While I was in Adelaide, I spent a good deal of time working while hanging out with my writer friend Chris at his house. Chris and I share a passion for good coffee though, and so I harangued him about taking me to good Adelaide cafes for funky coffee. He came through with these five great cafes, so off the beaten path that you really do need to be local to get there. (Digital nomads: I can’t promise good wifi at any of these, as in my experience wifi across all of Australia was pretty terrible, even in 2017, so I didn’t even mention it below. I hotspotted my way across Oz.) Read on for five cups of coffee in Adelaide.*
*four in the ‘burbs and one in the city
When Chris told me he was taking me to a gangster cafe, I sort of wondered what I was getting myself into … but then we walked into Brighton and along the busy street to C.R.E.A.M. You probably know the acronym to mean Cash Rules Everything Around Me, but here, it’s Coffee. The walls are plastered with 90s gangsters, from Tupac to Biggie to Nas to Eminem (yep) and more. We didn’t eat, having just enjoyed a delicious brekkie with his parents, but the food leaving the kitchen past us looked divine. The coffee was also perfect.
4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton, Adelaide
Teahouse is on the main strip in Glenelg, a few blocks off the popular beach. It is, like the name suggests, more a teahouse than a coffee shop, but they do have freshly roasted beans in addition to jars upon jars of loose tea leaves. Not too many chairs or tables but there are some outside; it’s generally busy though so you might be lucky to find a seat… maybe grab a coffee and then wander down the esplanade to the jetty.
23 Jetty Road, Glenelg, Adelaide
pantry on egmont
Tucked wayyyy out of the way in one of the suburbs, Pantry on Egmont was a stop before we hit the road on the way out to Hahndorf. The cafe was tiny, a small front of house room with kitschy wall coverings, diner style tables, and really good coffee. If you can get here, definitely go for brunch or a late morning coffee.
2 Egmont Terrace, Hawthorn, Adelaide
the organik store
Another suburban cafe, The Organik Store was where we stopped on my way to the airport to get my rental car. I was amazed to see so many people at this general store style vegetarian cafe, but when I tasted my soy latte, I knew why. Some cafes don’t give you a choice as to what kind of soy milk they use; The Organik Store had all sorts and asked me what I wanted. Stellar service, food looked ah-maz-ing and they are pretty community oriented, which I love, love, love.
37 Broadway, Glenelg, Adelaide
La Moka is the only cafe we visited that’s in the city, not the suburbs. It’s down an alley off the main pedestrian mall and you could be forgiven for walking right past it! Inside though, it’s two levels of cozy, comfy coffeeshop. Far from the austere, no nonsense Melbourne ones, La Moka is relaxed, kind of loud, and full of locals grabbing a coffee with friends during the morning tea break.
16 Peel Street, Adelaide
Want more Adelaide cafes? Check out this post from Emma; she’s an Adelaide local and blogs about lifestyle +coffee + daydreaming about Paris.
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