The Kimye Guide To Adelaide

The Kimye Guide To Adelaide

Your guide to the most exclusive restaurants, bars, accommodation, shops and experiences in Adelaide.

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As the whole of Adelaide knows, our pretty little state was recently graced with the presence of Kanye “I Am A God” West and Kim “My Booty Is Real” Kardashian. Like any megastar would, they ate, drank, dribbled and slept at only the very best premises’ that Adelaide has to offer.

A deluxe suite at the Intercontinental, dinner at Jamie Oliver’s newest restaurant and the whole Adelaide Arena to themselves for a causal game of basketball. Their drivers sure knew where to take the hottest couple on the planet.

Adelaide gets quite a number of superstars passing through (though not as many as Sydney or Melbourne) on their whirlwind world tours and publicity trips, and they’re often treated to the most exclusive activities that many South Australians don’t even know about.

We at Glam Adelaide have compiled a list of the crème de la crème of Adelaide life. Segmented by our 4 glamorous sections – Food & Wine, Accommodation, Shopping, and Experience – if you follow this list, you too can live it up in your hometown like a celebrity. Why not?!

 

Food & Wine

Jamie's Italian
Jamie’s Italian

Chianti: Too cool to eat with the general public? S’ok, Chianti feels ya. This restaurant, situated on Hutt St, has both a private room and a back entrance. If it’s good enough for One Direction, it’s good enough for you.
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Penfolds Magill Estate: South Australia’s best restaurant. Officially. Placed number 10 on the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide: The Top 100, the Magill Estate is the highest placing Adelaide restaurant. This is fine dining, Adelaide style, people. Experience the very best wine and produce that South Australia has to offer in the beautiful surrounds of the foothills. Spectacular views of our city come free of charge, the rest.
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Gallery on Waymouth: A gallery on the bottom and a rooftop bar on top, this beautiful, modern space boasts some of the best inner city views of Adelaide. There are three levels to the building, all of which can be completely hired out any day of the week. Perfect for you and your entourage.
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Jamie’s Italian: If Kimye liked it, you’re gonna love it. Described by Rip It Up as “the gastronomic equivalent of The Beatles landing in the city of churches”, Adelaide’s newest, hottest restaurant is the place to eat.
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Sean’s Kitchen: So hot, it hasn’t opened yet. Celebrity chef, Sean Connolley is opening a new “world class” restaurant in the Adelaide Casino. With a focus on South Australian fresh produce, this place is predicted to be a big hit with the locals. Early October, people. Get in line.
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Orana: The chef and founder of this exquisite restaurant is the talented Jock Zonfrillo, the former executive chef at Magill Estate. If that doesn’t convince you alone, read on. Fronted by the trendy bar, Street ADL, Orana is situated upstairs, and offers intimate fine-dining for a maximum of 25 guests. With a separate entrance and a private lounge area, the space is a perfect fit for those seeking refuge from the paparazzi. You also need to have a celebrity bankroll to eat here. It’s super exclusive (and worth every penny).
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Gauchos: Australia’s first Argentinian restaurant is a definite crowd favourite. Is the spectacular service, ridiculously delicious food or the down right amazing wine that keeps the celebs coming back? All of the above. The restaurant is a popular haunt amongst some of the biggest bands touring Adelaide. For a chilled night out, start here.
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Shiki: For award winning, world-class Japanese in the heart of Adelaide look no further. Dine among the buzzing atmosphere of Shiki’s regular VIP patrons, or guests plagued by the paps can dine in the privacy of a Private Dining Room. Located in the iconic InterContinental hotel, guests can go from their suite to the dining room without the Paparazzi being any the wiser.
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The Little Hunter: Make like Courtney Love and head to The Little Hunter on a Saturday night for some quality steak and ale.
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Bars

