Adelaide’s best cafes and market stalls: top 6

From hidden gem delis and falafel stalls to celebrity chef hotspots (hello, Poh!), this is where locals love to go for brekkie, brunch and everything in between.

Service counter at Abbots & Kinney cafe with a smiling lady taking an order
  • Alexis Buxton-Collins
  • April 2020
  • Updated October 2020

The best market stalls, local delis and award-winning pastries – casual daytime dining in Adelaide is delicious if you know where to go. Here are the city’s local favourites for breakfast, brunch and baked goods.

Abbots and Kinney

You will find Abbots and Kinney’s delectable pastries at plenty of cafés around town but for the best selection, head straight to the source at the flagship Pirie Street store. Light, flaky croissants are the basis for savoury treats such as the Jean Claude Van Hamme.

Real Falafel

Gold and crispy on the outside and bright green on the inside, the chickpea patties at this Adelaide Central Market stall are a revelation. Enjoy them in pita pockets, in bowls loaded with other goodies or alongside a range of other vegetarian Middle Eastern classics.

A man holding a plate of food at Real Falafel with a Middle East Qantas poster in the background
The quintessentially Middle Eastern chickpea fritter is served up in different ways at Real Falafel.

Kalymnos Pastries

This inner west pastry shop was recently named Best Patisserie in Australia for their Greek pastries. Don’t miss it!

The Big Table

This retro café is the perfect place to take in the sights and sounds of the 150-year-old Adelaide Central Market. Grab a stool and tuck into hearty breakfasts prepared with ingredients from vendors just metres away – the green eggs and ham with parsley pesto, prosciutto and thick slabs of toast is one of the city’s favourite breakfasts.

People sitting and eating on stools at The Big Table stall in Adelaide Central Market
Locals love the freshly made dishes at this Central Market stall.

The Flying Fig

Situated on a leafy North Adelaide corner, this homely Jewish delicatessen is a treasure. Expect to find several variations on a classic reuben (including one with housemade pastrami on weekends), along with fresh bagels, lox and pickled vegetables. Skip coffee for one of the delicious fruit and vinegar shrubs from the specials board. opens in new window


Chef Poh Ling Yeow has closed her Adelaide Central Market stall but you can still taste her delicious “fun dining” at the Adelaide Farmers’ Market. Catch her dishing up paella from a giant pan every Sunday before perusing the baked treats in the jam-packed “cakequarium”. opens in new window 

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