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E for Ethel

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E for Ethel
Photograph: Charles Rawlings-Way & Meg Worby

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A competent café in North Adelaide ticks all the boxes

Down the back of a nondescript carpark on North Adelaide’s Melbourne Street (look for the sandwich boards on the footpath), E for Ethel is an impressive café serving above-par vegetarian selections (add bacon if you must). The carpark roof keeps things shady – and Ethel herself isn’t exactly over-lit. But once your eyes adjust, you’ll see a brick-floored, white-walled room dotted with timber tables and hung with local art. Toddlers wrestle with highchairs; elderly North Adelaideans twiddle with phones; 20-something staffers hum JJJ hits. Melbourne Street isn’t very ‘Melbourne’: no trams, no hipsters, no craft-beer breweries – more antique shops than anything else. But E for Ethel does a decent impersonation of a modern Australian café that would be at home in any city.

This venue welcomes American Express



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E for Ethel says
Tues – Closed
Weds to Sat – 9am – 5pm
Sun + Mon – 10am – 4pm

Proud to be part of the Suspended Coffee campaign:
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By: Charles and Meg Rawlings-Way


Venue name: E for Ethel
Address: 7, 116 Melbourne St
North Adelaide
Opening hours: Mon 10am-4pm; Wed-Sun 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm
Price: $ (0-10)
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