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Thread: Where to find Adelaide’s best coffee.

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    Where to find Adelaide’s best coffee.

    An article in News.com offers advice on where to find Adelaide's best coffee, spread pretty well across the metropolitan area.

    Where to find Adelaide

    Sad to say I've yet to visit any of the listed cafe's, I need to get out more.

    Interesting that the older accepted cafe's of repute don't get a mention, could it be another case of advertorials.

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    Ooooo. I've been to two on the list. A diverse list presented and not just city focused either.

    I'd say we have a pretty good coffee scene in Adelaide thanks to the strong heritage of Italian migrants.

    However Yelta, Moonta to Adelaide is probably a bit far to go for a morning Java.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhatEverBeansNecessary View Post
    Ooooo. I've been to two on the list. A diverse list presented and not just city focused either.

    I'd say we have a pretty good coffee scene in Adelaide thanks to the strong heritage of Italian migrants.

    However Yelta, Moonta to Adelaide is probably a bit far to go for a morning Java.
    Have to agree with your comments WEBN, Adelaide always has been under rated as far as the Italian food/beverage scene is concerned.

    Yep, Adel/Moonta is a bit of a drive, don't do it very often.

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    Having just moved to Adelaide this year I have been very impressed with the fare on offer (not to mention sharing a building with one of the Fiefy's cafes). Lists such as this or other outlets such as Broadsheet Adelaide are never very academic (I don't think anyone takes them too seriously), however whilst I note that Elementary always seems to get a mention my only experience from there was a bit underwhelming. My favourite barista is a guy (I've never gotten his name) who works at Seafaring Fool(s), mainly at the hole-in-the-wall on Grenfell Street and he consistently produces spot-on coffees every time I go there.

    The Double Shot Coffee Fiesta held in Unley on the weekend was great fun too. I got to try nitro cold-brew for the first time and given it was a nice sunny day it went down well. The quality of the coffee scene here has definitely been one of the positive of making the move here!

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    I would love a refresh of Adelaide recommendations not yet in this thread including the "old classics", if anybody has the time. Going there on business soon. Good to know about the Italian food.

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    It might help to know which area(s) you'll be frequenting, as I only tend to move around a small patch of the CBD. These are my general go-to places where I've found the coffee to be consistent:

    - Seafaring Fool (Grenfell Street, near Wyatt St) has my favourite barista who works Tues-Thurs & Sat, they've also recently expanded their operations with a full licensed cafe/restaurant out at Glenelg South
    - Fiefy's (Flinders St & Pirie St, both near Gawler Pl) run Coffee Snobs beans so are a must to be supported! plus some of their staff can produce amazing latte-art
    - Cocoloco (Gawler Place, between Grenfell & Pirie) consistent coffee & interesting food options
    - Jamface (Adelaide Central Market) the baristas are very precise using scales & shot clocks and have plenty of amazing food options, however it can get quite busy given the celebrity connection

    As for Italian food the only restaurant I've had the chance to visit is Parlamento on North Terrace (opposite Parliament, funnily enough) which was amazing food-wise and with excellent customer service. Otherwise there are plenty of less-formal options in the Central Market.

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    Thanks, that is a useful list!

    I don't know where I'll be staying, as accommodation is not yet booked and we don't even know if the client will be OK with AirBNB (which I prefer over hotels for these kind of trips). I like to star a ton of recommendations on Google Maps in the hope that at some point in the future, during a lunch or coffee break, I can bump in a few "stars", as it's usually hard to convince a group to make a detour.

    For coffee, it's less necessary in Australia as even the mass market places (airport arrivals, hospital canteen...) are better than many "hipster" cafes in other countries, including a very large one across the Pacific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius View Post
    Thanks, that is a useful list!

    I don't know where I'll be staying, as accommodation is not yet booked and we don't even know if the client will be OK with AirBNB (which I prefer over hotels for these kind of trips). I like to star a ton of recommendations on Google Maps in the hope that at some point in the future, during a lunch or coffee break, I can bump in a few "stars", as it's usually hard to convince a group to make a detour.

    For coffee, it's less necessary in Australia as even the mass market places (airport arrivals, hospital canteen...) are better than many "hipster" cafes in other countries, including a very large one across the Pacific.
    If you are in the CBD then definitely go to the central markets. You can pick up some really good food and produce there and it's always a favorite for locals and visitors. There are a ton of cafes about as well, I haven't had much coffee around there but the food is good almost everywhere - they turn over pretty quick if they aren't because the options are too numerous!

    If you are just West of the City - Mr Sunshines does great food and coffee at a reasonable price also.

    For some really good formal Italian I would suggest Chiannti Classico on hutt street. It's a formal Italian restaurant, but they also have a sister bar next door that does more tapas style stuff and is a lot more relaxed.
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    Thanks, I appreciate the further recommendations and saved them to Maps.

    What neighbourhood would you recommend if I wanted to rent an AirBNB on/near a beach? There's some nice deserted beach dunes up north that look tempting. I don't mind an extra 10 minutes drive if I can have a BBQ on the beach after a day at the client's.

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    Only beaches that would be about 10/15 mins out would be Henley, Grange, Glenelg area (there are a few beaches in between) but Henley and Glenelg have the best 'night life' in terms of restaurants/bars and cafes etc. Glenelg is more popular with tourists so you might find an AirBnB easier to get there, but have never tried myself.

    I believe that both beaches are technically dry zones (at least at certain times of the year) - but you could probably sneak a bevy or two on the beach if you aren't drunk and causing a scene.

    If you want a deserted beach you will have to go for a drive at least 45 mins from the city.

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