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Places to Eat

Adelaide’s Best Eating Restaurant Streets

In Adelaide, you’ll find entire streets devoted to dining. These ‘eat streets’ are a mix of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Gouger Street

Gouger Street is Adelaide’s key eat street. It’s the gateway to the Adelaide Central Market and the exotic, bustling mall and food halls of Chinatown. Traditional Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Japanese, Asian fusion, noodle bars, regional Chinese and yum cha, French and Argentine cuisine, and a number of first-rate seafood restaurants. There are many small, cheap places to pick up something quick to eat between shows – particularly in and around the Central Market. The Central Market is a unique Adelaide nook – a wonderful place to soak up the atmosphere, find the best in all kinds of fresh food, not to mention good coffee!

Rundle Street

Rundle Street, in Adelaide’s East End, has a popular casual atmosphere and is recommended for lunch and night dining. It’s bursting with alfresco dining – a vibrant food, wine and coffee experience not to be missed, and you can’t get later than Rundle Streets 24 hour falafel and gyros bar. Nearby Hutt Street is a great breakfast spot.

O’Connell and Melbourne Streets – North Adelaide

O’Connell Street and Melbourne Street have a few fashionable dining locations in North Adelaide; five minutes drive north of the city. You’ll find Italian eats Ruby Red Flamingo or Tony Tomato through to Vietnamese treat, Gin Long Canteen and Mexican cantina, Lucky Lupita’s.

Coastal Suburbs – Glenelg and Henley Beach

Coastal suburbs Glenelg and Henley Beach are also popular dining precincts. Dine outdoors while you watch the sun set over the ocean. Henley Beach Road has a cornucopia of food stores and eateries – Asian, African, Mediterranean and Indian.

Goodwood Road

A short walk south from the Adelaide Showground will lead you to an array of dining options along Goodwood Road. Cafes include Sneaky Pickle, Ginger’s Coffee Studio and Trouble and Strife. For a great dessert cafe with GF and vegan options and a menu that changes monthly, check out Eggless Dessert Cafe.

BBC (Breakfast, Brunch and Coffee)

A Mother’s Milk
105 Unley Road, Unley
Ph 8271 4329
Breakfasts are delicious and coffee options flowing.
Open Mon, Wed-Fri, 7.30am to 4pm and; Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

Big Table, Adelaide Central Markets
Ph 8212 3899
They are famous for their breakfast and their shop is known for great coffee, customer service and good food. Everything is made fresh every day. Open market hours.

Coffee Branch
32 Leigh Street
Ph 0451 661 980

CIBO Espresso
218 Rundle Street (plus more Adelaide locations)
Ph 8232 9199

Monday’s Coffee Store
95 Grenfell St, Adelaide
A tidy wee coffee joint that also cooks up breakfast

Pickle in the Middle
134 Unley Road, Unley
Ph 8172 1083
All-day brekkie and health conscious lunches in a light-filled, airy locale. And as the name suggests, they pickle items. As the menu changes with the season, we cannot recommend any menu item, but what we’ve had, they’ve all been delicious.

East Terrace Continental (ETC)
6 East Terrace
Ph 8359 2255
Whether your breakfast faves are high protein (eggs, bacon) or nursery sweet (banana pancakes with caramel sauce), a long menu shows an exemplary commitment to the first meal of the day. Open seven days 7am-4pm.

E for Ethel
116 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
Known for coffee, food, homewares and gifts in a quirky vintage cafe.

Lunch and Dinner

The Strathmore Hotel
129 North Terrace
Ph 8238 2900
Stonegrill dining that allows you to enjoy a meal freshly grilled to your taste. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

140 North Terrace
Ph 82318851
Parlamento evokes a true inner-city Italian bistro with dependably good food.

12 Leigh Street
Ph 8231 3939
A hidden gem nestled in quiet Leigh St in the city. One step inside and you will be transported to a far away land with inspiration from Morocco, Turkey, Bali and Cambodia.

Sunny’s Pizza
17 Solomon Street, Adelaide
The kitchen at Sunny’s serves pizza and “not pizza” until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

260A Rundle St, Adelaide
A New York-style deli which serves up classic midnight craving fare such as fried and fried pickles until 2am.

28 Vardon Ave, Adelaide
A vibing New-Orleans themed bar with a food menu filled with Creole and Cajun hits. It changes regularly but will always include the crowd-favourite fried chicken.

Zenhouse Yum Cha/Tea Corner
17-19 Bent St, Adelaide
A vegetarian/vegan restaurant serving up yum cha, along with burgers, asian fusion meals, soups, noodles and more. They also have daily lunch specials.

Cheap Meals Out

Chinatown (Central Markets) 
off Moonta Street and surrounds
Ph 8203 7203
A lot of choice and a lot of tables. If you can’t feed yourself well here for less than $10, you’re just not trying. Open Mon-Thur 9am-5.30pm Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm.

Ying Chow
114 Gouger Street
Ph 8211 7998
Everyone raves about the absurdly cheap prices and exquisite Chinese food. Open Fri 12-3pm and 5pm til late, Sat-Thurs 5pm til late.

In and around Bank Street/ Leigh Street (between North Terrace/ Hindley Street/ Currie Street)
A number of cheap-eat places can be found on Bank Street: Ajisen Ramen, Coffee Branch, Aussie Pizza House, Rock + Roll Sushi, Mandoo dumplings and many more!

East Taste
119 Gouger Street
Ph: 8231 0268
Well priced and super tasty Asian food.  And Adelaide Roller Derby fave!

Jerusalem Sheshkabab House
131B Hindley Street
Ph: 8212 6185
Amazing, cheap Lebanese, BYO, heaps of vego options.

Late Night/24hr Treats

Falafel House
102 Hindley Street
Ph: 8231 5350
As the name suggests, they serve falafels. The vegan meltdowns are the bomb  diggity (hot chips, your choice of bean, chilli sauce, hummus, tahini and tabouli). They also serve beer!

The Pancake Kitchen
13 Gilbert Place
Ph: 8211 7912
Cheap and delicious stacks of pancakes, plus fry-ups and ice cream. 24 hours – Never closes

The Bakery on O’Connell
128-130 O’Connell St, North Adelaide
Serving an array of delicious cakes, pastries, slices, salads, drinks and more. Delicious vegetarian and vegan options available – Never closes

Enjoy Bakery
112 The Parade, Norwood
Serving a range of pies, pasties, hot food, bread rolls and cakes – Never closes