Adelaide’s glowing reputation as a dining destination has now spread to its enviable brunching scene. Whether it’s in the heart of the city or on the outskirts of the suburbs, you’ll find a delicious new café spot to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch at every corner. Every month, good food is delivered in stylish surrounds, and the newest openings show no signs of Adelaide’s foodies ever going hungry. Here are our picks of your soon-to-be brunch favourites.
Pastry king of Adelaide, Jonny Pisanelli, has at long last opened a suburban spot catering to those who struggle getting into the city for his famous almond croissants. A menu filled with a variety of incredible breads and pastries forms the base for the dishes – think toasted butter croissants, milk bun and pancetta, bagels with sausage, fresh sourdough and the like. It’s simple, but it’s delicious, and the digs are comfy-contemporary and cool.
22 Elizabeth Street, Croydon
CBD fan favourite Luigi’s Delicatessen has re-branded to The Messy Tomato and revamped itself as the cafe scene in Adelaide continues to heat up. A menu with a strong Italian influence, you can be sure to find delicious, affordable eats perfect for the busy city. Something they haven’t changed (thank God) is their incredible breakfast platters piled with all sorts of fresh gourmet goodness.
151 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Good things come in small packages, and Dayjob is no exception. Run by husband and wife duo Antonio Trotta and Jess Rogers, the pastel-filled place is cute, quaint and part of the East End Flower Market. Their beans come from Kindred, a local micro-roaster and there’s a simple menu of Turkish-bread sandwiches and a delectable range of pastries from Market Street as well as Portuguese tarts from Saudade.
83 Halifax Street, Adelaide
A lakeside café serving all-day brunch and wine and cocktails? Yes, please! The team behind Henley’s 303 By The Sea have backed up their first spot with Oar at West Lakes, a polished yet cosy cafe focusing on local, fresh ingredients, two types of signature house-made waffles (one savoury, one sweet) and their must-try zucchini, corn and halloumi fritters. The bright and airy interior overlooks the water, perfect for spring and summer or sit in front of the fire and wrap your hands around their over-sized mugs. Oar is an excellent new café and bar and a much-needed addition north of the city. We highly recommend a champagne breakfast or a lunch date with a view.
100 Military Road, West Lakes Shore
New kid on the block 50SixOne continues its golden run opening their third store beachside at Henley. Offering a packed brunch menu from all things breakfast to burgers, hotdogs, fries and even “wings ‘n things” before setting into their notoriously over-the-top desserts and milkshakes for the twilit shift. 50SixOne does that American-style naughty, wicked, guilt-laden food that you know you shouldn’t but absolutely have to. This next instalment certainly adds yet another reason to venture to Henley; the sun, sand and super sundaes (or a frappe), what’s not to love?
144A King William Road, Hyde Park
Photo Credit - Octeine Coffee
Another cool warehouse coffee roaster? Yes, please. Pete Mann, formerly of De Groot Coffee Co and Seafaring Fools, adds another attraction to the quaint King William strip in Kent Town. Joining neighbours Rustic Gourmet and Pan & Vine, Octeine is here for your early morning caffeine fix after a workout at the gym.
Its small and simple menu of fresh granola, healthy acai bowls and delicious pastries from Abbots and Kinney has you covered. The space’s contemporary industrial vibes marry with the waste-conscious tins your takeaway beans come in. Definitely a go-to on the way to work or a casual meeting just outside of the city.
61 King William St, Kent Town
Paying homage to the early Port Adelaide hotels that were closed at the turn of the last century, and the beautiful, sometime harsh Australian landscape, The Banksia Tree Café blends native ingredients with international influences. Husband-and-wife duo Fabian and Halie Folghera travelled for almost 10 years exploring, researching and eating their way through culinary inspirations and now find themselves settled in this gorgeous historic building.
Offering the likes of French toast topped with fresh figs, vino cotto, toasted nuts or pashmak (Iranian fairy floss), freshly baked apple and butterscotch muffins, house-made granola and porridge with Kangaroo Island oats, signature XO blue swimmer crab with eggs, and the list goes on. It may be a bit of a drive from the city but the delights of the menu are well worth it for a wintry weekend treat.
147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
We all try to be healthy, but more often than not, when we go out, so too does the diet. Though this isn’t the case at Nutrition Republic.This wholesome coffee spot has garnered a reputation for being Adelaide’s go-to for healthy salads, smoothie bowls, raw desserts and superfood smoothies, for a guilt-free brunch or lunch date. The power couple at the helm, Ilija and Nicole Sumracki, have painstakingly navigated their flagship location in Hyde Park to expansion, first to Plant 4 Bowden and now to the bustling seaside district of Glenelg.
Unlike typical second or third incarnations of a business that tries to reinvent the wheel, Nutrition Republic is focused on delivering its ethos and deliciously healthy food to as many people in Adelaide as possible. So rest assured if Bowden is the wrong end of town and Hyde Park just doesn’t work, the Glenelg cafe now opens up the southern suburbs to what Nutrition Republic is all about. Kudos, guys.
Shop 10, 1 Colley Tce (corner of Jetty Rd & Durham Street), Glenelg
How do Portuguese tarts from Saudade, cauliflower popcorn or a classic eggs Benny sound? Yeah, nah yeah? Good. Because this small Belair Road eatery (just outside Mitcham Square shopping centre) delivers on that old adage, proving that good things can in fact come in small packages. This new cafe packs a fun punch with its bright, light and airy interior with blush-pink walls and sleek timber outdoor dining.
Co-owner Aimee Kempster has transformed this suburban gem into a friendly neighbourhood haunt, that serves up great coffee (by Show Pony), hangover recovery food (did we mention their crunchy fried chicken burger or hash brown stack?) and mouthwatering vegan specialties. It’s super fun and super yum.
1/97 Belair Rd, Torrens Park
No need to fret this weekend because you're now armed with a list of the best new cafes in Adelaide. South Australia's foodie scene is constantly growing, so keep watching this space to be updated with the next wave of eateries to hit town.