You Need to Try Out These Fantastic Adelaide Eateries!
Mouth-watering meals, clean and nutritious breakfast bowls and top-quality coffee don’t always spring to mind when you’re considering visiting the City of Churches, but that’s all changing. With a new generation of innovative foodies and entrepreneurs on the scene, there are plenty of hip new cafés and coffee shops popping up around Adelaide, each one raising the culinary bar even higher.
From inner-city hotspots perfect for grabbing your double ristretto and apple danish on the way to the office, to idyllic courtyards overlooking the parklands where you can enjoy a pudding by day and a glass of red by night, here are a few of the best Adelaide eateries that are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more:
Whistle & Flute – 136 Greenhill Road, Unley
One of Adelaide’s newest café and liquor bars, it’s easy to see why Unley’s Whistle & Flute is quickly becoming a firm favourite with locals. Open for breakfast, lunch and after-work drinks during the week and brunch on a Saturday, Whistle now boasts a clean-but-filling supper menu, with Asian, Middle Eastern and – you guessed it –English influences! The serene courtyard directly across from the green Adelaide city parklands is the perfect place to nibble on a pudding or two, or kick back and enjoy the DJ after dark.
Exchange Specialty Coffee – Shops 1&2, 12-18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide
Fancy yourself a bit of a coffee snob? Then look no further than Exchange Speciality Coffee for several blends of the best Victorian roasts, readily available from an intimate and cosy location in Adelaide’s East End. Fitting no more than 20 patrons inside, the café is ideal for those looking to get away from noise and chaos, and feel that their business is appreciated. The service is personal and friendly, and you can look forward to getting to know the staff as they serve you a much-needed espresso tonic or delicious light meals with local and seasonal ingredients.
The Howling Owl – 13 Frome Street, Adelaide
By day it’s a quirky inner-city café, boasting generous grazing boards that cheese lovers would die for and an array of tea and coffee to pick you up on your lunch break. By night, it’s one of the city’s best bars, with a Happy Hour every Monday to Saturday offering cheap beers and 2-for-1 cocktails. There are over 70 different gins on offer, and the staff at the Howling Owl will happily whizz up a Toddy’s Apple Pie or a gummy-bear-inspired Bear-y-Licious upon request. With walls showcasing some of Adelaide’s finest local art, and furniture that’s decorated with old maps of the city, it’s the perfect place to throw back a cocktail.
Nutrition Republic – 1/100 King William Road, Good Wood
The family-owned Nutrition Republic is the home of good health, and the mother of all clean eateries. Straddling the southern edge of the city heart, the café is the go-to place for anybody looking for whole, unprocessed and real food that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Goodbye unhealthy preservatives, processed oils and artificial colours, hello organic food that will have your whole body loving you! In addition to their fair-trade coffee, Nutrition offers gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free options, as well as an abundance of raw, vegan and Paleo-friendly desserts. The best part is there’s a whole fridge of clean goodies to purchase and take home with you! This place will have you feeling good long after you’ve finished your meal.
The Loose Caboose – 21 First Street, Hindmarsh
Luckily for those floating around the western edge of the city, the old Bowden Railway Station was turned into The Loose Caboose back in 2012. The all-day brunch menu is a saviour for regulars, and features the classic and indulgent options in addition to the health-conscious choices. Whether you’re after a fluffy buttermilk pancake, some comfort crab cakes or a light quinoa salad, they’ll have you sorted in no time. The kitchen opens early on weekdays and Saturdays, making it the ideal spot for grabbing your ethically-sourced coffee (which is roasted and blended on site!). The room still surrenders to vintage echoes of the old train station, but new and trendy designs still make this place a pleasure to brunch in.