Adelaide’s ‘Hidden Gem’ Brunch Spots


We love a good brekky spot here at Glam Adelaide. Okay, let’s be fair, it’s usually brunch… sometimes late lunch by the time we crawl out of bed on a weekend (don’t you judge us, we’ve all been there). What we also love is places that are a little off the beaten track. So for you passionate brunch-lovers of SA who crave a perfectly poached egg, here are a few of our favourite ‘hidden’ Adelaide breakfast eateries that you may (or may not) know existed.

303 By The Sea – 303 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach
This rather nonchalant corner store turned cafe has captured our hearts. The name says it all really—it’s the perfect beachside beauty, with weather washed wood, light breezy colours and an outdoor view of the ocean. Our current fave is the Apple Pie French Toast or the Mushroom and Brie Toast. Read our full story of the opening here.  

Argo On The Parade – 212 The Parade, Norwood
Argo is always packed and rightly so. The menu is extensive, so you’re most likely to spend half your time figuring out what you want to eat (and end up with so many options, you have a reason to return). Wraps, smoothies, juices, salads, sangas, burgers, classic breakfast plates and there’s even a vegan and gluten free breakfast loaf. Spoiled for choice!

Bond & Lane Canteen – 1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens
Loved by the locals, this cosy cafe has a variety of options to suit any appetite. They offer breakfast, lunch, espresso and everything in between, with a large selection of house made sweet treats to tempt.

Bricks & Stones – 190 Unley Rd, Unley
Say it with us: PANCAKES. We love them at this newbie! Blueberry pancakes with caramelised banana, salted caramel, spiced orange and mascarpone is basically everything we never knew we needed. The rest of the menu is quintessential breakfast perfection too. Go naughty with the Brekky Burger or nice with the Greens & Grains or acai bowl.

Café Komodo – 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect
Mentioned in our Vegan Hot Spots article, this one is coming back again because a) they are quite hidden and b) they are very much a gem—a hippy, retro hidden gem, tucked away down a narrow laneway. The Komodo Benedict is always a hit, with a few individual Komodo touches so it stands out from the rest and we like to wash it down with a quality iced-coffee.

Cafe Sia Gawler – Gawler Green, Evanston
We’re not sure if the name of this place is because these guys just love the song Chandelier so much, but regardless they’re yet another Adelaide winner (literally, they won Cafe of The Year 2016). They’re not just about brunch, but they do the simple so very well that we keep coming back for more. If you’re feeling super indulgent get yourself a house-made freak shake too (because calories don’t count before midday).

Cafe Paparazzi – 291 Unley Rd, Malvern
Caffe Paparazzi is a family owned cafe with something for everyone! They have gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and meat eater options, so you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy with every visit!

Caffeine Coffee Company – 17 Synagogue Place, Adelaide

A much-loved cafe of the Adelaide Hill’s town of Hahndorf, Caffiend Coffee Company has started a new chapter in the CBD. Kostas Trakas is the mastermind behind this specialty coffee cafe and roastery, providing tasty brews, succulent snacks, and beans roasted to perfection to fill your stomach with delectable treats that will tickle the tastebuds. Do yourself a favour and order the chicken waffle, its a hash brown waffle bowl, southern fried chicken, bacon and maple syrup. Read about the history of this lil’ nook (hidden behind Mary’s Poppin’) here.

Coconut Estate Eatery – 5/11 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

It’s hard to go wrong if you’re offering up a seriously good brunch menu. But the thing that really takes it to the next level? A dish that’s going to make for a killer Insta post. And Cococnut Estate Eatery is just that. Originally from Sri Lanka, the owner loves to incorporate coconuts into her menu—from the granola served with coconut yoghurt, to the smashed avo, which is served on a coconut roti, or you can even go straight to the source and have a fresh coconut. Some dishes are even served straight out of coconut shells! You go (coco)nuts for this crazy pretty cafe brunch spot. Check out more here!

