End of the Road: Welcome to Adelaide
10 Sep 2019
After an incredible 3000km journey the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge finds it's finish in the heart of South Australia, right smack bang in the middle of Adelaide.
Crossing the City of Adelaide Finish Line in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, it's time to pop the bottles and celebrate the conclusion of this journey from the very top of Australia, to very close to the bottom.
Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, and a thriving city of food, wine, culture, history and much more.
The Adelaide CBD itself is a mecca of small bars, some of not only Australia but the WORLD'S best restaurants, and plenty of activities to fill your days and nights during your stay in Adelaide.
It was difficult, but we've managed to narrow the huge list down to just a selection of some of the best things to do, see, eat and drink around the City of Adelaide.
GET AROUND ADELAIDE'S BUZZING BAR SCENE
With small speak-easy style bars tucked under the streets, swanky watering holes perched above the city skyline, laneways packed with cocktail lounges and quirky bars hidden behind unassuming walls, Adelaide's bar scene is booming. Sip your way around the laneways of Leigh St, Peel St and Gilbert Place or drink in the boozy goodness of Adelaide's east end. Our top spots for a tipple or two include Hains & Co, Maybe Mae, Udaberri, BRKLYN or NOLA. For more bar inspiration, check out our guide to the best hidden bars in Adelaide. Cheers!
Image via South Australian Tourism Commission
One of the best restaurants in Adelaide has to be Leigh Street’s Shōbōsho. The Japanese-inspired menu blends smoke, steam and fire – the ancient traditions of Japanese yakitori – and has drawn Head Chef Adam Liston back to Adelaide after his stints in Shanghai and Melbourne. Décor is slick, rich and warm with a distinctly Japanese feel.
Retro and wonderfully kitsch, Sunny’s Pizza is a must-visit Adelaide restaurant. Opened recently by five friends and designed by Adelaide’s Studio-Gram (the architects behind Africola and Osteria Oggi), digging into a pizza at Sunny’s feels like a meal at your most eccentric friend’s house, but with the addition of an awesome bar, DJs and, let’s face it, probably much better food.
Chill and Grill on the River Torrens with BBQ Buoys – a round boat with seating around the edge and a barbecue grill and table top in the centre! Bring your own BBQ food and nibbles; boats come with BBQ, bluetooth speakers, esky and ice (if drinks ordered), glasses, plates and cutlery.
Johannesburg-born Duncan Welgemoed serves red hot, authentic South African cuisine at Adelaide’s wildly different Africola. Cooking is done on the fire with a big emphasis on vegetables, seafood and rotisserie meats. It's colourful, loud, brash and boozy – just as it should be.
JAMFACE BY POH, ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET
Adelaide ex-MasterChef contestant Poh has flourished post-show, handcrafting a gorgeous café in the heart of the Adelaide Central Market. Jamface café prides itself on homemade produce, plating-up Scandinavian-inspired lunches, fresh breakfasts, pastries, pasta sauces, jams and more. Pop by on a Friday night for the set menu dinner, paired with lip-smacking South Australian wine.
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EXPLORE THE ADELAIDE BOTANIC GARDEN
Spend a day exploring South Australia’s inner-city oasis, the Adelaide Botanic Garden, before visiting the world-renowned National Wine Centre of Australia. The sprawling Botanic Garden spans 50 hectares, featuring stunning architecture, majestic avenues and, of course, the famous wisteria arbour.
SEE THE SIGHTS ON A STREET ART WALKING TOUR
Starting from Adelaide’s Waymouth Street, embark on a Street Art Walking Tour through the CBD, spotting some of South Australia’s most impressive urban works of art and learning about the stories behind them.
TAKE-ON THE ADELAIDE OVAL ROOFCLIMB BY TWILIGHT
Take-on the Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval and discover where they keep the best seats in the house. Clamber over billowing rooftops and historic grandstands by sunset on a spectacular twilight tour.
HandleBar offers 2 hour tours of the Adelaide CBD on a 16 passenger pedalling pub! Enjoy SA beer, cider, and wine (from $5) on-board while pedalling your bar through town. The mobile pub makes 2-3 stops at local pubs & parks to rest and refuel.
There is so much to do in Adelaide and its surrounds. For your complete guide to stay and play in South Australia, click here.
Header image via Food & Wine Collective