City Nooks: Topham Mall & Bank Street
Shop 14 Topham Mall, Adelaide
Coco Jumbo looks as good as it makes you feel. The walls are decked out in geometric black and white tiles that really make a hot pink neon light pop… the way a hot pink neon light really should. The pièce de résistance is the glass cabinet displaying a rainbow of tropical treasures - pineapples, coconuts, limes, oranges and all other things fruity.
When it comes to ingredients, Coco Jumbo are getting back to basics, in the most delicious way possible using lush fresh wares. Choose from an array of cold pressed juices or choose your adventure by creating your own. Why not smoothie a bad day over with a frappe. Coco Jumbo’s offering extend far beyond liquid form with lunch options liked Mumma’s Minestrone and toasted ciabatta, or a choice of Mediterranean salads. After some sweet treats? Nab some gluten free, vegan banana bread or a choc chia brownie.
If you’re pining for a tropical holiday, you’re in luck. Coco Jumbo has captured island escapes in every mouthful. Life’s so much better when you are drinking a fresh coconut.
44 Waymouth St, Adelaide
When owner of Likuid Espresso, Pius Steiner, opened his doors in the city he knew he had to offer something special to succeed.
Cue in a great chef, a market-researched-and-approved menu and a funky vibe – a sure-fire recipe for giving the people what they want. And what do they want you ask? Classic brekkies with delightful twists, like the Bubble and Squeak – layers of mashed peas, pumpkin, sweet potato topped with a poached egg. Delicious pasta dishes, with salty meats, mushrooms and zucchini. And of course, the burger to delight all burger-lovers – a bacon and cheese laden beef burger, topped with onion rings and tomato chutney and a crunchy pickle perched on top of the bun. Genius!
The menu is constantly changing, depending on what customers want, so if you want to get any of these tasty dishes in your belly – you better get there quick!
16 Bank St, Adelaide
Adding a little ‘Monkey Magic’ to Bank Street is this specialty coffee shop, Bonobo Espresso. Bonobo are fast getting a reputation for their personalised service and most importantly, fabulous coffee.
Supporting local, Bonobo Espresso use Koffee Grounds coffee which is roasted and ground in McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Milk, vegan and gluten-free treats from Balance Bodies, breakfast muesli from Goodies and Grains, bagels and other baked goods from from Flinders St Project. Environmentally conscious, Bonobo offer biodegradable take-away cups (which you can pop in your compost bin) and 50c off if you bring in your own cup.
If you’re looking for something extra special, Bonobo are serving up the creative genius that is the Nutella latte. A spoonful of Nutella blended with hot espresso coffee and added to hot or cold milk. Or substitute dairy milk for coconut milk and you have yourself a creamy, coconutty Bounty latte. Yum!
8 Bank St, Adelaide
Cheap eats alert. Mamak Corner is the kind of place that is no-frills – all-flavour. The experience is centred around delicious traditional Malaysian cuisine. Mamak means street food in Malaysia and that is exactly what you can expect from Mamak Corner. Live life on the dangerous side…we all know food tastes better when there’s the potential for things to get a bit messy.
Mamak Corner is open seven days a week and ready to whip out some serious soul food. Nearly everything falls under $15, with loads of options under the $10. Choose from curries, noodles or a little something special from the Roti Station. The Roti Canai is a sure crowd pleaser. Pillows and pillows of fried fluffy flatbread which comes with sugar, curry and dhal. Live large and put aside your mi goreng for the real deal which comes with a sunny-side-up egg.
Looking for a pick-me-up? You can’t go past Mamak Corner’s iced milo. It’s a sweet concoction of milo, condensed milk and boiling water on ice.
19 Bank St, Adelaide
O'Connell's Bookshop is an Adelaide institution and celebrated their 70th birthday in 2017. The keys to the bookshop kingdom have passed through 3 generations of the O’Connell family. O’Connell’s has a rich history which has seen it call the Central Market, Bowman’s Arcade (which no longer exists), Leigh Street and Hindley street home before finding its current abode in The Station Arcade, just off Bank Street.
They offer collections of all the classics and if you’re lucky you might just come across a pre-loved copy that’s been signed by the author.
Take a seat in an old leather armchair that once belonged to Grandpa O'Connell, and perhaps read a book that will take you to somewhere special.