Adelaide has always been a relaxing, cultured, leafy, friendly, boutique city to visit, but lately a fresh energy is bubbling away. This vitality comes from the addition of new bars, restaurants, precincts, festivals, markets, building developments and public art works. There is so much to see and do, but where to start?
Whether you are travelling to Adelaide from abroad, interstate, or a local who has an event in the city and doesn’t want to drive… we’ve come up with this jam packed itinerary for you to get the most out of your time.
2:00pm – Check In: Majestic Minima Hotel – O’Connell Street Adelaide.
Located on the city fringe, surrounded by quality cafes, pubs and pretty sights, this awesome hotel offers guests bang for their buck! Currently, the Majestic Minima has stylish and affordable accommodation for only $99 per night and the rooms are ridiculously cool as each one has been transformed by a South Australian artist. It is in walking distance to key tourist attractions such as the Adelaide Oval, Botanic Park and The Zoo.
3:00pm – Melbourne Street
After you have settled in, take a leisurely stroll along Melbourne Street to suss out your surroundings. If the need for a caffeine or sugar hit arises, grab a coffee or gelato from Bononia or Cibo. We’ve created a handy guide for all the best eats and treats on Melbourne Street.
4:00pm – National Wine Centre
Make your way to the National Wine Centre of Australia, a beautifully designed building that showcases vinos from all over our fair country. Whilst there, you can become a wine expert by taking the self-guided discovery journey, participating in a tasting and consuming a glass or two.
6:00pm – 2KW
It’s time for dinner at 2KW, one of Adelaide’s best restaurants and bars with spectacular views, great music and stylish decor. Relax on their rooftop bar and enjoy the incredible cityscape as the sun goes down and beautiful colours light the sky.
8:45pm – After dinner drinks
If you’re keen for after dinner drinks close to 2KW, the following bars on the western side of the city are rippers… Hains & Co, Alfred’s, Chiuahua, Maybe Mae, Clever Little Taylor and Pink Moon Saloon. Additionally, check out our guide to the newest bars in Adelaide for more options.
9:30am – Adelaide Central Markets
After a bit of a sleep in and maybe a dose of Vitamin B, head off to the Adelaide Central Markets for breakfast on the free City Loop Bus.
At the markets you will be spoilt for choice, but we recommend visiting places like Big Table, Jam Face (by Poh from Masterchef), Zuma Café, Zed’s Café and Lucia’s Spaghetti and Pizza Bar. Leave some room for other delights available to sample around the markets as well, you’ll easily spend a few hours here!
1:00pm – Sean’s Kitchen
From the markets, take the tram from Victoria Square to the Adelaide Train Station. Head on over to Sean’s Kitchen which is within the Sky City complex. This restaurant is inspired by New York Brasseries and utilises the best of South Australia’s produce in an open and contemporary atmosphere.
2:30pm – Have a wander
Take a wander through Sky City Adelaide on your way to the mall for some shopping or take a stroll down to the Torrens for a coffee and then make your way to the Adelaide Oval.
4:45pm – Adelaide Oval Roof Climb
Participate in an Adelaide Oval Roof Climb. This is a safe and super fun two hour activity where “climbers” are lead by an experienced guide to witness amazing views of the city. This can be throughout the day or at twilight.
7:00pm – Refresh or re-drink
Head back to the Majestic Minima to freshen up or head straight to NOLA (28 Vardon Ave Adelaide) for some refreshing ales, whiskies or cocktails. NOLA is a New Orleans inspired eatery with a great drinks menu.
8:00pm – Dinner on Rundle Street
For dinner, make a choice between two restaurants on Rundle Street: Bistro Blackwood, which has an exceptionally delicious menu and is run by award winning chef Jock Zonfrillo, and Iberia, a Spanish/Portuguese “tapas-esque” restaurant and bar, with yummy plates (that are made for sharing…or not!)
9:30pm – Mr Goodbar nightcap
If you’d like a quick nightcap before you head back to the Majestic Minima, Mr Goodbar has a great selection and cosy ambience. Otherwise, get yourself back to the hotel for a much needed rest.
8:45am – Breakfast at The Store
After a luscious sleep in a comfy bed, take a quick stroll to The Store for a great breakfast (or brunch). We can’t go past their Beetroot and Ricotta on toast, or their Portabello Mushroom Florentine!
10:00am – Check Out
Check out of your accommodation at 10am, we’re sure the team will hold onto you bags while you spend your last day exploring.
On your last day, we have no doubt you want to choose-your-own-adventure, so we’ve given you four options in different locations in the outer Adelaide area – two in the Adelaide Hills, one in Barossa Valley and one in McLaren Vale. If you don’t like any of these options, perhaps check out a couple of the best restaurants in Adelaide for 2018.
Head away from the CBD into a natural world of beauty and again – ridiculously great food and wine! No trip is complete without a visit to the Adelaide Hills, a region of stunning scenery, excellent local produce and lovely townships.
11:00am – Pike & Joyce Wines, Lenswood
12:30pm – Lunch at Mt Lofty House
2:15pm – Wine Tasting or Coffee at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
11am – Howard Vineyard, Nairne
12:45pm – Lunch at The Haus Hahndorf
2:00pm – Take a leisurely stroll along the main street stopping at Udder Delights Cellar Door, Chocolate @ No 5 and The Candlemaker shop.
A beautiful wine region that is located close to pristine beaches and coastline, as well as not being too far from the city. The wines produced here are world-class, so you’ll want to taste them all!
11:00am – D’Arenberg Winery & Cube
12:30pm – Lunch at Pizzateca or Vasarellis
2:00pm – Tastings at Wirra Wirra
A historic region with generous hospitality and exceptionally good food and wine, Barossa Valley is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.
11:15am – Rockford Winery
12:00pm – Grant Burge Winery
1:00pm – Lunch at Hentley Farm Wines
3:00pm – Penfold’s Winery
4:15pm – Coffee, cake and a shop at Maggie Beer’s Farm
6:30pm – Final dinner
If you can possibly fit it in before you leave, we recommend dinner at Stella Restaurant in Henley Beach, for excellent food and epic sunsets.
It’s no secret that South Australia has so much to offer and these suggestions are just the tip of a very large iceberg. Enjoy your stay!
By Hannah McCarthy-Oliver