The Coffee Stop - get your fix along the race routes
12 Jan 17
Every group ride needs a coffee stop; we all know it’s an essential part of the trip.
What you might not know is that there are plenty of places to stop in South Australia for a caffeine hit when out cycling, including some well-kept secrets only locals know about.
In 2017 we welcome award-winning Australian coffee house Grinders Coffee to the TDU family.
Established back in 1962 as a mecca and meeting place for Melbourne’s coffee-loving public, Grinders has since built a nationwide reputation for roasting and delivering the freshest coffee flavours, daily.
To help you get your fix, we’ve teamed up with the experts at Grinders to bring you our stage by stage guide to the best coffee stops in South Australia.
People’s Choice Classic – East End, Adelaide
East Terrace Continental, East Tce, Adelaide (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
If you’re craving a full English brekkie at midday, then look no further. Get your bacon fix and enjoy a pick-me-up latte before you stroll on down to Hutt Street for the People’s Choice Classic.
Bocelli Caffe, Hutt Street (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Traditional Italian cuisine, seasonal produce and excellent coffee – what more could a cyclist want?!
Adelaide Zoo (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Okay, so it’s not exactly a ‘café’ but they do have one inside! If you’ve got the littlies tagging along for the day, explore the animals in the Adelaide Zoo before the race kicks off and keep them entertained for hours - and grab a quick zap of caffeine for yourself while you’re there.
Hostworks Stage 1 – Unley to Lyndoch
Stumps Bar & Kitchen, King William Road, Hyde Park (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
After a five-year hiatus, they’re back. Stumps provide great food and coffee, and serve it up with a smile.
50SiXONE, King William Road, Hyde Park (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Opening in mid-2016, 50SiXONE is a self-proclaimed ‘assault of the senses’ with a wide range of savoury and sweet items to fuel you for the ride ahead to Lyndoch.
Café Sia, Gawler (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Yes, it’s a little bit of a trek out to Gawler from the race route, but we promise it’s worth it – these guys have won awards.
The Table Café and Wine Bar, Lyndoch
Gluten-free friends, rejoice – this café has it all! These guys source the best local produce – and if you’re up for a cool refreshment, their local beer and cider range is delicious.
Staging Connections Stage 2 – Stirling to Paracombe
St Georges Bakehouse, Rostrevor (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
A family bakehouse at its very best, the St Georges Bakehouse has four locations (Greenwith, Kensington Park, Linden Park and Rostrevor) and they’re all lovely little spots for digging into a pastry treat alongside a hot cup o’joe.
Miss Perez Kitchen and Bar, Stirling
Tucked away under the beautiful oak tree canopies of Stirling, Miss Perez is a kitchen and bar where the amazing local produce shines. How does a table full of sticky lamb ribs; king prawns with saffron aioli; and chargrilled sweet potato, leeks and romesco sound?
The Owl and The Elephant Café, Uraidla
In one word, this café is ‘eclectic’. Local produce comes to the fore here, where they serve up fantastic coffee – and their breakfast and lunch menu is worth staying a little longer.
Hansgrohe Stage 3 – Glenelg to Victor Harbor
The Teahouse, Glenelg (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Gourmet teas and coffee along the bustling Jetty Road. Get there early to secure your spot roadside to see the riders up close as they set off for Victor Harbor.
The Watermark Hotel Coffee Station, Glenelg (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Fast, friendly service, plenty of bike parking space and open in the early hours – the Watermark Coffee Station has it all. Attached to the Watermark Hotel in Glenelg, this place is a standard stop for the early-morning-beachside-cruisers.
Cockles Café, Port Elliot (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Fresh produce wherever possible, succulent seafood (if you’re in the mood) and, most importantly, really good coffee. Sit in the sunshine on the main street and drink in the beachside town’s serenity.
Nino’s, Victor Harbor (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Located in the heart of Victor Harbor, this café uses only the freshest produce available and their menu changes week-to-week accordingly. Stay for a carb hit with your caffeine; their pizzas are award-winning!
Bupa Stage 4 – Norwood to Campbelltown
Sfizio Cucina, Norwood Parade (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Enjoy your morning brew trackside at the start of Bupa Stage 4. If you’re craving something sweet, we hear their chocolate cannoli are incredible!
The Gumeracha General Store, Gumeracha
A popular spot during the Santos Tour Down Under, the Gumeracha General store sees huge crowds each January – and their service is always with a smile.
The Cudlee Café, Cudlee Creek
This one’s a popular spot among cyclists, so be prepared for the Lycra brigade to be out in full swing! There’s plenty of room though, so don’t feel shy. Pull up, secure your bike out the front and relax with a warming cuppa.
BikeExchange Stage 5 - Willunga
Agatha’s Food Store and Café, Port Noarlunga (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Agatha’s has been a part of the Port Noarlunga food and coffee scene for over 20 years – you cannot miss a chance to pop in for a delicious cuppa with your buddies. Open air, rustic, casual and metres from the beach; perfect.
The Green Room on High Street, Willunga
You’ll find soul food here. These guys have a passion for healthy eating, organic produce and really, really good coffee.
The Farm, Willunga
The Farm Willunga is a working certified organic and biodynamic olive grove and vineyard, with a licensed restaurant/café and boutique accommodation to boot. While you’re in the heart of farming country, stop in for a coffee and a bite at this beautiful little South Australian gem.
Home Grain Bakery - Aldinga and McLaren Flat
These guys love what they do, so the coffee and the food promise to be wonderful. Both stores are on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, the perfect place to stop for a bite on your way back to the city from the Queen stage of the TDU.
Be Safe Be Seen MAC Stage 6, Adelaide City
Bellezza e Cibo, Rundle Street East (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Open from 7am, they’re a perfect location for a central meeting point for the crew before you head out on a suburban ride. Make sure you’re back by noon to catch the start of the final stage of the Santos Tour Down Under for 2017.
Kahve Bean Coffee and Dining, Austin Street, Adelaide (Experience Grinders Coffee here)
Same-same, but different; Kahve Bean are just that. They are your regular, homely café with a Turkish twist. Pop in for a warming cup of coffee and grab a homemade donut while you’re at it.