The Best New Cafes in Adelaide

Updated 3 days ago


This is our edit of Adelaide’s best new cafes, 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.

  • This corner store turned cafe focuses on serving well-made coffee and traditional Serbian pastries. With an emphasis on simplicity and feeling inviting and homey, it features a concise menu of pastries from Skala Bakery and coffee from White Horse Coffee.

  • This sourdough-focused bakery, in a 19-century stone house, is powered by a huge 150-year-old scotch oven. Alongside quirky, homey vibes, it serves coffee that’s roasted down the road, toasties, and cherry pie made with local fruit.

  • Adelaide’s sandwich wave continues with a new seaside contender inspired by Italy’s takeaway panino bars. Come for chicken-salad sangas, tuna melts, toasties with mushroom ragu, Hark coffee and Boulangerie 113 pastries.

  • Relaxed, wholesome and “a little bit nauti”, this cool beachside spot brings good coffee, Instagrammable chicken sandos and gluten-free fare to the seaside. Come during the day with sand still clinging to your ankles, or drop in at night for a cosy neighbourhood cocktail bar vibe.

  • A one-stop shop whether you want a coffee and panini to go; sit-down brekkie or lunch; sliced-to-order deli meats; flowers; a loaf of bread; and more.

  • Prove has been supplying the city’s best cafes since it launched a few years back. Now it’s selling a luminous line-up of baked goods – including baklava scrolls, olive and rosemary fougasse and golden croissants – at this dedicated bakery in the eastern suburbs.

  • Known for its bright brews without a sniff of coffee snobbery, this cafe and espresso bar serves up air-roasted coffee, steering away from traditional brewing methods. Also on the menu are granolas, sandwiches and pastries from Prove Patisserie.

  • This unpretentious brasserie will take you from breakfast right through to dinner. Expect a menu spanning flat iron steaks with cafe de Paris butter, and ricotta and truffle gnudi. Plus, afternoon snacks and special reserve wines from France and beyond.

  • This bright sandwich shop pays homage to the hefty two-handers found in New Jersey. And the kitchen doesn’t shy away from substitutions.

  • The second cafe from the sisters behind popular Mount Barker spot Lady Luck has a banh mi brekkie waffle that’s delighting diners. Perch on the deck with a glass of something from the considered wine list and enjoy the view.

  • The Dolly team's next-door nook is a masterclass in paninis and toasties. At night, it flips into a cosy wine bar with clever dishes and a tight edit of stirred cocktails. Grab fancy pantry items from the retail section on your way out.

  • Homesickness led to the opening of this family-run Indonesian spot. Find underrepresented dishes like gado gado salad and ayam geprek (smashed fried chicken). Plus, Indo-Western remixes like rendang Benedict and “pandanmisu” lattes.