Adelaide City Guide
Situated on Australia's southern coast, Adelaide has churches, terrace houses, wide streets, and city squares that will allow you to step back in time and explore a city that's full of unique old-world charm.
But there are plenty of more modern features waiting for you in Adelaide, too! Adelaide is South Australia's capital city, and it's easy to see why. The city has something for everyone - including beaches, shopping, sporting events, and local festivals. And, since it is one of Australia's biggest cities, there are plenty of luxurious and cheap Adelaide hotels to choose from.
If you are looking for a true sensory experience, head to Adelaide's Central Market. That is where you will find a seemingly never-ending array of local produce, guest chefs, recipes, food tastings, fine wines, and even fun activities for the kids! Adelaide truly is a great place to indulge your gourmet side!
If you're starting out your trip to the Market early in the day, you won't be able to avoid the smell of fresh coffee beans being ground up. Go ahead and combine your cup with something yummy and homemade - like French toast, a baguette, or even some green eggs and ham!
With a large German community having settled in the South Australia, there's the opportunity to pick up some great German treats like Bratwurst, Mettwurst and a variety of others. Or, head to the Smelly Cheese Shop - where you'll find a variety of cheeses from all over the world. Want something truly unique? The Mushroom Man's Mushroom Shop has a enough gourmet mushrooms to give you a feast!
If you're hungry at any time of the day or night, Gouger Street is the place to be. Located just outside the Central Market, Gouger Street offers blocks of restaurants that offer cuisine from all over the world. You'll also find decor from each corner of the world - making it a stark contrast to the big legal buildings that surround the street.
For a great steak with some Argentinean flair, head to Gaucho's, where everything is butchered and seasoned right on site. Ying Chow offers some great Chinese food at great prices. There's always a crowd, and it's easy to see why!
The nightlife in Adelaide is just a varied as the food.
If you want to spend the night in a swanky Parisienne-style jazz club, head to La Boheme. For a funky vibe and an ocean view, head to Zootz , where most of the cocktails were invented by their expert bartenders.
Moskva Vodka Bar may be the trendiest of them all - featuring 6 themed bars, loud music, and even a fashion check before you're allowed through the door! The locals compare it to the upscale nightclubs that you would find in New York or Los Angeles.
For some outdoor fun, catch the Santos Tour Down Under - a week-long road cycling event that's held every January. The cyclists go through 60 different South Australian towns. When they're in Adelaide, the entire city celebrates - and for good reason. Roads all over the city are shut down to make way for the race's final stage. The cyclists take 20 laps around this “street circuit", so you can simply stand on the sidewalks and watch them whizz by!
Every March, Adelaide hosts the Clipsal 500 - a four-day motorcar race that brings hundreds of thousands of spectators to town. Just like the Tour Down Under, this race also goes right through the closed streets of Adelaide. In addition to the flashy cars, the Clipsal 500 also features several concerts.
For a few days in September, Adelaide hosts the Supaloc Classic Targa - where as many as 200 classic and touring cars race through closed streets all over the city!
The Adelaide Festival brings artists and creations from all over the world to Adelaide. For two weeks in March, you can watch opera performances,check out the outdoor entertainment, or indulge your creativity with all of the visual arts.
Adelaide Fringe is a far funkier! Held at the end of February, Adelaide Fringe is open to anyone - whether you're a professional artist or simply an amateur who likes to draw! Everything is displayed in a carnival-style environment.
WOMAdelaide is a 3-day festival in March that features music, arts, and dance - all displayed on stages around town. You can also get up close and personal with the artists and performers - and even eat your way through the festival, thanks to the popular “Taste the World" cooking program.
At the Adelaide Zoo, your entire family can learn about 1,800 of the world's most interesting creatures - like Wang Wang and Funi, two giant Panda bears that are the first to live in Australia. You can watch them exploring their forest or simply kicking back and chewing on bamboo.
The zoo also gives you a chance to feed the giraffes, take a picture with the lemurs, and get up close and personal with the lions!
If you're thirsty, there's no better place to be than Coopers Brewery! Located on South Road - in the northern part of the city - Coopers is a family-owned brewery. It was created in the 1860's as an alternative to all of the sugary-sweet ales back in Britain.
On the tour, you can learn exactly how these beers are made - and you'll even get to taste the finished product at the end!
If wine is more your thing, make sure to take a master tasting class before you hit the local wine trail. That way, you'll be able to better enjoy all of the tannins at the local wineries!
For a relaxing afternoon, take a trip to Adelaide's Botanic Gardens. That's where you will find more than 100 acres of beautiful landscaping, garden buildings, and glass houses. It is hard to imagine that anything this peaceful is just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of a major downtown area.
About an hour north of Adelaide, you'll find Barossa - South Australia's most famous wine region. Barossa is home to 50 wineries and a variety of gourmet restaurants that are open for both lunch and dinner.
An hour and a half north of Adelaide likes Clare Valley - the area's oldest wine region. Clare Valley has more than three dozen wineries and has some of the world's best Riesling.
In the Adelaide Hills - another wine region - The Lane offers great wine and great food. In fact, it's a great place to stop for lunch on the wine trail!
And, once you get your wine fill, try something different - like a microbrew and a snack at the Lobethal Bierhaus. Everything on the menu was specially-created to complement the flavours in the microbrews.
Just to the south of Adelaide, you'll find its most popular beach - Glenelg. A short tram ride from the city's King William Street will put you right on Glenelg's sandy white beaches.
Trams are actually a part of Glenelg's history. During the holidays, Glenelg's historic trams run through the area - a favourite of the locals.
There are some picnic areas around the area if you want to bring your own food. Or, you can eat at one of Glenelg's many outdoor cafes. Many of them specialize in coffee and desserts like pastries or gelato. Either way, Glenelg offers a “sweet" experience!
If you plan on being in Glenelg after the sun goes down, the Holdfast Shores Marina is the place to be. That's where you will find a variety of bars and restaurants.
If you are looking for accommodations right in the middle of town, North Toe is a great street. There are plenty of hotels up and down the street, and the area is within walking distance to both the Adelaide Convention Centre and the River Torrens.
Grote Street is also another popular area for accommodation in Adelaide. By staying there, you will be within walking distance to Gouger Street and the Central Market.
If you are looking for cheap hotels in Adelaide, your best bet may be to find something on King William Street. There are some great deals there, and, as an added benefit, you'll be right in the middle of town. If you're lucky, you might even be able to get a cheap room with a view of the historic Adelaide Town Hall building!
If you want to stay out of the hustle and bustle, there is a variety of Adelaide hotels available in Glenelg. Or, if you are looking for a more “suburban" feel, opt for a hotel in North Adelaide. The area is predominantly residential, but it does offer some quieter hotels than you will find right in the middle of town.
If you are willing to stay even further out of town, there is a variety of hotels along the wine trail. The best place to start your search for the perfect accommodation is on Barossa Valley Way - which is right in the middle of the Barossa wine region.