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

Some are following the latest coffee trends – continuing the push away from espresso and towards batch-brew – while others are trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots.

Here's where we're going for coffee this March.

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Mister Pigeon

Callum Dinnison lives just a two-minute drive from his new business. That’s probably for the best, because many of his possessions have ended up at Mister Pigeon. To furnish the cafe, Dinnison pilfered his own place. Couches, personal odds and ends, even his nanna’s lamp have all ended up there. No wonder it feels so homey. The friendly staff, community book exchange and growing roster of regulars all add to that feeling, too. You might want to consider becoming a local here, it’s a relaxed spot that feels miles away from its inner-city surrounds.

269 Gilles Street, Adelaide

The Banksia Tree Cafe

This 19th-century building has had a lot of lives. It was a butcher shop, the Brunswick Pier Hotel, a pharmacy and a short-lived hotdog joint. In early 2019 it quietly re-opened as an ambitious brunch spot under husband-and-wife pair Fabian and Halie Folghera. The menu has brunch standards, jazzed up. There’s French toast with fresh figs, vino cotto, toasted nuts, honey, Australian river mint and pashmak (Iranian fairy floss). And blue swimmer crab with XO sauce and smoked hummus. Prompted by the food waste they’ve witnessed in various kitchens, the pair will make their cafe waste-free by 2020. For now, they’ve joined the Semaphore Compost Network: an initiative that coordinates a weekly pick-up of kitchen waste from Port Adelaide and Semaphore to use for local composting.

147 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Saudade

When there’s only one item on the menu, you know it’s good. Saudade’s pastéis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts) elicit blissful eye-rolls from those who taste them. Portuguese-born owners – couples Carla and Miguel Alemao, and Mafalda Azevo and Joao Valle – closed their original location to move into a slightly bigger space in Mitcham Shopping Centre. Despite the tarts’ wild popularity, the team was still finding there were people who shopped in the area who didn’t know they were there. Now, it’s hard to miss. Marvel at the tart-making magic through huge panes of glass behind the counter before you tuck into the impossibly flaky, perfectly blistered, deliciously creamy results. There's also locally roasted Segafredo coffee, Lobethal-made Besa Juice and Portuguese soft drinks.

Shop 22 Mitcham Square Shopping Centre 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park

Yeah Nah Yeah

Yeah Nah Yeah is a light and bright contemporary cafe with a blush-pink, neon-clad feature wall, sleek black furnishings, and dangling greenery. Outside there’s a new breezy fenced-off seating area (which may eventually double as a beer garden – there’s talk of a liquor licence). Try the excellent eggs Benny, a hash-brown stack with all the breakfast trimmings, or the enormous fried-chicken burger. For something lighter you might choose from granola-topped breakfast panna cotta or a beetroot, chevre and fig salad. Vegan options include Korean-barbeque-style jackfruit bao buns and popcorn cauliflower. There’s also a cabinet-full of ready-to-go sangas and muffins and tarts baked in-house.

1/97 Belair Road, Torrens Park

Bottega Gelateria

Bottega Gelateria moved into Henley Beach last summer, bringing the gelato-making process front and centre. Behind a huge pane of glass owner Adriano Macri makes everything from scratch, by hand. Everything he does is on display – except the actual gelati, which is hidden under lids in deep steel canisters, where it’s protected from light, air and moisture. Flavours are seasonal – persimmon sobert or organic fig and ricotta, say – but the classics, including hazelnut, pistachio, salted caramel and chocolate are mainstays. Hazelnut is the jewel in the crown. Go all-out and have the inside of your cone coated by an undulating chocolate fountain. Or there’s the stracciatella strewn with hardened shards of it – Cottee’s Ice Magic style.

249a Seaview Rd, Henley Beach

Pippo

This is the latest entry from the couple behind Bowlsome, Public and Way Back. Pippo is an all-day affair; it’s a little bit cafe and a little bit restaurant. That kind of genre blur is a zone owners Danielle Elia and James Anthony like to live in. For Elia, who designs most of the couple’s other venues, it allowed her to create a space framed by the travertine walls of a “serious” restaurant, fitted out with more cafe-esque pink sofas and blond timber. The menu straddles the divide well too. A weekend brunch menu with the likes of French toast with caramelised banana eases into larger, protein-heavy dishes, such as a veal cotoletta or a slow-cooked lamb shoulder, as the day progresses.

67 O'Connell Street, North Adelaide

Recess

Recess will make you feel like you’re back in primary school – that is, if your primary school was in the middle of the CBD and had a canteen with a killer egg-and-bhaji brekkie naan, haloumi-and-pumpkin hummus with focaccia, fresh-baked breads and stellar coffee. It’s almost like an elevated tuckshop for time-strapped adults, and we love it. Weekday lunches just got a lot

21 Bank Street, Adelaide

The Guardsman

This all-day dining hall at the old Adelaide Railway Station is a triple threat. The Guardsman faces out to the station concourse; it’s a thoroughfare which stays busy all day. So it made sense for The Guardsman to be a cafe, bar and restaurant that opens early and closes late. It pulls off all three. Whether you’re a commuter looking for a coffee and a small bite, or you’re from farther afield and want to sit down to a steak and a Martini, you’ll be well catered for here.

125 North Terrace, Adelaide

Abbots and Kinney Croydon

Earlier this year Abbots and Kinney launched its fourth location – the first outside the city – on Croydon’s Elizabeth Street. Owner Jonny Pisanelli’s signature pastries are turned out daily, along with pies, pasties and sausage rolls. There's also a focus on breads, with sourdoughs, ciabattas, baguettes and more served charcuterie style. “Customers can choose what bread they want … and we’ll slice the meat and assemble the sandwich in front of them,” he says. Pisanelli has also added natural gelato to the repertoire. Find it out front in a gorgeous pastel-pink gelato cart.

22 Elizabeth Street, Croydon

Part Time Lover

This breezy Palm Springs-inspired all-day diner off King William Road is in a disused glass-roofed gazebo. The refined but warm interior – all blond wood, pleasing straight lines and statement stonework – looks as though it’s come straight out of California. It’s a great spot for a coffee, a light bite, or a fully-fledged meal later on. The menu is crowdpleasing and thoughtful. It’s divided into three sections: vegetables, fish and meat. We enjoyed the sticky barbeque pulled eggplant, and the Port Lincoln raw kingfish with zippy green chilli, cucumber and sesame. For something less light, go for the JB cheese fries: crispy fries under grated parmesan.

Pilgram Lane, Adelaide
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