Not your traditional health-food space, this cafe ticks all the right boxes. Industrial chic interior, chilled house music, attentive staff and an awesome array of salads, smoothies and juices. Quinoa slices are made fresh daily with a variety of veggies to suit every taste. Co-owner Nicole Sumracki hand-makes all the raw desserts (go for the peanut chocolate brownie!) which are sure to please even your less health-conscious of friends.You’ll have to be quick though, the daily seasonal salads sell out quickly! While you’re there, you can lay your hands on Loving Earth products, tubs of protein, and a vast array of their self-packaged superfoods that line the walls. Grab an organic iced coffee blended with coconut milk and dates, find a stool, and flick through the latest Collective Magazine. Uber cool.
Bliss Organic Cafe
Owner Ray Wang took over this vegan cafe just 6 months ago, and has opened a delightful ‘secret garden’ with charming outdoor seating. Grab a blanket for your knees (provided!) and enjoy the pancakes with banana and maple syrup or indulge in the raw salted caramel slice. On Friday’s, the cafe opens up from 6pm to serve a separate dinner menu, packed full of local organic ingredients. The staff are friendly and accommodating, and there’s plenty of cookbooks and shelves stocked with healthy products for you to peruse while you await that almond chai. If you have the time, pop upstairs to the adjoining yoga studio for the complete blissed-out experience.
Goodies & Grains Kitchen
Located in the ever-popular Adelaide Central Markets, this health eatery is next-door to it’s sister wholefoods store, Goodies + Grains. Head into the retail store to buy your pantry items for the week (including Fit Mixes, coconut oil + rice malt syrup!), then relax in the cafe with a delicious seasonal soup and fresh nori roll. Bliss balls here are much larger than the usual offerings, and with so many variations on offer (including low-fructose), the only problem is deciding which one to choose. Bringing joy to the weekend food shop!
Raw and Real Cafe + Juicery
This place is known for its juices and protein shakes, but don’t overlook its delicious breakfast and lunch offerings. Great to dive in mid-shopping, this cute cafe serves up a small selection of seasonal dishes, such as Apple + Fennel Porridge (pictured), chia puddings, quinoa-stuffed peppers, and some of the best protein balls in town. Grab a seat on the street bench for some awesome people watching.
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If i were going to open a cafe, this would pretty much be it. Owner Jyoti is a beautiful and creative soul, which is evident in every dish she lovingly creates. Her food philosophy is simple – ‘no B.S.’. What I particularly love about this place (aside from the minimalistic Melbourne-chic decor), is they don’t go too heavy on the fats. Far too often health cafes load everything with nuts to compensate for the lack of meat-based protein. Not here. Delicately balanced, light + nourishing, this really is food for the soul.
Other healthy must-visits:
House of Health – another delicious whole foods store stocking dry pantry items, vitamins and everything in between.
The Market Shed – Open Saturdays from 9-3, this gorgeous market pops up in place of the IGA Parking lot every week. Offering amazing health food stalls (think kale chips, vegan waffles and dairy-free ice-cream) along with fresh produce and bakery items.
Where are you favourite places to get a nourishing bite in Adelaide? I’m sure I’ve missed some – let me know in the comments below!