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Penny University

Restaurants, Cafés Adelaide Central
Exterior at Penny University
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There's a bright, shiny new penny near Adelaide Uni of Adelaide: a café achieving honours in salads and sweets

The alleyways just south of Rundle Street in Adelaide’s East End are prime stomping ground for caffeine peddlers, and Penny University is the new kid on this particular block.

Get a degree in coffee and cake at Penny Uni: a modern café serving breakfast, brunch and sweet things, its window emblazoned with charming old-fashioned typeface (like an old-world village bakery or coffee house). Folks from all walks turn up to this friendly hangout, and it's a happy mish-mash of retro, modern, homey and hip, with milk crates out the front and motorbikes at the kerb.

There's a nod to Euro stylings by way of French toast with caramelised bananas, ricotta, homemade rhubarb compote and pistachios – très Rive Gauche. They're making plenty of friends with salad at this joint: vegans and vegetarians, you've hit the giant green jackpot.

It's really the ideal foil to their other speciality: freshly baked sweets. Peanut butter and chocolate cookies or Snickers cannoli are all too easy to justify after such a saintly lunch as beetroot, lentil, pumpkin and quinoa on spinach leaves, and it's a delicious yin-yang situation – you can have your cake and superfood it too.



Address: 1/7 Union St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm
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