Whether meeting up with some close friends or you’re trying to get some work done, a good coffee shop is one of the best places to be.
Everyone loves the warm, inviting atmosphere created by good coffee shops, not to mention the excellent caffeine at hand.
Adelaide is the home of some of Australia’s most fashionable, quaint and atmospheric coffee spots.
In this article, we’ll be going over some of the SA capital’s best kept secrets and will let you in on some top notch coffee shops for your next Sunday afternoon catch up.
Location: 234-244 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA 5000
The first spot on our list of the best coffee shops in Adelaide is the charmingly named, Peter Rabbit.
Taking after its fairytale inspirations, this coffee shop boasts a gorgeous garden with natural foliage growing all around and overhead. Well, what else would you expect given the rustic/cute name?!
With regular live music and a friendly, familial atmosphere, this place feels more like a family backyard than a professional cafe.
It’s a great place to bring kids as there’s plenty of room outside for them to stretch their legs. However, it’s not just about the little ones. There’s also a pretty varied alcoholic drinks menu for a more grown-up occasion.
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Dutch Coffee Lab
Location: 255 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Bringing a little taste of the Netherlands overseas, Dutch Coffee Lab is a perfect place to hang out, whatever your age.
Their food menu consists of some delightful Dutch snacks, including stroopwafel cake and Dutch cheese toasties.
As well as having an impressive food menu, this place also takes its coffee seriously. They import some of the finest coffee beans from around the world to make their drinks extra special.
Despite being a small space, the bicycles hanging from the walls and Dutch artwork all over the place make it seem like a little slice of Amsterdam has been transported down under.
Location: 95 Grenfell St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0499 696 929
On Grenfell Street, right in the centre of Adelaide, you’ll find this friendly coffee spot which puts a modern twist on the traditional small pop up shop.
Despite the sleek, sophisticated decor in the interior of the shop, the staff make customers feel welcome. In fact, the place feels comfortable enough to stay in all day.
The vinyl records that adorn the walls give this place a modern-retro vibe (if such a thing exists!). Not surprisingly, it also makes it the perfect place for Instagram photographers.
Of course, their coffee is exceptional and the variety of food on the menu means there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That’s why it’s one of the best coffee shops in Adelaide.
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Location: 42 Whitmore Sq, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8211 8812
This trendy little coffee spot is an absolute staple of Adelaide culture. Their aim to build a community surrounding their shop has allowed them to connect it with nature and people all around it.
The magnificent outdoor seating area boasts a beautiful wild flower patch. The overhanging trees to make you feel like you’re out in nature, without even having to leave the city.
The regular live music, handmade food and drinks, and the most adorable family atmosphere make this one of the most wholesome and welcoming places in all of Adelaide.
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Location: Ground Floor, 50 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8359 2621
Also Fiefy’s Van at 45 Pirie St, Adelaide, SA 5000
Fiefy’s prides itself on serving the highest quality drinks.
In fact, they take things so seriously when it comes to drink preparation and service, that they win awards and regularly compete in international competitions.
Their menu favours locally sourced ingredients and suppliers to keep the whole operation environmentally friendly and to cater specifically to the people of Adelaide.
With some of the world’s finest ingredients and baristas, this place is a coffee lover’s paradise.
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Location: 9-17 Young St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0450 066 216
As the name might suggest, the ethos at Elementary Coffee is to keep things simple.
They use the same growers and suppliers every year and do a lot to support and reinvest in the communities that produce their ingredients.
As well as serving some of the highest quality coffee available in the city, Elementary also sells coffee beans and grounds from all over the world. So even after they close for the day, you can go home and try a whole international range of different flavours.
For any coffee enthusiast, this is the sort of place you could come back to every day for years and never grow tired of it.
Location: 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0411 147 187
We’re back to Grenfell St for the next of our best coffee shops in Adelaide.
This cutely-named store has a real buzz about it.
Putting the people of Adelaide at the front of their mission, PSP has a witty blackboard out front, heralding each new day with an every changing message to keep patrons amused.
Even better, they do specialty cronuts. We’ve been told that the Toblerone version is particularly stellar.
Because it’s so charmingly small and quaint, it’s almost impossible to visit this shop and not be greeted with friendly conversation with staff or some of the regulars.
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Location: Addie Pl, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8340 3830
Stepping into SOHO Coffee Roasters feels almost like walking into a Michelin starred kitchen. All whilst maintaining a warm and friendly atmosphere.
