Folklore Café has been the talk of Port Adelaide over the last two weeks as they have just re-opened as a place that serves up all day brunch, lovely tapas for dinner, amazing views and dolphin spotting to go with it. Folklore resides not on a street or corner, but lives over the water of the Port Adelaide docklands. This stunning and unique building is held up by metal beams and covered with corrugated iron, but the inside takes you into a world of warm woods with a quirky but rustic set-up.
24-year-old owner Anika Havey has wanted to open a café since she can remember, and with the help of Renew Port Adelaide last year, she managed to rent a snippet of this space for her cafe alongside other business owners. After the others had left from beside her, Anika opened the whole space up for Folklore, and thus being able to play around with opening times and have room for her creative advances. In the city there are many boutique cafes and pubs, but for people who want a taste of this combination closer to home - especially if you’re in the Western suburbs - Folklore is perfect for you.
“It’s more about the atmosphere; come for a drink, listen to some house music, enjoy a few art exhibitions. It's essentially somewhere you can have a Sunday Session on a Friday or Saturday night". - Anika Havey
The food at Folklore works around seasonal and local produce while keeping the dishes healthy and flavoursome. One of Anika’s priorities in the kitchen is to have something available for everybody whether you’re meat-obsessed, vegetarian based, vegan-enthused or gluten free. Anika suggests to try their famous ‘crispy shallot waffle with shaved zucchini, dill, smoked salmon and beetroot lemon aioli’, which is apparently a winner with locals. They aim to change up their brunch and tapas menu’s with every season to keep the quality and economy of their ingredients top notch.
Folklore Café is everything your senses have been craving; watch the beautiful view from the balcony, listen to the coolest of tunes, smell lovely aromas coming from the kitchen, and sip on a cold cider. Anika says “we’re trying to create a vibe, essentially keep it really easy going so you can socialise, eat and have a few drinks”. They will also be hosting movie nights in the near future accompanied with said food and local booze, what’s not to love?
With new opening hours in place, Folklore Café will be open from 8am til late Friday and Saturday, and open from 8am to 5pm Thursday and Sunday. If you have trouble finding it, park on Mundy Street and walk toward the water, Folklore is based over it near the large children’s playground – you can’t miss it! For updates on movie nights and other cool stuff hit up Folklore Cafés Facebook and Instagram pages! Special thanks to Anika and her team for having us on her opening night, we had a fantastic time.
All images via Alexia Frangos.