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September 6, 2023

Say oui to Adelaide’s best French eateries and bars

These are the pátisseries, restaurants and bars located in the postcode 5000 that will have you exclaiming ‘Oh là là!’

  • Words: Anastasia Savvas
  • Photos: Supplied & Liam Jenkins

Not everybody had the chance to live the Parisian dream this Euro-summer, to see the Eiffel Tower in all its glory while eating a warm croissant with a side of whipped cream and fresh fruit for breakfast every day.

Some of us were stuck here in cold, wet, dreary Adelaide.

But don’t worry, CityMag wants to make sure you don’t feel left out. We’ve compiled a list of some of the French-style pátisseries, restaurants and bars located in the heart of Adelaide so you can experience a hint of the French lifestyle. Delicieux!



24 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide 5000


There’s no-one more unapologetic than the French, and Le Pas Sage pushes the ‘no rules’ narrative with their casual French-style bar and bistro. Les Pas Sage takes the traditional French cuisine and gives it a modern twist, serving dishes like croissant burgers – with blue cheese and camembert – and a classic breakfast brioche. But you can still find your favourites on the menu like a traditional la crêpe served with vanilla ice cream and your choice of homemade jam, chestnut cream, homemade salted caramel or lemon and sugar.



197 Hutt Street, Adelaide 5000 

The Sugar Man is the name, croissants are the game. This takeaway pátisserie is known for its rotating croissant menu and unique homemade chocolate flavours keeping sweet tooths on their toes. Some of the croissant flavour combos the pátisserie has offered before include apple crumble, vanilla bean caramel basque cheesecake – a super-French crème brûlée inspired flavour – and pistachio praline. The Sugar Man is only open on Saturday and Sunday and it’s best to line up early if you want to get your hands on one of the famous croissants.



Central Market, Stall 2/44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide 5000 and 128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide 5000

Photo: Liam Jenkins

Les Deux Coqs takes authenticity to another level. The French charcuterie and pátisserie business offers an array of handmade pastries and baked goods including a baguette de campagne, a coconut and Nutella croissant and a pear and almond tart. Les Deux Coqs also has a wide selection of pantry items and cold cuts such as traditional sausages, salami, ham, pâté and rillettes – the perfect ingredients to create the European sando of your dreams. Their Rundle Mall stall is an easy way to grab and go.



175 Hutt Street, Adelaide 5000

There’s nothing like taking a bite of a lemon cheesecake croissant and enjoying a coffee with locally roasted beans. At Mascavado you can do just this. With a modern take on tradition, the pátisserie creates quirky croissant flavours such as one of its recent weekend specials, the Wagon Wheel croissant – a croissant pastry filled with a mixture of strawberry compote, dark chocolate ganache and cinnamon cookies.



11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide 5000

If you’re walking down Ebenezer Place you can’t miss Hey Jupiter – literally. The Parisian-style restaurant has a vibrant green aesthetic with green walls, green tables, green chairs, green tiles, green lights, oh and did we mention it’s green? Amongst the sea of lime and chartreuse you can enjoy a breakfast of toast françias or delight in al fresco oysters and champagne for dinner.



Level 9 Sofitel Adelaide, 108 Currie Street, Adelaide 5000

Garçon Bleu is a contemporary take on a traditional French brasserie. The second half of the restaurant’s name – translating to ‘blue’ in English – makes sense when you walk through the restaurant doors and see the blue chairs, booth seats and walls. It’s the best environment to try traditional dishes like French caviar or artichoke à la barigoule – a dish consisting of braised artichokes with white wine.



12 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000

Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar, the place where you can kick off your dinner reservation with a chicken liver parfait for entrée and follow it up by indulging in a bouillabaisse – a French seafood braise – for your main. Delicatessen also has a hidden gem lurking below the restaurant floor – a speakeasy-style cellar boutique bar. It’s the perfect little spot to hide from your boss for a while and appreciate a glass of Les Courtilles.



18 Currie Street, Adelaide 5000

Just down the road from Delicatessen is pátisserie and restaurant Maison Clèment which operates as a bistro bouillon – a French eatery that serves delicious food quickly and cheaply – providing an authentic French food experience. The eatery offers fresh baguettes every day as well as hand-made viennoiserie and patisserie made on-site.



27 Gresham Street, Adelaide 5000

Refreshment bar – that’s exactly what La Buvette translates to. Wedged in a little laneway off Hindley St in the heart of Adelaide, the Parisian wine bar will transport you to the cobblestoned backstreets of Paris. The best seating option – for the full French experience – is the al fresco dining setting outside on Gresham Street. La Buvette’s wine list is full of French local natural and organic wines, premium spirits, specialty apéritifs, cocktails and more.



89 King William Street, Adelaide 5000

Here for a good time, not a long time, is pop-up restaurant and bar La Louisiane. Located down the steps from King William St in the old Bull & Bear site, at Louis’ you’ll find yourself absorbed in the French jazz club scene with live music on weekends and a blend of French cuisine and beverages. For the full experience, CityMag dares you to try the restaurant’s escargots (snails) as an entrée – it’s about as French as you can get.

The pop-up is only here until December 2023.

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