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Five SA & NT cafés where you can get your hit of Grinders Coffee

Grinders Coffee is 60 years old – here are five places to enjoy it at its best

By Rebecca MacFarlane for Time Out in association with Grinders Coffee

In Australia, coffee isn’t just a drink – it’s a lifestyle. Whether it’s your early morning pick-me-up or your late-night study fuel, coffee is what gets many of us through our day-to-day. For 60 years now, Grinders Coffee has delivered these daily boosts to millions of people across the country. 

From the streets of Melbourne to the cafés of Adelaide and beyond, Grinders has grown from a local brand to a nationwide household name. Boasting high-quality beans, ethical practices, and an unparallelled passion, there’s no coffee quite like Grinders.

To celebrate Grinders’ 60th anniversary, we’ve rounded up the four best Adelaide cafés serving this first-class coffee – plus one in the NT. And to celebrate 60 years, they are giving away a cash prize of $10,000 to one lucky Time Out reader. To enter, head here.

Where: 244-270 East Parkway, Lightsview SA 5085
When: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm; Sat, Sun 9am-2pm; Mon 9am-3pm

Spacious and bright, Delightful Café is located in the Lights Community and Sports Centre in Lightsview. With friendly service and unpretentious décor, the café offers a cosy, home-away-from-home feel that’s perfect for study sessions, breakfast dates, and everything in between. Thanks to the extensive food and drink menu, you’ll have no trouble finding what you crave, be it a signature breakfast like smashed avo toast or a hearty lasagne lunch. Between the fresh Grinders beans and the staff’s masterful brewing techniques, a cuppa here is one you won’t soon forget.

Where: 104 Walkerville Tce, Walkerville SA 5081
When: Daily 7am-late 

Nestled in the Walkerville Terrace Shopping Centre is the grand yet inviting Nest Bistro. With high ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and a modern design, Nest offers a comfortable yet elevated experience. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café has a wide range of tasty dishes. Whether it’s eggs benny, Chilli crab scramble or French toast, grab your dish of choice and savour the vibrant flavours. To top it all off, sip on a freshly brewed Grinders coffee – but not before you snap a picture of the café’s Instagram-worthy latte art!


Where: Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders Dr, Bedford Park SA 5042
When: Open 24 hours 

A hub for healthcare workers and students, Foundation Café sits in the Flinders Medical Centre in Bedford Park and never closes. The café is renowned for its flavourful Grinders coffee and healthy menu items, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Foundation Café is also doing its part to create a more sustainable world. Not only do they serve Grinders coffee – which prizes sustainable supply chain practices – but they also use Green Caffeen, a reusable, eco-friendly coffee cup system. When you visit this charming café, you’ll enjoy some delicious coffee and give back to the environment all at once – it’s a win-win.

Where: 67 O'Connell St, North Adelaide, SA 5006
When: Sun, Mon 7.30am-3.30pm; Thu-Sat 7am-3.30pm & 5-9pm 

Warm, bright, and sophisticated, Pippo Café is a must-do if you’re in the mood for a more elegant atmosphere. Featuring a soft pink colour palette, an expansive bar, and beautiful greenery throughout, the venue is an aesthetic dream. Treat yourself to your Grinders brew of choice and any of Pippo’s mouth-watering menu items, including all-day brunch options. Our top recommendation? The chilli crab scramble. With a kick of spice and succulent crab, it’s an explosion of flavour.


Where: 26 Knuckey St, Darwin City NT 0800
When: Mon-Fri 6am-3.30pm

Located on Knuckey St in the heart of Darwin, Ben’s Bakehouse is an iconic breakfast and lunch destination among NT locals. A kaleidoscope of bright colours and fresh ingredients, the menu offers everything from baked goods to sandwiches to hot pies, arguably among the best in the city. Of course, no meal is complete without a cup of the café’s delicious Grinders coffee. Grab a savoury or sweet treat (or both), a fresh brew, and relax on the café’s al fresco terrace. 

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