Hotcakes, flapjacks, crepes, pancakes: no matter what you call them, we’ve found Adelaide’s best.

Seafaring Fools

Like most of the dishes at Seafaring Fools, the buttermilk pancakes with vanilla bean mascarpone and maple syrup will look great on your social media feed. But the best part, without a doubt, is that they’re served sprinkled with a brilliant gastronomic invention: bacon dust.
60b Broadway, Glenelg; (08) 8376 0702

Long Lost Friend 

It’s buttermilk that makes the pancakes at Long Lost Friend so fluffy, moist and light. The version listed on the menu comes with roasted rhubarb, toasted coconut and coconut semifreddo but keep a keen eye out for ultra-indulgent pancake specials, which change every fortnight or so. Past iterations have included a Nutella-drenched stack; white chocolate pancakes served with mint and half a mango (cut into squares you can pop out from cheek, naturally); and piled high with maple bacon, walnuts and sliced strawberries. 
523 Magill Road, Magill; (08) 8331 0847

Gilberries Cafe

There’s a wide-ranging menu of tasty, more-ish fare at this unpretentious suburban café but one of the highlights is undoubtedly the hazelnut pancakes topped with berry compote and double cream. There’s a kids version, too – sans hazelnut and topped with maple syrup and ice-cream.
37 Dulwich Ave, Dulwich (08) 8332 4628


Three words: Red Velvet Pancakes. This decadent stack – so decadent, in fact, that it’s listed on the dessert menu rather than the breakfast – at 50SixONE comes layered with vanilla mascarpone, berry compote and berry ice-cream. Yep, it’s no surprise these pancakes are a signature dish – and one of the bestsellers.
144a King William Road, Hyde Park; (08) 8271 2003

Le Carpe Diem

The menu changes weekly at French creperie Le Carpe Diem, depending on what’s in season. But there are a few staple favourites: the Calais galette (savoury crepe) filled with bacon, eggs, Swiss cheese, French chorizo and mild chilli. If you have a sweet tooth, it’s the Jasmine, a concoction of nutella, fresh strawberries, vanilla ice-cream, whipped cream and raspberry coulis.
230-232 Grenfell Street, Adelaide; (08) 8123 7488


At this delightful nursery-garden eatery, chef Kane Pollard updates his pancakes seasonally. Winter might be a sticky date-style or carrot cake version; in summer, they’re likely to feature more citrusy flavours or a play on the traditional sugar sprinkle and lemon squeeze. This summer, they’re topped with sliced and caramelised stone fruits, roasted almond praline, a honey-tinged soured cream and a few springs of basil. 
1361 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully; (08) 8263 0818

Swedish Tarts

Since 2008, this bakery and café has been serving authentic Swedish crepes – very thin and crispy around the edges. For something sweet, opt for the ever-popular homemade blueberry jam and whipped cream version, while savoury lovers should look no further than the smoked salmon, baby spinach, capers and red onion option. There’s a Swedish Tarts outpost in Henley Beach, too. 
40 Semaphore Road, Semaphore, (08) 7225 0205


The hotcakes at C.R.E.A.M are thick, fluffy, dense and very popular—the team at this Brighton cafe dish up around 500 a week. There are three variations: fried chicken with maple syrup, maple bacon and seasonal fruit and ice-cream. If you’ve got time in your day to enter a food coma, go all out and order the fried chicken and maple bacon together.
4/49 Jetty Road, Brighton; (08) 8298 3149

SEE ALSO: The Best Dessert Spots in Adelaide

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