This is our edit of Adelaide's best new cafes from the past 12 months, updated monthly.

Some are highly invested in serving excellent food and following the latest coffee trends, while others are just trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here’s where we’re going for coffee right now.

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Lockwood General

Cafe

Come for a sophisticated menu of heirloom tomatoes with black rice, burrata with pickled apricot and mushrooms with miso butter, stay for the community spirit of this neighbourhood eatery.

35 High Street, Burnside

Luna

Cafe

A homey cafe where you'll find a wide-ranging brunch menu; freshly baked bread; and house-made pastries. Take a seat at the big communal indoor table – which runs down the room – or take a seat outside.

449A Pulteney St, Adelaide

Tell Henry

Cafe

In 2021, after an unanticipated exit from its Kent Town digs, Tell Henry opened up a temporary new space in a former tyre repair shop. Come here for a winning combination of great coffee and bagels.

52 The Parade, Norwood

Coffee in Common

Cafe

You'll find this former Melbourne cafe and roastery in a sprawling warehouse. Barista and roaster Sean Do has brought his cafe – and coffee expertise – home to Adelaide (and enlisted long-time friend Dos Cavuoto). Visit for house-roasted coffee, house-made doughnuts and all-day breakfast.

7 Bacon Street, Hindmarsh

Lady Luck

Cafe

This eclectic cafe in was a long-held dream for the sister duo behind it. Together they've built an inviting and homey space that's turning out brunch staples, dumplings, De Groot coffee and vegan and gluten-free cakes.

16 Walker St , Mount Barker

Community

Cafe

This cafe-bar hybrid is in a restored octagonal kiosk on North Terrace. It was the first food and beverage joint for Adelaide’s innovation precinct Lot Fourteen. The brunchy menu here, by the owner-chef of Fine & Fettle, is Asian-inspired takes on brekkie staples.

Sheridan Kiosk, Lot Fourteen North Terrace, Adelaide

Bottega Bandito

Cafe

At this neighbourhood deli and cafe by the Anchovy Bandit crew, you can stop in for Dawn Patrol coffee; sandwiches and pastries; plus fresh pasta, sugo and chilli oil to-go. or linger with brunch cocktails and spins on French bistro classics including kangaroo tartare and dry-aged steak with Café de Paris butter.

98 Prospect Road, Prospect

Eleven

Restaurant

This ambitious all-day venue by co-owners Themys Chryssidis and Callum Hann comprises an elegant fine-diner serving contemporary Australian degustations, and an open-air cafe and bar serving upmarket snacks and local wines. Find them both inside a handsome courtyard in the city centre.

11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide

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

Mascavado

Cafe

At this Hutt Street patisserie, you'll find miso cookies, plum and rose Danishes and chai blondies. Plus, there's quiche with freshly-foraged porcini mushrooms, flourless brownies and whisky-and-almond knots.

175 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Frankly Bagels

Cafe

Get coffee and dough rings to-go at this slick shop. There's around 10 different types of loaded bagel, doughnuts and Elementary coffee. It's a simple but winning formula – and it pulls people from all over the city to this tiny shopfront.

60 Belford Avenue, Prospect

La Buvette and Matinal

Bar

Dedicated to the French ritual of aperitif, La Buvette usually serves natural wines, French spirits and snacks from 4pm. But its new daytime alter ego Matinal fires up at 7am – pouring those hulking, two-hands-necessary bowls of coffee (from local roaster Dawn Patrol Coffee). Alongside it are savoury quiches; lemon-meringue and almond tarts; Abbots and Kinney croissants and pain au chocolat.

27 Gresham Street, Adelaide

Bloom

Cafe

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.

38 Winwood Street, Thebarton

Seven Grounds

Cafe

Come to this Hawker Street cafe for wok-tossed brunches, Hong Kong-style egg waffles, chicken katsu sandos and a turbo-charged barista breakfast. It's also one of the only places in SA that stocks coffee from popular Melbourne roaster St Ali.

Unit 1 28a Hawker Street, Brompton

Good Gilbert

Bar

Good Gilbert has a little something for everyone. Drop by for locally roasted coffee, thoughtful wines, charcuterie, croquettes, scotch eggs and bagel Sundays.

135B Goodwood Road, Goodwood

Cachemira

Cafe

Stop by this homey space for coffee, pastries and Spanish baguettes. In summer, the vine-lined courtyard is perfect for tapas and cocktails.

137 Magill Road, Stepney

Brid

Cafe

A tiny community-focused cafe in the Adelaide Hills. Stop by for coffee and organic sourdough loaves to-go or settle into the cosy space for porcini toasties and house-made apple pie.

176 Piccadilly Road, Piccadilly