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We love a good brekky spot here at Glam Adelaide. Okay, let’s be fair, it’s usually brunch… sometimes late lunch by the time we crawl out of bed on a weekend (don’t you judge us, we’ve all been there). What we also love is places that are a little off the beaten track. So for you passionate brunch-lovers of SA who crave a perfectly poached egg, here are a few of our favourite ‘hidden’ Adelaide breakfast eateries that you may (or may not) know existed.
UPDATE: As venues reopen, and increase capacity as regulations ease in South Australia, trading hours may have changed, and bookings may be required – please contact the venue ahead of rolling up, just to make sure they can accommodate you!
303 By The Sea — 303 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach This rather nonchalant corner store turned cafe has captured our hearts. The name says it all really—it’s the perfect beachside beauty, with weather washed wood, light breezy colours and an outdoor view of the ocean. Our current fave is the Apple Pie French Toast or the Mushroom and Brie Toast.
Coffylosophy –– 198A Hutt Street, Adelaide This much-loved CBD bakery has five eggs benedict options (ft. leg ham, Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork, Atlantic smoked salmon, and greens Florentine) as well as classics like smashed avo and haloumi, French toast, and a killer breakfast burrito.
Acacia Henley Beach — 3/269 Seaview Road, Henley Beach. Tucked away, off to the side of Henley Square (across from Foodland & the florist) is one of Henley’s hidden gems. Acacia is a casual yet sophisticated space, dishing comfort for everyone from the local beach bums to the visiting city dwellers. While we’ll always love them for their wine dinners, their brunch is astonishingly good. The beautiful dishes are creative and tasty, and their coffee is 5 stars. Stalk all their food pics here.
Alimentary Eatery — 47 Jetty Road, Brighton Alimentary serves up dishes with a healthy, Mediterranean twist, that cater for everyone, from plant-based to gluten-free. Their vibrant Pina Colada Bowl is a fave. You can get your hands on one of these from 7am – 3pm on weekdays, and 8am – 3pm on weekends. Find out more info here.
Argo On The Parade — 212 The Parade, Norwood Argo is always packed and rightly so. The menu is extensive, so you’re most likely to spend half your time figuring out what you want to eat (and end up with so many options, you have a reason to return). Wraps, smoothies, juices, salads, sangas, burgers, classic breakfast plates and there’s even a vegan and gluten free breakfast loaf. Spoiled for choice!
Bond & Lane Canteen — 1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens Loved by the locals, this cosy cafe has a variety of options to suit any appetite. They offer breakfast, lunch, espresso and everything in between, with a large selection of house-made sweet treats to tempt.
Bricks & Stones — 190 Unley Rd, Unley Say it with us: PANCAKES. We love them at this newbie! Blueberry pancakes with caramelised banana, salted caramel, spiced orange and mascarpone is basically everything we never knew we needed. The rest of the menu is quintessential breakfast perfection too. Go naughty with the Brekky Burger or nice with the Greens & Grains or acai bowl.
Café Komodo — 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect — A hippy, retro hidden gem, tucked away down a narrow laneway. The Komodo Benedict is always a hit, with a few individual Komodo touches so it stands out from the rest and we like to wash it down with a quality iced-coffee.
Cafe Sia Gawler — Gawler Green, Evanston We’re not sure if the name of this place is because these guys just love the song Chandelier so much, but regardless they’re yet another Adelaide winner (literally, they won Cafe of The Year 2016). They’re not just about brunch, but they do the simple so very well that we keep coming back for more. If you’re feeling super indulgent get yourself a house-made freak shake too (because calories don’t count before midday).
Cafe Paparazzi — 291 Unley Rd, Malvern Cafe Paparazzi is a cafe with something for everyone. They have gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat-eater options, and the menu ranges from super healthy clean eating dishes to fabulously decadent feasts to spoil yourself with. You’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy with every visit.
