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 right now.

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Leisurely Coffee

Ibrahim Yu (ex-Devour) opened Leisurely Coffee in October 2020 in the former Paddy’s Lantern site. 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. Sample the spectrum of coffees here with the “barista’s breakfast” – a single-origin espresso, a flat white and a hit of batch brew, served with sparkling water to wake up the palate. The tiny kitchen is churning out creative brunches including a croissant filled with softshell crab and chilli scramble (with a green apple and papaya salad on the side); house-made chicken and mushroom dumplings; a halal take on the classic bacon and egg roll (custom-smoked beef bacon, sweetcorn scramble and Swiss cheese on brioche); and bao buns with poached eggs and beef bacon.

219 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Mascavado

This space is clean and simple, with a handful of benches inside and a terrazzo countertop displaying pastries, cakes and tarts. There are croissants (plain and chocolate), cinnamon scrolls, whisky-and-almond knots, a mascarpone-and-Moscato choux, flourless brownies and chai blondies (a white chocolate-based brownie with spices). Fruit danishes include plum and rose; pear and ginger; and mixed berry and rosemary. Umami-packed miso cookies are a highlight. Savoury options include three-cheese toasties, sandwiches and ham and cheese croissants. Almost all ingredients are sourced locally, including flour from Flinders Ranges Premium Grain. The coffee is from Elementary.

175 Hutt Street, Adelaide

Frankly Bagels

This sleek space is designed with takeaway front of mind: there’s just a handful of tables and chairs inside, and a sprawling oval across the road for diners to spill out to, weather permitting. Eventually the team hopes to open a bigger site where they can make bagels in-house. For now they’re sourcing the rings from Bagel Boys Bakery (which are steamed, rather than boiled, before baking). Co-owner Jack Crichton uses the Sunny’s Pizza kitchen to prep the fillings, which include pastrami with Swiss cheese, slaw and Russian dressing; and chicken with tarragon mayo, celery, walnut and greens. The big seller is the smoked salmon, which comes with labneh instead of cream cheese, plus remoulade and capers. Our pick is the classic salt beef number with hot English mustard and pickles.

60 Belford Avenue, Prospect

La Buvette and Matinal

Starting the day with a cereal-bowl-sized cup of coffee – three shots, with or without milk – is a thing in France. They’re perfect for dunking croissants, reckons French native Dom Lentz, who owns La Buvette with his wife Hayley Lentz. Dedicated to the French ritual of aperitif, the Gresham Street bar usually serves natural wines, French spirits and snacks from 4pm. But its new daytime alter ego Matinal (“morning person” in French) 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

This is a contender for prettiest opening of 2020. The Sans-Arc Studio fit-out is full of natural colour tones and textures: think timbers, stucco walls, stone floors and leather seats. Outside, a pavilion (which can be booked out for weddings and parties) has views of the River Torrens and surrounding gum trees. The all-day menu draws from a wide range of influences – from Japanese (a chicken-and-miso ramen with house-made wholemeal noodles) to Thai (charcoal chicken with basmati, yellow curry yoghurt and garden herbs) to Italian (house-made pasta with slow-braised beef-cheek) – and has been designed with fire in mind.

38 Winwood Street, Thebarton
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Seven Grounds

Brompton café Seven Grounds is the sole SA stockist of popular Melbourne roaster St Ali. Try the St Ali blends in the form of espresso, cold or batch brew, filter or V60. Hardcore coffee-lovers can opt for the “barista breakfast” ($10), which includes a shot of espresso, a flat white and a filter coffee. Chef Mark Goode (ex-Electra House) is turning out an Asian-inspired menu featuring Hong Kong egg waffles, a staple dish of the region, plus bacon-and-egg breakfast dumplings in a smoked-ginger broth; wok-tossed sausage with shimeji mushrooms and a fried egg (served on garlic sourdough); and a chicken-katsu sando.

Unit 1 28a Hawker Street, Brompton

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

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
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Good Gilbert

Between them, Good Gilbert’s Wilson Shawyer, Jason Barber and David Train have most bases covered. Shawyer owns sandwich bar Commute, and, until recently, could be found pouring wines at Hellbound; Barber founded Mornings Coffee and its Japanese snack-bar spin-off Konbini; and Train is an award-winning coffee brewer and trader. It makes sense, then, that their new Goodwood bar 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

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
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