A local’s guide to Adelaide


Our ‘Local Insider Series’ focuses on bringing you the lowdown on a variety of cities across the globe, straight from the mouth of the locals. So you know it is not bull.

To launch the series, we asked Kate Beveridge, 1 of our Travel Specialists down in Adelaide, to inform us every thing we require to know about this tiny slice of Australia. Step out of the shadows Adelaide… it is your time to shine!

A single of the most underrated Australian capital cities, Adelaide has extended been the butt of national jokes a popular conversation when increasing up there is when you are going to move to Melbourne! On the other hand, Adelaide is generating strides on its reputation, with loads of new bars and restaurants, as nicely as the finest festival scene in Australia. The city is liveable, economical, and inside a stone’s throw of each the ocean and the rolling Adelaide hills.

Adelaide in 1 sentence

Tiny town really feel with large city comfort.

Points to do in Adelaide

Locations to check out

For music lovers:

At very first glance, The Gov is nothing at all unique: a massive pub with a stage, extended bar, and ample beer garden. In spite of its appearances, it is the beating heart of the music business in Adelaide and has been a staple for nearby and international sets considering the fact that 1993. Just on the outskirts of the city, The Gov hosts a assortment of gigs that variety from nearby Latin fiestas to national punk-rock favourites like Trophy Eyes and Hockey Dad.
The Gov, 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh, 5007.

For art and culture:

In February/March the city of Adelaide comes alive with a complete schedule of nearby and international performances that variety across comedy, musical, theatre, circus, and extra. The parklands on East Terrace are transformed into The Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony respectively, exactly where the grounds are filled with meals trucks, functionality tents, and roving performers in a carnival atmosphere. This is the Adelaide Fringe Festival, exactly where for a month the city becomes the envy of Australia and showcases the finest that Adelaide has to provide..

For style fiends:

Adelaide’s east finish is property to a variety of higher-finish boutiques, but some of the most fascinating style pieces can be identified at Miss Gladys Sym Choon. Because 1928, the retailer has comprised an eclectic mix of vintage, whacky, and style-forward pieces in equal measure. Each way you turn is vibrant and vibrant, with clothes to match all types and tastes. Higher high quality leather footwear can be identified in 1 section of the retailer, as nicely as the devoted offshoot shoe retailer just additional down Rundle St. The rear of the shop backs onto street-art adorned Sym Choon lane, exactly where you can come across the entrance to Mr Choon, the male counterpart to Miss Gladys.
Miss Gladys Sym Choon, 235A Rundle St, Adelaide, 5000.

For lazy Sundays:

Adelaide’s most common beach suburb is Glenelg, exactly where a brief tram ride from the city can take you straight to the ocean. The beach itself is a wide yellow stretch that kisses the gentle warm ocean, protected from risky waves by the shape of the coastline. Aside from swimming and sunbathing, you can folks-watch in cafes and dog-watch along the coastal footpath. For extra energetic activities, the Beachouse boasts waterslides, arcade games, and a mini golf course.
Glenelg Beach, Glenelg, 5045.

Locations to consume in Adelaide

Breakfast spot:

Positioned in Adelaide’s inner west, Mister Sunshine’s delivers a relaxed cafe atmosphere that spreads outwards into a picnic-table courtyard beneath the shade of a giant eucalyptus tree. It is characterised by a vibrant yellow door, vintage decor, and a varied menu with a devoted section of vegan solutions. Meals variety from humble eggs on toast to french toast with cinnamon cream cheese, mango passionfruit compote, and salted raspberry popcorn.
Mister Sunshine’s, 32 George Street, Thebarton, 5031.

Brunch spot:

Additional afield in beachy suburb Semaphore, Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe delivers scrumptious vegetarian/vegan meals with a concentrate on minimising environmental effect and maximising nearby generate. The cafe’s exposed terrace backs onto subsequent door’s garden centre, exactly where your coffee will be accompanied by the smell of fresh flowers and the light trilling of sparrows hopping amongst punnets of herbs. The signature dish is basically known as ‘The Pastry’, which is a mushroom, broccoli and cheese pastry with a lemon and herb sauce. Sarah’s Sister’s focuses on very simple flavours and a very simple message, but delivers it so nicely that even meat-eaters will delight in it.
Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe, 117 Semaphore Road, Semaphore, 5019.

Low cost consume:

For inexpensive and scrumptious Afghan meals in the CBD, you cannot go previous Kutchi Deli Parwana in Ebenezer Spot. Informal dining at its finest, a blackboard by the front door specifics the smaller choice of very simple and scrumptious dishes. The signature: mantu dumplings. These steamed dumplings are stuffed with sauteed onion and carrot, and topped with a tomato and yoghurt sauce, all just for $13. You can take pleasure in the Afghan fare on the smaller wooden tables overlooking the artsy vibe of the street, or inside the smaller restaurant, exactly where the walls are adorned with blue mosaic tiles and vintage paintings.
Kutchi Deli Parwana, 7 Ebenezer Spot, Adelaide, 5000.

