Grandma Ben is a sustainably focused cafe, bar and workshop space. This cafe is big on community and serves up the most delicious eats. Locals are even encouraged to trade their homegrown fruit and vegetables, in exchange for a jar of pickles or a delicious coffee. They also run hands-on workshops on pickling, preserving and fermenting, and sharing recipes, tips and tricks on reducing waste in the kitchen and in the home.
The all-day brunch menu is seasonal, so it is constantly changing depending on the freshest local produce. On the menu, there is delicious house-made Paddington Crumpets served with homemade marmalade, Quince Porridge, a Chilli Jam and XO Scramble and a great selection of toasted sandwiches.
There is also a Roo Crumpet Stack which comes with two house-made crumpets, roo bolognese, harissa, yoghurt, chilli jam and a fried egg. Not your normal breakfast dish but it looks fabulous.
To drink, there are delicious coffee blends from the very talented Monday Coffee Roasters, and a great selection of teas, chai, fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
ABBOTS AND KINNEY
This wonderful café loves to focus on their local community. They share their experiences through delicious food, amazing coffee, and human connection. If you’re in Adelaide, you must check them out. Their sweet and savoury creations are some of the best I have ever tasted. They pride themselves in the exceptional quality of their coffee and the freshness of their pastries. They truly understand that customer experience is equally as important as the food and drinks they serve.
They serve some of the most delicious sweet and savory treats with the most creative names. Some of my favourites include, Cinnabon Jovi (knotted croissant with cinnamon smear with salted vanilla glaze), Puff Daddy (in-house made puff pastry with vanilla custard, cinnamon, apple and vanilla, Cheesy Peezy (a five cheese sourdough toastie with caramelised onion jam) and Son Of A Baci (a twice baked chocolate croissant with gianduia cream, crumble and roasted hazelnuts).
Peter Rabbit is one of the best places for coffee in Adelaide. Situated on a corner block, it’s filled with greenery and boasts a lush garden filled with lemon and avocado trees. At the rear, there’s an amazing shipping-container-turned-cafe, with herbs planted on the roof. With all its greenery, Peter Rabbit is one of the most relaxing cafes in town. When the weather’s great, I love to sit on the deck or at one of the lovely garden tables and enjoy a delicious coffee and mouth-watering brunch. When it’s chilly, I love cosying up inside next to the fire.
On the menu there is a delicious tomato and feta dish on ciabatta. A zesty avocado dish with black heirloom tomato, cashew cheese and zaatar. And a Rabbit Bowl which comes loaded with South Australian Ocean Trout, basmati rice, sauerkraut, soy mushroom, cucumber, avocado, sesame, coriander and nori tahini.
To drink, there is a fabulous selection, with just as much on the drink’s menu as the delicious food menu. There are fabulous coffee blends, a wide variety of teas, freshly squeezed juices, kombucha, and smoothies. I had the Mr. Green which comes loaded with banana, mango, baby spinach, hemp seeds, almond butter, and coconut milk. There is also a wonderful selection of beers, wine and amazing looking cocktails, if you’re there later in the day.
Bloom is housed in an old tram barn overlooking the River Torrens and the surrounding ghost gums. It is a beautiful space which has been converted into a cafe, function space and garden playground. With vaulted ceilings and a palette of moss green and pale pink, Bloom is such a beautiful breakfast destination.
Their breakfast and lunch menus are cooked over hot coals. They are seasonally inspired and locally sourced. For breakfast, there is a delicious oat porridge with ginger and cardamon spice, wood fired quince, passionfruit, and almonds. The poached egg on sourdough is fabulous and there is a mouth-watering tuna with cannellini beans, avocado, poached egg, micro greens and horseradish vinaigrette.
For lunch, there are the Westside Mushrooms which are skewered and cooked over coals and served with yakisoba sauce, finger lime and sesame. And a half charcoal chook with soy and black vinegar, celeriac puree, foraged herbs, crispy ginger and togarashi.
Alternatively, you can have a bottomless breakfast or a chef’s selection menu.
To drink, there are delicious coffee blends and a great selection of teas, chai, fresh pressed juices, and smoothies.