It’s probably no surprise that we love coffee here at Digital Noir, almost as much as we love a good glass of wine. It’s been 12 months since we last did a who’s who of our favourite places to caffeinate, so here is the short list. Needless to say, we were spoiled for choice, but the final contenders are…
First Order Coffee
82 Ifould Street, Adelaide
Goes without saying really. Located on the ground floor of WOTSO Workspace, where we also reside, Anya, Claire and Magenta provide us with our daily caffeine fix, as well as yummy breakfast and lunch options, and the occasional (cough, cough) sweet treats. Soon to open for evening eats and featuring a fine selection of natural wines, this place is an all-round gem.
Flinders Street Project
276 Flinders St, Adelaide
If you’re located anywhere near us, and you’re looking for a delicious brunch, great coffee, a cheeky mimosa and sunny sidewalk seating…look no further! The friendly team at FSP have been looking after us since we moved to the city in early 2017. The pastries from their own bakery are a sure-fire winner too!
151 Flinders St, Adelaide
Luigi’s is another one just down the road from us, which is dangerous as both their lunch and breakfast menus are serious. Recent winners of ‘Best Breakfast in Adelaide’, they serve up a breakfast platter which is fit for a couple of serious hungry kings and queens. With such a quality brekky must come good coffee, and the team here pour an excellent cup. A hidden gem on the east side ‘o the city.
16 Peel St, Adelaide
The coffee is the star of the show here. La Moka sits unassumingly on Peel Street, one of few places open down there first thing in the morning (look for the light above the door – if it’s on, they’re brewing!). If you can’t make it until later in the day, never fear, there’s always their Espresso Martini, which I personally rate as the best in town. No, the best ANYWHERE!
Abbots & Kinney
78 Pirie St, Adelaide
Hmmm, on second thoughts maybe don’t go here. Not if you don’t want to be tempted by the AMAZING array of sweet, baked deliciousness to go along with your coffee! And also because it is small, always busy, and you might take up my seat 😉
13 Franklin Street, Adelaide
Brought to the CBD by the guys from the equally awesome Loose Caboose in Bowden, Crack Kitchen impresses across the board – bright, stylish interior (even on an average winters day), delicious menu with all day brunch (need I say more!), and fantastic coffee roasted and blended in-house. If you’re in the area, give it a crack! (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
1-3/12-18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
I love ducking into Exchange for a quick breakfast on a cold winter’s morning. The windows fog up and you can’t see in, but once you crack the door you are welcomed into a world of warmth, coffee aromas and freshly baked treats. Exchange is proof that great things come in small packages, it has the service and quality of a fine dining establishment with the pace of a neighbourhood espresso joint. Ebenezer place is a danger zone in general for food and wine with several world-class joints within an espresso’s sip from each other.
Hawker Street Cafe
22 Hawker Street, Bowden
This little jewel is on the outskirts of the city, but it still qualifies! The coffee is consistently good, and always comes with the right balance of coffee/milk, which means there’s no need to ask for that extra shot! The food menu is great (I’m a big fan of the Eggs Benny!), the staff are friendly and the service is fast.
Whistle and Flute
136 Greenhill Road, Unley
Tucked away on Greenhill Road – you would never know this little oasis existed. Serving perfectly poured shots of espresso and a delicious range of foods it is a perfect stop before hitting the office. The best part is they are open all day and do a cracking lunch service. Plus, they have a great wine and cocktail list to boot! To be fair we really only go here for the Bloody Marys.
Monday’s Coffee Store
95 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Coffee store and wholesale coffee roaster, Monday’s recently opened their second branch in the foyer at Chesser House on Grenfell Street. Minimalist, contemporary and bright you can choose to sit-in, OR (and I love this option) order your takeaway through the hole in the wall. (Full disclosure – I’m a sucker for anywhere that I can order coffee this way!)
If you have some other favourite spots, let us know and we’ll check them out. May your day be lovely and your coffee strong!