Bit of a treat:

Adelaide boasts a assortment of higher-finish steakhouses, but A Hereford Beefstouw delivers a unique sort of dining atmosphere. A Danish institution, the Adelaide branch has a clean Scandinavian aesthetic from the vibrant airy space, to the light wooden tables and numerous wine bottles adorning the walls. There is a scrumptious minimalism to the meals as nicely, exactly where every table has a menu card to fill out. Right here you pick your reduce of steak, degree of doneness, and accompaniment of garlic butter or alternate sauce. Steaks variety from dry-aged rump steak all the way up to chateaubriand eye fillet which is carved at the table and feeds two. You can and ought to add a grilled lobster tail to any steak for an additional $16.
A Hereford Beefstouw, 143 Hutt St, Adelaide, 5000.

My favourite location:

Just north of the city in trendy North Adelaide, Gin Extended Canteen showcases the finest of Asian cuisine, drawing influence from Thailand and Vietnam. It is often packed with buyers, who squeeze about benches against the wooden interior of the restaurant. The menu delivers two solutions: Consume Tiny or Consume Significant, but in the end the meals is created to share. The signature dish: seriously slow braised pork belly with sticky soy and salted chinese mustard greens. The drinks list also draws inspiration from Asia with its eclectic mix of cocktails. Ginger gin, cointreau, thai basil, and palm sugar function in the Gin Gin. Asian beers are also readily available for extra casual diners, but the vibe is the similar: paying homage to eastern influences in the most scrumptious way feasible.
Gin Extended Canteen, 42 O’Connell St, North Adelaide, 5006.

Exactly where to drink in Adelaide

For weeknight boozing:

“No pokies, no bullshit” is the motto of the classic Adelaide institution The Exeter Hotel. Correct to the motto, it is an unpretentious sticky dive bar, exactly where the walls are adorned in tattered music posters, and the majority of beers on tap are nearby Coopers. Seating is spread along the bar, by way of the courtyard and spilling outdoors onto a laneway off Rundle Street. Nearby bands play sets in a cramped side space, but the most important draw of the Exeter is kicking back, drinking a beer with mates, and watching the assortment of Adelaide characters that pass by way of the pub.
The Exeter Hotel, 246 Rundle St, Adelaide, 5000.

For the celebration animals:

For some, it is the most important location, but for numerous The Woolshed is someplace that you inevitably finish up in the course of a large evening out. It is a super club spread across 3 levels, seven bars, and rooms that variety from R&ampB, to EDM, to classic Aussie rock tunes. When drunk, it generally feels like attempting to get by way of a maze as you ascend a variety of staircases, wind by way of the beer garden, and get lost along the way. The Woolshed is infamous for its mechanical bull ride and massive crowd of mixed ages. It is utterly without having pretense, and generally class, but is often assured to be a large evening out that you could by no means bear in mind.
The Woolshed on Hindley, 94/100 Hindley St, Adelaide, 5000.

For a fancy couple of:

Peel Street in Adelaide’s west finish has the most Melbourne-like really feel of the complete city, with tiny, hip cocktail bars and restaurants lining the street. A single of the finest is Possibly Mae, a secret cocktail bar that can only be accessed by a hidden door underneath the Bread and Bone Wood Grill. Pushing against the secret door, you enter a dimly lit bar in 1950’s style. The dark wooden bar is the proud centrepiece, exactly where talented mixologists pour scrumptious (and highly-priced) creations. You can sit at the bar, or preferably in the dark leather booths, as you take pleasure in premium cocktails and light jazz music. The signature drink: whisky of decision and freshly squeezed apple juice.
Possibly Mae, 15 Peel St, Adelaide, 5000.

If I only had 24 hours in Adelaide, I would:

Start out early with a breakfast pastry at Orange Spot Bakery in Glenelg, then stroll along the waterfront to watch the beach come alive. Subsequent, drive up to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills to sample classic German fare at 1 of the superb pubs and peruse the kitsch present shops. On the way back to the city, quit by Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens to practical experience serenity away from the city and breathe the fresh mountain air. Dinner at Gin Extended in North Adelaide and brief bus ride into the city for cocktails at any of the superb bars on Peel St. Finish the evening with a scrumptious treat from the 24 hour Bakery on O’Connell back in North Adelaide and then head property.

Why not fly out to Adelaide very first on your gap year/operating vacation/Australia vacation prior to generating your way more than to Melbourne or Sydney? Armed with this handy guide, you will be just like a nearby.


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