Category Archives: North Adelaide

UR Caffe’ – North Adelaide, SA

119 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

UR Caffe’ is not just another ‘brick in the wall’ of the burgeoning speciality coffee strip that is Melbourne Street.  Bobby over at Adelaide Coffee said that the barista in residence here knew their place “and that’s behind a coffee machine” – which is high praise.  Located just two doors down from First Pour, and next door to 9Bar – this UR Caffe’ is a must stop on any coffee crawl.

Sporting a very funky, unique – yet comfortable interior – including some nice abstract art on the exposed brick walls – Ur Caffe’ is a nice place, on a nice street to stop and watch the world go by.

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First Pour – North Adelaide, SA

111 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

This is another one of those reviews that comes at the end of a long period of anticipation.  Having been a subscriber to BeanScene Magazine for a while now, I read with interest the development and opening of First Pour in Melbourne and then Brisbane – and hoped upon hoped – that one would come to Adelaide.  Low and behold, the announcement was made – a location was sought – and an opening date semi announced of the first week in November.  Then it was December – and then because of those damnable ‘unforeseen  circumstances’ that always crop up when developing an older building it opened to raucous acclaim in the third week of March, adding another feather into the coffee cap(ucino) of  North Adelaide’s burgeoning speciality coffee scene.

The redevelopment of their building has been done well – with a clean, crisp interior that incorporates a subtle nod to the building’s past.  A central island, featuring all the coffee wizardry is the store focal point and beneath our feet (or bottoms if you found a seat), is a subterranean cupping room – or so the legend goes.  Greeted upon arrival by polite, friendly staff – the various blends and processes were explained – then you can select, purchase and enjoy.

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Çikolatte – North Adelaide, SA

133 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

Finding Çikolatte was a total fluke.  I went looking for two other coffee hotspots on Melbourne street – neither of which I could find even after two slow drives down its length – although I did managed to located UR Cafe after a long walk – however it was closed on the public holiday – but not Çikolatte. Located not that far from the now derelict ‘Loose Goose’ – Adelaide winner of My Restaurant Rules (remember that blast from the past?) – heading east towards the hills – Çikolatte – according to its bollards and signage, was just the place I was looking for.  For lunch time on a public holiday it was about half full – offering your typical range of lunch time fare (wraps, focacias, etc.) to go with their hot & cold speciality drinks – the atmosphere was nice, the decor comfortable.  There were three tables outside under the verandah – but, due to my English complexion, I stuck with my table by the window (and as it turned out – I think also by the toilet door….).

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Caffeteca Espresso and Panini Bar – North Adelaide, SA

53 Tynte Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

I am not sure how happy I am with this place.  It has nothing to do with the coffee – which is great (see below) – it has more to do with their timing.  For four years, I worked in an office literally across the street from them – and back then, Caffetecca was a continental deli – if it has been this great little cafe back then – perhaps my coffee addiction would have started years earlier. Situated on the corner of Margaret Street – about half way down Tynte towards the hills – Caffetecca – is quickly building a good reputation for quality coffee and great panini – although I have only had the coffee.  Perched on a high stool, in the window seat I was able to enjoy my latte and ristretto while taking in views of my old red bricked office – and the people who were out and about enjoying the Adelaide Cup day sunshine. Read the rest of this entry

The Store – North Adelaide, SA

157 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006 (Cnr Melbourne & Jerningham Streets).

The third coffee stop of my 36 hours of leave in the city was a breakfast latte at The Store.  As I waited for it to arrive, my wife and I reminisced about the time when we met here with our friend and pastor, who was going to conduct our wedding the following year – we ate breakfast, drank coffee, and completed the ‘notice of intended marriage [aka Form 13 – regulation 38 – marriage act 1961]’…ahh those were the days.  The Store is located across the road from Café Bocca, on the south side of Melbourne Street – on, what I have deigned to call, ‘coffee corner’ and as the name would suggest, ‘The Store’ is much more than just a Café.   It is also a Grocery Store for those who can afford to live in North Adelaide, and who love to dine on locally produced food.

Latte Quality – Excellent – just the right temperature to enjoy as we made our way home from our short break.

Cost – $4.70 grande take-away

Coffee SupplierBrasilia Coffee

Fair Trade – No indication in store about it – and the website is ‘under-construction’ so who knows?

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods should be fine.  This part of North Adelaide is also handy for grabbing a take away coffee and walking the streets, if that works well for conversation.  The Cibo across the road also has an Internode hotspot – so you can sit in either Bocca or The Store – enjoy a good coffee, and use their internet!

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Bocca – North Adelaide, SA

152 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, SA, 5006

This was my second coffee stop during my short break in Adelaide – pre-zoological experience coffee – the first, of my first full day.  As an aside, I think it is pretty rich that Peter Goers calls Victor Harbor the Agapanthus capital of the world, when I am sure that North Adelaide has more of the great age indicative botanical specimens per square metre, than South Australia’s premier sea-side city…but I digress. Located on what could easily be called ‘Coffee Corner’ if it weren’t for the Old Lion, Bocca is an Italian style, full menu café – which from a long dark memory of a time when I flew back to SA from VIC for a short stay, does a great hearty breakfast.

Latte Quality – Excellent – although a little hot to begin with, my fingers prompted me to hold off sampling the first caffieney goodness of the morning so as to avoid the tongue burning incident of my Najjar’s experience.  When sampled, the coffee was full, rich and wonderfully smooth.  Due to its heat, it lasted the walk from Melbourne street all the way to the reptile house at the Adelaide Zoo.

Cost – $3.40 cup; $3.90 mug; $4.70 grande take-away

Coffee Supplier – Adelaide’s own La Crema

Fair Trade – No indication in store about it – but La Crema have a medal winning Fair Trade blend which I use at home.

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods should be fine.  This part of North Adelaide is also handy for grabbing a take away coffee and walking the streets, if that works well for conversation.  The Cibo across the road also has an Internode hotspot – so you can sit in Bocca – enjoy a good coffee, and use their internet!

Najjars Cafe – North Adelaide, SA

21 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, 5006

Since 1992, Najjars has been a very popular café for Adelaideans – so it was about time, on my recent short break, that I road tested the famous place for it’s coffee and other attributes.

Latte Quality – Good – my first holiday coffee. Unfortunately the barista over poured on her first attempt, so then just poured it all into another cup – thus removing the crema – and resulting in a very, very hot first sip which rendered my tongue burnt for the next 24 hours….

Cost – $4.00 for a regular cup.

Coffee Supplier – South Australia’s own Aroma Fresh Coffee

Fair Trade – No mention of the coffee being Fair Trade at Najjars – Aroma Fresh do do a nice Fair Trade 3 Bean blend – click here

Venue Suitable for:

  • Quiet Chat/Deep and Meaningful – Outside of the busy meal times, this place would certainly work – plenty of space, both inside and out – although outside can get a little noisy and a smelling depending on traffic.
  • Study and Reflection – As long as you are going there outside their peak periods – I do not see why not – and judging from the number of people using laptops when I was there, Najjars either have an interest hot spot, or there is one nearby.
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