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 there’s still so much to do when the weather cools down.

We’ve put together a list of hidden gems so you can really explore this area.


Their 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.

Find Polk at 114 Partridge Street Glenelg

MockingBird Lounge

The unique venue, established in 2012 and recently relocated to larger premises on the opposite side of Broadway in Glenelg South, has since gained a well-earned reputation as something of a creative hub, hosting an array of events from art exhibitions and displays of gifts and jewellery handcrafted by locals, 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!

Find MockingBird Lounge at 68 Broadway, Glenelg South.

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.

1/73 Partridge St, Glenelg South.

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.

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13 Paringa Avenue, Somerton Park.

Seafaring Fools

A beachside cafe 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.

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Find Seafaring Fools at 60B Broadway, Glenelg South.

Credit: Seafaring Fools

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.

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Find Have You Met Charlie? at Shop 2, 51 Jetty Road, Brighton.

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.

Find Get In 2 The Moose at 1/49 Jetty Rd, Brighton.

Oyster Bar – Let’s Shuck

As part of the Adelaide Food Fringe the Oyster Bar Holdfast Shores is putting together a personalised Oyster Shucking Package plus wine flight. he Oyster Bar team will show you how to extract these suckers without drawing blood and the best part; you can eat the spoils of your labour directly and enjoy with tailored wine flight. The event is on the 7th, 11th, 13th and 14th of May.

Find Oyster Bar at Shop 10, Marina Pier, Glenelg

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