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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published October 21st 2013
Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
The charming Victorian terrace house, now home to the Tin Cat cafe. The present two-storey frontage dates back to 1898. Image by writer.


Not only an excellent café and restaurant, the Tin Cat café has funky, retro fifties furniture and local artwork on the walls. Originally built in 1858 as a four roomed residence it was used as a bakery by various owners from 1866 to 1970, then restored as a gallery under the ownership of acclaimed painter David Bromley. Known as "Maggies" in the 70's and 80's, it became the Tin Cat Café in 1998.

Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
Part of the delightful front room that seats 40. Image by writer.


Open for lunch and dinner, the Tin Cat Café offers a range of brunch options as well as excellent 1645 coffee. They have the usual staples or you can choose from brunch specials and a range of extras. The rhubarb loaf with strawberries and ricotta was tempting, but I settled for "The Standard", whilst my friend opted for the eggs "Florentine".

Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
My favourite The Standard includes free range eggs, crispy Churchill's bacon, roast tomatoes and button mushrooms. Image by writer.


Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
My friend enjoyed the eggs Florentine consisting of poached free range eggs, spinach, ham and house-made hollandaise. Image by writer.


The thing I like most about the Tin Cat café is that it feels like you are walking into someone's house. The service is always very good and the staff friendly and attentive. For meat lovers, the Tin Cat café also do an interesting "Bacon steak" with Barossa Valley spec, fried eggs, maple syrup and roast sweet potatoes.

Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
The bright Interior coloured ceiling of the back room. Image by writer.


Vegetarian options are also available, delicious hot cakes, and a couple of French toast variations with smoked salmon or honey baked pears. I can't wait to try their dinner menu.

Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
This drab adjacent wall has been improved by the addition of some funky artwork. Image by writer.


Do you have a favourite café in the CBD or suburbs? How do you think the Tin Cat Café rates? Feel free to leave an answer.

Tin Cat café Rundle Street Kent Town Adelaide coffee lunch brunch breakfast dinner Adelaide retro fifties furniture local Adelaide artwork
The leafy outdoor garden features a 'cubby house' for the kids and seats around 40. Image by writer.
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Tin Cat cafe: 107 Rundle Street Kent Town.
Ph: 83624748
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 2097 days ago
The best cafe Ive found - THE MOCKINGBIRD LOUNGE CAFE.....on The Broadway at Glenelg South. Its more than a cafe : its a bookshop, has Book Clubs, Writers Groups, Knitters Club, new garden area to relax. This weekend there's a Pop-Up Vintage Shop happening. Every week Stacey, the enterprising owner, comes up with another new surprise for her customers. Top Spot for everything.
From: Cathy - a very happy customer.
by cathy (score: 0|4) 2097 days ago
I haven't visited but thanks for the review because I can't wait to go and have lunch or brunch there!
by arrietty (score: 1|83) 2096 days ago
Bond and Lane, Col Light Gardens. Fab place!
by lynnie (score: 0|2) 2091 days ago
Best cafe in Adelaide is "Grind it" in Moseley St, Glenelg. Awesome coffee, food and juices to boot! Plus a laid back atmosphere, with cool grooves to listen too! :) :)
by heidi (score: 0|2) 1660 days ago
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