18 Jun 2021

For most Adelaideans, the day can’t start properly until you have the reassuring warmth of a good coffee in hand.

Thankfully, caffeine addicts don’t have to search far for a decent cup of coffee in Adelaide. Home to some of the most awarded roasters and baristas in the country, we’re not afraid to claim Adelaide as the coffee capital of Australia. Whether your order is a simple single shot espresso, or half-strength, extra-hot almond milk latte with just a hint of vanilla, we’ve got your next caffeine fix sorted. Here’s our guide to the best coffee in Adelaide and beyond for your next morning dose. Go forth and caffeinate.

1. Elementary, Adelaide

Elementary, Adelaide
Elementary, Adelaide

If you ask city slickers where to find the best coffee in Adelaide, the name Elementary will come up a lot. Nestled on Young Street between Waymouth and Franklin in the CBD, this coffee-centric café has a cult like following garnered for their unique roasts and commitment to sourcing ethically produced beans. You can even sign up for their fortnightly subscription service and have whole or ground beans delivered to your door.

2. Exchange, Adelaide

Exchange, Adelaide
Exchange, Adelaide

Exchange is committed to pouring up coffee that has been sustainably and ethically sourced. From their Vardon Avenue venue, they brew both espresso and filter coffee, dish up breakfast and stock a range of coffee, home brewing gear and accessories. Four roasts are available daily, and there’s even a coffee flight so you can decide which fix you like best.

3. Dawn Patrol, Fleurieu Peninsula

Dawn Patrol Coffee, Fleurieu Peninsula
Dawn Patrol Coffee, Fleurieu Peninsula

Dawn Patrol Coffee lies unassumingly between the rolling hills of Chandlers Hill and Clarendon of the fringe of the Fleurieu Peninsula, but you’ll find their roasts served at cafes across South Australia. Sample their range of single origin coffee direct from the roastery, an experience that can be likened to visiting your favourite cellar door. Order coffee just how you like it, or up your coffee-snob game and let one of their coffee-fanatic baristas talk you through some of their best roasts on a coffee flight. If you though you loved coffee, wait until you meet these guys.

4. Mahalia Coffee, Limestone Coast

For the best coffee in Robe, head to Mahalia Coffee. Supplying award-winning roasts all over Australia, a visit to Mahalia HQ is a must for coffee aficionados exploring the Limestone Coast. Not only do they roast and serve up the region’s best coffee paired with breakfast and cakes, Mahalia also stocks a range of china, ceramics, art works and souvenirs.

5. Arrosto Coffee, Riverland

Arrosto, Riverland
Arrosto, Riverland

An old fire station turned coffee roastery and café, Arrosto Coffee has earned a reputation as one of the best spots for coffee in Renmark. The Riverland coffee cellar door has won national and international awards for their blends, which can be enjoyed over breakfast. Stock up on whole or ground beans, compostable coffee pods or cold drip concentrate crafted using traditional Japanese techniques. Don’t leave without sampling the Woolshed Brewery Firehouse Coffee Stout and be sure to take home a bottle of their Firewater Coffee Liqueur.

6. Boston Bean Coffee Co, Eyre Peninsula

Boston Bean Coffee Co, Eyre Peninsula
Boston Bean Coffee Co, Eyre Peninsula

On the shores of Boston Bay you’ll find some of the best coffee in Port Lincoln. Boston Bean Coffee Co have more than 20 awards under their belt for their ethically and sustainably sourced roasts. The best place to sample them is straight from the source at their coffee bar and roastery.

7. Goodness Coffee Co, Fleurieu Peninsula

Goodness Coffee, Fleurieu Peninsula
Goodness Coffee, Fleurieu Peninsula

Goodness Coffee has all your coastal caffeine needs covered, pouring coffee from 8am to 1pm daily in a heritage-listed 1870s workshop that once housed a coach builder, mechanic and undertaker. One of the best places for coffee in Aldinga, the team carefully selects and sources green coffee from around the world and roasts on site at the café neighbouring Little Rickshaw in historic Aldinga village. A freshly brewed latte, almond croissant and patch of morning sun in the courtyard are the perfect start to the day. Goodness Coffee is also dog friendly so is perfect for morning strolls away from the sand.

8. Red Berry Espresso, Adelaide

East-siders and Lycra-clad cyclists alike flock to Red Berry Espresso for some of the best locally roasted coffee in Adelaide. Sourcing single origin coffee beans from across the globe and roasting daily onsite, here you can stock up on beans for home or settle in and sip one of two rotating roasts available daily. You’ll find the café and roastery tucked just off Greenhill Road in Glenside.

9. Coffee in Common, Adelaide

Coffee in Common, Adelaide
Coffee in Common, Adelaide

Tucked in a warehouse on the city fringes, Coffee in Common is one of the best new places to get coffee in Adelaide. The self-confessed coffee connoisseurs roast traceable, sustainable, and ethical beans on site at Hindmarsh and serve up house made pastries, cakes and breakfast showcasing local ingredients. 10 coffee blends are available for retail purchase, or you can work your way through their selection with a coffee subscription.

10. Argo Espresso, Adelaide

Argo on The Parade, Adelaide
Argo on The Parade, Adelaide

Located on Victoria Square in Adelaide and on The Parade in Norwood, Argo is has a cult brunch following. Using locally roasted Monastery Coffee and with every alternative milk imaginable, even the most convoluted coffee order will be catered for. You can even perfect your at home barista skills on a latte art class.

11. My Kingdom for a Horse, Adelaide

My Kingdom for a Horse, Adelaide
My Kingdom for a Horse, Adelaide

In the heart of the city, My Kingdom for a Horse rounds out our list of the best spots to get coffee in Adelaide. As well as pouring up liquid gold, the 120-seat café on Wright Street serves an all-day breakfast menu showcasing local and ethically produced ingredients. The coffee is so good they’ve even opened a second Espresso bar in the heart of the city to meet all your caffeine needs.


Hungry?

Need some food to pair with your coffee? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Adelaide, top vegan cafes and once-in-a-lifetime gourmet experiences. For evening sipping, check out our guide to the best hidden bars in Adelaide.

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