The city of Adelaide is the gateway to South Australia from Singapore with a daily direct flight. Home to some of the most vibrant and culturally diverse festivals and world-class vineyards in Australia, this city has made eating and drinking its way of life. From trendy bars and boutique watering holes to an increasing amount of craft brewers and distillers calling the city home, thirst will never be an issue here! Can't decide between spending your day swimming with dolphins at Glenelg, kayaking on the Port River or cycling through the Adelaide Park Lands, or meeting the cute and cuddly wildlife at the city zoo. We've listed the top 5 things that you must do in Adelaide.
Explore ornate arcades with local finds and laneways enticing you with quirky cafes between shops. Check out the East End precinct at the lower end of Rundle Street and Ebenezer Place for home grown designers, locals artists work and unique homewares. Rundle Street, nestled in the heart of the city, houses award-winning restaurants and the go-to destination for stylish boutiques as well as international brands and Australian department stores in Rundle Mall. Out of town you can check out Westfield Marion, Adelaide’s largest shopping mall or Harbour Town at West Beach for a factory outlet spree at designer stores.
Brunch is a way of life in Adelaide. From casual but trendy eateries such as Hey Jupiter, Public (pictured), My Kingdom for a Horse and Peter Rabbit in the city to gems in the nearby area such as Mister Sunshine’s, Loose Caboose or Malobo you’ll find the perfect place to grab a bite. For something sweet dont miss Bakery on O’Connell which serves Australian classics and twists on favourites such as a Nutella heart doughnut- what’s more its open 24 hours a day to suit your fancy. A growing street food culture is growing in the city, check out Fork on the Road for food truck events around the state.
Whether you are staying in self catering accommodation and looking for some local produce to create something to feast on or just want to sample the produce of home grown talent, there is a extensive variety of markets to explore in the city. From vintage treasures, food trucks, recycled arts, and of course something sweet or freshly brewed to enjoy, you won’t be disappointed. Start your journey at Adelaide Central Markets (remember to check their opening hours - they're usually closed on Sunday, Mondays, and on public holidays!) or a host of Sunday markets at Fishermen’s Wharf Markets, Gepps Cross Treasure Market and Torrens Island Market.
Home to museums, the Art Gallery and the State library, North Terrace is the cultural heart of Adelaide. View works from local artists with a trip to JamFactory or learn about Aboriginal art and culture at Tandanya. To experience some of South Australia’s history, step in the gallery to learn about the state's grizzly past, or visit Australia’s largest National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide. With extensive park lands and inner city green places to explore, don’t miss a walk around the Adelaide Botanic Garden or the centrally-located Adelaide Zoo to meet some local wildlife!
Nestled in the heart of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens is The National Wine Centre of Australia, a truly special place to start your gastronomic journey in South Australia. From grape growing in the centres own vineyard to the country’s largest wine cellar, come and explore the home of the nations wine collection. From tasting to learning the chemistry of wine to the history of the vines, make sure to pay a visit here. With experiences as near as 15 minutes from the CBD such as Penfolds Magill Estate in Adelaide’s beautiful foothills where you can explore a labyrinth of underground tunnels and bluestone cellars before treating yourself to lunch or dinner at their multi award-winning fine dining restaurant, don’t be afraid to venture of out of town.