07Jun

10 of the Best Coffee Shops in Adelaide to Work From

Speciality coffee shops are popping up around town by the dozen, thanks to Adelaide’s new “yeah we’re just as cool as you Melbourne” street movement – where coffee is more than a morning fix, it’s an experience. Independent, edgier cafes mean every experience is different – a breath of fresh air to the idea of a coffee shop experience.

10 Excellent Coffee Shops to Work From

This is great news for freelancers! You can now do your work from a cosy interesting café, taking in all of its senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hear. Here’s our cream of the cap (crop*):

1. UR Café

Tucked comfortably in a pocket on the cosmopolitan Melbourne Street, North Adelaide is a cafe, but not just any cafe. With its art-covered brick walls, funky vintage hanging lights, retro furnishing and mismatched decor, UR cafe is a mecca for the arty. Even the menu is displayed with a creative flair, plastered in chalk over a sidewall. Not one table is the same as the next – take your pick out of the stools, deck chairs or comfy couch on offer. Books line each window-seal and aluminium-tinned flowers occupy each table. The coffee cups are big and flamboyant, the only way coffee should be drunk.

Address: 117 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide

Parking: Plenty of street parking nearby

Wifi: Yes – the password is at the counter

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2. Loose Caboose

This cosy café is the result of a converted old railway station. Watch the trains go by as you sip on your soy latte. The breakfast is delicious – the baked eggs will get your brain cooking for the day. It’s the perfect winter café to cosy into – but it’s also great in summer with its outdoor deck.

Address: 21 First Street, Hindmarsh

Parking: Plenty of street parking nearby

Wifi: No – just use your hotspot

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3. Pure Boutique

Headhunted as one of the top 100 cafes in Australia, there’s no wondering why. This late night café is bringing people to Glenelg’s Jetty Road in flocks, even in the winter. This buzzing coffee spot is a great place to work if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of movement around you. Make sure you get in early to avoid missing a table – and don’t forget your headphones.

Address: 34 Jetty Road, Glenelg

Parking: plenty of street parking nearby

Wifi: Yes – the password is at the counter

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4. Pickle in the Middle

This new café to call Unley Road home is a mecca for the creative, with its bight yellow colours, plant life and quirky lighting. There’s plenty of side streets close by for parking, so find table up at the back for some privacy, or grab a spot on the communal long table looking out to the street. Pickle in the Middle blends minimalism and a steady flow of people coming in to keep you feeding, long after you’ve eaten.

Address: 134 Unley Road, Unley

Parking: Plenty of street parking nearby

Wifi: No – just use your hotspot

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5. Jarmer’s Kitchen

Don’t be fooled by the name – Jarmer’s Kitchen is a café/restaurant. With it’s exposed wall tiles, draped lighting and open-style kitchen, you feel like you’re working in a new café by day/restaurant by night hotspot New York’s experimental Brooklyn. Jarmer’s Kitchen is great to work in because of its relaxed vibe and it’s easy to score one of its many tables (and not feeling bad for taking up one).

Address: 18 Park Terrace, Bowden

Parking: Side car park – 2-hour limit

Wifi: No – just use your hotspot

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6. Paddy’s Lantern

Reading a review about a warehouse-style café, I visited Adelaide’s somewhat sleepy Gilbert Street where I found Paddy’s Lantern. Entering the café, I could tell it wasn’t a secret – with its steady food traffic of coffee goers. It’s easy for freelancers to grab a spot on the timber communal table and stay for the day. Once the morning rush passes, the place is peaceful and you can enjoy listening to employee banter. The servings are huge and the coffee won’t be a let down.

Address: 219 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

Parking: Gilbert Street or its many side streets

Wifi: No – just use your hotspot

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7. Bar9

A coffee circuit around Adelaide wouldn’t be complete without visiting Bar9 – the leaders in the speciality coffee scene. There are so many spots you can choose to sit – the long communal tables in the middle of the action, the tables nestled around the walkways or in the corner by the window. The staff is attentive and they know how to make a good brew. If you like the busier style cafes, Bar9 is perfect for you.

Address: 96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside

Parking: Plenty of street parking nearby

Wifi: Yes – ask for the password

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8. Minestra

Probably one of Adelaide’s less known independent cafes – but certainly not less notable – is Minestra. Driving down Churchill Road, you’ll have to look twice or you’ll miss it, but once you find it you won’t be sorry. It’s a small place but get in before the lunch rush and you won’t battle to find a table. Choose from the 4 small tables or the big communal timber table with magazines and other fun necessities. You won’t pay more than $3 for a coffee and the food is also reasonably priced. They’re not afraid to play 90’s indie classics, to perfectly match the retro, arty décor.

Address: 123 Churchill Road, Prospect

Parking: Side street car parking a breeze

Wifi: Yes – ask for the password

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9. Rosey’s

A great alternative to the busy cafes along Unley Road, Rosey’s is great for freelancers. With its hanging bottles and eclectic art on the interior and its quirky garden on the outside, Rosey’s is a café like no other in Adelaide.

Address: 139 Unley Road, Unley

Parking: Find a car park on a side street

Wifi: No – just use your hotspot

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10. Café Komodo

Two words – retro wonderland. Another to grace the streets of the city’s inner north is Café Komodo. This café is so funky with its colourful vinyl wall, vintage furniture and outdoor garden – the inside is perfect for winter and the outdoors is perfect for summer. And possibly the best thing about Café Komodo? It’s hidden down a laneway, so it’s got this special community charm to it, as most people continue walking to Cibo only a few doors down.

Address: 118 Prospect Road, Prospect

Parking: 2-hour car parking in the area

Wifi: Yes – ask for the password

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So get sipping! – As there’s only going to be more great boutique coffee shops added to the mix in the coming years!

Written by Amanda Smith, copywriter for Wicked Cow Marketing.

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