With a whole host of dazzling equipment behind the bar, you just know these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to coffee. For once, all the show results in a great product. This spot is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Adelaide.
SOHO provides all the staple food and drinks items of any good coffee shop. However, they also offer you the chance to set up as a barista in your own home.
They have a great range of coffee-related ingredients and equipment and their knowledgeable staff can tell you all about the art of making coffee.
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Location: Plant 4 Bowden, 5 Third St, Bowden, SA 5007 Ph: 0431 122 760
It’s over to Bowden for the next spot in our rundown of the best cafes in Adelaide.
Named after the grandmother of its founder, My Grandma Ben puts sustainability at the forefront of its incredible coffee service.
They work hard to minimise food and plastic waste and to make the whole experience of eating and drinking here environmentally friendly and fun.
They have a fantastic selection of vegetarian and vegan food to enjoy with a lovingly made cup of coffee.
The plants that overhang the interior and the regular pickling and fermenting workshops they host make this place feel like a family home.
Location: 1 Union St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8227 2772
Penny University is one of Adelaide’s trendiest and most dazzling coffee shops.
Located on a quiet street, out of the way of all the chaos of the city, this shop boasts charming indoor and outdoor seating areas. Plus a food menu to die for.
We know this is supposed to be a coffee-oriented list but if you come to Penny University you just have to try some of their dishes. Each one arrives at the table looking like it’s come out of a TV commercial.
The same can also be said for their drinks, with love and care going into making each one look and taste irresistible.
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Location: 96 Gilles St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0448 842 274
Again, the name of this coffee spot tells you all you need to know about the family atmosphere they create.
Sibling Cafe exclusively uses locally roasted coffee and its own tried and tested brewing recipes.
Just like you’re a part of their family, all you have to do is ask and they’ll tell you all about how they make their drinks. They’ll even give you some beans to try it at home.
They even cater for small to medium-sized events so you can enjoy coffee and a meal with a whole group of friends and family.
Location: 198A Hutt St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8227 1860
This award winning cafe has everything you could ever want when it comes to a relaxing afternoon at a coffee shop.
As well as providing a large and varied food and drinks menu, the staff at Coffylosophy are there to make sure everyone feels welcome.
This is the sort of place you could stay for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the coffee breaks in between. That’s why we’ve included it amongst our best coffee shops in Adelaide.
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Location: 191 Wright St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8410 7408
Despite its delightfully theatrical name, My Kingdom For A Horse is one of the simplest and most chilled out coffee shops on this list.
They keep the decor low-key and make sure everyone feels welcome to stay a while. Whatever your walk of life, this is a place to come and enjoy carefully crafted hot drinks.
Moreover, they have an online shop. So you can order some of their favourite coffee beans to brew barista-quality coffee at home. What more could you ask for?
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Location: 12/18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0415 966 225
Exchange is one of Adelaide’s favourite coffee shops.
You can enjoy food and drink indoors, surrounded by clean, unadorned walls and real houseplants. Alternatively, there’s an outdoor seating area where you can bask in the glorious Adelaide sunshine – if it’s out!
The All Day menu features plenty of brunch winners, often with a little twist. The Waffle – with Miso Pulled Pork, House-Made Kimchi, Fried Egg, Crispy Shallots and Toasted Sesame is a prime example.
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Location: 111 Melbourne St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: (08) 8267 1273
Last on our list of the best coffee shops in Adelaide on our list is this Italian inspired spot on Melbourne Street.
Despite its small size, Veneziano provides some of the best vibes for a coffee shop in the whole city. It features an eccentrically designed interior and modest outdoor seating area.
You don’t just have to stay and drink coffee though. They have plenty of freshly made snacks and treats that you’re welcome to take away with you and make all your work colleagues jealous!
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Coffee Branch (BONUS)
Location: 32 Leigh St, Adelaide, SA 5000 Ph: 0410 400 721
When a friend raves about a dinky little coffee joint that they love, you have to add it on as one of the top coffee shops in Adelaide.
Coffee Branch is a cool, skinny caffeine hub where the coffee is the focus. The vibe is very much old-skool espresso bar, but with a modern fit out. Along with roasting their own beans, they also knock out a few tasty snacks like a breakfast brioche bun.
However, the main focus is the coffee – as it should be!