Inside Adelaide’s laneways: Bank Street


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By Sonia Bavistock

The laneways of Adelaide weave their way through the heart of the city and, over the past few years, have come alive with the buzz of bars, cafés, restaurants and various businesses that call them home.

Exploring these hidden locations have become a must-do activity for locals and visitors alike.

Over the next few months, Brand SA News will be casting the spotlight on the much-loved watering holes, coffee nooks and eateries scattered along our laneways, from the city’s east to west.

First up: Bank Street.

Bank Street is a key entry point into the city from the Adelaide Riverbank and Adelaide Railway Station, and the home of the former State Bank building.

Major works a few years ago have seen the street completely revamped and revitalised with city innovation including public lighting, trees, paving, landscaping, street furniture, public art and bike lanes.

Take a wander down Bank Street and discover some of its stars…

Stop for a coffee at…

Bonobo Espresso 

There’s no space for monkey business at Bonobo.

This vibrant hole-in-the-wall roasts their beans on site and draws on over 16 years’ experience to deliver quality coffee to busy city customers, passing through Bank Street.

Toast Café

Another small but mighty place to stop for your morning coffee or grab a toastie to go.

Note that the small café is closed for renovations until August 20.

Toast offers plenty of vegan and vegetarian menu options, as well as milk alternatives. A popular little spot for regulars.

Enjoy a bite to eat at…


On the hit list of dedicated dumping fans, Mandoo is a style of dumpling specific to Korea and this little Bank Street lunch and dinner spot serves them up steamed or fried.

Also on the menu are steaming hot pots, bibimbap and bowls of dumpling soup.

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Sit Lo

With an interior inspired by the back streets of the Vietnam city of Hoi An and mini rickshaws that adorn each table, Sit Lo has become a firm favourite among city diners.

It offers a quick and delicious lunch options as well as an after-hours place to enjoy bites with friends.

Grab a drink at…

Bank Street Social

Nestled in the basement of the former State Bank building, Bank Street Social is the perfect spot to enjoy an after work – or after dinner – drink.

Regionally inspired pizzas feature on the menu (Wednesday to Saturday), as well as DJs on Fridays and house beats on Saturdays.

Find something unique at…

O’Connell’s Bookshop

One of the oldest antique and second-hand bookshops in Adelaide, O’Connell’s has been trading for some 60 years.

Expect to find rare antiquities, first editions and out of print works, as well as modern popular fiction and non-fiction.

Header image courtesy of Sit Lo.

Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.

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