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Where's the Best Seaside Cafe in Adelaide?

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by Gill Oscar (subscribe)
'So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be'. (Tennyson)
Published March 12th 2014
In and around Adelaide we are blessed with beaches that outshine the eastern seaboard capitals for their blue water, scenic vistas and relative lack of crowds. But where can we go for the quintessential seaside cafe experience?

Having lived near Port Phillip Bay beaches for years, I'm used to being able to enjoy the beach from the comfort of the dozens of cafes on the beach side of the Esplanade in Melbourne. Your children can be building sandcastles in front of the deck, your partner can be stand-up paddleboarding or kite surfing, and you can be right there with them, enjoying a caffeine fix or a scrumptious bite to eat.

I've trawled Weekend Notes in search of great seaside cafes in and around Adelaide. Here is what I've found.

1. Hallett Cove Boatshed Cafe. Review by Jenny Rossiter January 2014


Surprisingly, this cafe's website doesn't include any location photos. However I've found this to be a great place to go before or after a walk along the coastline or through the Conservation Park. It doesn't hit my trifecta of cafe, sand play and watersports, but it is close. You might see a dolphin or even a whale if you are lucky, which is pretty good compensation.

2. Deep Blue Cafe, Moana Review by Erin Jade, August 2013



With a road between the cafe and the beach, you'll need to keep your littlies with you or get your water-loving mate to supervise. But Deep Blue Cafe has the atmosphere of an old-time beach hangout and long may it stay that way.

3.The Reef Restaurant and Cafe Review by Katharine, May 2012



I might have hit the jackpot here. But Granite Island's a long way to go to check it out for myself, and is more of a day trip than a happy hour at the beach.

4. Flying Fish Cafe & Restaurant Review by Natasha Stewart, December 2011



This certainly looks the goods, thanks to this photo on the Cafe's website. But Port Eliot is as far away as Granite Island. Surely I can achieve my trifecta somewhere in Adelaide!!

Weekend Notes readers, I need your help. Where is the best seaside cafe in or around Adelaide?
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Have you tried:
- Stella, Henley Beach (Henley Square)
- Zootz, Henley Beach (Henley Square)
- Evida, Henley Beach
- Grange Jetty Kiosk, Grange (opposite Grange Hotel)
- Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club (not open every day)
Cheers, Sharon :-)
by shazzlee (score: 0|6) 1899 days ago
Red Lime Shack, Port Adelaide, great food, great ambiance and fabulous ethics
by sharh (score: 0|2) 1806 days ago
Hallett Cove Beach Shed Cafe
The seafood pizza is great
by field (score: 1|16) 1834 days ago
Aquacaf at Goolwa. Amazing!!
by lovin (score: 0|2) 1838 days ago
Mentioned in another post the Henley Surf Life Saving Club would have one of the best coastal views in Adelaide. Massive floor to ceiling windows. Open Fridays for dinner and on the weekends all day.......stunning
by shell (score: 1|10) 1838 days ago
Hi Gill
Adelaide's best kept secret is the Ripple and Swirl, at Christies Beach. More info on its way - watch out for an article from One Who Knows (-:
by Julia Wakefield (score: 1|99) 1839 days ago
Broadway on seafront. At glenelg
by beryl (score: 0|4) 1842 days ago
You may be looking for a long time Gill, there are no seaside cafes in or aroud Adelaide that hit the trifecta. The Star of Greece at Willunga has an awesome view but is too far up the hill to leave any children alone below on the sand. The Jetty cafe at Grange sits right on the dune overlooking the sea, nice view, terrible food and again too far away to leave little ones alone. The concept has not caught on here, concepts take a while to catch on here. Maybe there is some heavy duty red tape that prevents the idea of a cafe that hits the trifecta?
by patri (score: 0|2) 1858 days ago
The Flying Fish Cafe, Port Elliot. Down by the beach, address 1 The Foreshore Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot, South Australia 08 8554 3504. http://www.flyingfishcafe.com.au
In our opinion (kids and all), the best Cooper's Ale Batter Fish and Chips. Gets crowded at lunch time, so go early to grab a seat.
by corin (score: 0|2) 1851 days ago
Boatshed Cafe, Hallett Cove
by sscot (score: 0|2) 1892 days ago
I think there's a massive gap in Adelaide, none of the places at Henley beach are actually any good, poor service, average food and over priced. And I would say the same about grange cafe and the place on the beach in glenelg. I haven't tried the new surf club at Henley so am ever hopeful. There are a couple of ok ones on jetty rd Brighton but they aren't really seaside!
by nadin (score: 0|2) 1893 days ago
Swedish Tarts Henley Beach. They have their own Bakery so everything you eat here they make themselves - delish bread, pastries, salads, soups...divine aromas! Cool coffee/tea combos. Cosy atmosphere. Super friendly staff and owners - make you feel like part of the family - beautiful beach just a few steps across the road. Perfect place to bring visitors
by Natalie Jensen (score: 1|88) 1897 days ago
Grange Jetty Café is a great spot. We hit it every Saturday & Sunday morning for a coffee. Always great to sit on the deck looking out over the water. Even better is that the peloton has not discovered it yet as it is not part of their journey
by bilby (score: 1|26) 1898 days ago
H&A coffee at Jetty road Glenelg.. Scrumptious cakes and coffee.
by Fraanie (score: 1|10) 1898 days ago
Swedish Tarts at Semaphore, it's not in the beach but close by on Semaphore Road. The food, coffee and drinks are excellent. Fresh, creative and delicious. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.
by a2hom (score: 0|3) 1898 days ago
Sabai
by Butler Household (score: 0|8) 1898 days ago
flying fish cafe at port elliot
by penny (score: 0|3) 1899 days ago
Deep Blue Cafe Moana SA
by Sargo (score: 0|2) 1899 days ago
Totally agree! I've only just discovered it, but am now a regular! I love :)
by midsu (score: 0|5) 1260 days ago

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