“Radelaide” as the local crowd have affectionately named it, is buzzing. Nestled in the midst of three major Australian wine regions (Clare Valley, Mclaren Vale and the Barossa) it’s delightfully bohemian.
Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe is a beachfront institution. Sarah has been the poster girl for Adelaide’s environmentally conscious for almost two decades. It’s a testament to how involved the café is in local sustainablity projects, but mostly to the quality of the food. Forget raw, this is comfortable vegetarian/ vegan fare in what is essentially a giant tapestry tent. It’s less like an urban outfitters ad than it sounds- Think rich sauces, lentils, vegetarian cheeses and fair trade coffee. Sit and be mindful, they’ve nailed the busy yet calming vibe. 117 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
The Seasonal Garden Café in the Adelaide hills, makes some of the best kumara chips I’ve ever eaten. They come with a whipped avocado dip, which is delicious, and has the added benefit of making you feel healthy while you eat fried potato. It’s a quaint, county bumpkin kind of joint in the German settlement of Handhorf- you could walk right by it… Don’t. 100 Main Road, Hahndorf
CREAM (Coffee Rules Everything Around Me) is so hip that you’ll sort of wonder why you’re there until one of the friendly dudes that runs the place starts chatting to you. They’re so cool, even the names of the roasts are a quiet ode to Wu Tang. The coffee is amazing too, house blend, guest blend or filter. 4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton
Orana has a long waitlist: I’m still on the fence about whether that’s justified. It’s degustation only, at $295 per person for food and wine in the evenings and $150 on a Friday lunch. Jock Zonfrillo’s concept is an authentic Australian cuisine, which is slightly unbelievable coming from a UK expat. You’re likely to forgive him, however, after you’ve made your way through 15 “snacks”, three mains and dessert. We ate ants – how fucking sophisticated. KR