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50 reasons why you should visit Adelaide

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Cementing itself as one of the coolest cities in Australia—and a fresh alternative to the bustle of its counterparts—Adelaide is increasingly on people’s lips as the place to visit.

Boasting some mind-blowing dining hotspots, an unbeatable wine region, and a legion of sexy small bars, it’s the city to put at the top of your list.

With a travel bubble between the two cities on the cards, experiencing the best of Adelaide has never been easier. Courtesy of Glam Adelaide, South Australia’s largest lifestyle publication, we have your guide on where to stay, where to play, and where to eat and drink.

With no further ado:

STAY

 

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South Australia is thriving with a levy of metropolitan and regional accommodations that are now open. From the delightful CABN series, tiny eco-homes in off-grid locations, to the luxurious Louise, nestled in the heart of the Barossa.

Heading further out of the city will afford you a range of beautiful boutique accommodation like the untouched Snellings View found across the stretch of water on Kangaroo Island, or the quirky Bed in a Shed in the Clare Valley, which is indeed, a bed in a shed.

If luxury is on your mind and you don’t mind driving a mere 15 minutes out of the CBD, check out the award-winning Mount Lofty House. This tourism beacon offers an unparalleled, panoramic view of the Piccadilly Valley and Adelaide Hills. Recently launching a brand-new sanctuary, Sequoia, the hotel offers a global level of tranquillity and sophistication.

For city luxury and a damn good bed to sleep on, check out Mayfair Hotel. The hotel boasts a luxurious interior, historic architecture and superb service. Oh, and their beds have won pretty much all the hotel awards going, including the ‘Best Bed Award’ in the 2018 Australian Gourmet Traveller Hotel Awards.

A slew of spectacular hotels are about to, or are newly opened, including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Adelaide Oval Hotel, and EOS by SkyCity.

PLAY

 

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City

Adelaide Central Market

Great for fresh produce, plus a stack of little cafes and food outlets, and access to China Town’s food courts if you want something delicious while you’re out and about.

Rundle Mall

A great outdoor mall, perfect for shopping and exploring the laneways for hidden gems.

North Terrace

The Museum, Art Gallery, universities, the Botanic Garden and Tiffany & Co are all found here, so it’s a great place to take a walk and see the sights.

The amazing Botanic Gardens Restaurant is also hidden in the Botanic Garden, so do yourself a favour and treat yourself.

Chinatown

A melting pot of culture and exotic flavours, you can find every flavour in Chinatown, from walk-in budget eats and bubble tea galore to sharing a Yum Cha feast with the family, fine dining on the weekend, or a date night eating spicy lobsters.

Peel & Leigh St

A bar hopping hub that’s a food, wine and cocktail lover’s dream (on the move, that is). You’ll want to try out every single bar on these streets. From underground bar Maybe Mae, or sexy new bar Paloma, to the rooftop at La Rambla and then to Latino haven Casablabla.

Adelaide Riverbank Precinct

You’ve got the Adelaide Casino and its brilliant restaurants—Sean’s Kitchen and Madame Hanoi—the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Torrens footbridge that takes you across to Adelaide Oval, and North Adelaide. It’s a great place to start, and then wander along the river for some scenic time out.

Adelaide Zoo

Head down to our city-side zoo, which houses Wang Wang and Funi, the only Giant Pandas you’ll see in Australia.

Ebenezer Place

Brilliant little boutique stores by Adelaide craftspeople, niche cafes, great coffee, plus two of our favourite wine locations—East End Cellars (bottle shop, wine bar, and sister restaurant, The Tasting Room) and Mothervine.

Beachside

South Australia is known for its stunning beaches, and Henley and Glenelg (feature image) two of the most easily accessible if you’re basing yourself in the CBD. Enjoy strolls along the sand, a bite to eat at the local restaurants, and beverages with a view.

Alternatively, the entire coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is stunning beach after stunning beach, all absolutely worth a visit. Highlights include Port Willunga, and Port Elliot.

EAT & DRINK

 

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Brunch & Lunch

The brunch scene in Adelaide is expansive, so picking through was supremely difficult, but we’ve gone with our hearts and anointed the local faves that you need to try.

Try Argo on the Parade for one of the most extensive menus, packed with wraps, smoothies, juices, salads, sangas, burgers, classic brekkie plates and a heap more.