Commissary — 160 Fullarton Rd, Rose Park Who knew brekky could be so goddamn pretty? The waffles here are to diiiiiiie for (and it’s probably impossible to not take the perfect Insta food shot of them). You can totally get a healthy choice here too or even build your own brekky… but with Persian fairy floss topped waffles, why would you even bother?
Corner Store Coffee — 23 Swift Av, Dulwich Hidden behind the vines on a little backstreet this gorgeous spot makes a mean brew—but in addition, the brunch menu is delish. We love just grabbing whatever they’ve got on the specials menu, whether that be a smoked salmon bagel, killer omelette, or smashed pumpkin and poached eggs.
CREAM — 4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton Home to some of South Australia’s best coffee (in our opinion), you really can’t go wrong with a visit to CREAM. Located on Brighton Road, with walking distance to the beachfront, we suggest you check this café out ASAP!
Dear Daisy — 66 Leah St, Forrestville Just over a train line in a rather discreet spot, we’d say blink and you could miss it, but there’s usually a bunch of happy customers sitting out the front with grins on their faces, so that should give you a clue. Their menu is excellent value for money and each dish is just as delicious as the last. Modern takes on old favourites mixed with new and exciting menu options for the health-conscious, vegans, and carnivores alike. Service is always with a smile, even on the weekends when the joint can get quite busy. And they made the list of the top 100 coffees in Australia. Not a bad effort!
East Borough Eatery — 96 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside East Borough Eatery offer a unique menu with dishes including salmon with bittersweet tabouleh, steamed egg and kale pesto, whilst also catering for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free diets.
Feathers Pavilion — 516 Glynburn Road, Burnside Located in the eastern suburbs, this popular brunch spot is always packed on a Sunday! Their extensive breakfast menu is a definite highlight and has proved to be extremely popular. They also have your classic favourites for lunch, all with a bit of a Feathers Pavilion twist.
Fred Eatery — 220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate Village Everything you’ve ever looked for in comfort food is at Fred’s. Their produce is locally sourced and fresh, so you know you’re doing the right thing for your body and the environment while you chow down on their sweet treats or a sneaky all-day breakfast. Enjoy their own house blend coffee in their mezzanine lounge or at one of their beautiful outdoor tables and soak in the friendly atmosphere and good vibes.
Folklore Cafe — The Annex via Mundy St, Port Adelaide In an old display home suspended over the glorious Port River you can grab your brunch and spot an inner-city dolphin. Where else in the world can you say that? Their dishes are always beautifully presented—but more importantly, taste fantastic.
Froth and Fodder — 41 Mortimer St, Kurralta Park Inconspicuous to the max—who knew a café so unique could be hidden behind a Coles and a Kmart? (Great for ease of parking by the way!) We tend to opt for the Smashed Avocado, vibrant and zesty, and the eggs are always spot on. The specials list always has something interesting to give a whirl too. We often end up with a coffee and juice because choosing between the two is too hard.
Gilberries — 37 Dulwich Avenue, Dulwich Gilberries is so hidden they don’t even have a website. We were reluctant to even share this one because it’s such a well kept secret and we like to think of it as just ours! Gilberries is by no means a new café to our Adelaide scene but their quality has never faltered. The service is always on point, down to the finest detail. The coffee is perfect, even for coffee snobs like us Glam folk and the food is delicious (although a little pricier than some would prefer).
Harvest Mylor Café — 240 Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor They use produce sourced from the local Adelaide Hills area and their breakfast is served ALL DAY. That’s right late-risers, you won’t miss the 11am cut off at this little joint. A perfect way to start a beautiful day in the Adelaide Hills. The Corn Cakes are amazing and come with a great salsa on the side. We like to accompany them with a runny fried egg and some salmon too.
He Said She Said — 173 King William Road, Hyde Park. The all-new coffee house and eatery is a family-run business, owned by newlyweds Natasha and Nasim Said. Specialising in all-day breakfast and fresh juice combos, this vibrant and energy-rich cafe is the perfect Sunday brunch spot. Give the Pulled Pork on a charcoal Turkish roll a try on your next visit.
