Having lived for 2 years and a half in Adelaide allows us to flash-back to all the good food we ate there. You can easily find something to eat in the city whether you are a burger fan or on a special diet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free…). I have listed some of the best places we ate at based on the photos I could find. There are obviously many more that we didn’t get a chance to try or where I was unable to capture the food on the moment.
YOUR SAY – What do you crave for? Let us know in the comment section below what you enjoy eating and we’ll give you tips to find your favorite food item in Adelaide area.
What better way to kick off the day than eating a proper brunch?! Adelaide and Glenelg are teeming with little but busy cafes. We went out for brunch when our family came visit – Steve’s family in December 2014 / Domi’s sister in November 2015.
Weekends are always a good excuse to go out for a late breakfast. The city is full of brunchers and it is sometimes even difficult to find a table available. Sunday morning see some cafes closing – strange idea when the business would make lots of profit being open on this weekend day. It is common to see many Aussie chicks geared up for yoga classes, however they don’t seem to have been exercising.
Here are two spots that I like to get my morning hunger fixed (in Glenelg)
- Pure Boutique on Jetty Road, Glenelg – On weekdays, this beachside cafe is full of bike riders. During the weekend, the city people overrun the place. The big breakfast there is a hell of a dish featuring sausages, beans, hash brown and bread.
- Bom Dia Bowls on Moseley Street, Glenelg – You don’t have a big appetite this morning. No worries! Simply order an açaí bowl. This succulent energetic fruit from Brazil is mixed with other fruits such as banana, berries accompanied by some granola. Healthy, delicious and it will give you energy for the day!
If you are near Adelaide, try out one of these cafes:
- Hey Jupiter on Ebenezer Place, Adelaide – Get your French brekkie at this cozy little cafe: from the traditional “croque monsieur” to the baked eggs cocotte or savory croissant, it’s easy to fill up your belly.
- Bambi’s Kitchen on East Terrace, Adelaide – The home atmosphere gives a special feeling to this spot. I highly recommend their matcha latte. Any food item is worth it and it is cooked downstairs in a tiny opened kitchen.
- A Mother’s Milk on Unley Road, Unley – This small cafe offers great coffee accompanied by eggs on toast.
- By Blackbird’s on King William Road, Unley – A sweet little brekkie retreat away from the busy shopping street, KWR.
- My Kingdom For A Horse – I have not been there personally but a good friend had breakfast there multiple times and told me how much it’s great and delicious. I particularly love the street art inside the cafe.
Quick lunch on a work day
Adelaide CBD is buzzing on weekdays and turn into a zombie town on the weekend. Every worker in the city has their favorite spot for a quick lunch next to the office. Between Pirie Street & Hindley Street to Victoria Square or any of the few food courts in the CBD, there are many options for lunch and for every diet.
- Danwich from Abbots & Kinney on Pirie Street – A mix between a sandwich and a danish, this is deliciousness with runny eggs and other fillings.
- Organic salad from Goodies & Grains at the Adelaide Central Market – From salads, fritters, lasagnas, soups, wraps, these girls make everything themselves from scratch.
- Burrito from Zambrero on Bank Street – Get your Mexican craving fixed. These guys are not joking with burritos and will fill them up until it explodes. Ask Steve for recommendations as he’s the expert in terms of Mexican food and especially burritos from Zambrero. He tried them all and have his favorites.
- Vegetarian Burger from Veggie Velo on Bank Street on Fridays – Stay healthy on your lunch break by getting one of their few yummy vegetarian burgers.
- A fritter or falafel accompanied by homemade salad from Let Them Eat at the Adelaide Central Market – A filling and healthy lunch that will enhance all your senses.
- Algerian couscous from Le Souk at the Adelaide Central Market – This native Algerian guy brings traditional dishes to Adelaide from couscous to tajine or merguez (spicy chorizo sausage) baguette sandwich.
- Pizza from GoodLife, La Trattoria, Mama Carmela’s or the Union Hotel – There are many places where you can get pizzas. Although they are not as tasty and cheap as the ones you can find in the U.S., delicious local ingredients will be topped on these bad boys.
- Burgers from Grill’d, Fancy Burgers, Relish’d or Burger Theory – Adelaide has a few good spots to get decent burgers. Fat, greasy or filled with homemade ingredients, you can find any kind of patty in your burger from beef, chicken, lamb, pork or even fish.
- Parmiagiana or Chicken Shnitzel from Earl of Leicester, Benjamin on Franklin or P.J. O Brien’s – Whether you prefer “parmi”/”parma” or “shnitty”, these are must-eat pub food. You can find these dishes at the many hotels in Adelaide. Make sure to not miss out on Thursday Parmi at P.J. O Brien’s ($10 for any parmi).
- Fish & Chips from the Bay Fish Shop – Find this typical British food in Glenelg with fresh fish and delicious chips.
- Milk-shake from St Louis ice cream in Adelaide & Glenelg – These guys are not joking with milk-shakes offering peanut butter, strawberry or nutella ones.
- Croissant from Boulangerie 113 – Whether you like it plain with some jam or topped with chocolate, this cafe provides some of the best croissants in town.
- Cronut from Cafe 55, Bakery on O’Connell or Jenny’s Bakery – I had the cronut from Cafe 55 on King William Street in Adelaide CBD and I fell in love with it. They stopped making them, but I hope they will re-think this decision to satisfy their customers’ craving. I heard that cronuts from Jenny’s Bakery and Bakery on O’Connell are lip-smacking.
BONUS – Our top restaurant food
- American food @ The Curious Squire – We went there to celebrate the 4th of July 2015. The food was amazing and we had a feast there. Make sure to head to this restaurant in North Adelaide on Wednesday for their $0.50 chicken wing special.
- Seafood platter @ Sammy’s on the Marina – Get their seafood platter with a glass of wine to indulge watching the sunset on Glenelg Beach. They also have great local fishes such as King George Whiting and battered Flathead.