Perpetuated by the rapid burgeoning of small bars, cafes and co-op spaces in the city, Adelaide is becoming cool. But three years ago before all that really began, there was one cafe that set out to do things differently. Maddie & Alex Harris took a punt on the untapped potential of the "questionable" south-west quarter of the City.
The result of that dive in the deep end is Cafe Troppo. A charming little space that's situated where Sturt Street intersects with the eastern side of Whitmore Square. It's the go-to when you want a health-kick and a tasty coffee; try the housemade almond milk! The team behind the bar are made up of talented and creative individuals, from sculptors to musicians and performing artists, so you're always guaranteed a good yarn. Troppo, as of this year, has become a Friday night destination, too. They secured a small bar liquor licence, and since then the wines, music and brews have been flowing freely.
Designed by local Troppo Architects, the space itself has a unique aesthetic. The native flora used in the design is complemented by the rich aromas of locally sourced food (sometimes literally from the neighbours backyard) and beverages. It's an aesthetic that transports you away from the feel of a big city and into something similar to an outback shack - and it's really nice.
Cafe Troppo is a catalyst for evocative change in Adelaide's rapidly transforming South-West quarter. It started with next-to-no foot traffic and they now stand as a major draw card for the area bringing in visitors from far reaches of the City. From the attention to the detail, to the friendly crew and menu that boasts local produce, Cafe Troppo has it all and it's easy to see. That's also the reason why you will probably spot one of our Caddies there next time you visit. Happy Friday Frienday Cafe Troppo!