Hey Jupiter — 11 Ebenezer Plc, Adelaide The Hey Jupiter owners opened their café with a distinctly French feel in Ebenezer Place in 2012. This year, Hey Jupiter has been transformed into a full-service brasserie, with all your Parisian cravings covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week, weekend brunch and all-day breakfasts, and over 150 local and specially imported wines and spirits.
Jeeez Louise Walkerville — 117 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville. Tucked away in the heart of Walkerville is Jeeez Louise. With a vibrant contemporary fit out designed by Tania Kloester Design, Jeeez Louise’s European influenced menu is packed to the rafters. The menu boasts foccacias, piadinas, wraps, and an enormous selection of delicious pies, pasties and sausage rolls, as well as halloumi and sweet potato fries.
Karma and Crow — 249-251 Richmond Rd, Adelaide Obviously we did something right in our past life if this is our karma. The converted airy warehouse space is almost completely unnoticeable to drive past. Nestled in the industrial area of Richmond Road, this place is pushing the boundaries on brunch: sago, brioche donuts and pulled pork benedict. Hell yes, one of everything pleas, waiter.
Kitchen Smith – 94 Elder Drive, Mawson Lakes The geniuses behind seaside cafe 303 By The Sea, have done it again. At their third location in Mawson Lakes, this cafe features some of the crowd-pleasing favourites from the menus at 303 and Oar, plus some new surprises. Kitchen Smith delivers on insta-worthy brunch goals, with some solid lunch options as well.
Little Shoo – 245 The Esplanade, Henley Beach (next to Cibo) After launching over Summer as a restaurant and wine bar (well officially it’s a restaurant but you can’t go past a wine and some tapas as you watch the sun set on their deck), Little Shoo has now branched out to include a breakfast offering too. This means you’ve got a new option when it comes to morning coffee along the beachfront, as well as a cosy place to brunch and watch the Winter storms roll in across the water. There’s fireplaces too, which is always welcome this time of year!
Long Lost Friend — 532 Magill Rd, Magill The comforting coffee here really is like time spent with a long lost friend. Brunch is served all day long so it doesn’t matter how lazy you’re feeling you’ll always be able to grab a serve of the LLF Breakfast or Buttermilk Pancakes. They do book up on weekends though so you can call ahead to be safe!
Marion Hotel — 849 Marion Road, Mitchell Park. A hotel may not be your obvious choice for brunch, but the newly-renovated Marion Hotel now boasts a stunning indoor and outdoor seating area, plus a great brunch selection.From Buttermilk Hot Cakes to a Veggie Breakfast Bowl, brunch is sorted whatever your preference.
Messy Tomato — 151 Flinders Street, Adelaide Located where brunch favourite Luigi’s Delicatessen used to be, the Messy Tomato also brings a solid brunch offering to the city. Not only do they have mouthwatering brunch options, but their friendly customer service will also make you want to make this place your Saturday brunch ritual! Try the breakfast boards (pictured below). They’re SENSATIONAL.
Mekko Market & Cafe — 89 Prospect Road Checking out a new brunch spot? Looking for your new fave item of clothing? You can find both of those things at this Scandinavian-inspired market and cafe! Don’t miss their popcorn chicken and brunch gin cocktails!
Mister Sunshine’s — 32 George St, Thebarton The baristas are bearded and the cups do not match. It has that quintessential hipster vibe that’s sweeping the state, but you know what? We love it. It equates to passionate staff and great quality local food. Try the Minced Mushrooms on rye sourdough toast served with flawlessly poached eggs.
A Mother’s Milk — 105 Unley Road, Unley If you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds with the aromas of a specialty coffee or to just escape then its time for you to make the decision and step into A Mothers Milk! With a rustic urban feel and great service A Mothers Milk will not disappoint.
North Beach Kitchen — 1 Pamir Ct, Wallaroo Positioned on the beachfront at Wallaroo’s North Beach, North Beach Kitchen (or NBK as the locals call it) has extensive outdoor seating with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the sea. NBK is worth the drive to have a taste of their local Blue Swimmer crab Roll, which features fresh crab, kewpie and iceberg lettuce on a baguette.