Collin's Bar
The Collins Bar

The Collins Bar: Located in the heart of the city at the Hilton Adelaide, The Collins Bar is a cornucopia of creative cocktails. Its patrons range from Adelaide’s fashion set, to the celebs staying in the hotel, and when you don’t need to leave the relative safety of the hotel, it’s a perfect option for those keeping their visit on the down low.
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Udaberri: Adelaide’s wine bar scene is thriving at the moment, and Udaberri is the leader of the pack. Established before Peel St and Leigh St became a thing, Udaberri is one of Adelaide’s most loved bars. Though physically small, Udaberri is home to an extensive list of gins, wines, beers, and sumptuous platters. Whether you’re sitting with your entourage at the cosy bar, by the open kitchen, or overlooking the bustling crowd on the mezzanine, you’ll completely forget you’re in little old Adelaide, and be transported to a place far far away.
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The Tasting Room: If there has been one retailer in the Rundle Street East End location that has constantly kicked the pants off of the Adelaide wine scene, it is the wine retailer, importer and wholesaler, East End Cellars. The founder of Adelaide’s best wine shop, Michael Andrewartha, has gone one step further with his new business, The Tasting Room, which takes the action of purchasing wine to new places. Located in the new East End Cellars location straight across the avenue, The Tasting Room is an intimate space where patrons can enjoy a glass of wine or two with a platter before taking them home. This place is more of a ‘wine after work’ than a ‘wine after dinner’ type of venue. Nice and civilised and it’s THE PLACE to get the best wines in town for you and your celebrity entourage. When only the best will do…
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Mother Vine: Founded by the guys at East End Cellars and located in the old East End Cellars premises, Mother Vine is premium wine bar home to over 300 wines. The wine list showcases the best independent winemakers in Australia. You’ll also find the very best French, Italian, Spanish and German wines here. Did we mention how beautiful the interior is? Stunning. It’s also located on Ebeneezer Place so you can discreetly arrive and leave without the Paparazzi finding out. Convenient.
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Accommodation

Playford3
The Playford

InterContinental Adelaide: The go-to hotel for Famous People On Tour. Located between the cultural boulevard of North Terrace and the picturesque River Torrens, the luxury hotel claims Adelaide’s prime location. Everyone from Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga has stayed there. And Kimye stayed here, so you know it’s okay.
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Hilton Adelaide: Located on Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is situated in the heart of the city’s shopping, dining and entertainment precincts. With a full size tennis court, a large heated outdoor pool, hot and cold plunge pools, a sauna, a 24 hour gym, 17 flexible meeting rooms, a seriously South Australian restaurant, and two of Adelaide’s hottest bars (see The Collins Bar above) the hotel certainly provides for their guests. The hotel is host to VIPs from all over the world, including Pearl Jam, the Tour Down Under cyclists, and Big Day Out artists.
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The Playford: Winner of “Best Deluxe Accommodation” at the AHA Awards 2009 – 2012 and 2014, and “Best Luxury Accommodation” at the SA Tourism Awards 2009 – 2011 and 2013, The Playford is a must when travelling to Adelaide. Offering organic, bio dynamic and free range produce wherever possible, the award-winning restaurant, The Playford Restaurant, is also a necessary venture for health conscious travellers.
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The Watson: Launched in August 2014, boutique luxury hotel, The Watson, is part of the relatively new hotel chain, Art Series Hotel Group. But that’s not to say it isn’t worth a stay. Because it is. The premium hotel is set amongst the tree tops of leafy village, Walkerville, overlooking the majestic Adelaide Hills. The Watson draws inspiration from Indigenous artist, Tommy Watson, and boasts open planned self contained suites, onsite restaurant, 25 metre lap pool, gymnasium, conference and events facilities and long stay Residence apartments.
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Novotel Barossa: For those seeking a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Novotel in the Barossa Valley offers just that. The “restful haven nestled among the vines” has the tick of approval from One Direction, which is basically better than a 5 star rating. Having just undergone a million dollar refurbishment, you can rest assured that your time at the resort will be private, luxurious and stylish.
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The Louise: Food, wine, luxury accommodation and a genuine welcome await special guests at The Louise Barossa Valley. The Louise offers absolute luxury and inspired design with private spaces, generous ensuites and breathtaking vineyard views. Guests can choose from an elaborate menu of ‘Experiences,’ including in-suite massages, tailor made wine tours, air balloon adventures, trike tours, exclusive wine tastings with wine makers, breakfast among the kangaroos, and masterclasses at local wineries.
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The Reserve Barossa Valley: Enviable in the extreme, this exclusive, self-catered residence is located in the secluded Barossa Valley. With its own helipad, guests can arrange helicopter transfers and charters at their own leisure. There’s also a separate wing for your nanny (or helicopter pilot) to stay in during your visit. If you’re heading to The Reserve be sure to take advantage of the six person spa under the vines.
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Shopping