Commissary – 160 Fullarton Rd, Rose Park
Who knew brekky could be so goddamn pretty? The waffles here are to diiiiiiie for (and it’s probably impossible to not take the perfect Insta food shot of them). You can totally get a healthy choice here too or even build your own brekky… but with Persian fairy floss topped waffles, why would you even bother?

Corner Store Coffee – 23 Swift Av, Dulwich
Hidden behind the vines on a little backstreet this gorgeous spot makes a mean brew—but in addition, the brunch menu is delish. We love just grabbing whatever they’ve got on the specials menu, whether that be a smoked salmon bagel, killer omelette, or smashed pumpkin and poached eggs.

CREAM – 4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton
Home to South Australia’s #1 latte artist, you really can’t go wrong with a visit to CREAM. Located on Brighton Road, with walking distance to the beach front, we suggest you check this cafe out ASAP!

Dear Daisy – 66 Leah St, Forrestville
Just over a train line in a rather discreet spot, we’d say blink and you could miss it, but there’s usually a bunch of happy customers sitting out the front with grins on their faces, so that should give you a clue. Their menu is excellent value for money and each dish is just as delicious as the last. Modern takes on old favourites mixed with new and exciting menu options for the health-conscious, vegans, and carnivores alike. Service is always with a smile, even on the weekends when the joint can get quite busy. And they made the list of the top 100 coffees in Australia. Not a bad effort!

East Borough Eatery – 96 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside
What used to be Bar 9 in Parkside has been replaced with a new cafe called ‘East Borough Eatery’. The new owners have lived up to customers’ high expectations since replacing the successful Bar 9 cafe. They now offer a unique menu with dishes including salmon with bittersweet tabouleh, steamed egg and kale pesto, whilst also catering for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free diets.

Feathers Pavilion – 516 Glynburn Road, Burnside
Located in the eastern suburbs, this popular brunch spot is always packed on a Sunday! Their extensive breakfast menu is a definite highlight and has proved to be extremely popular as they are serving all your favourites until 3pm! They also have your classic favourites for lunch, all with a bit of a Feathers Pavilion twist.

Fred Eatery 220 Mount Barker Road, Aldgate Village
Everything you’ve ever looked for in comfort food is at Fred’s. Their produce is locally sourced and fresh, so you know you’re doing the right thing for your body and the environment while you chow down on their sweet treats or a sneaky all-day breakfast. Enjoy their own house blend coffee in their mezzanine lounge or at one of their beautiful outdoor tables and soak in the friendly atmosphere and good vibes.

Folklore Cafe The Annex via Mundy St, Port Adelaide
In an old display home suspended over the glorious Port River you can grab your brunch and spot an inner city dolphin. Where else in the word can you say that? Their dishes are always beautifully presented—but more importantly taste fantastic. Currently the Sweet Potato Rosti is our fave (served with zesty corn salsa and beetroot aioli) but we’ll take pretty much whatever they’re serving up.   

Froth and Fodder – 41 Mortimer St, Kurralta Park
Inconspicuous to the max—who knew a café so unique could be hidden behind a Coles and a Kmart? (Great for ease of parking by the way!) We tend to opt for the Smashed Avocado, vibrant and zesty, and the eggs are always spot on. The specials list always has something interesting to give a whirl too, like a Chilli Crab Omelette to spice up your morning. We often end up with a coffee and a juice because choosing between the two is too hard.

Gilberries – 37 Dulwich Avenue, Dulwich
Gilberries is so hidden they don’t even have a website. We were reluctant to even share this one because it’s such a well kept secret and we like to think of it as just ours! Gilberries is by no means a new café to our Adelaide scene but their quality has never faltered. The service is always on point, down to the finest detail. The coffee is perfect, even for coffee snobs like us Glam folk and the food is delicious (although a little pricier than some would prefer). Opt for the Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs and Woodside Goats Curd Bagel or their classic BLT which came second in The Advertiser’s ‘Best BLT in Adelaide.’

