We're not short of a few things in Adelaide, such as food trucks, people who want to enforce a 2am lockout, and most certainly, brunch cafés. For a long time it was just your average scrambled eggs on toast with a coffee. Now, as it turns out, there are endless ways to serve up brunch, from smashed avo on toast with rocket and mint, to blueberry bagels with cream cheese, and everything in between. That, and the coffee competition is getting pretty intense - and no matter which cafe wins, we all win with amazing coffee to drink. It can be hard to keep up with the brunch revolution, so here are a few of the best ones that have opened up in recent times:
Let’s be honest – for some of us, breakfast is liquefied, and in the form of coffee beans combined with water or milk. For those who consider coffee a meal in itself, Tell Henry is the newest coffee Mecca that any self-appointed coffee connoisseur needs to put on their roster. At Tell Henry the coffee comes first, using some of the best coffee beans going around from Industry Beans in Melbourne. The beans have their own special technique, including a double ristretto pour, which co-owner and barista Brad Bonar learnt. If you do in fact, feel like a bite to eat, Tell Henry serves up home made bagels in a myriad of flavors (complete with schmear) as well as Four Seeds baked goods for something sweet. The beautifully designed warehouse doubles as a studio space that is sectioned off by a steel curtain, but you can still watch them work while you enjoy your morning coffee, enhancing the feel of creativity buzzing about the place.
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20 The Parade West, Kent Town
Long Lost Friend
Fans of Dulwich hangout Corner Store Café will find Long Lost Friend quite familiar. The owners have started afresh with a new café that took all your favourite parts about CSC, polished them up a little and took them 10 minutes up the road. The new venue is a modern and clean fit out, right down to the concrete flooring and white coffee machine featured on their coffee cups. The menu has many of the favorites – the mega breakfast, the best smashed avo on toast in town – as well as some exciting new additions. Their version of eggs benedict is topped with a beautifully cooked and season chilli caramel pork shoulder instead of ham. They’ve also made some new dishes especially for you vegans, vegos and #cleaneaters out there that your meat eating friends will probably be ordering as well. There’s the grilled haloumi with sweet corn, quinoa salad, chorizo, poached eggs and avo purree, granola with coconut yoghurt, and the super food or banana smoothies are made with almond milk. Much health. Put all that together with the D’Angelo coffee we all know and love, and laid back café vibes, and you’ve got your ultimate place to go for breakfast.
Long Lost Friend Facebook
523 Magill Road, Magill
If you’ve been to Paris, you’ll know the street side café culture is a thing of beauty. Parisians snack and sip with such grace as they sit facing the world. La Madeline does its best to bring charming French vibes to The Parade, with an all-day breakfast café serving French favorites – that are just favourites in general – like croissants, quiches, crepes, omlettes and French toast. Decorated lightly, brightly and ever so prettily, it’s quite the picturesque place to sit and watch the world go by over a croissant. It’s also a refreshing, relaxed change of pace compared to the hustle and bustle, loud chatting and tables upon tables of lycra-clad cyclists other cafes on the strip can have. Ideal for mummies, mummy bloggers, and girls to take their mums somewhere lovely.
246 The Parade, Norwood
The Middle Store
Here in Adelaide we’re lucky to have quite the mixed bag of cultural cuisines. If you look hard enough you’ll find Afghani, Ethiopian, and as it turns out, Lebanese eats. Opened in May, The Middle Store is the brainchild of siblings George, Haefa and Rose Adam who share a love of food and their Lebanese heritage. You’ll recognize Rose from a certain Channel 10 cooking show, but The Middle Store is certainly her best claim to fame. If walking into the café and seeing the light filled room with timber furnishings didn’t make you happy enough, sit down for breakfast or lunch and it gets better. The Middle Stores gives you the opportunity to try some Lebanese cuisine with traditional Middle Eastern flavors, but they also have the breakfast classics if that’s your style. SA Roaster The Coffee Barun provide the beans for their coffees, which can be served up just the way you like it – even if you’re a small-double-shot-half-soy-half-almond-milk-extra-hot-flat-white kind of person. If tea’s your game, it’s only the best; T2 loose leaves. Their homemade Lebanese inspired sweets are a must try, including their own baklava, banana and tahini bread, and chocolate ganache cake. Also, very friendly to small humans.
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118 Winston Avenue, Melrose Park
Parsec Café is the ideal breakfast, coffee, and makeshift office space for West End dwellers, students and workers who are traditionally forced into a slight trek for a good café. Lead by Harriet Frasier-Barbour, the new space, underneath a DIY arts space and gallery on Hindley street, is a colorful breath of air into what can sometimes be a slightly grim street during the day. For breakfast, there’s a quirky menu of modern twists on your favorites, like miso scrambled eggs, smoked trout bagel, spiced baked beans, bircher museli, homemade crumpets and more. The good news is it’s all day breakfast, so if the mood for eggs strikes after midday you’re in luck. As well as their breakfast, there’ll be a monthly lunch special. At the moment, it’s salt and pepper crocodile. That’s not a typo. The provider of the precious liquid is Dawn Patrol Coffee, served up by barista Matt Barlow formerly of Paddy’s Lantern (so you know he’s good). With wifi for all, Parsec is ideal for settling down with some work or study to do over a great coffee and crumpet, which these days trumps libraries in every sense.
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80 Hindley Street, Adelaide