Breakfast of champions! 

Fancy a Coffee with a Cup Winner? Look no further than Strappers Cafe!

“Strapper: A strapper is a term used in Australia for a person looking after the racecourse. Duties range from cleaning out stables, feeding, grooming and rugging horses. Also saddling the horses for track work and racing, hence the name.”

It’s the L word that gets me all excited – Local!! Supporting local South Australian businesses and producers is what I’m passionate about and even more so when local businesses are supporting each other.

Strappers cafe at Morphettville is a “local Mecca” – serving up local produce realness through their exquisite breakfast and lunch meals. But this cafe not only delivers local finery, it also attracts it. Mornings at Strappers are frequented by local celebrities; From journalists, surgeons, football umpires, coaches and players inclusive, this little eatery is a hive of activity.

The cafe is located not far from the Morphettville Race Course, and if it’s too early for a celebratory pint at the pub, then Strappers is definitely the place to go! And we can certainly understand why punters and jockeys alike feel most at home here.
Every solid wall pays respect and homage to some of the greatest Australian and South Australian Trainers and Jockeys. Adorned with memorabilia from hats to harnesses, horseshoes and happy smiling faces, the cafe is a walk done memory lane with a whole host of history to boot.

One man who has been heavily featured on the walls is South Australian Jockey and 2 time Melbourne Cup winner, John Letts. The man himself heads to the cafe for a different kind of cup on a regular basis.

For those of you playing at home;

John Letts is a former Australian jockey whose career spanned almost 30 years, retiring from race riding in 1988. In that time he has ridden over 2,300 winners!

Apart from his Melbourne Cup successes he rode a host of big race winners including three SAJCAdelaide Cups. He also had success in the AJC Epsom Handicap, Victoria Derby and the VRC Australian Cup.

In recent years, you might recognise him as a mounted interviewer for 7 Sport’s TV coverage of major races in Australia, including the Melbourne Cup.


Letts had been instrumental in the manifestation of this cafe, having liased with the council on several occasions to get approval for the cafe to go ahead.

“It’s exactly what was needed in the area. Not all us Jockeys just want to drink all the time – we needed somewhere in the area that isn’t just a Hotel. And it’s great because not only do they use local produce, but they employ all local kids and staff too.”

Says John.

It was great to be speaking to a real life champion whilst he talked me through the list of celebrity autographs on the wall.


“And that bloke at the bottom, is sitting right there in that chair” says John, as he summons over champion horse trainer, Les Theodore.

Les is the trainer responsible for “Betta Loosen Up” winning he Japan Cup, and also trains one of Australia’s best race horses, “Campaign King”.

Just two great men, sitting and enjoying two great coffees in one great cafe.

The menu is also quite exciting – even for someone with a gluten free affliction. As well as the standard selection of cakes and slices, the menu boasts an impressive range of breakfast and lunch options, most available for those suffering from food allergies or intolerances. There’s lactose free milkshakes and even smoothie bowls to die for! Delicious AND nutritious.


The staff are friendly and kind and passionate about what they deliver – always with a smile and a friendly chat.

Strappers cafe are persistent in using local suppliers for their menu – Fresh fruit and veg from local growers, eggs supplied by Solar Eggs and milk from Paris creek Milk to name a few.

The cafe shows of a unique mix of history and healthy foods, supplied by very happy staff and local suppliers- back a winner and giddy up to Strappers Cafe today!!!

Strappers Cafe – 9 Denham avenue, Morphettville

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