Cafe Suggestions

Below is coffee shop suggestions folks have thrown at me. Those crossed through in red were done as part of the 52 week writeup. Those in blue I have been to but are post 52 week journey and If I reckon they are worth a visit then I have put them just below. (Note: Despite what I say here, please always try the cafe for yourself)

Worth a try: Ginger Coffee Studio,

Ongoing Suggestions:
1) The grind on the Parade Norwood
2) Bar9 – Shop: 91 Glen Osmond rd, Eastwood
3) Simply Coffee – Rundle Street/Kent Town.
4) The Lunch Room – 132 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
5) Kibbi’s cafe – Hyde Park
6) Fiefy’s – Pirie Street.
7) Cafe Barun

8) Organic Market Cafe at Stirling
9) The Grain and Bean
10) Cafe komodo on Prospect Road
11) Coffee Branch, 32 Leigh St, City.
12) red door bakery at croydon queen st or Elizabeth st
13) Cocolat – rundle street
14) Felici Rundle Street
15) Europa, the Strand
16) central market: lucias, perfect cup
17) “Dunks & Unley” cnr dunks & unley rd.
18) Adelaide Coffee Bar, Grenfell Street
19) Taylor Blend at Stonyfell
20) O’Furno on Henley Beach Rd in Torrensville
21) Delish on Gilbert Street
22) Espresso room north terrace
23) coffee by the beans – Shop 3, 394 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys
24) short black on hindley street
25) the grinds in albert park
26) Joes at Henley beach
27) coffee craft (la crema) on south road glandore. 
28) madera on rundle street – (closed i think)
29) Cafe Boungiorno in Mitcham
30) Big Table central markets.
31) Chocolate Bean off Rundle St (union street)
32) queen st. cafe
33) Cafe Tecca in Tynte St, North Adelaide
34) The White House 90 Main St Hahndorf
35) Cikolatte in Melbourne St and Prospect
36) Zest in Glenelg
37) Edge in Brighton
38) The Little Fig on Winston Ave, Melrose Park.
39) Pranzo in the CBD.
40) Esca Restaurant and Espresso Bar, Marina Pier GLENELG
41) Happy on grange rd, Kidman park.
42) Cibo – Hyde Park
43) Gouger St, Spoon by Armis Vineyards (next to commonwealth bank on the eastern end) CLOSED?
44) Kicco Espresso Bar Shp 24/ 19 Brighton Rd, Glenelg
45) Modinetti at Torrensville (next to the bank of Cyprus)
46) Muratti on Prospect Rd
47) Grind at Central Markets.
48) Nano Ready 2 Go
49) ADELAIDE HILLS – The White House, Main St,Hahndorf / Cafe Montagna in Blackwood
50) BAROSSA –
51) – Airport
52) Deja Vu cafe 135 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville SA 5031
53) Steven Ter Horst. Chocolatier 221d Unley Road
54) Store in Melbourne St – traditional style coffee. Inconstant.
55) Centrale Expresso bar Rundle St Kent Town
56) The Town Hall Garden Cafe off of Prince Alfred Lane
57) Hawker Street Cafe
58) Melbourne St – UR Caffe (Between Cikolatte and Wild Thyme)
59) Cotto in Woodville, (on Woodville rd)
60) Spats on King William Road
61) Boho Bar on Unley
62) Horus on Hindley
63) Doof Doof
64) tin cat cafe on rundle st in kent town
65) The Pantry, in Hawthorn
66) Rush Expresso in 34 James Place, city
67) E for Ethel coffee 116 Melbourne street shop 7
68) Cafe Verde on Hancock Rd Fairview Park
69) the corner store on semaphore rd
70) Grind It Moseley St- Glenelg
71) Sazon Espresso Mt Barker
72) Stirling Cellars (next to the new Stirling Foodland)
73) Milano Hutt St
74) Blafari’s Cafe – Cnr of flinders St and Vic sq
75) Zeds Central Market
76) Lang’s Modern Asian Restaurant (14 – 16 Gawler Street Port Noarlunga)
77) ‘Signature’ just off Rundle Mall
78) ‘Energize’ in the Central Markets (opposite Haighs, kind of near the Coles entrance)
79) Joe’s Pizza Bar – 415 Henley Beach Rd, Brooklyn Park
80) Cafe Palazzo
81) Providore in Aldgate.  Dark roast used, ristretto to thin.
82) BTS Cafe (33 Pirie St, Gawler Place, Adelaide)
83) Viva Pultney street
84) Chocolatree
85) stranded store on the strand colonel light gardens
86) Parisi’s on King William Road
87) Pure Boutiuqe Coffee Bar
88) http://www.riccacoffee.com.au
89) Paddy’s Lantern
90) Insieme in Flinders St
91) Avila Coffee 22 Hindmarsh Square
92) Briccone Rundle Mall East And Pulteney S
93) Red Berry Espresso
94) A mothers Milk
95) The Cooks Pantry on Jetty rd, Grange. – traditional presentation for cappuccino, milk textured nicely and coffee not bad. Didnt order ristretto.
96) Viva Espresso Pirie Street.
97) The Marquis On Gouger
98) Campos coffee at the Red Lime Shack, St Vincent St, Pt Adelaide
99) 1645 cafe on sunbean rd glynde – possible reheated milk and strange milk texturing process. Stop/start/stop/start/stop/start. Flavour of milk impacted the coffee taste. Poor coffee allround and no coffee art. Didnt order ristretto
100) Duthy St Deli
101) Java Cafe at Newton – poorly textured froth, no coffee art, very thin body in the coffee. Didnt order ristretto
102) Ivia coffee – 27 King William Rd Unley
103) Alfresco on Rundle, 260 rundle street. https://alfresco.net.au/@AlfrescoRundle
104) Lime2 (squared) south east corner of light square, just off Currie street.
105) Tranquilo in Stirling
106) Macchinetta – Currie Street (across from peel st near topham mall)
107) Cafe froot in semaphore
108) bean bar on bank street
109) parlamento
110) the sebel playford