Harvest Mylor Café – 240 Strathalbyn Rd, Mylor
They use produce sourced from the local Adelaide Hills area and their breakfast is served ALL DAY. That’s right late-risers, you won’t miss the 11am cut off at this little joint. A perfect way to start a beautiful day in the Adelaide Hills. The Corn Cakes are amazing and come with a great salsa on the side. We like to accompany them with a runny fried egg and some salmon too.

Hey Jupiter – 11 Ebenezer Plc, Adelaide
They make a killer sarnie. The recently added black pudding sandwich is great for breakfast. Most of the breakfast menu is pretty simple, but great quality. If you’re a vegan we’ll admit there isn’t much on the menu here to meet your dietary requirements, so may be best to give it a miss. If you don’t fit in that category we’d highly recommend the Baked Eggs Cocotte. Yum.  

Karma and Crow 249-251 Richmond Rd, Adelaide
Obviously we did something right in our past life if this is our karma. The converted airy warehouse space is almost completely unnoticeable to drive past. Nestled in the industrial area of Richmond Road, this place is pushing the boundaries on brunch: sago, brioche donuts and pulled pork benedict. Hell yes, one of everything pleas, waiter.

Long Lost Friend – 532 Magill Rd, Magill
The comforting coffee here really is like time spent with a long lost friend. Brunch is served all day long so it doesn’t matter how lazy you’re feeling you’ll always be able to grab a serve of the LLF Breakfast or Buttermilk Pancakes. They do book up on weekends though so you can call ahead to be safe!

Luigi Delicatessen – 151 Flinders Street, Adelaide
This brunch spot in your own slice of Italy in the middle of Adelaide. Not only do they have mouthwatering brunch options, but their friendly customer service will also make you want to make this place your Saturday brunch ritual! Note, they aren’t open for brunch on Sundays (yet), but they have been voted #1 City Breakfast Cafe in Adelaide!

Mama Jambo – 12 Eliza St, Adelaide
We don’t know about you, but every time we see Mama Jambo all we can think is, “Ladies and gentleman, this is Mambo Number Five.” And that makes us happy, as does the brunch at this great inner city gem. The walls are adorned with gorgeous local artworks and soon your tummy will be full of gorgeous local food. They’re kicking off a new menu this year and word on the street is they have ricotta hot cakes with orange gel, seasonal fruit, nut crumble and pears. Um yes, yes, yes.   

Mister Sunshine’s – 32 George St, Thebarton
The baristas are bearded and the cups do not match. It has that quintessential hipster vibe that’s sweeping the state, but you know what? We love it. It equates to passionate staff and great quality local food. Try the Minced Mushrooms on rye sourdough toast served with flawlessly poached eggs.

A Mother’s Milk – 105 Unley Road, Unley
If you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds with the aromas of a specialty coffee or to just escape then its time for you to make the decision and step into A Mothers Milk! With a rustic urban feel and great service A Mothers Milk will not disappoint.

Pavé Cafe – 138 The Parade, Norwood
This popular venue has been a favourite for locals for many years and there’s no question why! Offering a range of delicious juices, coffees, and brunch meals, you can’t go wrong with a meal from Pavé!

Peter-Rabbit – Corner of Hindley & Liverpool St, Adelaide
The owners of Peter-Rabbit have taken this site from quite literally dirt and rubble and turned it into something spectacularly unique within the city. You’ll find lush green lawns and an abundance of foliage encompassing great quality coffee and a fresh local menu. And bunnies (of course)!

Pickle In the Middle – 134 Unley Rd, Unley
This little spot is quite different from the norm. The menu boasts fresh and healthy options, some simple, some not so, that will bring you back for more. They’re so passionate about pickles they even run a pickle making class! A kooky pickle brekky we love? The Beet-Cured Salmon with lentil and seed crispbread, herbed labne, a soft-boiled egg, beetroot and topped off with house made Iranian-spiced pickled onion. Sounds odd. Tastes delicious.

