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.

My Grandma Ben

Cafe

Sustainability is the bottom line.

Plant 4 5 Third Street, Bowden

The Topiary Cafe

Cafe

A garden-to-plate cafe nestled in the grounds of Newman’s Nursery.

Lot 406 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully

The Banksia Tree Cafe

Cafe

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

147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Karma & Crow

Cafe

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

251 Richmond Road, Richmond
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Exchange Specialty Coffee

Cafe

First and foremost a coffee shop.

Shops 1-3 12-18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Hey Jupiter

Cafe

Where industry folks go for breakfast.

11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

Peter Rabbit

Cafe

Pat the resident bunnies, then lounge on the front lawn with a coffee or beer.

234 Hindley Street, Adelaide

Fred Eatery

Cafe

Let Fred treat you to some really comforting food.

4/220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate

Whistle & Flute

Cafe

Alfresco breakfast at its best.

136 Greenhill Road, Unley

Cafe Troppo

Cafe

Sustainable is more than just a buzzword here.

42 Whitmore Square, Adelaide
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Flinders Street Project

Cafe

An innovative cafe and bakery with a refined edge.

276 Flinders Street, Adelaide

Abbots and Kinney

Cafe

Inventive pastries plus daily specials.

78 Pire Street, Adelaide

Pickle in the Middle

Cafe

If it can be made on site, it is.

134 Unley Road, Unley

My Kingdom For A Horse

Cafe

There's 100 seats, so no need to wait.

191-195 Wright Street, Adelaide
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Bond & Lane Canteen

Cafe

A community-focused spot with an industrial feel.

1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens

Leisurely Coffee

Cafe

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.

219 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Cream

Cafe

This is a local favourite, serving up great coffee and and American-style brunch menu. In late 2020, it shook things up a bit: it's now twice the size and open for dinner, too.

4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton