Adelaide’s graceful colonial-era buildings are elegantly laid out in leafy parkland beside the River Torrens, but its small-city charm can be deceiving: the capital of South Australia has a vibrant multi-ethnic population, a liking for pop-up shops and experimental festivals, and a thriving live music scene. Its inner-city laneways buzz with restaurants and cafés, while good museums prove the city’s cultural bent. This is one of Australia’s most agreeable urban destinations, made for laid-back lingering.
Don’t miss the petite shop-front of local favourite Remy & Violette (206 Hutt Street), where you’ll find top-notch French pastries, pain au chocolat, and just the right caffeine boost to set you up for sightseeing.
Wander along North Terrace, admiring its many grand sandstone buildings, and pop into the Art Gallery of South Australia, particularly for its canvases by notable Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd.
The parkland along the nearby River Torrens makes for a pleasant stroll, then head across the river to North Adelaide and enjoy a gracious area full of delightful Victorian- and Edwardian-era architecture and neighbourhood cafés.
Circle back to Jam Factory (19 Morphett Street), a highly regarded design centre where you can see potters, jewellery makers, woodcarvers, and other local craftspeople at work – and buy their products.
Central Market(44–60 Gouger Street) is one of the best food markets in the country, and just the place to head for an informal lunch of Korean noodles, Russian piroshky pies, or Italian pasta.
Take the 20-minute tram ride to Glenelg for its long, lazy beach, historic jetty, and fine promenade for a breezy stroll. Bring your swimming costume: the ocean is a cool respite from high summer temperatures.
Back in town, lately trendy Peel Street is the place to be in the early evening for a pre-dinner drink while people watching, since all of Adelaide enjoys the area’s bustling eateries.
For a taste of quality ‘bush tucker’ or Australian food that uses indigenous ingredients – head to Red Ochre Grill in North Adelaide and try salt-and-pepper crocodile, kangaroo fillet, or emu steak in wattleseed.
Enjoy comedy, music, dance, and more in Adelaide’s theatres and concert halls, especially during Adelaide Fringe (February 12–March 14) and the internationally acclaimed Festival of the Arts(February 26–March 14).
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