Adelaide’s Top Places – A Visitor’s Guide To Our City

This is basically the guide to everything awesome about Adelaide and South Australia. You’re welcome!

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There’s a Blockchain conference in town – along with a stack of other things bringing visitors to Adelaide. Alongside your set agenda, there’s plenty of fantastic things to do in SA, so we’ve created this guide for you. From wineries to new restaurants, rooftop destinations, shopping precincts, local events and seaside spots to relax.

*This article was originally published on January 2 2018*

Adelaide City

Six Great Destinations

Adelaide Central Market – 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide: 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, exploring the laneways that have some hidden gems (Adelaide Library, Lindes Lane Bar, Raw & Real Juicery, and more).

North Terrace: The Museum, Art Gallery, Uni, Botanic Gardens and Tiffany & Co are all found here. Great place to take a walk and take in some sights. The amazing Botanic Gardens Restaurant is also hidden in the Botanic Garden so do yourself a favour and treat yourself.

Peel & Leigh St: A bar hopping hub that’s the food, wine and cocktail lovers dream, on the move that is. You’ll want to try out every single bar on these streets. From underground bar Maybe Mae 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 and wine bar) and Mothervine (proper bar).

Our Six Favourite Fine Dining Restaurants

2KW – 2 King William Street, Adelaide George’s on Waymouth – 20 Waymouth Street, Adelaide Hill of Grace Restaurant – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Orana – Upstairs, 285 Rundle Street, Adelaide Osteria Oggi – 76 Pirie Street, Adelaide Blackwood – 285 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Our Favourite Funky Restaurants

Africola – 4 East Terrace, Adelaide Gondola Gondola – 1 Peel Street, Adelaide Lady Burra Brewhouse – 4 Topham Mall, Adelaide Mexican Society – 140 Gouger Street, Adelaide Spaghetti Western Saloon and Dining Hall – 111 King William Street, Adelaide Treasury 1860 – 144 King William Street, Adelaide.

Our Favourite Casual Dining Restaurants

Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar – 94 Frome Street, Adelaide Etica – 125 Gilles Street, Adelaide Golden Boy – 309 North Terrace, Adelaide Sean’s Kitchen – Station Road, Adelaide Sunny’s – 17 Solomon Street, Adelaide Drunken Sailor – 10 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. Hut and Soul Eatery – 310 Pulteney Street, Adelaide Iberia – 279 Rundle Street, Adelaide

Our Favourite Cheap Eats

Cantina Sociale – 108 Sturt Street, Adelaide Mandoo Korean Dumplings – 23 Bank Street, Adelaide Ryo’s Noodles – 80 Gouger Street, Adelaide Vietnamese Laundry – 152 Sturt Street, Adelaide Zambrero – Shop 2, 214-216 Rundle Street, Adelaide Poké Me – 92 Gawler Place, Adelaide, SA 5000

Our Favourite Hotel Bars

Hennessy – Mayfair, 45 King William Street, Adelaide Redsalt Bar – Crowne Plaza, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide Sebastyan’s Bar – Hotel Grand Chancellor, 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide The Atrium Lounge – InterContinental, North Terrace, Adelaide

Our Favourite Hotel Restaurants

Coal Cellar & Grill – Hilton, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide Ginza Miyako – Stamford Plaza, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide Mayflower Restaurant and Bar – Mayfair Hotel, 45 King William Street, Adelaide Redsalt Restaurant – Crowne Plaza, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide Shiki – InterContinental, North Terrace, Adelaide

Our Favourite Pubs

Hotel Wright Street – 88 Wright Street, Adelaide The Austral Hotel – 205 Rundle Street, Adelaide The Stag – 299 Rundle Street, Adelaide Union Hotel – 70 Waymouth Street, Adelaide The Duke of Brunswick – 207 Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000

Our Favourite Small Bars

Hains & Co. – 23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide NOLA – 293 – 295 Rundle Street, Adelaide Noble Gentleman – Tenancy 3, Ground Floor, 41 Currie Street Pink Moon Saloon – 21 Leigh Street, Adelaide Udaberri – 11 Leigh Street, Adelaide Red October – 22 Gilbert Place, Adelaide Happy Sally – 121 Pirie St, Adelaide Neon Bar – Festival Drive – Riverfront, Adelaide

Our Favourite Bigger Bars

Electra House – 131-139 King William Street, Adelaide The Gallery – 30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide La Rambla – 28 Peel Street, Adelaide Wined Bar – CNR Botanic Road and Hackney Road, Adelaide Disco Mexico – 140 Gouger St, Adelaide Malt Shovel Taphouse – Festival Centre, Festival Dr, Adelaide

Our Favourite Party Places

Fat Controller – CNR Bank Street and North Terrace, Adelaide Rocket Bar & Rooftop – 142 Hindley St, Adelaide Roxie’s – 188 Grenfell Street, Adelaide Cry Baby – 11 Solomon Street, Adelaide

Our Favourite Coffee Spots

Abbots and Kinney – 78 Pirie Street, Adelaide Coffee Branch – 32 Leigh Street, Adelaide Exchange Specialty Coffee – Shops 1 & 2, 12-18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide Monday’s Coffee Store – 7/38 Gawler Place, Adelaide Please Say Please – 50 Grenfell Street, Adelaide

Our Favourite Cafes

Coffylosophy – 198A Hutt Street, Adelaide Hey Jupiter – 11 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide My Kingdom for a Horse – 191-195 Wright Street, Adelaide Penny University – 1/7 Union Street, Adelaide Peter Rabbit – CNR Hindley Street and Liverpool Street, Adelaide Home Ground – Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

