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Published April 22nd 2016
Life is too short for bad coffee
Where's the best coffee on the east side? Well, I think I may have found the answer. Coffee is a tough one, and if you're fussy like me, you'll know that a bad coffee can ruin your day. I've luckily found five spots around my neighborhood that make an amazing 'cup of Joe'. Living on the east side has its perks, one of them being the abundant array of cafes.
Cafe Brunelli in Felixstow/ Glynde is a no frills, relaxed and easy cafe option that's family friendly, open late and always buzzing with groups of people. The service at Brunelli is fantastic, the staff are helpful, enthusiastic and friendly, the food is quite spectacular, and the coffee, well the coffee is truly great. I frequent Brunelli quite often, as it's conveniently located 5 minutes away from me, and so far I'm yet to be disappointed by their coffee making skills; they have some good baristas in the house. My favourite is the Long Macchiato, comprising a shot of coffee, and a dash of milk, this is the ultimate choice for anyone who doesn't enjoy the overwhelming milkiness of a large coffee. I've had a few macchiatos in my time around Adelaide, but none compare to Brunelli. The taste and flavour is robust but the balance is just right. I'd definitely recommend Brunelli to anyone who's looking for a relaxed and casual coffee experience. 489 Payneham Rd, Felixstow SA 5070.
Secondly, I'd like to mention the quaint Parisian-influenced coffee shop La Madeleine on the Norwood Parade. Like Brunelli, the flavour of their coffee was equally balanced and it's difficult to deny their grand selection of appetizing pastries that go extremely well with a warm drink; FYI the croissants are delicious. La Madeleine is a great coffee spot in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide, located on the busy strip of the Parade, but away from the overwhelming city centre of Adelaide. It's the perfect stop on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy a coffee and watch the world go by. I just adore the obvious French flair that's incorporated throughout the venue. 246 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067.
It may not be recognized for it's coffee, but Gelatissimo on the Parade is worth a mention, particularly their iced coffee. Using a mix of their finest gelati that's made in house, their iced coffee is the perfect cool beverage for a warm evening. Considering it's getting a little cooler now, an iced drink may not be the wisest choice, but it would definitely be a tasty one. 1/198-200 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067.
Another favourite coffee spot in the Eastern Suburbs of Adelaide, is a newly discovered place that I happened to stumble upon whilst driving in my area, and let me tell you, it was worth the stop over. Cafe Va Bene in Campbelltown is a hidden gem situated on the corner of North East Road and Gorge Road, next to Sfera's Gourmet Centre. Offering traditional Italian meals, desserts and coffees, it's a great place to meet up with friends and family for a relaxed lunch, dinner or drink. The interior boasts an incredibly warm and inviting ambiance, whilst the alfresco seating area is comfortable, open and set upon a surface of astro turf (very cool). Cafe Va Bene is a casual venue, however, it's also suitable for a formal dinner or function, which can be held in their private dining space.
I was extremely impressed by the coffee here; it was smooth and intense in flavour with just the right addition of milk. I'll definitely be returning to Cafe Va Bene, and would recommend it to anyone located in the Campbelltown area. 8/636 Lower N E Rd, Campbelltown SA 5074.
Last but not least my final recommendation is Caffe Buongiorno on the parade; a family friendly venue that's been in business for over 20 years and well-known for its quality Italian cuisine. Hearty meals like pizza and pasta make this place a popular spot on the Parade and you'll find it's busy throughout the week, particularly come the weekend. Buongiorno continues to prove that it's the established and traditional style cafes that never disappoint, serving up classic dishes that we all love and enjoy. 145 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067.
I'm sure there are many more cafes around the area that I'm yet to try, and that may be better, however, these top 5 cafes are now my go-to spots in the eastern region of Adelaide. What's the final verdict? Well, I'd have to congratulate Cafe Brunelli; their creamy and perfect Macchiato has got me coming back for more.
Simply Coffee in Kent Town roast their own beans and make a great espresso; also in Kent Town is Tell Henry, a trendy Melbourne style small and serious cafe. Red Bean Espresso at Glenunga just off Greenhill Rd is a popular cyclist coffee stop