The Best Breakfast in Adelaide

Updated 8 months ago

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Breakfast might even be the closest thing we have to a national cuisine. Here we pay tribute to Adelaide’s best; places shaping the very definition of the pre-midday meal. Others we’ve selected for consistent performance – they’ve nailed the classics and learnt how to handle the crowds that follow. Go on, get that morning started.

  • Sustainability is the bottom line at this beloved cafe and workshop space. Come for a no-waste menu of mainly vegetarian dishes, and take home jars of Ben’s pickles and preserves.

  • Occupying an iconic corner in Adelaide’s East End, Exchange Coffee has long been at the front of the pack in the city’s specialty coffee scene. Come for Market Lane coffee brewed every which way, produce-driven brunch dishes and a signature sandwich worthy of cult status.

  • Creative brunches that don't rely on eggs on toast.

  • This stunning indoor-outdoor eatery is full of natural colour tones and textures: think timbers, stucco walls, stone floors and leather seats. The all-day menu draws from a wide range of influences – expect house-made noodles, smoked cocktails and views of the surrounding river and gum trees.

  • Lounge on the lush front lawn with a coffee or beer.

  • Ascend the stairs from Hindley Street to a slice of island paradise, with pan-Asian and California-inspired bar snacks, playful cocktails, a disco ball and DJs spinning house and funk tunes.

  • A Levantine-inspired diner on a leafy suburban street serving up creative breakfasts and local small-batch wines. There’s also wood-fired pita and pizza, and a Mediterranean Bloody Mary with za’atar and hot sauce.

  • A garden centre in the verdant Tea Tree Gully foothills is the unlikely setting for one of Adelaide’s culinary gems. Enter a 140-year-old cottage for a thrilling five-course lunch menu informed by foraged produce – plus one of the city's best breakfasts.

  • A brunch spot in a historic building in Port Adelaide with a focus on sustainability.

  • A little corner of France in Adelaide’s East End, Hey Jupiter has been throwing down champagne breakfasts and Bloody Marys for more than a decade. If you come for dinner, it transforms into a laid-back spot for small plates and big-flavoured French classics.

  • Let Fred treat you to some really comforting food.

  • Day through night, this lush alfresco space has you covered.

  • Sustainable food and decor get more than a token nod at this cafe.

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  • Pastries from Italy and beyond, made fresh every morning. The sfogliatelle – a strudel-like Italian number – is unmissable, equal only to the house croissant.

  • The plant-centric pop-up so good, it progressed to permanence.

  • A brunch and specialty coffee spot that welcomes families with genuine enthusiasm.

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  • A community-focused cafe with a modern industrial feel.

  • This cafe in the former Paddy's Lantern site opened in October 2020. The interior’s had a refit and a new kitchen installed, but the trusty Synesso espresso machine that served Paddy’s so well for over a decade remains. Come for the “barista’s breakfast” (a potent coffee trio); handmade dumplings; a croissant with soft-shell crab and scrambled eggs; and halal bao buns with “beef bacon” and egg.