Relax in Vintage is the epitome of 'a hidden gem', you know that old cliché right? No, it's not tucked down an alleyway or found in some up-and-coming suburb you haven't really heard of. Relax in Vintage can be found on the second floor of the Adelaide Myer Centre.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the location is a strange spot for this ultra-cool café and vintage clothing store, but hey, it works. Relax in Vintage is filled with racks and racks of vintage clothing. It's not like op-shopping, when you scour shelves in hope of that one golden find. Everything in stock is wearable, and could easily become your favourite fashion piece. Sure the prices aren't the cheapest, you won't find many $2 bargains, but most pieces will still be under $100 so they're cheaper than many 'vintage stores'.
The real charm comes from the cafe. Owners Nikohl and Greg sit behind the counter, in what could be a family kitchen straight out of the 1950s. The large red coffee machine sits on the counter, and the retro fridge up the back. Service is friendly, and it's easy to imagine you're not sitting in a cafe, but inside somebody's house.
You can take a seat at one of the many coffee tables surrounded by a collection of chairs. Each one is like a mini lounge room. Take a seat by the one with the television and you'll get to sit through silent black and white re-runs of Leave it to Beaver and other shows.
Small cakes are on the menu. With cheesecakes, tarts, cupcakes, and more. The selection on offer does change, so the available sweets may differ each time you visit. You can sit back with a coffee or pick from the large selection of teas, or why not try an organic soft drink?
The name is very fitting, it's a space where you instantly relax, and you're surrounded by everything vintage. The couches are comfy and have that nice 'lived-in' feel, there are vintage magazines scattered about and even a chess board that you can sit down to play.
Whether you pop in for the clothes or for the coffee, Relax in Vintage is still a lovely spot to visit. Once you step inside you'll forget you're actually on one of the forgotten floors of the Myer Centre. It's a great addition to both Adelaide's vintage clothing and cafe scenes.