A Local’s Guide to Adelaide: ‘It can be a little discreet, but also exciting’ | Adelaide Holidays


With so much produce grown near the city, Adelaideans are used to having access to really fresh food. The best place to see this is Central Market, a tightly packed little world of food stalls that had no place for anything mediocre. The result is a dense swath of people who are genuinely interested in food and fresh produce.

I love to shop there, but it’s also a great place to have lunch. sandwiches in Lucia as good as you get; They get the best bread out there every day, use South Australian olive oil instead of butter and the charcuterie is sliced ​​in front of you to order. I also love SaudadeThe Portuguese custard tarts are still warm on request and come sprinkled with cinnamon.

Saudade - Portuguese custard tarts in Adelaide Central Market.  Australia
Saudade Portuguese custard tarts at Adelaide Central Market


Adelaide can be a little reserved, but it’s also really sexy, and Art Gallery of South Australia Envelop both sides of it. When you walk in it feels really European and old school, but then you go a step further and find new collections and great contemporary works. I am really drawn to Nora Heisen’s flower paintings, and Tarnanthi It is a wonderful festival that highlights the unconventional and unexpected approach that many Aboriginal acts take.

From there, you can tick off a lot of the arty boxes within a 15-minute walk to the gallery. the South Australian Museum He has an impressive collection of Aboriginal art, and MOD (Discovery Museum) looks at the future of art and technology. jam factory is an educational space that also showcases artisans, jewelers and furniture makers, while samstagAnd Sasa And shred Contemporary galleries focusing on South Australia are accessible.

Art Gallery of South Australia.
Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Patrick Cooper/Alamy


It is only a 20 minute drive into town Adelaide If you get good hills, but there’s such a rapid shift in the landscape it’s like you’re two hours away. This helps fuel a large community of makers with a strong philosophy of supporting local people.

the bride In Piccadilly is a coffee shop that also bakes amazing bread, and Ensemble Studios Next door is a lovely shop with three owners who make shoes, earrings and flowers. The Scenic Hotel A great place to end the day. You have to try the kangaroo slide, it has views that look across the valley to the ocean.

Green area

The parkland around Adelaide city center is the reason why Adelaide is one of only two National Park Cities In the world, but I’m obsessed with Botanical garden. There is so much to see, you could get lost for a whole day; The Palm House is a bland building with panes of vivid blue glass that make it feel otherworldly. The Amazon Waterlily Pavilion is stunning and the giant lilies look like something out of a movie set. But my favorite is the Museum of Economic Botany, which is a stark time capsule of things related to agriculture and plants in South Australia. It’s a peaceful haven within the garden, and a reminder that Europeans weren’t always here.

The Palm House Adelaide Botanic Garden.
The Palm House in the Adelaide Botanic Garden. Photo: zensu/Getty Images/iStockphoto


I lived in Melbourne for seven years and when I moved back to Adelaide in 2016 the bistro scene was pumping pretty much. They completely changed the atmosphere at night and made the city more accessible, diverse and welcoming. Now you can always find a bar that matches your mood. Odaberry It is the original mini bar and is still one of the best, while Haynes & Co Refined and has expertly crafted drinks. lok is an attractive space with an impressive selection of natural wines, and 1000 islands It feels like a nightclub where you can be an adult and not feel out of place.

Hains & Co, one of Adelaide's many small bars.
Hains & Co, one of Adelaide’s many small bars. Photo: Josh Gillen/Heinz & Associates


If you want to get the most out of Adelaide, stay in or close to the CBD. the Majestic Minima In North Adelaide (from $135 per night) it’s within walking distance of many attractions, and my friend Jasmine Crisp has just painted the outside with local fruits and flowers. Inside, each room has a feature wall of local artists incl Peter DrewSo you don’t just look at white walls all the time.

Majestic Minima Hotel in North Adelaide.
Majestic Minima Hotel in North Adelaide. The exterior was painted by artist Jasmine Crisp

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