12 of my favourite cafes that make a damn good c o f f e e

I’ve got to apologise- It’s been a while between coffee guides. It may definitely have something to do with the fact that I have not had a sip of that sweet, sweet goodness they call coffee for almost 10 weeks now (not like I’m counting).

It’s almost time for me to break that dry spell, so what better way to celebrate then make a list of the speccy places that make a great brew. So without further ado, here are 12 of my new favourite cafes that make a mean coffee. Some old, some new. All deliver the goods.


A new cafe in McLaren Vale offering brekky and lunch options like hotcakes, coconut crusted chicken burgers and Pork bao. Their baristas know their stuff, using locally roasted Villere coffee through their machine. They open their doors at 6.00am, so you can get your fix before the commute to work. Happy days indeed.

The Flinders Street Project

Home of the wooden spoon ceiling. I only visited this gem a few weeks ago and I was so sad that I hadn’t been here sooner. Awesome coffee and chai lattes, seriously good brunch specials (Shakshouka with poached eggs, yes please) and house made bread and pastries. I’ll take ten thanks.

Dal Mare Coffee and the Short Black Caravan

You’ll find The Short Black Caravan on Victor Harbor Road (north bound traffic) every weekday morning as the sun comes up. It attracts everyone including those on the office commute, and even has chairs out the front if you feel like pulling up a pew and dining in (or technically out). They have also opened their new digs on Main Road at McLaren Vale, where you can have a DalMare brew in a permanent location on the weekends.

Fleur and Brew

Flowers, indoor plants and good coffee. Pretty much my idea of heaven. Fleur and Brew is a little hole-in-the-wall cafe on Gilbert Street, offering beautiful blooms, locally roasted coffee from Sugar Browning, plenty of greenery and a long bench to soak in the goodness. Other than your usual brew, they make a damn good tumeric latte and a deliciously strong iced coffee.

Please Say Please

Use your manners! Home to Proud Mary coffee, epic flavoured macarons and a barista with a smile that could light up a room. This cafe is always hustling and bustling and makes a mean latte. If you have time pinch a seat on the long table, have a coffee in and a toastie on the side- their sangas are next level.

First Order Coffee

A cafe in a industrial space with loads of natural light, stunning artwork and a one of the best florist in Adelaide as a neighbour. Say hello to First Order Coffee. This little cafe offers locally roasted Elementary coffee in handmade mugs by local potters, a space you will never want to leave and a short but sweet menu and homemade cakes. Perfection.

Goodness Coffee Co

Situated in a 1850’s cottage on Old Coach Road, Goodness Coffee co is easily one my favourite places to get a coffee down south. These guys roast their own beans on site and make a seriously good latte. The interior is super cute and cosy, as is the courtyard that’s filled to the brim with plants, a water fountain and big shady trees. Perfection.

Fawn Coffee

This little light filled cafe on Gillies Street definitely takes the cake for me. Indoor plants galore, a simple but delicious menu, seriously good sausage rolls and really, really good coffee. The crew here use coffee from Dawn Patrol Coffee Roasters in Kangarilla so you know you’re up for a great brew. They also make a beautiful chai latte, serving it in a knitted cosy to keep it snug. Shut up and take my money.


This east end gem is known for their top notch brews, and when you sink one you’ll under stand why. Offering all the usual suspects, as well as cold brew and filter, Exchange will get you caffeinated quick smart. If you are feeling peckish then take a look at their brunch menu- their Boston Baked Beans and the Wallace Sandwich have my tick of approval.

Coffee Factory

Great coffee just a stroll away from Port Noarlunga Beach, yes thanks! The Coffee Factory is known on the Fleurieu for its excellent brews and damn good vibes. Their outdoor area is perfect for those with doggos and kids in tow- they don’t discriminate. They also offer a brekky and lunch menu which is pretty damn delicious- if the pancakes are on the special board you need to order them!

Trouble and Strife

This cafe is one of my all time favourites. Other than making a mean coffee (using Dawn Patrol beans), they have a awesome menu, make a delicious chai latte and has a seriously enviable cake cabinet filled with healthy (and not so healthy) treats. Their brunch menu is also super reasonably priced for some decent sized portions and the staff here make you feel like home. Whats not to love?!

Emma & Ivy

This florist and cafe is in one of my favourite towns in the Adelaide Hills- Lobethal. It’s home to some of the best Christmas lights in December, and now home to a quaint and beautiful cafe. Emma & Ivy offers a brekky/brunch menu, as well as smoothies, wholefoods, raw cakes and incredible coffee. A great place for a takeaway and a even better place to put the feet up with a good brew.

I’m always on the hunt for a great brew in Adelaide. If you have a favourite place to sink a few drop me a line in the comments below.
Looking for some more awesome coffee haunts? Check my top coffee guide on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Coffee in the ‘Burbs on ADELADY.

Written by Jess

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