Saffron Sky is a new cafe/gift-shop/gallery that has just opened its doors on King William Road in Hyde Park and is nestled in between Denim and Cloth and the Newsagency. The decor is simple and sophisticated. The largely orange and brown colour scheme (that is much classier and less 70s than it sounds), is perfectly complemented by the intricate metalwork that lines the walls. The atmosphere is lovely and the space is filled with light and a sense of sparkle. It's also a feast for all the senses as the lovely space even smells good.
The coffee is to die for with the blend being worked on with 5 Senses Coffee to get it just right, and the bonus is that it's ethically traded. The barista's machine has a note on it saying that if you like your coffee a specific way ie hotter or stronger to ask, which is a nicer approach than many place's 'like it or lump it' one. My latte was perfect just the way it came though - smooth and creamy.
To accompany the coffee we shared a lamington chocolat which was part of the coffee and chocolat deal for $6. Bargain. It was delicious and reminded me of a porcupine that was covered in large coconut flakes rather than spines. The chocolat was equally as good as the coffee and if I'd known it was going to be that good I would've probably ordered my own - although one between two was enough - I just wanted to be a pig. There is a fancy sounding breakfast menu as well as some light meals to choose from too - I'm looking forward to trying the home-made sausage rolls or a nice fresh salad on a warmer day, and maybe a freshly-squeezed juice or a smoothie to wash them down.
The gift-ware on offer is varied: think notebooks with covers made from records, necklaces, more metalwork like this divine red-leaves piece with the sticker saying 'Sold - but can be ordered', (quite a few things had this sticker on them) and much more. If you're looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for someone Saffron Sky has items to suit many tastes.
The gourmet produce available is, where possible, sourced locally from South Australia and from small businesses and much of the gift-ware is from local artists. There's a real emphasis on ethical products, and much of the food available is home-made. The service was also good with the staff's friendly and approachable natures on display.
I've never been a fan of chain-store coffee and with fun and fresh places like Saffron Sky popping up I wonder why would anyone choose to go somewhere that is deliberately trying to be the same as other stores? Especially when you can have such a wonderful experience at a cafe as charming as this. We have long celebrated our individuality as people and it's time we support the individuality of local businesses like Saffron Sky, which is a welcome addition to the area with so much to offer.
Had noted Saffron Sky and recommendation on weekend notes and happen to be in Adelaide today, enjoyed coffee and cake, prices are good and a lovely atmosphere, clean, tidy, interesting gifts to purchase and a very nice young lady serving, well done, gr8 customer service and with a genuine smile!! Thank you, I will be back next time I venture to the city!!