Cibo is one of Adelaide's big success stories, but their newest store is very, very little. This coffee spot on the corner of Hindley Street and Bank Street is a real blink and you might miss it type of place, there are no tables or chairs, just two open windows for you to order your coffee and continue on your way.
The first Cibo Espresso started in 2000, and since then they've opened up 17 stores in South Australia and 2 in Queensland. Bank Street is the most recent addition to the list.
The location is the perfect spot to entice caffeine hungry office workers as they make their daily trek to work from the Adelaide train station, no doubt it also keeps them going on the way home. On Friday and Saturday night the store stays open till 11pm, which means you can grab a late night coffee hit.
The Bank Street store really is tiny, so it's no wonder they don't stock the full food range, but the display cases are still filled with colourful treats. There are cakes, tarts, macarons, and muesli, as well as savoury rolls and sandwiches.
Service is fast and friendly, but if there's one thing that Cibo really lacks, it's atmosphere. At Bank Street this isn't much of a problem. You're not sitting around enjoying a coffee while you philosophise about the world's problems, it's a quick in and out coffee stop, the type of place you visit when you're already on the go.
When it comes to the actual coffee, you'll find the same as you would at any Cibo store. They also stock juices and Italian sodas.
Cibo might not ooze cool like some other nearby cafes, but if you're after a decent cup of coffee when you're short for time, Cibo Bank Street is a good choice. No doubt this will be a hit with the many city workers who make the commute from the Adelaide Railway Station daily.
Hi Natasha - great timing re bank street; just got an email in at work inviting the public to "experience the new Bank Street on Wednesday, 27th Feburary 2013 at lunch-time (12.30 – 2.30) or after work (4.30-7.30pm)." The email explains traders will offer lunch time and dinner specials, as well as wine tasting, "flavours of the world" cooking demonstrations, local interactive art, music, street performers... The link re Bank Street upgrade ishttp://dpti.sa.gov.au/vibrant/article?item=124