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Top 10 Cafes to Try Around Alice Springs

Alice Springs’ cafe culture has something to offer even the most discerning latte lover. Brunch alongside black-footed rock wallabies in the botanical gardens, read a local ‘zine while sipping a batch brew, or have a hearty breakfast inside a heritage homestead. Here are our top ten cafes to try across Alice Springs.

 

Best Cafes in Alice Springs

1. Page 27 Cafe

Page 27’s leaf-filled laneway is Alice Springs’ answer to Melbourne’s Degraves Street. Located inside Fan Arcade (and yes, there are fans to keep you cool) you’ll find locals and visitors dining side-by-side for brunch. Their breakfast and lunch menus offer plenty of tasty favourites like eggs benedict, through to vegetarian and diet-friendly options, like Kathmandu buckwheat pancakes. Wash it down with locally roasted Duyu coffee, a cold-pressed juice or smoothie, and you’ll be ready to tackle more sightseeing in the afternoon. 

2. Bean Tree Cafe @ Olive Pink Botanical Gardens

Bean Tree Cafe is a great space to go with the family to enjoy breakfast among the birds and black-footed rock wallabies. Located at the Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, just a short drive or leisurely walk from the town centre, there is plenty of parking and indoor and outdoor seating available. Order at the kiosk-style cafe and keep the kids entertained in the sandpit. Take a walk around the gardens and up to the sacred lookout spot.

3. Stumps Cafe

Located next to the Diplomat Motel, Stumps Cafe serves up classic breakfast and lunch options every day. Try some avocado and poached eggs on toast with your favourite side, or one of their burgers for lunch. 

4. CC Cafe

You’ll find CC Cafe on Todd Street, opposite the town council building. They serve an all-day breakfast menu, tasty treats and yummy gelato flavours with italian-style coffee. Try a traditional cream-topped iced coffee with a cake or slice for morning tea.

5. Epilogue Lounge

Enjoy Epilogue Lounge’s alfresco seating area on Todd Mall. Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday, during the peak tourist season, they serve delicious coffees, smoothies and seasonal breakfast and lunch menus. If you come back at night you can also enjoy a wonderful nightlife here.

6. The Locals

Unlike some seasonal cafes in town, The Locals is open for breakfast and lunch every day and all through summer. It’s also popular for its dinner and drink options, with a seemingly endless choice of gins. Their breakfast options are generous and cater for a variety of tastes, which you can enjoy in air-conditioned comfort inside their large modern dining area.

7. Base Cafe 0870

Base Cafe is located inside a heritage homestead at the Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist facility. This space takes you back in time, while its cafe serves modern food and drink options. Order a refreshing iced tea with a home made sweet treat and find a quiet corner to relax in, inside one of the dining rooms or outside in the garden.

8. Trail Station Cafe

Trail Station Cafe is the perfect pit-stop before exploring the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station, whether you’re on foot, trail running or mountain biking. Order a coffee, tea or snack while buying your entry ticket to the Telegraph Station historic museum, or cool down among the gum trees after exploring the many multi-purpose trails.

9. The Bakery

A little taste of Europe on Todd Mall, The Bakery is a local institution for artisanal breads, pastries and, of course, coffee. Trading Wednesday to Sunday, their fresh loaves, sweet treats, pies and sandwiches are freshly made on site each day. Rise early and jostle for space at the pie warmer for a Kangaroo potato-top pie, or a warm Vegemite and cheese croissant. Enjoy your baked goods with locally roasted Duyu coffee outside on the couch, or take it away and enjoy at the scenic spot of your choosing.

10. The Goods

True to its name, The Goods serves up carefully crafted espresso using its own Duyu Coffee Roasters blend. For the coffee purists, single origin beans are brewed as espresso or filter – you can also pick-up a bag of ground beans for your camping trip! Their breads and spreads and jaffles are a tasty breakfast option. Pull-up a green chair on the pavement with the locals, and their four-legged friends, and enjoy the good tunes in the sunshine.

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