Spill The Beans 89 Deveraux Rd, Linden Park
Look, it’s time to spill the beans (haha) on one of our faves. Healthy garden goodness served in the sunshine. Every dish is as bright and fresh as the surroundings and leaves us feeling light and airy afterwards. Perfect if you’re out and about in your activewear. Having said that you can grab the french toast too! We won’t judge.

Sublime Cafe – 55 East Avenue, Clarence Park
Sublime Café is a new café opened in Clarence Park. They serve everything from coffee and cake, take away food, to light sit down meals. Produce is fresh and seasonal with changing daily specials, plus they offer catering!

The Annex Cafe – 3 Waterloo St, Glenelg
Another small venue, but they’ve added an extra outdoor seating area to help fit us all in. Yay! They cater to vegans, vegos, and health nuts with raw cakes that you can eat for breakfast and not feel the slightest bit guilty. Score. We even like their veggie burger at breakfast time too. They make a wonderful coffee with every type of milk you can imagine, and they create their almond milk in house. Clever clogs.

The Flinders Street Project 276 Flinders Street, Adelaide
You have to go here just to check out their gorgeous wooden spoon ceiling. They’re tucked on the quiet end of Flinders Street, so you might not notice them at first. They’re also incredible bakers, so even aside from the perfectly poached eggs and smashed avo, just a croissant packed with swiss cheese and prosciutto will be the answer to your breakfast prayers.

The Flying Fig Delicatessen – 161 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide
Along the lines of those famous NYC Jewish delicatessens, their philosophy is simple: using fresh, local produce they aim to make most of the menu items themselves from smoking pastrami and pickling to even making their own soft drinks and baking fresh bagels every day. Set in the leafy streets of North Adelaide, it’s a little slice of New York nestled in our own beautiful city.

The Loose Caboose – 21 First St, Hindmarsh
We’re clearly in lurve with the fabulous new digs at Plant 4 Bowden and everything it has to offer in one of Adelaide’s hottest suburbs… but for a great hidden breakfast you’ll have to wind yourself a little further through the Bowden streets. Housed in Australia’s oldest railway station, The Loose Caboose has been a fave for some time now.  You’ll find us munching on Fried Truffled Mushrooms on toasted sourdough with poached free range eggs and whipped Persian feta or the Figs with Pancetta… so much amazing.

The Pantry on Egmont – 2 Egmont Tce, Hawthorn
Filled with that op-shop vintage vibe. The menu is not extensive, but can be moulded to suit everyone. Every dish is bursting with flavour. We love the Sweet Potato Hashbrowns with poached eggs or their unique French Toast which is served with apricot compote, vanilla cream cheese, pistachio crumble and raspberry coulis. The staff are a friendly bunch. The owners also have Ginger’s Coffee Studio on Goodwood Rd; another great and tasty spot that’s a little bigger so you can fit the whole family in.

Topiary – 1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully
This is brunch wonderland. Seriously. Slightly out of the way, but that’s how we like it. You just have to read the menu to know this place is perfection. If the sound of chilli, and basil scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, thyme roasted tomatoes, pepper berry aioli, smoked paprika oil and garlic toast served with the addition of house made sausage doesn’t send you into a spin, nothing will.

UR Caffe – 117 Melbourne St, North Adelaide
This local cafe in North Adelaide area provides great coffee and food fresh from local produce with Asian fusion recipe/breakfast all day. A little something different for your upcoming Sunday brunch!

Whistle and Flute 136 Greenhill Road, Unley
Toot toot! This breakfast babe has us whistling. The folks here don’t take life too seriously, but they certainly are serious when it comes to brunch! The coconut and palm sugar panna cotta with caramelised pineapple and peanut butter crunch is an amazing way to enjoy dessert for breakfast and have no one bat an eyelid. Plus this dish is light and delicious, it tastes like a sexy version of cereal. There’s too many other dishes here that make our hearts flutter to mention. Book ahead to avoid missing out. Oh, and bring your pooch along, they’re more than welcome.

Mm… Sunday where you at?


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