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The City’s Best Coffees


Coffee is pretty much a little cup of sunshine. Here's a list to make sure you start your day on the right foot. 

Penny University Cafe

1 Union Street, Adelaide


Commended for their consistently good coffee, this city café located in the East End is different to other universities you may know of. Forget putting pen to paper here, instead sit back, relax and take in those delicious café aromas! Claiming Adelaide’s first ever Freddo Cappuccino and Freddo Espresso, thanks to their Greek-trained barista, the coffee options don’t stop there – there is actually a menu of delectable hot and cold coffees to choose from.  They’re also serving up plenty of yummy, healthy eats on their all day menu, but don’t worry there are also a few decadent treats to go with your award winning coffee. Oh, did we forget to mention – they took out the awards for ‘Best Coffee Spot’ and ‘Best Lunch Spot’ as a part of the 2018 City Awards! So, you can be assured of an education in deliciousness at Penny University.

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Bar 9

Basement | Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall


Affectionately described as “a coffee nerd’s shed”, Bar 9 is a grassroots espresso bar that revolutionised the specialty coffee scene in Adelaide. With quality coffee in mind, the team roast their own beans on site and use un-homogenised milk sourced from Adelaide’s boutique farm Tweedvale Dairy. Bar 9 is also a favourite among brunch goers with an impressive menu of local, ethically sourced produce. Mouthwatering must try’s include the Truffle Mushroom Ragu and Pineapple Chia Seed Pudding.

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Cafe Troppo

42 Whitmore Square, Adelaide


Café Troppo is a sustainable cafe serving the finest organic and fair trade coffee together with local, seasonal food.Popular South Australian based De Groot coffee is pulled into eco-friendly cups for those who prefer a more traditional brew, while gut-healing Turmeric tonic lattes are on offer for the health conscious. Cafe Troppo also serves refreshing cold brew coffee, perfect for caffeine addicts who like to have their coffee on the cooler side.

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Please Say Please

50 Grenfell St, Adelaide 


Providing a innovative version of the classic coffee and cake combo, Please Say Please serves up Proud Mary coffee with a delectable range of pastries. Passionate about serving quality brews, Please Say Please offers an expertly made coffee tasting plate that includes a short black, flat white and filter. However, it’s the combination of fantastic coffee and local pastries that sets Please Say Please apart from the crowd. There’s a new flavour of cronut and macaron featured each week with past fan favourites including a red velvet cronut and passionfruit cheesecake macaron.

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E for Ethel

7/116 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide 


E for Ethel is all about eco-friendly, local and sustainable products and produce. The quirky community-spirited cafe serves coffee from De Groot in huge pours guaranteed to keep you buzzing while you gaze around the shop floor. Bright and colourful walls are stacked with gorgeous ethically produced homewares, gifts and beauty products sourced from local South Australian creatives. E is for Ethel is an eclectic hub of everything that makes Adelaide great, and offers it to you with impeccable service and a personal touch.

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Elementary Coffee

9-17 Young St, Adelaide 


Consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? Adelaide’s first micro-roastery Elementary Coffee is sure to become your new go-to espresso bar! Offering straightforward and uncomplicated artisan coffee, the menu includes all the classics, as well as pour over, Aeropress and cold brew. If you're feeling peckish you can also grab a bite to eat with your brew, with a selection of house made artisan donuts and sandwiches, or better yet, indulge in their all day brunch menu.

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Monday’s Coffee Store

Shop 7/38 Gawler Place, Adelaide


Tucked away on a dark stretch of Gawler Place between Rundle Mall and North Terrace is the brightly lit and welcoming Monday’s Coffee Store. On arrival the crew will hand you a glass of sparkling water intended to cleanse your palate in preparation for the fine roasts to come. Specialising in boutique blends, Monday’s Coffee Store serves a straightforward menu of espresso and filter coffee. With plenty of gourmet pastries and bagels also available, Monday’s Coffee Store aims to make the start of the week just that little bit easier for everyone.

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