Eating your way through Adelaide

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I always thought that Adelaide was Melbourne’s bogan little sister. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with that, but I never felt the need. Then Lonely Planet went ahead and ranked Adelaide as number 9 on the list of top 10 places to visit next year. It was high time to rethink my old preconception. Apparently in the last few years there has been a remarkable change in Adelaide. Money has been pumped into reviving and revamping the culture and community spirit, refreshing their CBD, and there are now lots of grants to encourage public arts, and the opening of more cafes and small businesses. From what we’ve heard it’s like a small town sleepy Melbourne where more and more young hip people from Melbourne and elsewhere are heading.

Eat & Drink (& a little bit of dancing)

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Bar 9

Bar 9 offers some exceptional coffee. Even a Melbourne coffee snob will appreciate having a cuppa here. In addition, Bar 9 has really quirky, interesting and unique brunch options. The place itself has a very Melburnian vibe, and the style could be described as ‘vintage mishmash’. Bar 9 is ranked at the top of the list of my favourite restaurants in Australia to have breakfast or lunch, and that’s saying a lot.

96 Glen Osmond Rd, Parkside SA 5063
(08) 8373 1108
Website – FacebookTwitterInstagram
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri / 7.30am – 4pm
Sat-Sun / 8.30am – 2pm

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Loose Caboose

Go here and order the following: Marshmallow, chocolate and banana filled french toast with salted caramel. Eat. Enjoy. Leave a little fatter and a lot happier. Need we say more?

21 First St, Hindmarsh SA 5007
(08) 8340 0809
Website
Opening Hours
Coffee Hours / 7am – 4pm
Kitchen Hours / 7am – 2.30pm

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Jenny’s Bakery

Gourmet bakery with delicious goods. And they have cronuts. I don’t have to say more, do I? We all love cronuts and you should never go without them. Thankfully Adelaide delivers!

81 Glen Osmond Rd, Eastwood SA 5063
(08) 8272 9699
Website – FacebookTwitter
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri / 8am – 5pm
Sat / 8am – 3.30pm
Sunday and public holidays / Closed

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PUBLIC CBD

Cafe, bar and function venue in, you guessed it, Adelaide CBD. Head on over here to sample the best coffee in Adelaide. Yep, that’s right. The best one.

12 Franklin St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8231 8151
Website – Facebook
Opening Hours
Café Mon-Fri / 7am – 5pm
Bar/Dinner / 5pm – Late

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Burger Theory

You a burger person? I definitely am. Great burgers are, well, great. There’s a lot of burger places in Melbourne and we’ve featured a bunch, and now lastly Huxtaburger. And we love Huxtaburger. But you know what? Burger Theory is better, much better than that. Imagine the burger greatness that awaits you.

8-10 Union Street, East End, Adelaide
Website – FacebookTwitter
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 11am – 10pm

Elephant Walk

Ever heard of a dessert cafe? Make your way to this Adelaide institution for a unique experience. It’s a little odd in a spectacularly great way. The place itself has a certain bohemian tropical vibe, and you sit in cute little pods separated by bamboo screens. Lounge in your own tropical forest and taste cakes, waffles and heaps of other deliciousness. It’s really, really good.

76 Melbourne St, North Adelaide SA 5006
(08) 8267 2006
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 8pm – 11pm

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Cafe Troppo

This cafe focuses on sustainable, local and organic food. The menu changes every day depending on what’s in season and which chef is working. It’s forever changing with the seasons and the person in the kitchen and you’re sure to get a unique, but always tasty, experience. It’s a vegetarian friendly place, quaintly decorated with coffee sacks, bags of flour and the likes. If you can, plan your visit to a Friday night as Cafe Troppo puts on a music night and street party then. There is a band playing outside and they offer a special menu.

42 Whitmore Square, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8211 8812
Website
Opening Hours
Mon / Closed
Tue-Wed / 7.30am – 4pm
Thur-Fri / 7.30am – 10pm
Sat-Sun / 9am – 4pm

Bliss Garden Cafe

This vegan cafe has won several awards, like ‘Favourite Vegetarian’ in SA in 2012 and country-wide in 2010. With that track record you’re sure to get one hell of a vegan treat on your visit. As a vegetarian I love myself a good vegetarian restaurant. This one takes a step further and only offers food without any animal products of any kind – the food is purely vegan. If you’re in Adelaide a bit longer, you can also head here to get and bring some in-house baked goods home – there’s a whole cabinet with tasty organic bread, pastries and raw treats. Yum!

7 Compton St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8231 0205
Website
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu / 11am – 4pm
Fri / Lunch 11am – 3pm + Dinner 6pm – 9pm
Sat / 8am – 3pm
Sun / Cooking classes, movie screenings and talks

Apothecary

Internationally renowned wine bar. It’s a low lit, cosy and classy place, perfect for a romantic evening or just a quiet catch-up with a friend over a crisp Sauv Blanc. You’ll find an amazing selection of local and international wines, so head on over here all you wine connoisseurs!

118 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000
(08) 8212 9099
Website
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 5pm – Late

Sugar

Sugar is a nightclub. It’s got 10 years on its neck, as some of the places we’ve already mentioned, an Adelaide institution. It’s open on weekdays but Wednesday nights are the biggest ones as it’s hospo (hospitality) night and you’ll see an older working crowd. Avoid during the weekends unless you want to dance around a bunch of slightly annoying youngsters. Open til 4am!

Level 1, 274 Rundle Street, Adelade SA 5000
Website – Facebook
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 9pm – 4am

There is more to Adelaide than food…

East End is one of the coolest areas in Adelaide. It’s great for shopping and you’ll find heaps of boutique and higher end stores here. There’s also plenty little cafes in the area, which you can drop into before, during or after your shopping trip. Why not check out Hey Jupiter or East End Providore.

If you’re in the mood for some drinking or general nightlife, head to the area around Hindley street. This is a great place to go out and you’ll stumble over loads of bars, clubs etc. This is where you’ll find Apothecary, which was mentioned above.

Walk on over to Leigh Street on Sunday mornings. This pedestrian only alleyway is where most festival activities take place in Adelaide. Coffee Branch is a well-known spot in Leigh Street, and they offer fairly good coffee and food. On Thursday mornings the pop-up patisserie From Scratch opens up next to Coffee Branch. If you’re in the area make your way there and buy yourself some incredible pastries.

Have a lounge in the pretty Botanic Gardens. If you’re looking for more than lawn lounging, there is a really interesting museum on economic botany wich has a free entrance. Not enough museums for you? All right. Along North Terrace you’ll find loads of museums and art galleries. Every Sunday at sunset there’s also a market here, North Terrace Market

Botanic Gardens. Really nice and museum of economic botany (free) which is really interesting. Museum + art galleries next  to the gardens along North Terrace. Adelaide Night Market opens up its gates here on North Terrace every Sunday at sunset as well.

More markets? Head on to Adelaide Central Market which is open Tuesday to Saturday. Although over Christmas they have extended opening hours should you be in the area. Want something more edible? Fork on the road is a monthly event, bringing all the food trucks, vans, bikes and stalls around Adelaide together. It’s a great opportunity to try all the street food Adelaide has to offer in one very convenient location!

 


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