Adelaide is quickly becoming the lifestyle capital of Australia.
Once considered a sleepy city, Adelaide has undergone a rapid transformation with a burgeoning small-bar scene, world-class art and music, and a festival calendar to rival that of any other Australian city. Discover its laneway secrets, take in the stunning flora at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and find delicious treats around every bend.
In the city centre, Adelaide’s laneways and side streets are being transformed with hidden bars and eateries. Along Peel Street enjoy a whisky at Clever Little Tailor or espresso martini at La Moka. Hains & Co is a sailor-themed bar tucked down Gilbert Place, specialising in gin and rum. One of Adelaide’s hottest bars, Proof, can be found on Anster Street, which pairs classic cocktails with tasty share plates and gourmet toasted sandwiches. Underground bar Bank Street Social is the go-to for local craft beer and Australian spirits, while La Buvette Drinkery serves French apéritifs with a side of escargot. For coffee, visit Coffee Branch on Leigh Street, and dine on playful, modern Australian cuisine at Peel St.
Adelaide Central Market
Savour South Australia’s rich bounty of produce – farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and seafood – at Adelaide Central Market. For more than 140 years, the undercover market has been the epicentre for Adelaide’s food scene. Sip coffee and snack on freshly baked pastries. Sample local cheeses and hard-to-find international cheeses. Drop by Island Pure, which brings together more than 25 producers from Kangaroo Island, and stocks small-batch gin, flavoured oils, honey and sticky figs.
Visit Adelaide’s tree-lined boulevard, North Terrace, home to the city’s most important cultural institutions. Housed in one of Adelaide’s most beautiful buildings, the Art Gallery of South Australia features a collection of more than 38,000 works spanning Australian, European, North American and Asian art. Delve into Australia’s natural and cultural heritage at the neighbouring South Australian Museum. At the Botanic Gardens, where you can wander among thousands of species of roses. If you’re travelling with kids don’t miss the Adelaide Zoo, home to native Australian wildlife including koalas, Australian sea lions and kangaroos. If you love cricket, let us know so we can arrange a tour of the Adelaide Oval, visiting the Bradman Collection, a private collection of memorabilia from Australia’s great Sir Donald Bradman. For the more adventurous, a climb over the top of Adelaide Oval at dusk is a beautiful way to view the city.
Mere minutes away from central Adelaide you’ll find North Adelaide, a suburb surrounded by parklands. Wander along the idyllic streets, filled with heritage mansions, villas, and worker’s cottages shaded by the canopies of perennial trees. Many of the pubs and hotels are heritage listed. O’Connell and Melbourne Streets have long been bustling dining and shopping destinations offering a wide range of cafes, long-standing restaurants and trendy boutiques. The Botanic Garden, next to Adelaide Zoo, includes rare plants, while the Adelaide Oval stadium hosts cricket and football. Victorian-era St. Peter’s Cathedral has stained glass and sculptures.
Adelaide Park Lands
The Adelaide Park Lands are an extensive park system that loops around the city. From the refined Adelaide Himeji Garden to the wild beauty of Moreton Bay Figs, the city’s formal gardens and squares are both functional and beautiful. You’ll appreciate the elegance of the gardens and memorials across the city. Don’t miss a visit to the Riverbank Park Lands where you can soak up the sweeping views across the River Torrens while you work out or connect with flora or fauna.
Adelaide’s Park Lands lay claim to being the first public park in the world. Before Adelaide was established in 1837, parks throughout the world were reserved for royalty and wealthy land-owners. The Park Lands are a unique inheritance of a well-planned city thanks to the city’s first Surveyor-General, Colonel William Light.
Adelaide is host to the massive Adelaide Fringe, Tasting Australia, Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, Santos Tour Down Under, National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant and Superloop Adelaide 500.Calendar of Events