For comfort food in the Adelaide Hills, FRED Eatery is your go-to, enjoy their house blend coffee in their gorgeous mezzanine lounge or at one of their beautiful outdoor tables and soak in the friendly atmosphere and good vibes.

The visuals are sometimes just as important as the flavour, and these two venues will give you the best of both sight and taste. Karma and Crow is a converted airy warehouse, nestled in the industrial area of Richmond Road that pushes the boundaries on damn good brunch.

Likewise, the team at Peter Rabbit took their site from quite literally dirt and rubble and turned into a unique space; lush green lawns and an abundance of foliage encompassing great quality coffee and a fresh local menu. And bunnies (of course).

Wine

South Australians are obsessed with their wine (and dare we say, rightly so). Surrounding the city are regions upon regions boasting some of the world’s best wineries.

To do justice to these amazing spots, we’ve had to delve into our faves, region by region.

Adelaide Hills

 

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Head to the uber Instagrammable Bird in Hand Winery for their delicious drop, perfect service, and that photo you’ve been looking for. The Lane is a bit bigger than a mere lane (let’s just say, it’s huge) and offers some of the best winery views you can ask for. Drink their delicious wine (if you’re inclined to an oaky drop, The Lane is your go-to), and feast on the views.

You’ll also find Lot.100 in the Adelaide Hills, a hub of gin, wine, food, with stellar views and live music. Sidewood Estate, Howard Vineyard, and Longview Winery are all stellar stops in the Hills.

Barossa

Two worldwide masters are homed in the Barossa, and we’re talking about Penfolds and Seppeltsfield. Visit their stunning cellar doors in the Barossa and get a taste of wine history. If you’d like a more intimate experience, head to Hart of the Barossa’s boutique winery and check out their charming tasting shed.

While you’re in the valley, check out First Drop Wines, go golfing at Thorn-Clarke Wines, and just taste the delightful drop of Schild Estate, one of Barossa’s oldest wineries.

McLaren Vale

Amongst the rolling vineyards in McLaren Vale sits a cube. You read that right, the d’Arenberg Cube is an architectural feat and a must-visit for tourists. It also helps that their range of wines is absolutely delicious.

Another excellent experience awaits you in Mitolo, their cellar door is sleek and sexy, and their Osteria offers simple and sensational fare.

McLaren Vale promises and delivers a range of standout hotspots for wine lovers. Check out Coriole’s gorgeous gardens and their gorgeous wines, Down the Rabbit Hole and Hugh Hamilton Wines’ boast stunning cellar doors, and newly opened hub of gin, wine, and pinsas, Chalk Hill Collective is a must-visit.

Clare Valley

Slightly farther out from the CBD, the drive to Clare is absolutely worth it. Picturesque surroundings, a historic township and Shut the Gate Wines; this winery’s garden is a beauty and so is their wine. While you’re there, head to Taylors Wines for another historical winery.

Dine

 

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Here, award-winning restaurants rub friendly shoulders with budget bites, and scattered across the city and state are a slew of talented teams, serving some of the best cuisine you can get in the world.

When you arrive, go up, up high. Specifically, to the eighth floor on number 2, King William street, where you will find 2KW. This rooftop bar really shook up Adelaide’s scene when it opened. It’s best for lazy afternoon nibbles and cocktails that turns into enjoyable nights.

Head to Adelaide’s East End for one of the restaurant on everyone’s lips. Africola is a spectacular example of Adelaide’s elevated dining, and with Duncan Welgemoed’s eccentricities at the heart, it’s truly an experience you’ll remember.

In 2016, Osteria Oggi was named as one of the top ten place to dine in the world by CNN. Oggi is an establishment that celebrates Italian cuisine and culture, with emphasis on everyone’s one true love: pasta.

Modernity is the word, with Orso and Part Time Lover, the former delivers modern European bistro dining, expect fresh, tasty, aesthetically pleasing food, the latter is one of Adelaide’s hottest new restaurants. The menu is split three-ways, vegetarian, fish, and meat. Everything on it is spectacular, and the beautiful venue will be a feast for your eyes too.

Glam Adelaide is South Australia’s largest lifestyle publication and the answer to what to do, where to go, and who to check out in the glorious state of SA.

From hidden nooks in the regions to famed city restaurants, our dedicated team searches for the best existing experiences and what’s coming up, to keep your diaries full.

Check us out at glamadelaide.com.au.

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