111) caparezzia in James place

112) Turtle Teal at Port Noarlunga

113) Ginger Coffee Studio goodwood road.

114) deli el Choto near entertainment centre.

115) Zuma adelaide central markets

63 thoughts on “Cafe Suggestions

  1. Ongoing Suggestions:
    1) The grind on the Parade Norwood
    2) Bar9 – Shop: 91 Glen Osmond rd, Eastwood
    3) Simply Coffee – Rundle Street/Kent Town.
    4) The Lunch Room – 132 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
    5) Kibbi’s cafe – Hyde Park
    6) Fiefy’s – Pirie Street.
    7) Cafe Barun

    8) Organic Market Cafe at Stirling
    9) The Grain and Bean
    10) Cafe komodo on Prospect Road
    11) Coffee Branch, 32 Leigh St, City.
    12) red door bakery at croydon queen st or Elizabeth st
    13) Cocolat – rundle street
    14) Felici Rundle Street
    15) Europa, the Strand
    16) central market: lucias, perfect cup, zuma
    17) “Dunks & Unley” cnr dunks & unley rd.
    18) Adelaide Coffee Bar, Grenfell Street
    19) Taylor Blend at Stonyfell
    20) O’Furno on Henley Beach Rd in Torrensville
    21) Delish on Gilbert Street
    22) Espresso room north terrace
    23) coffee by the beans – Shop 3, 394 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys
    24) short black on hindley street
    25) the grinds in albert park
    26) Joes at Henley beach
    27) coffee craft (la crema) on south road glandore.
    28) madera on rundle street – (closed i think)
    29) Cafe Boungiorno in Mitcham
    30) Big Table central markets.
    31) Chocolate Bean off Rundle St (union street)
    32) queen st. cafe
    33) Cafe Tecca in Tynte St, North Adelaide
    34) The White House 90 Main St Hahndorf
    35) Cikolatte in Melbourne St and Prospect
    36) Zest in Glenelg
    37) Edge in Brighton
    38) The Little Fig on Winston Ave, Melrose Park.
    39) Pranzo in the CBD.
    40) Esca Restaurant and Espresso Bar, Marina Pier GLENELG
    41) Happy on grange rd, Kidman park.
    42) Cibo – Hyde Park
    43) Gouger St, Spoon by Armis Vineyards (next to commonwealth bank on the eastern end) CLOSED?
    44) Kicco Espresso Bar Shp 24/ 19 Brighton Rd, Glenelg
    45) Modinetti at Torrensville (next to the bank of Cyprus)
    46) Muratti on Prospect Rd
    47) Grind at Central Markets.
    48) Nano Ready 2 Go
    49) ADELAIDE HILLS – The White House, Main St,Hahndorf / Cafe Montagna in Blackwood
    50) BAROSSA –
    51) – Airport
    52) Deja Vu cafe 135 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville SA 5031
    53) Steven Ter Horst. Chocolatier 221d Unley Road
    54) Store in Melbourne St
    55) Centrale Expresso bar Rundle St Kent Town
