Things to do
From balcony dining and garden bars to outdoor nooks and sidewalk seating - we've listed the hot spots to soak up a little bit of sun this summer in the City of Marion (thanks to tip-offs from our online community).
*Please check via the links provided each venues opening hours and booking requirements.
Main image: Banks and Brown
104a Sturt Road, Warradale
Outdoor option: garden getaway
Banks & Brown offer an urban oasis in the middle of suburbia. Take a seat surrounded by lush plants and enjoy barista made coffee, to go perfectly with your toasted sandwich or sweet treat.
With so many nooks to nestle into, it's the perfect place for some overdue, uninterrupted time with someone special.
Bonus: the cafe doubles as an indoor plant and gift shop.
1a Heron Way, Hallett Cove
Outdoor option: balcony dining
Perfectly positioned to take in the gorgeous sea views, you can also enjoy views of the iconic geological marvel in the neighbouring conservation park which Hallett Cove is famous for.
The menu here caters for breakfast and lunch. Offering breakfast classics like bacon and eggs, waffles and granola and for lunch you'll see even more classics such as fish and chips, schnitzel and fillet steak. There are, of course, many other delicious and healthy offerings.
Hot tip: The Boat Shed have also just opened an amazing new venue space above the restaurant called Sugarloaf Kitchen and Bar.
28B Finniss Street, Marion
Outdoor option: sidewalk seating or courtyard dining
While she may shy away from an online presence, for locals and visitors alike, Cafe Finniss needs no introduction. Having first opened her doors in 1987, Cafe Finniss has a long list of adoring fans.
Serving up a huge selection of breakfast offerings, the lunch menu is equally as impressive. From beef burgers and steak sandwiches to quinoa salads and (gluten free) sweet potato cakes, there is literally something here for everyone.
531 Marion Rd, South Plympton
Outdoor option: under pergola
Serving the finest brekkie burger in town (so we're told) is an unassuming little cafe located within Forbes Shopping Centre. Serving breakfast, lunch, wood-oven pizza and their own locally roasted coffee. Based on this picture, we wouldn't go past their Rueben sandwich offering either. Yum!
Dog owners will appreciate the under pergola seating, where your pooches are welcome to join you for a catch up with friends - furry or otherwise.
46 Towers Terrace, Edwardstown
Outdoor option: sidewalk seating
Specialising in good coffee and pastry delights, It Takes a Village is so serious about their coffee they even offer coffee tasting events. They also welcome cyclists with open arms - walk in wearing head-to-toe Lycra and you'll get a 5% discount on your coffee. Or just show them your bike helmet. Either way.
Bonus: if you love a good, earthy coffee mug - this is the place for you. The owner also happens to be an incredibly talented potter (someone who does pottery).
78 Byre Avenue, Warradale
Outdoor option: parklet seating
A homely place to relax and maybe play a board game or two. Serving specialty coffee, chocolate and tea, home-baked goods, house-made marmalade and pickles.
Guests will also be treated to some old-school vinyl and the odd cassette tape.
849 Marion Rd, Mitchell Park
Outdoor option: garden bar
Known as 'The Garden', the open air bar sits somewhere between a modern eatery and open-air cocktail bar.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Corner of Oaklands Rd & Hendrie St, Park Holme
Outdoor options: lawn areas, tables and chairs, rotunda, and shaded seating outside of pool area by the kiosk servery
Whether you're swimming at the pool or you need to feed a hungry tribe while visiting Hendrie Street Reserve, the Marion Outdoor Pool have a great selection of delicious lunch options.
Offering fast food faves such as hot dogs, burgers and pizza there's also something for the more sophisticated palette, like Moroccan chicken and cous cous salad, vegetarian baked potatoes and Mediterranean roast vegetable focaccia.
Hot tip: For passers by, the kiosk also sell barista-made coffee to get you through the day.
138 Morphett Road, Glengowrie
Outdoor option: courtyard
The Courtyard at the Morphett Arms Hotel is a relaxed indoor/outdoor space.
The venue hosts live entertainment on the weekends with acoustic solo, duo & DJ performers.
Aiming to support local farmers by sourcing directly from their farms, keep a look out for the ‘Eat Local’ tags on their menu.
560B Marion Road, Plympton Park
Outdoor option: courtyard
A little slice of peachy heaven, Once and Again seem to wear many hats. Creative studio, eco-warriors, supporters of mums and bubs and makers of good coffee and tasty light meals.
Offering an all day breakfast menu along with toasties, soup and other 'light bights', including gluten and dairy-free. On a warm summer's day you might want to opt for one of their delicious smoothies or cold pressed juices.
13-23 Clacton Road, Dover Gardens
Outdoor option: courtyard and garden seating outside of the cellar door
Enjoy a cellar door experience, right here in the heart of the City of Marion. Quite literally tucked away on a quiet residential street in Dover Gardens, Patritti is suburban Adelaide’s only 100 per cent family-owned, fully operational winery.
A range of wine experiences are on offer, including daily wine tasting flights (bookings recommended) to regular Friday evening and weekend events featuring live music and food trucks. Wine is available by the glass or bottle to enjoy in the beautiful grounds every day with antipasto platters available from Thursday to Sunday.
234 Diagonal Road, Warradale
Outdoor option: garden bar
This airy garden bar will see you surrounded by hanging plants and leafy lush vines. The garden area features plenty of booths and bar tables, a fish pond and easy to access views of the 3.75 square metre LED screen. Perfect if you like a side of sport with your meal.
Hot tip: The Warradale Hotel was voted 'Best sporting entertainment venue' in the 2021 South Australian AHA awards.