The Seller Door, Brighton

20170108_08485973 Jetty Road BRIGHTON  SA  5048 | Phone 0430 292 845
7 days 8am – 6pm | Facebook

Every so often I come across a business that seriously makes my day. Having decided to go to Brighton early one morning just to check out Jetty Road’s offerings, I discovered this awesome cafe along a strip that has several others. This place is fresh and friendly  – the decor is minimalist and totally in keeping with the overall healthy vibe that is the heart beat of this cafe.

There is a small offering of SA produce on floating shelves and the menu items are all healthy with lots of vegan options. I was impressed with the genuine friendliness of Tom, the owner. This is a man who understands customer service and why it matters!

If you are near Brighton, this place deserves your attention and a drive to Brighton just to check out The Sellar Door would not disappoint. The beach is beautiful, the jetty long and appealing and you could easily go to this great little cafe both before and after a stroll on the jetty, a run on the beach, or a swim in the ocean.

Be sure to check it out! A fabulous addition to Jetty Road, Brighton.


Cafe Komodo

118 Prospect Road, Prospect 5082 | Phone: (08) 8344 7448
Open Monday to Sunday 9am – 4pm | Find them on Facebook

I like this place because of the service. It was spot on from the moment I entered after an uncertain walk down the lane that runs off Prospect Road. You can never be sure what is at the end of a lane and once you have made the commitment there might be no going back! You can also enter from the back car park off Honeysuckle Lane but I didn’t know about that at the time so parked over the road in Kintore Avenue. The owner was very friendly and very happy to chat about his cafe and the menu; and the food and coffee arrived quite quickly – not a very long wait.
While Komodo may seem that it is like other retro places it has been there for a while – before others came on the scene using this type of now overdone decor. Komodo is at the back of shops on Prospect Road so it feels a bit like eating in a friend’s covered outside area –  who may not have noticed that  there are a few cobwebs.  The tables were clean, the toilet spotless, the glassware sparkling – so I got the impression that there was attention to detail in these important aspects.


The menu was varied and the prices fairly standard – for example, a generous size of waffles was $15. The food was well presented and the coffee a very good standard. The tea was leaf tea served in a teapot. The waffles were served with icecream and chocolate ganache – they were very sweet but they were supposed to be! The poached eggs were served with rye bread and spinach – the eggs were soft just as poached eggs should be.
Overall a pleasant experience set apart from some other cafes because of the friendly staff and good service. There are plenty of cafes on Prospect Road and this one shouldn’t be overlooked.

Summary: food tasty and well-presented; coffee good quality; service excellent; parking easy – either out the back or on or near Prospect Road. Worth a try? Yes – it’s relaxed with plenty of room and acoustics that mean you don’t have to shout to be heard. The owner is happy for you to spend some time there – either with friends or in a meeting and while he does not have power for laptops you are welcome to use yours there on battery.

#cafekomodo #prospectroad #waffles

Mockingbird Lounge

Mockingbird Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


63A Broadway GLENELG SA 5045 | Phone: (08) 8294 3398
Open Tuesday – Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm | Website

Mockingbird Lounge is a quality secondhand bookshop first and foremost. It also hosts book clubs, writers’ workshops and art events. Apart from books, Mockingbird Lounge also has a big range of interesting handcrafted quality gifts for all ages. Then, at the front there is a small cafe offering a limited menu of house-made snacks and small meals. The main appeal of this place is the ambiance and concept – if you love books you will love Mockingbird. It is not offering artisan, trendy food but the coffee is good and the light snacks are tasty.

The business is in what would have once been a shop with the residence behind. There is also an outside sitting area which leads to a former granny flat which now provides a private room for book club meetings and workshop.

The owners take full advantage of this great premises, filling the rooms with bookshelves of quality books and old furniture that invites you to sit down and stay a while. It’s a bit like being in a friend’s house – a friend who has an extensive library and enjoys quality art and craft.

There is a huge range of books in many genres – a lot of recent best sellers can be found for a fraction of the retail price – and there is a very good offering of children’s and young adult literature as well.

The menu in the cafe at the front is limited to a few light dishes like croissants, home-made sausage rolls, and scones, for example. There is plenty to choose from if you are there to have a light snack while enjoying the opportunity to sit and catch up with friends, or read in a relaxed hassle-free place.

If you love books and taking your time without being pressured, and enjoy supporting local artists who produce quality work for exhibition or sale, or want to join a book club, or just want a place to chill out and enjoy a good coffee, give Mockingbird Lounge on Broadway at Glenelg a try.

#secondhandbooks #supportlocal

Red House Shop & Café

North Adelaide Railway Station, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006 |
Phone: 0414 184 166 | Open every day 0730 – 1600 | Find them on Facebook

This cafe is on War Memorial Drive near the golf course and on the bike/walking track. It is in the old North Adelaide railway station building so overall it has a great location. I was interested to know what the shop was rather than the food so decided to stop there about an hour before closing on a weekday.
The staff were very friendly and were happy to show me through the building (the cafe wasn’t busy) and into what had been the station master’s house – where the shop is now located. This shop is a retro/vintage collection and is in a small room off the passageway. It is well stocked and presented in such a small space and for those into that type of thing you would be sure to find something. Continue reading

Living Well Bulk Foods

Hawker Street Café

22 Hawker Street Bowden SA 5007 | Phone (08) 8346 2884
Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am  – 2 pm | Find them on Facebook

Hawker Street is a main thoroughfare connecting historic Brompton and Bowden. These adjoining suburbs were established in the early years of South Australia – Bowden in 1839 and Brompton in 1849 so there are plenty of old buildings with history and character. The Hawker Street Café is in a row of shops and very easy to find. Right next door is an interesting little second hand shop with lots of retro gear and character items. Continue reading

Palm House

Located in the Botanic Gardens | Phone: 08 8222 9311
Open daily 10:00 to 16:00 | More information

The Palm House was imported from Bremen, Germany, back in 1875 in kit form – a remarkable achievement considering the distance and the amount of glass involved. It was constructed in a way that was advanced engineering for the time.

It is a unique structure and had been meticulously restored to its original form. If you compare original photos with the current structure you will notice that there are very little differences.

Being in the Palm House is a quiet experience. You can take in the history of the structure as well as enjoy the plants. The grotto is also and original feature and was constructed of stones imported from the Black Forest in Germany.

There is a café near the Palm House which gives you a great view of the House and the nearby lake while you enjoy good coffee, a light meal or a snack served by friendly staff.


Cafe near the Palm House

Continue reading