Guest article by Ella Beart

Image credit :: Joe’s Henley Beach

For the last 25 years, Joe’s Henley Beach has been a hub for all morning beachgoers. At 7:30am, when most of us are still snuggled up in bed, you can find the early risers of Henley Beach out the front of Joe’s, sipping on a hot cup of coffee.

But like all things in life, Joe’s needed a makeover and a new sense of youth to compete with the other coffee shops in Henley Square. It’s still the same quaint café that the locals (and their pups) know and love, just… better. To get you acquainted with the new Joe’s, here are a few reasons why you should check it out!

Hamptons Style Aesthetic

With Covid, we can’t visit the real luxurious Hamptons, but it’s okay because Joe’s has channelled upstate New York’s all-white vintage aesthetic. Gone are the days of the white and red retro-style kiosk, and instead you’ll find a Hamptons style venue that oozes charm.

The chairs and tables are white and simple, the windows are tall and open to capture that ocean view, and the kitchen is enclosed with baby blue rustic tiles. Outside, there are four large blue and white striped umbrellas and wide beige deck chairs, that are perfect to help beachgoers soak in the sea breeze.

Image credit :: Joe’s Henley Beach

Fresh new menu

With the help of new head chef Krish Dutt (previously of Madame Hanoi), Joe’s has created a whole new kiosk-style menu, but with a modern twist. The classic fish and chips are of course there, but so is the funky beachside option of a softshell crab burger, special vegan scrambled eggs or even fluffy tacos with the option of grilled chicken or chilli beef. Keeping with the New York theme, fresh bagels are served with a preference of peanut butter and raspberry jam or the timeless smoked salmon and cream cheese. Alternatively, for those with a sweet tooth, French toast and sugary sweet Abbotts and Kinney pastries are there to enjoy.

Image credit :: Joe’s Henley BeachImage credit :: Joe’s Henley Beach

Beachside Cocktails

With a new liquor licence, Joe’s now has a fresh cocktail menu with nine different options to choose from. Start your morning the right way with a mimosa to enjoy alongside some eggs and bacon, or even finish the long work week with a Joe’s gin and tonic or a hand-crafted Tom Collins. From Friday through to Sunday, Joe’s is now open until sunset for some summer fun.

Sunrise to Sunset

This year Joe’s is making the most of Summer with their Sunrise to Sunset soirees! Their very first one kicked off on November 1st, which allowed customers to enjoy $10 Passionfruit Mojitos, Aperol Spritz and Craft Tinnies, alongside some funky DJ tunes. From 3 pm-10 pm, Joe’s transformed from a quaint café, into a buzzing seaside bar. Keep your eyes peeled for the next soiree, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming festive season and soak up the warm weather.

Image credit :: Joe’s Henley Beach

Seaside View

The view at Joe’s hasn’t changed, and the seaside scenery is still a fantastic reason to visit! Customers can sit inside against the tall windows or outside next to the stairs that lead to the beach and take in one of the many great landscapes South Australia has to offer. Watch the pups roll around in the sand and the beachgoers paddle about, or even head down to the sand yourself after you have enjoyed a warm cup of coffee from Joe’s.

So, next time you head down to Henley Square, make sure you check out Joes – it’s everything it once was — and more.

Ella x

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