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The 10 Best Cheap Eats in Adelaide

This article is sponsored by Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) | City of Adelaide

Do you ever find yourself typing ‘cheap eats places near me’ into Google? Have no shame – anyone who’s been on a tight student budget has been there! Thankfully, if you’re studying in Adelaide, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy delicious food around the city. Here are our picks of the 10 best cheap places to eat in Adelaide.


When it comes to the best affordable food in Adelaide, Mandoo is top of the list. Everyone who eats here says the same thing: that they make the most delicious Korean dumplings (mandu) in town. Between the bibimbap, the steamed and fried dumplings and their famous pickles, you can’t go wrong when you snag a table at Mandoo. Their meals come in individually-sized serves, which is just perfect if you want to duck in for a quick solo lunch. The best part? You can walk away feeling full for under $15.


If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go past Chocolatree. Located in North Adelaide, Chocolatree has established itself as one of the city’s most popular dessert spots – or if you’re in the mood for savoury, they’ve got you covered with a range of all-day brunch options, too. From crepes, waffles and sundaes, to coffees, hot chocolates and milkshakes, Chocolatree has something to satisfy any craving. Best of all, you can easily get your fix for under $15.

Sushi Planet

One of the best cheap places to eat in Adelaide, Sushi Planet on West Terrace is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that sets the standard for sushi and yakitori. With a great range of small individual rolls and value packs, you can enjoy a variety of different options and fill up easily for under $20. Sushi Planet also offers a 10% discount if you order online and pick up: that’s even more bang for your buck!

Sit Lo

Sit Lo should definitely be on your list of the best cheap and healthy eats in Adelaide. There are three Sit Lo locations in the city and all of them offer the same mouthwatering menu options. At Sit Lo, you can enjoy fresh handmade bao, rice paper rolls, banh mi and pho, all for under $16 per item. Sit Lo also offers plenty of other tasty treats like popcorn tofu, chicken satay skewers, wings, and of course the iconic Vietnamese iced coffee.

Gin Long Canteen

Gin Long Canteen is an unbeatable Southeast Asian restaurant in North Adelaide, offering some of the best affordable food in Adelaide. With a menu broken down into small and large sizes, there are options to satisfy any appetite. All of the small plates – including delicious crowd-pleasers like prawn toast, curry puffs and lobster sliders – are priced at under $16. If you want to fill up on something a bit larger, there are plenty of bigger noodle and curry dishes that you can enjoy for a few extra dollars.

UR Caffe

Another great cheap eats location north of the city is UR Caffe. UR Caffe offers scrumptious breakfast and brunch style food – and of course, great coffee to go with it. Almost everything on the menu at UR Caffe is under $20, including classic brunch favourites like eggs on toast, corn fritters and omelettes. UR Caffe also offers delicious salads, burgers and open sandwiches, made using fresh and local ingredients. 


Inspired by the Cajun and Creole cuisine of New Orleans, NOLA offers an exciting range of small plates all for under $20. Grab a single tasty snack or sample a whole range of different flavours without breaking the bank. As well as small plates, NOLA is famous for both their po’ boys (a classic New Orleans sandwich) and their fried chicken, which is also available in a convenient half-serve.

Laksa House

Laksa House on Hutt Street is one of the best cheap eats places in Adelaide CBD and is the place to go if you want high-quality Asian food at amazingly affordable prices. Many of the meals on the menu at Laksa House are under $20, and they have a huge range of options on the menu, including dumplings, fried rice and noodle dishes, steamed rice dishes and of course, a huge selection of laksa soup options including chicken dumpling and king prawn.

Cumberland Arms Hotel (The Cumby)

The Cumberland Arms Hotel (affectionately known as The Cumby) serves all the pub classics, like schnitzels, burgers, and fish and chips everyday of the week. If you scope out their daily specials guide, you can score one of these pub staples for $15 when you buy a drink to go with it. The Cumby is a friendly pub with a great atmosphere – the kind of place where you can stay for a quick meal or a great night out.

Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar 

Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar (Lucia’s) is an Adelaide institution, first opening over sixty years ago in 1957. Serving simple and flavour-packed Italian food, Lucia’s has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Almost the entire menu is $22 or less, making it a must-visit spot for cheap eats in Adelaide. Located in the buzzing Adelaide Central Market, Lucia’s is full of warmth and character, just like their famous gnocchi.

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Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) is a City of Adelaide (CoA) subsidiary designed to accelerate economic growth in the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. The driving force behind the CoA’s recovery and reinvigoration, you can learn more about AEDA here.