The capital of south Australia is a cultural boulevard. Home to the world’s most delectable cuisines, botanical gardens, art centres, music and theatre venues and pristine beaches, Time Out discovers the city literally has it all.
If you are willing to take a 40-minute drive from Adelaide, then the township McLaren Vale (Main Rd, McLaren Vale Po Box 169, www.mclarenvale.info +61 88 323 8999) with its music and food, is perfect for a family outing. The sprawling Victorian-style, Beechwood Heritage Garden (Snows Rd, Stirling SA, 5152, www.anbg.gov.au +61 08 8370 8370) is a splendid nature reserve. While a stroll around the garden could rejuvenate you, Format Collective (15 Peel Streeet, format.net.au), a multipurpose art space, could satisfy your creative urge. Your final stop can be the Adelaide Gaol (18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, www.adelaidegaol.org.au +61 88 231 4062), south Australia’s first permanent prison, now a museum and venue to the Adelaide Festival.
Adelaide is the city for foodies, of foodies, by foodies. For generous portions head to Galaxy Lartay Café (31 East Terrace +61-8-43889-3572). For the best single origin string coffee hit Paddy’s Lantern (219 Gilbert St. +61-8-40258-6245, www.paddyslantern.com.au). Known for its Tex-Mex food, Lucky Lupitas (1/4 Rupert Avenue, Bedford Park, www.luckylupitas.com +61-8-8277-4004) is a popular hangout with the locals. Singapore House (203 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville, www.singaporehouse.com.au +61 88 379 4405) covers the terrains from Malaysia to China and Singapore to India, providing some great Asian fusion food. For pizza made from scratch head to Est Pizzeria (30 East Terrace, www.estpizzeria.com.au +61 88 359 2272) and for a paella night, visit Casablabla (12 Leigh Street, www.casablabla.com +61-8-8231-3939). As the sun sets, there is plenty more left to experience like Apothecary (118, Hindley St, www.theapothecary1878.com.au +61 88 212 9099) that’s known for its grape list. La Boheme (36, Grote St, labohemebar.com.a +61 88 212 8884) offers an enticing cheese plate. Dragonfly (193 Victoria Sq, dragonflybar.net.au +61-8-8212-5661) in city precincts, serves okonomiyaki, in both vegetarian and squid varieties. In the wee hours of the morning, Supermild Lounge Bar (182 Hindley St +61-8-8212-9699) comes to the rescue.
Music & Nightlife
A 100-year-old Gothic building, which now has live gigs, The Promethean (116 Grote St, www.theprom.com.au +61-8-8212-0266) is the highlight of Adelaide’s music scene along with Thebarton Theatre (112 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, www.thebartontheatre.com.au +61 88 443 5255). From cabaret to food festivities, Adelaide Festival Centre (King William Rd, www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au +61 88 216 8600) has diverse programming. Home to the Adelaide Fringe Festival for years, Fowler’s Live (68 North Tce, www.fowlerslive.com.au +61 88 212 0255) is now a live music venue. Higher Ground (9-15 Light Square, www.higherground.org.au +61 88 410 5599) is a multi-arts centre that organises house events and gigs. Adelaide’s nightlife is synonymous with Hotel Metropolitan (46 Grote St, www.hotelmetro.com.au +61 88 231 5471), a bar with old-world charm. The Adelaide UniBar (Gate 10, Victoria Drive, Level 5, Union House, The University of Adelaide +61 88 313 6126) is perfect for sports fanatics.
Art & Lifestyle
On the second and fourth Sunday of each month, all roads lead to Gilles Street Markets (991 Gilles Street, gillesstreetmarket.com.au +61-8-8223-5184). Here, vintage treasure rests besides new designers’ wares. You may not be the excessive shopper, but Adelaide Central Market (44-60, Gouger St, www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au +61 88 203 7494) is a place to visit. Looking for graphic novels? Then, Pulp Fiction Comics (34A King William St, ww.pulpfictioncomics.com +61 88 231 3433), Adelaide Comics Centre (Citi Centre 15, 141 Rundle Mall, www.dynamicduocomics.net +61 88 223 5593) and The Comics Shop (16 A Peel St, www.comicsshop.com.au +61 88 231 2566) are sure to hook you up. Adelaide Town Hall, (128 King William St, www.adelaidetownhall.com.au +61 88 203 7590) a heritage structure, is a perfect backdrop for corporate functions or plays. Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Lion Arts Centre, Morphett St, www.aeaf.org.au +61 88 211 7505) will draw all the art lovers.
Adelaide at a glance
Why go? To experience the European-style architecture, wide open spaces, beaches and vibrant nightlife on offer.
What can I do? Enjoy bush walking and fishing at Kangaroo Island.
Must-see Sir Donald Bradman’s statue in Creswell Gardens and his memorabilia at the State Library in North Terrace. Do try The global cuisine that the city offers.
Need to know
Qantas flies direct to Adelaide from Dhs7,041 return. www.qantas.com.au