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Arnie's Cafe

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by Outrageous Jones (subscribe)
but you can just call me Ray. My life is full of great experiences, made better for sharing.
Published October 4th 2016
Arnie's spirit lives on at colourful cafe on the lake
RyMill Park, Parklands, Kiosk, cafe, Breakfast
Beautiful Lakefront Cafe in Rymill Park


I am not sure when I first met Arnie at the Rymill Park kiosk. He was a funny guy; good sense of humour, full of opinions and a perennial candidate for Mayor of Adelaide. While he was always sure of his ground, he respectfully acknowledged your view, and a great conversation always ensued.

RyMill Park, Parklands, Kiosk, cafe, Breakfast
Breakfast, Coffee and more


He made good coffee and sold cakes, sandwiches and ice creams. The menu expanded over the years, and when he had to sub-let the café for a few months in 2012 when he first took ill, the sub-lessees brought a gourmet feel, and an increase in clientele, especially for breakfast.

When he returned after a period away, Arnie took up the challenge and with his family, continued the excellent breakfast service. Sadly, about six months ago Arnie's illness got the better of him.

Arnie's Cafe, Rymill Park, Parklands
Remembering Arnie from Rymill Park Kiosk


While it was a sad discovery last Saturday, it was encouraging to meet Arnie's son-in-law, Paul, who has taken over the cafe and in his honour renamed it Arnie's Cafe. They have just received approval for a plaque to be installed on his favourite bench near the kiosk.

Paul and the team are doing a great job with the cafe. Coffee is better than ever, and my scrambled eggs were perfect and plentiful. There is an extensive menu suited to all tastes.

Rymill Park, Parklands, Kiosk, cafe, Breakfast
Lakeside View


The great feature at Arnies is, above all, the atmosphere by the lake. Even on a chilly day, there is no better waterside eatery in Adelaide. With the unique small boats and a nearby playground for the kids, things haven't changed from the fun and ambience since I started going to the cafe with my parents in the sixties.

Rymill Park, Parklands, Kiosk, cafe, Breakfast
Eggs, Scrambled at Arnie's Cafe

Don't let the O'Bahn dig put you off; you just need to approach from Pirie St/Bartels Road for a few months still.
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Why? Breakfast and the view
When: Wednesday to Sunday
Phone: 0882322814
Where: Rymill Park
Cost: Breakfast
Your Comment
What a great legacy Arnie has left. Great article and terrific photos!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3231) 933 days ago
The best park in Adelaide still. Visit Arnies Kiosk as often as I can. The food is excellent. We miss Arnie but his family learnt from him very well.
by Parde (score: 0|2) 932 days ago
Wonderful to know Paul has continued running the cafe and we will be doing breakfast there very soon.
by nat (score: 1|52) 929 days ago
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