Oar — 100 Military Rd, West Lakes Shore Oar Lakeside delivers an all day brunch dining experience right along the waterfront, with gorgeous views, and a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a sister venue to Henley Beach cafe 303 By The Sea, and Mawson Lakes cafe Kitchensmith. All three have outstanding brunch options, while Oar boasts the most space, and best views. It’s a place you’d go to for a birthday brunch, a champagne breakfast, or a day out with your friends. It’s even kid-friendly with a playground next door, so the kids can play while you finish your (fantastic) coffee.
Octeine Coffee — 61 King William Street, Kent Town. This warehouse inspired cafe space is ‘hidden’ next to the V2Fit gym in Kent Town. For a mid-morning brunch pick-me-up, try one of their delicious loaded up toasts, which includes delights such as Banana Boy, with house-made cinnamon peanut butter, sliced banana and dark chocolate on sourdough.
Pane e Latte — 587 Regency Road, Broadview. The Broadview brunch destination aims to break traditional Italian culinary boundaries; blending them with local culture and produce. Their extensive all-day breakfast menu is packed with amazing dishes like breakfast carbonara, Tiramisu pancakes, Chilli Crab scrambled eggs, and the Scamorze Burger, which features smoked aged Mozzarella, a fried egg and pickles.
Pavé Cafe — 138 The Parade, Norwood This popular venue has been a favourite for locals for many years and there’s no question why! Offering a range of delicious juices, coffees, and brunch meals, you can’t go wrong with a meal from Pavé!
Peter-Rabbit — Corner of Hindley & Liverpool St, Adelaide The owners of Peter-Rabbit have taken this site from quite literally dirt and rubble and turned it into something spectacularly unique within the city. You’ll find lush green lawns and an abundance of foliage encompassing great quality coffee and a fresh local menu. And bunnies (of course)!
Pickle In the Middle — 134 Unley Rd, Unley This little spot is quite different from the norm. The menu boasts fresh and healthy options, some simple, some not so, that will bring you back for more. They’re so passionate about pickles they even run a pickle making class! A kooky pickle brekky we love? The Beet-Cured Salmon with lentil and seed crispbread, herbed labne, a soft-boiled egg, beetroot and topped off with house made Iranian-spiced pickled onion. Sounds odd. Tastes delicious.
Spill The Beans — 89 Deveraux Rd, Linden Park Look, it’s time to spill the beans (haha) on one of our faves. Healthy garden goodness served in the sunshine. Every dish is as bright and fresh as the surroundings and leaves us feeling light and airy afterwards. Perfect if you’re out and about in your activewear. Having said that you can grab the french toast too! We won’t judge.
Sublime Cafe — 55 East Avenue, Clarence Park Sublime Café is located in Clarence Park & they serve everything from coffee and cake, take away food, to light sit down meals. Produce is fresh and seasonal with changing daily specials, plus they offer catering!
The Annex Cafe — 3 Waterloo St, Glenelg Another small venue, but they’ve added an extra outdoor seating area to help fit us all in. Yay! They cater to vegans, vegos, and health nuts with raw cakes that you can eat for breakfast and not feel the slightest bit guilty. Score. We even like their veggie burger at breakfast time too. They make a wonderful coffee with every type of milk you can imagine, and they create their almond milk in house. Clever clogs.
The Banksia Tree — 147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. If your thing is local, seasonal and sustainable all-day brunch then The Banksia Tree in Port Adelaide has you covered. Feel good brunching on your avo toast knowing that that the cafe sources everything they can from right here in SA.
The Flinders Street Project — 276 Flinders Street, Adelaide You have to go here just to check out their gorgeous wooden spoon ceiling. They’re tucked on the quiet end of Flinders Street, so you might not notice them at first. They’re also incredible bakers, so even aside from the perfectly poached eggs and smashed avo, just a croissant packed with Swiss cheese and prosciutto will be the answer to your breakfast prayers.