Adelaide Arcade
Adelaide Arcade

Burnside Village: Located in the beautiful suburb of Glenside, The Village is home to South Australia’s first Zara store, as well as the first for stores such as Husk, Willow and sass & bide. Adding to the most impressive fashion offer includes Calvin Klein Jeans, Mimco, Peter Alexander and Oroton as well as many other celebrated brands. It features impressive glass ceilings in two atrium malls. The natural light creates an indoor-outdoor feel and enables the customers to relax and unwind during their shopping outings.
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The Parade: Indulge in books, furniture, homewares, food, fashion, gifts, accessories and more down Adelaide’s most stylish shopping precinct. Five minutes from the CBD, with easy parking and essential services within walking distance, The Parade has everything casual shoppers could possible want and need.
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Rundle Street: The quirkier, trendier alternative to Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, Rundle Street East is the heart beat of Adelaide’s cosmopolitan East End District. The street is home to Adelaide’s best known cafés, restaurants and wine bars, cutting-edge fashion stores and leading designer labels, funky gifts, home wares, jewellery, accessories and much, much more. A slight wander off the beaten track will lead you to Ebenezer Place and Vardon Avenue, which are small pockets of hipster paradise. Mix with Adelaide’s arty, creative types and discover the wonders of Adelaide’s cooler side of town.
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Adelaide Arcade: Take a step back into Olden Adelaide in the Adelaide Arcade, and get your shoes shined, your beard trimmed at the barber, your new wig made to your exact measurements, your hats refurbished and your clothes fitted at the bespoke tailor. Adelaide Arcade is home to over 100 shops and some of the most stunning architecture in Adelaide. Founded in 1880, the arcade will turn a whopping 130 years old in 2015.
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Sally Phillips: So you’re too famous to troll through the local haunts, but really want to shop some serious fashion? Head to Sally Phillip’s showroom on Melbourne St. Get your PA to book an appointment with South Australia’s most exclusive designer for a one on one styling session. Dannii Minogue is dressed by Sally Phillips, so it’s certified.
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Private Shopping Tours: You’re on a strict schedule and you don’t have time to waste wandering around Adelaide’s many shopping precincts. Book a personal stylist to guide you straight to the crème de la crème of Adelaide shopping. Head straight to the best of the best; Rundle Mall’s official stylist, Tamara Nicole.
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Experience

Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Arena: Why not hire out the entire Adelaide Arena to play a bit of basketball like Kanye? Yolo.
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Golf: Justin Timberlake’s first choice, The Royal Adelaide Gold Club, is among the top 10 golf courses in Australia, and the top 100 in the world. If you’re going to golf in Adelaide, it’s here.
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Adelaide Oval: Watch a game of football in a private corporate box at Adelaide Oval. If you’re going to get into footy, you’ve got to do it in style, because sitting outside, or even worse, standing, is so pedestrian.
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Private Wine Tour: What’s better than a private wine tour in the Barossa Valley? A private wine tour on a helicopter, or course. Book your tour here now.
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The Reserve Barossa Valley (again): In fact, if you’re keen for any adventure in the Barossa, be it hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, bike rides or wine tours, do it in style while you’re staying at The Reserve.
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