Exploring The Vibrant Cafe Culture in Adelaide

Adelaide, the charming capital city of South Australia, is known for its picturesque landscapes and rich history. If you’ve decided to study abroad in Adelaide, we know you’ll fall in love with this city. Among the many delights Adelaide has to offer, its diverse and vibrant cafe culture stands out, there are so many cute and colourful cafes – the city is a coffee and food lover’s paradise.

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7 Cafes in 77 minutes

So you’ve made the fantastic choice to live and study in Adelaide, Australia – well done! Adelaide is a quaint and funky city with lots to offer young people. If you’ve decided to live at The Switch Accommodation in North Adelaide, then you’ll be in a perfect spot to begin your journey abroad. It is nestled among some of Adelaide’s most loved cafes. These cafes are more than just places to grab a cup of coffee; they are hubs of creativity and community – each cafe in Adelaide has its unique personality and story to tell.

We’ve taken a route along our 7 most favorite cafes, each of them between 1 and 9 minutes walking distance from each other. So if you grab a shot at every place, you’ll be able to cover the route in 77 minutes total! Here is a map to guide you along.

Cafe Culture in Adelaide: Nano Cafe
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Nano Cafe
23 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide

This family owned cafe has great reviews from locals, with coffee lovers returning to this cafe for their morning coffee. It is one of those typical spaces in Adelaide where Italian and Australian culture come together in a cafe. The food is all homemade with a delicious and diverse menu, it is a great place to catch up with friends on the weekend or to stop mid-week for your takeaway coffee.

Champagne Breakfast by Hey Jupiter

Hey Jupiter
11 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide

Just a few steps away is Hey Jupiter, an amazing French Brasserie that will make you feel like you suddenly woke up in Paris. This place is a must-visit if you enjoy traveling, as it offers the ultimate throwback to being in Europe. The interior design is Art Deco, the bread is crusty and fresh, and they have everything on the menu you would expect from a French establishment, including snails, coq au vin, lobster, and my favorite breakfast – poached eggs in red wine sauce! You can even indulge in a Champagne breakfast, or simply opt for a café au lait and a croissant, of course!

Ayla’s Cafe
13 Bent St, Adelaide

Ayla’s Cafe is another local favourite. It’s got great coffee, a stand out menu with middle-eastern flavours and the friendly and accommodating staff make for a wholesome experience. Of course there’s Aussie staples like poached eggs for breakfast, or burgers for lunch, but I would recommend trying their Persian inspired dishes and sweets! This cafe has everything you want, no doubt you and your friends will be meeting here a few times a week.

Cafe Culture in Adelaide: Coffeebar
Adelaide Coffe Bar by @eatdrinksocial

Adelaide Coffee Bar
73 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Right across Rundle Place is Adelaide Coffee Bar, loved for its good quality coffee and friendly service. It is the perfect place to stop and enjoy your morning cup of coffee on your way to class or work. The convenient location and delicious coffee make it a local favourite, which explains why it is constantly filled with patrons!

Hey Darling Espresso
63 Pirie St, Adelaide

If you’ve come this far on our route, you probably have a caffeine shock already! But hey, we’re here to find out which place is going to be your favourite, right? Hey Darling Espresso is a very popular cafe. It’s clean and open space is great to sit back, relax and enjoy a really good cup of coffee. It has lovely food, and would be a fun venue for a Sunday brunch, as it also offers ample space for bigger groups.

Cafe culture in Adelaide: Coffee Branch
Coffee Branch

Coffee Branch
32 Leight St, Adelaide

This cosy cafe with its narrow interior makes for the perfect space to nestle away and enjoy your morning coffee, and unwind before the day ahead. Their coffee is delicious, and their food matches the quality of their coffee too – top tier!

Peter Rabbit Cafe
234-244 Hindley St, Adelaide

The last stop on our coffee junkie route is the Peter Rabbit Cafe. This charming place has everything you need, from delicious brunch to even better cocktails in the afternoon, plus a great cup of coffee the next morning! It’s got fantastic outdoor seating, perfect for a warm, sunny weekend day – we wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes your local!

Adelaide Cafe Culture Conclusion

Adelaide has a cafe culture that is vibrant and diverse, and there are plenty of hidden gems to choose from. Each café in this South Australian city adds a unique flavour to the area, giving you plenty of options for your morning coffee stop. So, whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, a food enthusiast, or simply someone looking to soak in the cultural vibes, Adelaide’s cafes are sure to leave you with a taste of the city’s unique charm.

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