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Henschke - Mount Edelstone Vineyard, Barossa wine region

Barossa vineyard. Image credit: Henschke and Co.

Winery lunches, purchasing splurges, fabulous dinners, wine tours and fringe shows. A weekend in Adelaide is something but boring.

A handful of weeks ago, I located myself back in the old haunt, the location exactly where I lived for 25 years: Adelaide.

I’ll say it once more. It honestly baffles me why Adelaide is not provided a lot more travel cred. It is a good small city to stop by, packing a punch with legendary wine and meals, an awesome smaller bar scene and a truly relaxing pace of life.

On my most current stop by, in amongst meeting babies and hanging with the parents, I squeezed in some of my favourite points to do in Adelaide. I extremely endorse:

1. Lunch in McLaren Vale

You definitely can’t stop by Adelaide devoid of going to at least one particular wine area – preferably 5. And even though you are right here in the land of gastronomical great stuff it would be a sin not to quit for lunch – a truly lengthy lunch.

There’s 5 wine regions inside a two-hour drive of Adelaide but we all know my individual favourite is McLaren Vale. It is beautiful in this rural Australia way, creates some knockout wines and the folks are just ludicrously friendly.

Coriole is one particular of my most-loved McLaren Vale wineries, with its Residence Lovely style cottage garden grounds, best drawer wines and views of the vale. It also does an awesome winery lunch in Collect at Coriole. For $70pp, you get to appreciate a seasonally altering, chef’s choice menu of points like cider vinegar glazed chicken and Ponzu cured mulloway – as I did. Yep, life is great.

Gather at Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale

Lunch at Collect at Coriole. Image credit: Coriole Vineyards.

Coriole winery, South Australia

Coriole Vineyards. Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission/Josie Withers.

two. See an Adelaide Fringe show

If you have timed your stop by to Adelaide properly (and that would be mid-February–mid-March), attendance of the Adelaide Fringe is mandatory. Choose at least one particular show – ideally a lot more, as there’s hundreds to pick from, covering cabaret and comedy to acrobats and dance.

This was my very first Adelaide Fringe in 4 years and that is a truly sad scenario. Fortunately I had time to squeeze in a cruise by way of the Garden of Unearthly Delights and sit front row at Fuego Carnal. It was a strong fringe show choose, capturing every little thing that is good about the Adelaide Fringe: a higher power, globe class functionality by international artists.

But somehow the bride-to-be we had been celebrating, Alison, slept by way of the complete show. The fire, swords, knives and flaming bow and arrows, she snoozed proper by way of. Clearly not her very first fringe show in 4 years.

Adelaide Fringe

Adelaide Fringe. Image credit: South Australian Tourism Commission.

three. A wine tour of the Barossa

Barossa is one more one particular of these wine regions ludicrously close to Adelaide. Considered one particular of the most effective wine regions in the woooorld, the Barossa requires no introduction. The major boy in town is just more than an hour drive from the city and is recognized for its reds, largely. My Barossa winery picks are Yelland and Papps, Charles Melton Wines, Seppeltsfield and Rockford, and I was a delighted small donkey that our wine tour crew got to 3 out of 4 of these.

I was equally delighted that we stopped for one more lengthy lunch at Harvest Kitchen, which is just Barossa in a box: good meals, wine and views. Starring seasonal, regional generate, the menu is created to be shared. Though I had no intensions of sharing the truffled mushroom arancini – get your paws off.

Charles Melton Wines, Barossa, South Australia

Charles Melton Wines

four. Purchasing in Adelaide

Nowhere beats Melbourne for purchasing, but I really consider Adelaide as a purchasing location deserves some recognition. There’s some extremely profitable purchasing harm to be accomplished in this city. For me, a lot more so than Sydney.

Rundle Mall is the city’s purchasing epicentre, but cross Pulteney Street and a complete globe of boutique purchasing opens up on Rundle Street. Make a beeline for BNKR, Sooki and the regional hero Miss Gladys Sym Choon, but there’s also Zimmermann, SABA, MIMCO and a lot more. 

Even though we’re on the subject of Rundle Street, this sassy strip is also property to some good smaller bars. Hellbound, BRKLYN, Mother Vine, Mr Goodbar, NOLA – just to name a couple.

Other streets with style involve The Parade and King William Road.

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Rundle Mall. Image credit: Adelaide City Council.

five. Sunday dinner at Singapore Property

With super fresh generate flowing in from the wealthy meals-developing locations about South Australia, dining out in Adelaide is a genuine treat – and surprisingly affordable. But what I obtain equal components fascinating and frustrating is that discovering an Adelaide restaurant open on a Sunday is a significant chore. Apparently the complete city is property cooking a Sunday lamb roast.

Some of my favourite Adelaide restaurants – Osteria Oggi, Gondola Gondola, Press* Meals &amp Wine – all closed on a Sunday. But do you know who is open? Singapore Property, and they’re a trusty old favourite that in no way disappoints.

You cannot place a fork incorrect at this city fringe restaurant that is reminiscent of colonial era Singapore, serving an exotic assortment of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other South East Asian street meals. Satay chicken, yellow duck curry, cheese naan, crispy beef, salt and pepper tofu… welcome to Singapore Property.

Asian fusion, Singapore House, Frewville, Adelaide

Sticky pork salad at Singapore Property

That is it. A weekend in Adelaide. Killed it.  


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