The Best Adelaide Cafés to Study In

This article is sponsored by Lincoln College

Being a student can sometimes mean being overwhelmed with assignments, tests, and exams. For those looking for a new study spot beyond your room or preferred corner of the library, this article is for you.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best cafés in Adelaide for you to explore. So, bring your laptop, reading materials, your favourite stationery, and order a coffee before hitting the books!

1. Community – Adelaide CBD

If you’ve noticed the octagonal-shaped building opposite the Botanic Gardens tram stop, that’s Lot Fourteen’s first café-bar hybrid, Community. Located on Adelaide’s East End (close to the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia City East campuses), Community is one of the newest cafés in Adelaide providing seasonal, nourishing feeds.

Address: Lot Fourteen, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Any one of their delicious toasties

2. The Rose Eastend – Adelaide CBD

The Rose Eastend is home to some impressive food options and freshly squeezed juices — everything you’ll appreciate to fuel your brain while studying. They’ve also got an upstairs sitting area that offers a nice view, with plenty of natural light.

Address: 31 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: No
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Any one of their mouthwatering toasties or specials of the day

3. Monday’s Coffee Store – Adelaide CBD

Just a three-minute walk from Rundle Mall, Monday’s Coffee Store’s small lobby shop sells bagels, sandwiches, and Monday’s coffee. It’s located right in front of bus stop T1 on Grenfell Street; so if you happen to hop off a bus there, head inside for a study session and enjoy the ambience.

Address: 95 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: No
What to try: Their tasty coffee brews and a bagel

4. Koko Black– Adelaide CBD

Although this is a chocolate shop, Koko Black serves both sweet and savoury eats, as well as coffee and hot chocolate! The shop is located in Rundle Mall, making it super accessible. There is some secluded seating upstairs and, of course, heaps of chocolate to boost your mood, ready for a day of getting through those readings and lecture notes.

Address: Adelaide Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: No
Power points for your gadgets: No
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: One of their flights that comes with chocolates and a hot chocolate drink

5. The Library Café by St Raphael’s – Adelaide CBD

Tucked inside the State Library of South Australia is St. Raphael’s — a lovely café that has excellent natural light through its huge windows. The green pastel-coloured interior and gold finishes are perfect for an Instagram snap. It’s also conveniently located near the university campuses on the eastern side of the city.

Address: State Library of SA, corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes – connect to the State Library’s free Wi-Fi
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Their coffee!

6. Crudo North Terrace – Adelaide CBD

Crudo serves up scrumptious breakfasts and brunches, made with some of the best local ingredients. The atmosphere is usually buzzing, as it’s also a fantastic takeaway joint. If you don’t mind some bustle in the background, settle yourself in and get some study done in Adelaide’s West End.

Address: 142 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: The Bang Bang Cauliflower

7. Café Outside The Square – Adelaide CBD

Café Outside the Square is a 100% charity café in the city’s west. Its light-filled meeting spaces are ideal for both individual study and group work. They’ve got some nice — and reasonably priced — food options, quality coffee, and really friendly staff who will make you feel right at home. Whitmore Square is just across from this café, where you can take a walk in the park for a quick study break.

Address: 34 Whitmore Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Their ‘Pay It Forward’ soups

8. Bakery on O’Connell North Adelaide

Not just a bakery, but an institution! The Bakery on O’Connell has fed hungry students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for almost two decades. Due to its close proximity to the residential colleges in North Adelaide, you’ll always find people with textbooks and laptops, or enjoying a post-study group doughnut.

Address: 128-130 O’Connell St, North Adelaide SA 5006
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Any of the pies or the Nutella Hearts – all of the over 200 products on sale are baked on-premises!

9. Nest Bistro Coffee Bar – Walkerville

Nest Bistro is located in the north-eastern part of Adelaide and is quite possibly the best café in Walkerville. The atmosphere is grand and luxurious, given its modern design, high ceilings, and wall-to-wall windows, and yet, quite comfortable to study in. You’ll be drawn to the serenity of the nearby park; so grab a coffee and take a break when you visit.

Address: 104 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville SA 5081
Wi-Fi: Yes – connect to the shopping centre’s Wi-Fi
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: Yes
What to try: Don’t miss their lemon curd tart

10. Larry & Ladd – Adelaide CBD

Tucked away down the city’s famous Regent Arade is Larry & Ladd. With long bench seating, it’s perfect for a study session with friends, or for preparing for a group project. It’s usually pumping with music and people, so while it may not be the best spot for quiet revision, if you’re someone that works better with a lively atmosphere, Larry & Ladd is the spot for you!

Address: Shop 36, Regent Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
Wi-Fi: No
Power points for your gadgets: Yes
Vegan options: Yes
Outdoor seating: No
What to try: The pour-over coffee