A Splash of Outdoor Dining in Chesser Street

Chesser Street has undergone a transformation as part of Splash Adelaide, Premier Jay Weatherill and Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood’s suite of urban experiments aimed at activating city streets.

The campaign is jointly funded by the State Government and Adelaide City Council and aims to enliven and activate the city’s underused spaces over summer.

The historic laneway will come alive with outdoor dining, bright blue lanterns, artificial grass, wine barrels and planters and shaded spots to sit and relax over summer. The Chesser Cellar restaurant and Bar will bring dining and live music into the street in the evenings and The Perfect Cup will extend under the shaded arbours during the day to support this oasis for citygoers.

“Chesser Street is one of those intimate Adelaide streets filled with history and detail, and it’s a place that’s totally, authentically Adelaide. Enjoy a walk through a reimagined Chesser Street and tell us what you think,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

“What you tell us is vitally important. At the end of the project in March, we’ll use this feedback to see what works for Adelaide.”

“It’s wonderful that finally Chesser Street has been able to echo Europe with Outdoor Dining, under the vines. Hopefully this style of eating will be able to stay,” said owner of Chesser Cellars, Primo Caon.

To create this public plaza area, the northernmost and southernmost sides of Chesser will be closed temporarily from 3rd February until the end of March. Private car parking access for businesses in Chesser Street will be via French Street during the pilot.

Feedback on the project is welcomed via [email protected] and will be considered as part of the pilot’s assessment. For further information, head to

Other Splash Adelaide projects currently happening around the city include:

Bike Park in Hindmarsh Square, run by Bike SA and providing secure bike storage, showers, toilets and cloakroom, maps and information, as well as food and coffee.

‘Shangri-La in the City,’ hosted by the Saldechin Tea Room, includes a new al-fresco dining space, laneway bar and the closure of Gresham Place and Gresham Lane.

Leigh Street ‘Alfresco Fridays’ with increased outdoor dining and road closure from 12 noon.

The East End Association’s ‘Summer Fridays’.

Giant water balls on either the River Torrens or Bonython Lake.

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