Folklore Cafe, Port Adelaide

Words & photos by Fatema Sitabkhan

One of Port Adelaide’s most successful Renew Adelaide projects is the Folklore Cafe, which is a quaint little cafe that is situated along the waterfront. What appears to be ‘just another shed’ on the outside, presents with an open and inviting space within.


Natural light illuminates the indoor seating of the cafe, which is decorated in beautiful mixes of retro and vintage accessories, mismatched furniture that seems to fit right in perfectly, and a menu that is bound to capture the attention of anyone and everyone.

The outdoor seating is family-friendly and offers choices that can be enjoyed by people on dates or families with kids, through their arrangement and style of outdoor furniture that strategically provides a calming view of the ocean. Glistening waters act as the perfect backdrop as customers feast on freshly prepared meals by the friendly staff who work there.

Owned and managed by Anika Harvey, Folklore Cafe is the product of a lifelong dream:

“Running a cafe had always been a dream of mine. I originally opened the space with 3 other businesses and over time they moved on and I expanded. I’ve always wanted somewhere that provides a seasonal and locally sourced menu. I am also a big believer in having a healthy supportive and inclusive environment.”

With the transition to the warmer and brighter seasons, Anika has created a list of options that brilliantly capture the colors and vibes of Spring and boasts of well-loved Modern Australian cuisine. Anika takes pride in sourcing her fruit and vegetables “from The People’s Market, which is all SA-sourced and non-sprayed” and her other products are also sourced from SA-based producers.

Among the newest additions to the menu, I was fortunate to try the following:

  • Waffles with fresh berries, strips of Turkish Delights, pistachio ice cream, Persian floss and lemon curd
  • Salmon eggs with smoked salmon on sourdough, poached eggs, beetroot hollandaise, avocado whip, sesame, lemon & herbs

Both dishes were kindly provided to me for sampling purposes and after having demolished the two dishes to my heart’s content, I can safely say that each dish will (no doubt) put you in a happy mood. With a combination of bright colours, coupled with a zesty and delightful mix of ingredients, each meal is not only appealing to the eyes, but also does wonders for the palate. 

As Anika mentioned, “I create all of the menus. I usually put a new menu out for a few weeks, get feedback and tweak it [accordingly].” Having visited the Folklore around 3-4 times in the last couple of months, it is best to say that the menu is ever so dynamic and there is always something new and exciting to look forward to.

The price range is fairly decent ($6 – $10 for the kids menu, $10 – $20 for the adults menu), given the high quality of the food and the picturesque view and stunning weather that accompanies the experience of dining at The Folklore Cafe, so next time you’re out and about by the Port, make sure you stop by for a wholesome feed!

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The Annexe, Hart’s Mill, Mundy St, Port Adelaide

Opening hours
Wed – Sun: 8am – 4pm

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