    56) The Town Hall Garden Cafe off of Prince Alfred Lane
    57) Hawker Street Cafe
    58) Melbourne St – UR Caffe (Between Cikolatte and Wild Thyme)
    59) Cotto in Woodville, (on Woodville rd)
    60) Spats on King William Road
    61) Boho Bar on Unley
    62) Horus on Hindley
    63) Doof Doof
    64) tin cat cafe on rundle st in kent town
    65) The Pantry, in Hawthorn
    66) Rush Expresso in 34 James Place, city
    67) E for Ethel coffee 116 Melbourne street shop 7
    68) Cafe Verde on Hancock Rd Fairview Park
    69) the corner store on semaphore rd
    70) Grind It Moseley St- Glenelg
    71) Sazon Espresso Mt Barker
    72) Stirling Cellars (next to the new Stirling Foodland)
    73) Milano Hutt St
    74) Blafari’s Cafe – Cnr of flinders St and Vic sq
    75) Zeds Central Market
    76) Lang’s Modern Asian Restaurant (14 – 16 Gawler Street Port Noarlunga)
    77) ‘Signature’ just off Rundle Mall
    78) ‘Energize’ in the Central Markets (opposite Haighs, kind of near the Coles entrance)
    79) Joe’s Pizza Bar – 415 Henley Beach Rd, Brooklyn Park
    80) Cafe Palazzo
    81) Providore in Aldgate
    82) BTS Cafe (33 Pirie St, Gawler Place, Adelaide)
    83) Viva Pultney street
    84) Chocolatree
    85) stranded store on the strand colonel light gardens
    86) Parisi’s on King William Road
    87) Pure Boutiuqe Coffee Bar
    88) http://www.riccacoffee.com.au
    89) Paddy’s Lantern
    90) Insieme in Flinders St
    91) Avila Coffee 22 Hindmarsh Square
    92) Briccone Rundle Mall East And Pulteney S
    93) Red Berry Espresso
    94) A mothers Milk
    95) The Cooks Pantry on Jetty rd, Grange. – traditional presentation for cappuccino, milk textured nicely and coffee not bad. Didnt order ristretto.
    96) Viva Espresso Pirie Street.
    97) The Marquis On Gouger
    98) Campos coffee at the Red Lime Shack, St Vincent St, Pt Adelaide
    99) 1645 cafe on sunbean rd glynde – possible reheated milk and strange milk texturing process. Stop/start/stop/start/stop/start. Flavour of milk impacted the coffee taste. Poor coffee allround and no coffee art. Didnt order ristretto
    100) Duthy St Deli
    101) Java Cafe at Newton – poorly textured froth, no coffee art, very thin body in the coffee.
    102) Ivia coffee – 27 King William Rd Unley
    103) Alfresco on Rundle, 260 rundle street. https://alfresco.net.au/ @AlfrescoRundle
    104) Lime2 (squared) south east corner of light square, just off Currie street.
    105) Tranquilo in Stirling
    106) Macchinetta – Currie Street (across from peel st near topham mall)
    107) Cafe froot in semaphore

