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Fuelling our coffee obsession – DN’s Adelaide favourites

BY Rachael Pearson

{Receptionist}

19 July 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes

It’s probably no surprise that we love coffee here at Digital Noir, almost as much as we love a good glass of wine. Since we moved into the Adelaide CBD we are spoiled for choice cafe-wise, so we thought it was about time that we gave a bit of a shout-out to our favourite coffee spots. So sit back, enjoy and come and grab a cup with us if you’re ever around!

Flinders St Project
276 Flinders St, Adelaide

These guys are our daily go-to coffee guys and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Great coffee, delicious food and awesome staff, you just can’t get much better. Morning coffee runs may be a chore for some, but that is definitely not true for me. I seriously look forward to running down there, getting my coffee, drooling over their incredible danishes and catching up on all the latest local goss.

Viva Espresso
70 Pirie St, Adelaide

I pass by Andy at Viva Espresso a couple of times a week on my walk to work. It is always nice to be able to pop in somewhere that feels welcome and serves up a serious long mac. They roast their own blends at Viva and take the coffee ceremony seriously. Well worth checking out for a quick chat and some strong beans.

Crack Kitchen
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.)

Biga Panificio
200 Hutt St, Adelaide

I know we’re here to rave about great coffees (and these guys do a great cup of coffee), but I have to mention their delicious breakfasts too. I’ve been going here with my family for years and they always serve everyone with a big smile and a great blend of beans.

Luigi’s Delicatessen
151 Flinders St, Adelaide

Luigi’s is just down the road from us, which is dangerous as both their lunch and breakfast menus are serious. They serve up a breakfast platter which is fit for a couple of serious hungry kings and queens and their lunchtime pasta dishes would sit comfortably on any table in Italy. With such quality pasta must come good coffee and the team here pour an excellent cup. A hidden gem on the east side ‘o the city.

Exchange Coffee
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.

Exchange Coffee
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.

Just Bliss Chocolates
5/38 Gawler Place, Adelaide

Now, these guys are my faves from my previous job but I always make a habit of stopping by whenever I’m down in the mall. Even though I can’t eat half their products (yep, I’m allergic to chocolate…) their coffee is so good and it always smells so lovely in there, I could seriously spend hours just sitting and enjoying myself! A hidden gem off Rundle Mall if you’re ever in need of a coffee or choccy fix.

La Moka
16 Peel St, Adelaide

If you can’t make time to visit Europe, why not try the next best thing. As soon as you walk through the doors of La Moka, you are welcomed with the smells of freshly grounded coffee, authentic biscotti and of course their famous Zeppole. The friendly staff and beautiful décor further heighten the experience; however, undeniably the coffee here is the real star of the show. Sitting down sipping on a delicious latte, takes you on a journey through the beautiful streets of Europe. Whatever coffee mood you are in, you can be sure that La Moka has them covered.

Coffee Branch
32 Leigh St, Adelaide

Unassuming, Coffee Branch sits and watches the throngs of morning commuters idle down Leigh street. Sitting in the glow of Rigoni’s they might not have the pomp but they sure do have the goods. This has been my CBD institution of choice for a few years now before moving over to the eastern side. I still pop in once a week or so for a long mac on the walk to the ‘other side’ and the quality is always on point and the vibes friendly. The last few weeks there has also been a girl selling fresh pastries from a cart next door, which is not ideal for someone trying to cut calories on the walk to work (damn it!)

Do Duck Inn
50 Exchange Place, Adelaide

Ok, the name is a little bit on the twee side. But the coffee in this little hidden gem is first rate and they also do a mean lunch. Tucked away in the Grenfell Centre, Do Duck Inn is unassuming and doesn’t suffer from the holier than thou ‘moustachioed barista’ syndrome of some of the other coffee joints in the area. A solid pull of espresso and a deft touch with the milk equals a happy customer every time.

Do Duck Inn
50 Exchange Place, Adelaide

Ok, the name is a little bit on the twee side. But the coffee in this little hidden gem is first rate and they also do a mean lunch. Tucked away in the Grenfell Centre, Do Duck Inn is unassuming and doesn’t suffer from the holier than thou ‘moustachioed barista’ syndrome of some of the other coffee joints in the area. A solid pull of espresso and a deft touch with the milk equals a happy customer every time.

There are so many others that we love but haven’t even mentioned here – really, so many others, this list was initially only supposed to be 5 cafes long! Thanks to all for satisfying our coffee obsessions.

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!

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