The Coffee Institute — 96 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville. The café, once a hidden gem for premium coffee, is now well known for its aesthetically pleasing dishes that pop with vibrancy, a unique seasonal menu with a Persian twist, and a deep expression of culture through food art. They offer an all-day brunch menu – each dish is decorated meticulously, with a variety of spices, edible flowers and herbs, paying homage to the Persian background of the kitchen and café.
The Flying Fig Delicatessen — 161 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide Along the lines of those famous NYC Jewish delicatessens, their philosophy is simple: using fresh, local produce they aim to make most of the menu items themselves from smoking pastrami and pickling to even making their own soft drinks and baking fresh bagels every day. Set in the leafy streets of North Adelaide, it’s a little slice of New York nestled in our own beautiful city.
The Loose Caboose — 21 First St, Hindmarsh We’re clearly in lurve with the fabulous new digs at Plant 4 Bowden and everything it has to offer in one of Adelaide’s hottest suburbs… but for a great hidden breakfast you’ll have to wind yourself a little further through the Bowden streets. Housed in Australia’s oldest railway station, The Loose Caboose has been a fave for some time now. You’ll find us munching on Fried Truffled Mushrooms on toasted sourdough with poached free range eggs and whipped Persian feta or the Figs with Pancetta… so much amazing.
The Lost Deli — 38 Charles Street, Norwood. For gourmet, plant-based innovations for your brunch, The Lost Deli serves up some wholesome goodness on a plate that’ll make your entire weekend. Choose from a diverse range, including Pea & Herb Toast, Crunchy Granola, or go big with the Biggest Breakfast.
The Nourish’d Kitchen — No. 3 Ann Street, Stepney Situated just off Magill Road, you only need to take a look or two at the brunch offerings for your saliva glands to be activated. Nourish’d Kitchen do gorgeous brunch, but they also do delicious brunch. Their polenta eggs from the new menu are a visual delight, and once we try them, we’re sure it’ll be a delight in the mouth too.
The Pantry on Egmont — 2 Egmont Tce, Hawthorn Filled with that op-shop vintage vibe. The menu is not extensive, but can be moulded to suit everyone. Every dish is bursting with flavour. We love the Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with poached eggs or their unique French Toast which is served with apricot compote, vanilla cream cheese, pistachio crumble and raspberry coulis. The staff are a friendly bunch. The owners also have Ginger’s Coffee Studio on Goodwood Rd; another great and tasty spot that’s a little bigger so you can fit the whole family in.
Topiary — 1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully This is brunch wonderland. Seriously. Slightly out of the way, but that’s how we like it. You just have to read the menu to know this place is perfection.
UR Caffe — 117 Melbourne St, North Adelaide This local cafe in North Adelaide area provides great coffee and food fresh from local produce with Asian fusion recipe/breakfast all day. A little something different for your upcoming Sunday brunch!
Whistle and Flute — 136 Greenhill Road, Unley Toot toot! This breakfast babe has us whistling. The folks here don’t take life too seriously, but they certainly are serious when it comes to brunch! The coconut and palm sugar panna cotta with caramelised pineapple and peanut butter crunch is an amazing way to enjoy dessert for breakfast and have no one bat an eyelid. Plus this dish is light and delicious, it tastes like a sexy version of cereal. There are too many other dishes here that make our hearts flutter to mention. Book ahead to avoid missing out. Oh, and bring your pooch along, they’re more than welcome.
White Picket — 10 Stuart Rd, Dulwich Owner, Anthony Pollina, says White Picket pours the, “best coffee in Dulwich.” And he should know – he’s worked in the coffee industry for 15 years, starting out with a Cibo franchise. Coffee is one of the most important elements of any brunch, so you know you’ll be sorted here! Perhaps the best part of this quaint little cafe is their all-day brunch menu. You can choose from porridge, “not another smashed avocado dish” with feta, lime, beetroot, and spiced pepitas, eggs benny, or the highly addictive ‘Pierre’s brioche’ French toast with mascarpone and banana caramel sauce. Yum!
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