  2. Check out red door bakery at croydon queen st or Elizabeth st. Nice coffee there & a cool looking machine

  3. Java light is the name of the coffee shop opening At newton it opens today! He will be roasting coffee there too!
    Has a very cool machine on display there as well

  4. Joes at Henley beach… Use rio coffee popular on weekends…
    Also coffee craft (la crema) on south road glandore. It’s a cellar door of coffee.

  5. Hey, my girlfriend works at Cafe Boungiorno in Mitcham and I would love to hear an appraisal of their coffee making skills.

  6. Java coffee at Newton is worth a look. I personally didn’t like the one espresso I tried there, very watery. But the place is beautiful and I considered grabbing the restored lever gaggia machine he has on display and making a run for it, it was that sexy.

    The Chocolate Bean off Rundle St is very cool and the coffee is decent (even if their idea of a macchiato is a small latte).

    When you call in to Simply Coffee you should try my favourite past-time in there, make up your own blends. If it is quiet they let me pick out some coffees, blend them and make me a coffee. Very interesting combining the flavours, and of course if you hit something good, get 250gms and take it home!

  7. Marcus, I have visited Java coffee, ristretto needed work, cappuccino was tasting good though. however, it seems they need to work on their short coffee’s a bit judging by what we both had.
    I may do a write up on them sometime.

    Thanks for the headsup on simplycoffee blending and chocolate bean.

  8. Try these three. All very different experiences…

    The Little Fig on Winston Ave, Melrose Park.

    Espresso Royale, Magill Road.

    Pranzo in the CBD.

    Enjoy.

  9. Just looking through the list of coffee shops and love the fact that there are a great range of shops but have noticed ther isn’t a cibo on it

  10. Hyde Park Cibo might be a good choice, they still have that Illy’s opposite them, right? Must be some healthy competition.

  11. There is also a place on Gouger St that might interest you, upmarket cafe with a 2-group lever machine as their primary machine, interestingly enough. It’s on the very eastern end of Gouger, next to the commonwealth Bank. I think it is called Spoon by Armis Vineyards.

  12. There’s a great new espresso bar called Modinetti at Torrensville, next to the bank of Cyprus. Very melbournesk. I think you’ll like it.

  13. Had an excellent espresso up at Cafe Montagna the other night, I was surprised given that the place is in the vein of Cafe Primo etc. and is Vittoria branded. Might be worth you checking out if you’re ever up Blackwood way.

    The Store in Melbourne St had decent coffee and superb food, if you feel like combining a review with a nice meal.

  14. Only just remember the name of this little place tucked in behind the Adelaide town hall, very decent coffee last few times i’ve headed there for a staff meeting. The name of the place is The Town Hall Garden Cafe off of Prince Alfred Lane, know you have a few suggestions now, may be worth checking out.

  15. My suggestion would be to try an espresso bar in Woodville, on Woodville rd called Cotto, very good example of consistent coffee, they also use Kicco coffee.

  16. Saw that you were recommended Chocolate Bean, did you go there yet? I like their use of chilies. I also recommend Spats on King William Road, and Boho Bar on Unley. Horus on Hindley isn’t too bad at making a coffee either, although the big draw card there is the shishas o’ course.

  17. Hi Mema, I havent been to Chocolate bean yet, I have added your recommendations as well as the folks whom posted before you. Cheers.

