Your guide to Brighton and Glenelg hidden gems

From cafes to collective spaces, boutiques to creperies, this guide has you covered with the best things to do around Glenelg and Brighton.

The south western beach suburbs of Adelaide are obviously hotspot summer locations. But it’s not just the sand and the sea that brings people down to the coast.

We’ve put together a list of Brighton and Glenelg’s hidden gems that you can explore while you’re cooling off.

Polk 114

Polk’s modern Asian fusion menu is the product of the talented Rigzin Dorji Wangmo (Bhutan) & Daao Chiengsaengthong (Thailand), with the front of house being looked after by local identity Mel Phiriyathorn.

With an ‘Easy Eats’ section that includes handmade pan fried gyozas and Kingfish sashimi, to a selection ‘To Share’ beginning with sticky ribs and then sides and desserts on offer too, we’re certainly not short of choice. Their menu also clearly points out which one of their delicious creations are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly.

Where: 114 Patridge Street, Glenelg

For more information click here.

MockingBird Lounge

The unique venue, established in 2012, has gained a well-earned reputation as something of a creative hub, hosting an array of events from art exhibitions and handcrafted gifts/jewellery displays, to a meeting place for various book clubs and creative writing groups.

Its charm lies in the authentic ambience, the cosy and homely furnishings complementing rooms lined with heaving bookshelves and intriguing artwork to offer casual dining in what can only be described as a slice of artistic heaven!

Where: 68 Broadway, Glenelg South

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Le Paris Plage

This French Creperie has some incredibly decadent dessert crepes such as one with Nutella, banana, strawberry ice cream and Belgium melted chocolate. They also have some amazing looking savoury options.

Where: 1/73 Partridge St, Glenelg South

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Big Shots 

This gem is an absolute hit at Brighton Beach with an extensive menu catering for all dietary requirements. You can choose from their extensive range of mouth-watering options like hotdogs, burgers, loaded fries and salad bowls. One of our favourites off of their menu is their Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs and halloumi. Did we mention they offer bottomless brunches too?

Where: 65 Jetty Rd, Brighton

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Summertown Studio

This hip hangout spot boasts a coffee shop and a series of creative studios. It’s the place to find things such as jewellery, clothes, coffee table books and even records and the best part is you can do it all while drinking a great cup of coffee.

Where: 13 Paringa Avenue, Somerton Park

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Seafaring Fools

A beachside café that churns out Instagram worthy brunches that’s worth driving too wherever you’re based. Some star looking dishes include Lemon delicious pancakes – buttermilk pancakes, lemon curd, fresh berries, mint and burnt pav, and their best selling dish “the Pump it up” featuring smashed pumpkin, pea pesto, local halloumi, Fools dukkah, sticky balsamic on toasted ciabatta.

Where: 60B Broadway, Glenelg South

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Have You Met Charlie?

Have You Met Charlie? sells a huge range of bespoke homewares and other goodies. With over 50% of the products SA-made, Have You Met Charlie? caters to those who are conscious of supporting SA businesses.

Where: Shop 2, 51 Jetty Road, Brighton

For more information, click here.

Get In 2 The Moose

Get in 2 The Moose is a “beachside fashion local boutique” that stocks things like coastal homewares, ladies fashion, jewellery, bags, shoes and just about everything else in between.

Where: 1/49 Jetty Rd, Brighton

For more information click here.

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