Purveyors of coffee for bleary eyed students, staggering out of the depths of Ligertwood, face squinting against the sun’s rays which they haven’t witnessed in what feels like aeons, is Adelaide Uni’s favourite coffee stop, St Raphael’s.
For the past four years, you’ll have likely seen owner, Frankie Marafioti behind the cart.
Now his goal of opening his own cafe has been fulfilled with The Library Cafe by St Raphael’s, making its home in the former Aroma Cafe location in The State Library of South Australia.
It’s a labor of love from both Frankie and his business partner, Rhiannon Pinerri, who was an integral part of Enzo’s Ristorante for 18 years and bring that expertise with her into this new venture.
The cafe feels upmarket Parisian. Produced from The State Library working with TCM, the fit-out is all soft green walls, white marble, and wooden textures, designed by Patrick Caroscio of DesignThink.
The hanging ball lights above the coffee machine are a feature. As is the coffee itself, small batches of beans sourced from boutique roasters, Cirelli Coffee Roasting.
Other edible offerings take the form of made to order breakfast and lunch dishes. Toasted Piadinas, smoked salmon bagels, bruschetta, a veggie burger and the range of classics.
For everyone who is in a rush, the cabinet food is made fresh daily and in-house with self service salads and grab and go pieces; today’s cabinet as a roast beef roll (sounds good right).
Having opened on November 11, the existence of The Library Cafe by St Raphael’s doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to our favourite uni coffee cart.
Once uni comes back in full force next January, the coffee cart will return. In the meantime, it’s parked outside of The Library Cafe for the speedier passerby.
They’re open from Monday to Friday from 7.30am-4pm and Sat 10.30am-2pm.
Find The Library Cafe by St Raphael’s at the corner of Kintore Avenue & North Terrace.
Keep an eye out on them here.