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Don Adan Coffee House

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Don Adan Coffee House
Photograph: James Manning

Time Out says

This petite coffee house conceals a triple threat: good coffee, decent food and ace customer service

Some coffee wakes you up like a bucket of cold water to the face; the coffee at Don Adan, a rustic little café on the corner where Spit Road morphs into Military, tastes more like classical music and whispered positive affirmations. The silky smooth single origin blend comes from Honduras, where the Barrios family (an ancestor of which is the café’s namesake) have been growing coffee beans for eight generations.

The food at Don Adan stands up to their coffee. The usual breakfast and lunch offerings like eggs on toast, muesli, banana bread and wraps are all here, as are some Central American-inspired dishes like the ‘Typico’ big breakfast: refried black beans, guacamole, fried eggs, jalapeños and tomato sauce ($15). The Don’s zesty smashed avocado also stands out from other café offerings: the avocado is roughly mashed with chopped tomato, fresh herbs and a touch of chilli and served with your choice of bread.

Choosing whether to sit inside or outside will be a tough decision. Don't let the construction site deter you (the new bus interchange, due late 2017), Don Adan’s outdoor seating is drenched in morning sunlight and is still a pleasant perch. Indoors is just as appealing. The café channels old-school vibes with chalkboard specials, cushioned booths and round table seating, walls lined with mismatched framed artworks and a smattering of fake wisteria. The ceiling sports a cute painted mural too.

Rounding out the café are the friendly and attentive staff. Between the food, coffee and service it’s pretty clear why Don Adan get so many repeat clientele.


Address: 5 Spit Rd
Price: $
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6.30am-1pm; Sat 7.30am-2pm
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