Adelaide is regarded as the food and wine capital of Australia, with 50 per cent of all Australian wine produced here. Many major department stores, shopping centres, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities are conveniently located within the city and outer suburbs. It is also home to the National Wine Centre and numerous food and wine events. Adelaide has more restaurants per head of population than any other major Australian city, over 70 pubs in the city centre and the largest fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Lonely Planet has described Adelaide as "A gateway to some of Australia’s most accessible wine country, Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled."
THINGS TO DO:
- Visit the Adelaide Central Market – with over 80 stalls, shops and cafe's Adelaide Central Market is the largest undercover produce market in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s longest operating market. It may be Australia’s oldest (143!), but when it comes to sustainability, this market is well ahead of its time.
- Gouger Street - Gouger Street is right next to the Central Market and hosts restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world including French, Argentinean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai and Chinatown. The buzz of the adjoining Adelaide Central Market permeates Gouger Street, making the strip a colourful hive of activity, with a distinct Asian flavour.
- The National Wine Centre - Taste the wide selection of Australian wines in the Centre's Concourse Cafe, open daily for wine tastings and lunches, perhaps buy a bottle for later, and enjoy the interactive Wine Discovery Journey and Exhibition which is an ideal opportunity for all wine lovers (novices and connoisseurs alike).
- Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Centre - Established in 1915, Haigh's is now in its fourth generation.You can enjoy special chocolate tastings, see chocolates being made and discover the heritage behind Haigh's, Australia's oldest chocolate manufacturer, where chocolate is handmade. Free factory tours are offered from Monday to Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 2pm (20 minutes). Bookings essential.
- Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail - If time is of the essence, take a quick trip to Campbelltown where you can see and taste food being made including smallgoods, almond bread, fudge, sausages, and continental biscuits, and amazing cakes. Hear the family stories behind the 25 featured businesses and indulge in the variety of tastes offered. This is the only Food Trail of its type in South Australia all within five minutes of Adelaide city.
- North Terrace Cultural Boulevard - The Art Gallery of South Australia, Migration Museum, South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia are along North Terrace. Statues, war memorials and significant buildings like Ayers House line the terrace. The Adelaide Festival Centre is Adelaide’s “arts’ heart”. The centre overlooks Elder Park on the banks of the picturesque River Torrens. It’s a perfect place to feed the ducks, row a boat, walk or cycle the Linear Park Trail.
More information on what to do in Adelaide can be found here.
If you are planning to stay on in Adelaide, why not visit some of the surrounding areas. More information on surrounding regions can be found here.