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Adelaide’s Most Atmospheric Cafes For Freelancers

From brunching to business meetings, Adelaide’s cafes are a favourite for freelancers.

As the South Australian Government continues to inject money into fostering a healthy start-up scene in Adelaide, co-working spaces grow in popularity. But with the city’s niche coffee movement and proximity to the sea, vines and hills, ‘café offices’ are a firm favourite. Like handmade jewellery, boutique spirits, and craft beer, coffee is an Adelaide thing. For freelancers, Adelaide’s laid back coffee shops are the perfect combination of atmosphere and concentration – the way coffee and sugar go together. These are the top cafes in Adelaide for caffeine-loving creatives.

My Kingdom for a Horse

My Kingdom for a Horse Photo: Facebook

Not too far from Café Troppo is the specialty coffee house, My Kingdom for a Horse. Don’t be fooled by the name. It’s a great place to hold your business meetings. The café is spacious with table service by some extremely friendly staff. It’s a kingdom for your eyes, with beautiful pastel beach murals and bright furniture, against white exposed brick walls. Pick a booth to your right, but just make sure your laptop is charged. There’s free two-hour parking on the street, so it’s perfect for freelancers who want to do a four-hour session. Just don’t forget to move your car.

191 Wright Street, Adelaide


This is an Italian-style café is on the outskirts of the city, in trending Prospect. Choose a hearty brekky, main or snack from an affordable vego menu, and tap away to 80’s indie tunes floating out of Chef Sandy’s kitchen in a relaxing, light-filled space. Avoid the lunch rush if you can, and Minestra is hard to beat. It’s the place to go if you have some garden produce you’d like to trade… or when you just want to be out of your house-office, with few distractions.

123 Churchill Road, Prospect

UR Café

Brunch Photo: UR Caffe/Facebook

UR Café is run by young couple, Boyd and Kate, who gave up “stressful Sydney life” to make their dream of running a café a reality. It’s been one of Adelaide’s favourite coffee studios for many years, and for good reason. The couple has fun with the space – changing the décor every six months (not just the menu). Think a rustic-chic vibe, wholesome food, and the kind of coffee that makes you become a snob. Stay for the day, with your laptop, book or client. Wi-Fi and parking are not issues.

117 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide


Omelette’s up Photo: PAVE/Facebook

Kill two birds with one stone and ride your bike to PAVE. Attached to a bike shop, this outdoor café is the perfect spot to refuel and add some vitamin D to your workday. The house granola, smashed avocado, and the weekender are all hits. PAVE is perfect on an autumn or spring day.

138B the Parade, Norwood

Loose Caboose

Loose Caboose Photo: Facebook

What better way to get you thinking outside of the box that in this quirky, old-world space. The brains behind Loose Caboose turned Adelaide’s oldest train station into a café. Watch trains go by just a few metres away from your MacBook. And while the setting is the major drawcard, the menu will satisfy any foodie. Try the blueberry smoothie bowl, chilli crab scrambled eggs or waffle sandwich. There’s a parking lot right in front of the café. Don’t bother about working there on weekends. It’ll be hard not to people watch (and eavesdrop).

Loose Caboose, 21 First Street, Hindmarsh

303 by the Sea

303 By The Sea Photo: Facebook

Always wanted to go to Greece? Just head down to 303 by the Sea. This Mediterranean-inspired café serves smoothie bowls, poached avocado & haloumi, and an icecream-stacked iced coffee that’s a must. While this spot doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you’re less than 50 metres away from the beach. It’s a no-brainer. Hotspot it or have a ‘book researching’ day.

303 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

Café Troppo

Freelancers live an enviable ‘I can choose my office’ lifestyle. A snap at Café Troppo will send your 9-5 friends searching for alternative career paths. This hip, airy café has an eco-friendly personality. Its menu is simple, yet seasonal. Sip on an organic coffee that’s been roasted up the road (literally) and let the hanging branches and colourful plants spark your creativity. If it’s not too hot, reserve an outside ‘desk’ and gaze out inside nearby Whitmore Square. Choose Troppo when you want don’t want to choose between work and sunshine.

42 Whitmore Square, Adelaide

Published 23 June, 2018