  18. Hi Bobby, nice blog! If you have kids take them to Wacky Warehouse at Newton. I ordered a latte there and was very surprised it had latte art and well textured milk. Coffee was on the pricey side though but that’s how they make their money, not through entrance fees (for adults). Don’t go if you don’t have little kids or they might call the police :). I have had pretty bad Cibo express lattes so it goes to show you can get good coffee in the strangest places and bad coffee where you expect the opposite.
    Red Ochre surprisingly was another one with good latte. Very silky milk. Unfortunately I’m not a cap or ristretto drinker so can’t comment on them. I think from memory it was an old Faema Duo espresso machine they used. An expensive outing though.

  19. Wow! The list is getting longer and longer! You might need to extend your blog a bit longer or 2 reviews a week!

  20. Matt, what i’ll be doing is after the 1 year i’ll do a wrapup, and… i probably will continue to do this.

    Thanks saoye for kind comment. Surprised to hear about the WW at Newton, good that they are showing some skill. Also good to hear that the red ochre restaurant made you a good coffee, restaurants in many cases dont take coffee seriously enough but obviously they do.

  21. I always get a stomach ache after we have coffee at Cibo. My gf too. Not sure if they overcook the milk or what. Illy is always great.

    Bobby what’s your top 3 in Adelaide so far mate?

  22. Hi Marc, my top 3 – well, Bar9 really does hit the mark, Ian the owner ticks all the right boxes with his business and good on him. Great that Adelaide has a place like this to go to and have coffee. Thats all i’ll say for now, at week 52 i’ll do a complete wrapup.

  23. cool i live at Unley so will try it out this afternoon.

    What do you do for a job anyway Bob? And what made you start this website. Do you have any other blogs or was this your first?

  24. Marc, i’ve spent some time in kitchens, enjoy food product development and love innovation, progression and thinking out the box. I’m currently cooking. I’ve got another website that has been going for a few years and that’s about my ancestry. I’ve been told in the past I should get into critiquing/reviewing (something i’ve wanted to do myself anyway), and so I eventually started this coffee blog. I have at home a breville smart grinder, sunbeam em6910 machine and a pullman tamper.

  25. Nice idea for a blog!!! I’ve just got myself a keep cup for my takeaways so I’m always hunting for places that encourage recycling by giving a small discount or extra stamps on the coffee card etc. And I’m a dreaded soy drinker, so my coffees are always more expensive: this is really good for me to try and find the elusive $3 small soy takeaway! Nice one! :-)

  26. yep i agree head to the pantry,

    then go to the corner store on semaphore rd.
    e for ethel on melbourne st

    was great to meet you today look forward to reading more!

  27. Hi Sarah, Great to also meet you folks today, I must also apologise, I stole your pen today – naughty me, i’ll have to return it. Cheers for suggestions and reading blog.

  28. You are missing some excellent coffee est on your list. Sazzon Mt Barker plus the new Stirling Cellars (next to the new Stirling Foodland). These 2 places make coffee just as good or better as Bar9 & Coffee Branch. You must review these 2 places at these should be in your top 5. Also not listed here that make great caps are Milano Hutt St, Blafari’s Flinders St, Zeds Central Market.

  29. Lang’s Modern Asian Restaurant does breakfast on Sundays, and has surprisingly, the best coffee in Port Noarlunga.

    (14 – 16 Gawler Street Port Noarlunga)

  30. ‘Signature’ just off Rundle Mall. My favourite at the moment is ‘Energize’ in the Central Markets (opposite Haighs, kind of near the Coles entrance). Also a new place has just opened on Gilbert St called Paddy’s Lantern.

    Cool blog!

  31. If you are intersted in trying some coffee from `fine dining’ kinda places, maybe try George’s on Waymouth and Puccini’s out on Fullarton Road. Opposite ends of the scale in my experience. I’ve had 2 short blacks on different occasions at George’s, both I could only describe as incredibly harsh. Puccini’s on the other hand have Lavazza posters all over the restuarant, and I had a technically perfect espresso (not a fan of Lavazza coffee though).

