Adelaide’s 6 Most Instagram-Friendly Cafes

Instagram star Emma Kate Codrington shares her most photogenic local spots.

Emma Kate Codrington is cooking on a few burners – she runs her own stationery label while traversing the globe as a travel writer – but her passions all have one thing in common: their beauty. Emma shares her bespoke view of the world on her Instagram, which has over 56,000 followers. As an Instagram expert, we asked Emma for the most photogenic cafes in her hometown of Adelaide, and of course, she delivered.

Adelaide is abuzz right now – and Instagram is taking notice. Known for its vineyard dotted hills that spill into the sea, an enviable foodie culture, and more recently, two other telling words – amid renaissance – this city is totally on trend. For those who like their breakfast for lunch and succulents with their coffee dates, here are six cafes you should know about, from one ‘gramming aficionado to another.

Nourish’d Kitchen

Where: 3 Ann Street, Stepney


On a leafy, unassuming street in suburban Stepney you’ll find this haven of nourishment. The interior styling is on point, the coffee is strong and the staff are sweet. Run by aunty/niece duo Tina and Katie (who always greet me by name, and regram my breakfasts), The Nourish’d Kitchen ask you to think of them as your very own food PA – making it uncomplicated to eat healthy, and locally-sourced, seasonal fare. Step inside real-life Pinterest, and line up for a serve of radiance.

Penny University

Where: 1/7 Union Street, Adelaide


If Penny University really took enrolments, I’d graduate with masters. But in all seriousness, this place – nestled within Adelaide’s East End Precinct – is a goodie. The kitschy-hipster vibe is cosy, the staff are rad, and fresh blooms are dotted on tables just so. You’ll want to photograph this place, inside and out. Your homework in two words? Just go. Class dismissed!

La Moka

Where: 16A Peel Street, Adelaide


If happiness is a yellow cup, then this establishment is like walking into pure sunshine. La Moka is an Italian-inspired cafe and aperitivo bar and is on-trend, without trying too hard. Short blacks are happily served alongside Campari, and who would we be to disagree.

The Flinders Street Project

Where: 276 Flinders Street, Adelaide


As soon as you walk into this light-flooded nook, you’ll look up. Suspended from the ceiling of The Flinders Street Project are ten thousand wooden spoons (not that I’ve counted, but I dare you to). This inner-city oasis is the perfect place to order a coffee and prop yourself at the windowsill, or make new friends seated around the main communal table, which naturally features succulents. On first visit, I got the muesli and had a serious case of avocado regret. The phrase foodie mecca, comes to mind. It’s a tiny space – so expect a lineup.

Pickle in the Middle

Where: 134 Unley Road, Unley


With its minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired interior,  plywood everywhere and pops of bright yellow, it’s impossible to not smile from the inside when you’re here. Pickle in the Middle boasts a plant-centric menu and all-day breakfast. One year in, and just quietly, I’m still on a mission to eat my way through the entire menu (it’s an ongoing pursuit).

Loose Caboose

Where: 21 First Street, Hindmarsh

LCA railway station converted cafe? Yes, really. The Loose Caboose is not new, but it’s somewhat of a brunch institution and still a favourite for picture-perfect coffee dates. There’s a green wall, clocks telling the times of faraway countries, sparkling water on tap, and cobalt blue coffee cups. Sombreros and sunscreen are provided when it’s sunny – so order the smashed avocado, sit out on the deck and you couldn’t be anything but happy. All aboard!

(All images: Emma Kate Codrington)

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