1. The Pantry on Egmont for their epic brunches and glorious DeGroots coffee. You immediately feel at home at this bustling retro style establishment in Hawthorn. I love the retro finishing of this place – everything from the mismatched crockery to the 60’s style chairs ooze charm and character. It’s one of Adelaide’s worst kept secrets when it comes to a quality brunch – so expect to wait at peak times and fight off yummy mummies armed with prams.
2. Venture to the west end of Adelaide and you will find an unexpected treasure in one of Adelaide’s old bluestone cottages in Sturt Street. Meet The House of Donkey, a cosy vegetarian cafe which has loads of unusual quirks to discover around every corner. There is no pretension here, so sit back on one of their retro sofas and sip tea from their cute vintage cups and saucers. Make sure you visit their secret courtyard at the back and get in touch with your inner hippie amongst their hanging plants in teapots. One of the most unique venues to open in Adelaide recently.
3. Red Berry Espresso – one of Adelaide’s hidden gems in the Eastern suburbs. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to a enjoy a cuppa, then this cosy cafe is for you. The coffee is one of Adelaide’s best – they source the best coffee from around the globe and lovingly roast it daily. It’s no surprise that they won the Silver Medal at the Golden Bean Awards in 2013.
4. If you can get past the often ‘too cool for school’ service, you are likely to enjoy one of North Adelaide’s best coffees at First Pour. Nestled in the middle of Melbourne street – this modern specialist coffee shop serves up one of the best brews in town.
5. I’d be more than willing to say please to get my hands on one of the specialty coffees at Please Say Please on Grenfell Street. With just a few covers, this hole in the wall style establishment is not a place to linger for long; but to enjoy a takeaway coffee with one of their mouth watering pastries before work – perfect!
6. The Gepps Cross Sunday Market – a treasure trove full of fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing and general bric-a-brac. The entry fee for buyers is a bargain at $1.50. Open every Sunday from 7am.
7. Udaberri on Leigh Street for their pintxos and Spanish wine. Boasting a hip fit-out full of wiry lights and suspended pot plants, it’s definitely a welcome addition to Adelaide’s food scene.
8. Without a doubt one of my favourite bakeries in Adelaide, the always busy Red Door Bakery always packs a punch when it comes to quality baking. They pride themselves in baking everything from scratch and only selling the goods which are made fresh each day. For something savoury, start with one of their gourmet pies or sausage rolls and finish with one of their famous creme brulee tarts.
9. If you’re an antique fan, head down to Magill Road for some window shopping and finish with a spot of lunch at My Friend Louis. Enjoy the glam surroundings of the interior, or venture to the rustic courtyard to enjoy the sunshine. The cafe is connected to eclectic homeware and furniture shop – Louis Bond.
10. The Howling Owl – the first speciality gin bar to hit Adelaide’s East End. You can expect a great range of gin inspired cocktails including the ‘Sylvan Berry Gin Fizz’ with local sylvan berry jam, muddled basil leaves and soda. If gin isn’t your cup of tea, the cafe/bar is also open during the day for coffee and gourmet lunches.
What have been your favourite foodie things in Adelaide this week?