Glenelg beach itself is a gorgeous promenade along the waterfront, but culturally Glenelg is an underwhelming mix of predictable coffee shops, fish-and-chippers and sunburnt backpackers. Remy and Violette, a hip little patisserie, injects some much-needed Euro cool. Swing by for impressive croissants, croque monsieurs and coffee: three ‘c’s that can make even the most arduous of mornings seem doable.
Out the back of the successful Stirling Hotel in the Adelaide Hills – just a 12-minute dash up the freeway from the city – is this zippy little patisserie, serving excellent house-made pastries, baguettes and pies. The fact that the patisserie counter occupies a corner of the best bottle shop in the Hills is further enticement. But finish your lemon curd petitfour, your almond croissant and your double-shot flat white before you get stuck into the local sauv blanc. Also on offer are wonderful takeaway quiches, chunky loaves and crunchy French sticks to fuel the folks at home.
Got an eye for a pie? Need to fill a niche with a quiche? Bakery On O’Connell will satisfy, 24 hours a day. Looking rather demure from the outside, inside this place thrums with dozens of customers and almost as many staff, keeping the cabinets stocked with sausage rolls, pies, pasties and quiches of all denominations. On the sweet side of the ledger are fruit pies, éclairs, tarts and biscuits aplenty. But the real reason you’re here at 3am is to experience a ‘pie floater’ – a meat pie adrift in a bowl of green pea soup, smothered with tomato sauce. Magic!