Stepping into Bliss Organic's outdoor courtyard feels more like you've entered a backpackers cafe in the Thai countryside than somewhere in the Adelaide CBD. But Bliss Organic is in the heart of Adelaide's food district, just off of Gouger Street.
Not only is the food organic, but it's vegan too. This is a major drawcard for vegans and vegetarians, but don't let it turn you off if you're an avid meat eater. Bliss helps to squash the myth that vegan food is bland and boring. Their regularly changing breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus have plenty of tasty options that are much better than just a tasteless tofu dish.
That's not to say tofu isn't on the menu, it has a prominent place alongside chickpeas, spinach, and other veggie favourites. It's just that the food at Bliss is far from bland. For breakfast there are pancakes filled with fruit and topped with native syrup, or fry ups with tofu and other veggies, and their oatmeal is often raved about.
Burgers and sandwiches are on offer at lunch, you can even have a BLT with smokey vegetarian bacon. If the idea of 'fake bacon' puts you off, there are plenty of meals that just use a great mix of vegetarian food without using faux meats.
Drinks are another highlight, from vegan ice coffees to freshly squeezed juices. Then there is the hot apple juice with added spices, that will warm you up inside and out on a cold day. You'll also find an interesting mix of organic bottled juices that can be hard to find at some other cafes. If you pop in for a coffee or tea, there is also a good range of sweets to choose from, including brownies, cheesecake, and more.
Vegan, or not, the atmosphere at Bliss is warm and welcoming. It's the type of place you can casually chat with a friend or just sit enjoying a good book. Outside in the garden courtyard the tables are surrounded by greenery, and there is even a sweet little gazebo to sit under. Inside you can browse through books to read, or grab a table by the window and watch people go by. Sure, it may have a bit of a hippie vibe, but even if it's not your scene you'll quickly find yourself settling in.
If you're new to the concept of vegan, vegetarian, or even organic eating you can even browse through their small store and find a way to continue the lifestyle at home. On their website you'll also find links to vegan and vegetarian friendly eateries around Adelaide, and other useful resources.
Bliss has been a winner of 'I Love Food' awards in 2009 & 2010, it's worth checking out to see why they have so many fans. The cafe is open for lunch Monday-Saturday, and open for breakfast and dinner on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday Bliss offer cooking lessons, so the cafe stays shut.