The Five Best Martinis

Bank Street Social – 48 Hindley Street, Adelaide Hotel Richmond – 128 Rundle Mall, Adelaide Madame Hanoi – Adelaide Casino, North Terrace, Adelaide La Buvette Drinkery – 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide Collins Bar – Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide

The Five Best Burgers

Bread & Bone – 15 Peel Street, Adelaide Burger Theory – 8-10 Union Street, Adelaide Betty’s Burgers – 211-215 Rundle Street, Adelaide, SA, 5000. FB’s Fancy Burgers – 17 Synagogue Place, Adelaide Press Food and Wine – 40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide The Taxpayer – 193 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Our Favourite Vegetarian Eats 

Bambi’s Kitchen – 31 East Terrace, Adelaide Coco Flamingo – 143 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide Bliss Organic Cafe – 7 Compton Street, Adelaide Thea Tea Shop – 110 Gawler Pl, Adelaide SA 5000 Two-Bit Villains – Shop 150 Balcony Level, Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide Vego & Love’N It – Level 1, 240 Rundle Street, Adelaide Zenhouse Vegetarian Yum Cha – 17-19 Bent Street, Adelaide

Our Favourite Dessert Spots

Chocolateria San Churro – Shop 5, 300 Rundle Street, Adelaide Le Carpe Diem – 230-232 Grenfell Street, Adelaide Gelatissimo – 280 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000 St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert – 19 Gouger Street, Adelaide

The Top Five Cheeseboards

Bar Torino – 158 Hutt Street, Adelaide Casablabla – 12 Leigh Street, Adelaide Lindes Lane – Lindes Lane (next to the Malls Balls in Rundle Mall), Adelaide Mother Vine – 22-26 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide The Tasting Room – 23 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide

Our Favourite Healthy Eating Spots

Goodies & Grains – Shop 21/22 Central Market Plaza, Gouger Street, Adelaide Raw & Real Juicery and Kitchen – 20 James Place, Adelaide Sushi Planet – 1/60 West Terrace, Adelaide Coco Jumbo – 14 Topham Mall, Adelaide Poké Me – 92 Gawler Pl, Adelaide SA 5000

Must Visit Buildings/Gardens/Attractions in the CBD

Adelaide Botanic Gardens – North Terrace, Adelaide Adelaide Oval – King William Road, North Adelaide Adelaide Zoo – Frome Road, Adelaide Art Gallery of South Australia – North Terrace, Adelaide South Australian Museum – North Terrace, Adelaide State Library of South Australia – CNR North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide The Popeye Cruise – Elder Park, Adelaide

EXPLORE SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wine Regions

Our Favourite Wineries in the Adelaide Hills

Artwine Estate – 72 Bird In Hand Road, Woodside Bird in Hand – CNR Bird In Hand Road and Pfeiffer Road, Woodside Howard Vineyard – 53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne Longview Vineyard – Pound Road, Macclesfield Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – 166 Harris Road, Lenswood Paracombe Wines – 294B Paracombe Road, Paracombe Sidewood Estate – 15 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun

Our Favourite Wineries in the Barossa Valley

Grant Burge Wines – Krondorf Rd, Tanunda Penfolds Wines – 30 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa Schild Estate –  1 Lyndoch Valley Road, Lydoch St Hallett Wines – St Hallett Road, Tanunda Villa Tinto – LOT 561 Krondorf Rd, Tanunda

Our Favourite Wineries in the Clare Valley

Claymore Wines – 7145 Horrocks Highway, Leasingham Kilkanoon Wines – Penna Lane, Penwortham Mad Bastard Wines – 1km North of Clare Township on Main North Road Pikes Wines – Polish Hill River Road, Sevenhill Shut the Gate Wines – 2 Main North Road, Watervale

Our Favourite Wineries in the McLaren Vale

d’Arenberg – 1 Osborn Road, McLaren Flat De Lisio Wines – Seaview Road, McLaren Vale Gemtree Wines – 167 Elliott Road, McLaren Flat Coriole Vineyards – Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171 Wirra Wirra Wines – McMurtrie Road, McLaren Vale

The Must Try South Australian Produce

Coopers Brewery – 461 South Road, Regency Park Haigh’s Chocolate Factory – 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside Woodside Cheese Wrights – 22 Henry Street, Woodside

Top Shopping Precincts

Burnside Village – 447 Portrush Road, Glenside Harbour Town – 727 Tapleys Hill Road, West Beach Jetty Road – Glenelg King William Road – Hyde Park Magill Road – Magill Rundle Mall – Adelaide Rundle Street East – 241-299 Rundle Street, Adelaide The Parade – Norwood

South Australian Beaches (Local)

Brighton Beach Glenelg Beach Henley Beach Port Noarlunga Semaphore Beach

South Australian Beaches (Destination)

Eyre Peninsula Fleurieu Peninsula  Kangaroo Island Limestone Coast Yorke Peninsula 

Want more information? We have put together some pretty amazing guides in our time, check out this list *claps hands*:

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Adelaide’s Best Brunch Spots

Comprehensive Guide to Adelaide’s New Bars

The Hottest New Restaurants 

Cycling South Australia

Eating (and ‘wineing’) Around McLaren Vale

Eating Kangaroo Island

A Guide to Adelaide’s Rooftop Bars

The Best Coffee Spots in the CBD

The Best SA Chefs (and where you can try their food)

Things To Do In Adelaide When It Is Damn Hot

Top Ten Cafes for Cyclists

Vegetarian/Vegan Spots Around Town

If you think there is a destination/venue/activity that we need to add, please feel free to comment with your suggestions!

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