  32. Restaurants are a strange one, the last thing customers have is the coffee and if they leave having a bad cuppa well that can downgrade the evening somewhat yet owners continue to serve mediocre coffee. Good to hear your experience.

  33. G’day mate, I have a possible selection for you. Not a cafe, but a lunch bar in a small shopping centre: The Big Bite in Marden Shopping Centre, Cnr Payneham and Portrush Roads. A secret favourite of many where the coffee is made day after day, from 7 until 5:30 by one person alone, a careful and consistent barista called Wally. Perfect, consistent coffee 10 hours a day, six days a week. An Aroma blend, Expobar machine and during the increasingly rare quiet times, some good conversation about the science of coffee. A dark, roasty blend, and it makes an excellent affogato on a warm day.

    Also suggest Signature Cafe in Charles St between Mall and Nth Tce. Also an Expobar, by pure coincidence, but again, single barista, smooth blend, might actually be single origin.

    Good coffee is very rare in Adelaide, thanks for trying to lift the standard.

  34. I’d be interested to hear your opinion on Signature Cafe as well, been there a couple of times due to the excellent location. The place looks the goods and I really want to like it, but the espressos just aren’t to my taste.

  35. Oh yeah, how could I forget, there is a new place opened up next to Est Pizza, on East Terrace. From the corner of Rundle and East Terrace, head south ~20 meters. Doesn’t have a name yet, you’ll understand why that is when you meet the owners, they’re a bit eccentric. You’ll know when you’re in the right place, it screams “coffee joint”.

    Coffee Barun beans. Owner/barrista loved her coffee and chatted with me for 10 mins about their special Barun blend, the machine (a La Marzocco), and the crazy decor in the place. Definitely worth a trip.

  36. Mi Marcus, I admit I’ve been somewhat seduced by the banana bread that works beautifully with the milk coffees I have had there, but the one ristretto I had was OKish. Not the best, a bit oily, so presumably high lipid content in the beans, but certainly not the worst. But you’re right, I’ll just have to try again. I should leave the food and just go the coffee next time. Not much quality close to North Tce. Any other suggestions for that area?

  37. Ok, sounds good. A cafe with no name, perhaps we could call it the Blondie Cafe after Clint Eastwood’s Man with no name from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Definitely check it out ASAP. Keep up the good work. greg

  38. Greg i drive past Marden shopping centre all the time, but rarely go in but i’ll remember Big Bite next i’m there. Signiture is on the list so we’ll see whether or not it’ll make into the 52, i’m not fully decided as to whom else i’m going to (from the big list above) although i have about 5 that are definates. Marcus, i have kinda noticed that place on East tereace, and again will keep it on the radar.
    Cheers for posting guys.

  39. This blog is excellent! I’ve worked in specialty coffee for 7 years in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada and hve recently move to Adelaide. It’s good to know that people here care as much about coffee as I do! Would love to hear back from you about your “must try!” recommendations.
    Cheers

  40. Hi Ryan and welcome to Adelaide. In week 53 i’ll do a wrap and list places that produces good cappuccinos and ristrettos – watch out for that but in the mean time you’ll wait for suggestions :) or read the blog :) or try out Coffee Branch in the city :)

  41. Enjoyed following your blog… Look forward to the write up.

    Tamara good call on cooks at grange one if many of my favourite haunts

  42. Great blog, needs to be converted into an App and integrated with Google Maps to enable looking for a decent coffee on the move . . .

  43. Hey, great blog. Was wondering if you could help out with the coffee wars we have at work. Some prefer bean bar on bank street, others parlamento just across the road, and others the sebel playford. We all like coffee branch, but it’s just a bit far from the office. Would love to see your review on those three places please :)

  44. The Lunch Bag, 41 Rundle Street Kent Town. Have tried most of the coffee spots on your list and still go to these guys every day for superior coffee.

    Nick and Jim will help you out.

  45. Try a new cafe on king William called saffron sky. One of the baristas there makes a mean coffee

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