A Weekender's Guide To Adelaide
If your weekend starts and ends with food and wine this one’s for you.
Adelaide is fast becoming a foodie hub with a growing number of unique and trendy bars, world-class food experience, wine-makers and providores. As the headline suggests, you could literally spend your whole weekend in Adelaide eating and drinking (a.k.a. living the dream). So, here's our guide to 48 hours in Adelaide and its surrounds.
DAY ONE BREAKFAST Kick-start your day with a trip to South Australia’s most visited attraction, the Adelaide Central Market . Quintessential to the city's foodie scene and home to arguably the world’s best produce, the Adelaide Central Market is a glorious food maze of stalls, cafés and restaurants. It won’t be hard to find one or two things for breakfast here (treat yourself, you’re on holiday). We recommend Jamface, a deliciously sweet stand, home to our very own MasterChef Australia alumnus Poh Ling Yeow.
LUNCH If you’re sticking to the CBD, head eight floors above street level to the amazing terrace of 2KW Bar and Restaurant, where you can take in the spectacular city views and have a glass of Adelaide’s finest in a designer setting. Stock up on chocolate after lunch from Adelaide institution Haigh’s, which has been serving SA since 1915.
If you’re feeling like a change of scenery, take the tram from Victoria Square to the Adelaide Train Station and head on over to Sean’s Kitchen located in the Adelaide Casino. This all-day gourmet bistro utilises the best of South Australia’s produce in an open and contemporary atmosphere. Take a stroll down to the Torrens if you feel like a coffee after lunch.
DINNER For something a little different, try Africola, just off Rundle Street. Chill out to reggae tunes and watch Duncan Welgemoed and his team play with fire (literally) and enjoy South African BBQ dishes and banquets prepared in a vibrant dining room.
AFTER DINNER Keep things chilled at inner-city nautical themed bar Hains & Co. Their specialty is whisky and gin and you can even get the bar staff to match a cigar to your drink!
For a change of pace, head to Pink Moon Saloon (quite possibly Adelaide’s coolest looking bar) where the cocktail menu is inventive and playful and the vibe is happening. Try the blood orange margarita, it’s phenomenal.
DAY TWO BREAKFAST If you didn’t have too many blood orange margaritas the night before, get up early and make the most of your last day! If morning markets are your thing, visit The Market Shed. This organic market offers everything from vegan and organic waffles to hangover-curing cold pressed juice. If you’re looking for a breakfast option in a non-market setting, then look no further than Peter Rabbit. This quirky café serves up delicious fresh meals packed with local ingredients overlooking a lush garden.
DAY TRIP A trip to Adelaide just wouldn't be a trip to Adelaide if you didn't drink your body weight in wine, so after breakfast, take a day trip to one of Adelaide’s famous wine regions like the Adelaide Hills or McLaren Vale (neither of which will disappoint the palate). The bonus is you don’t have to travel far for a quality drop as both Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale are under an hour’s drive from the CBD.
Ah Adelaide Hills where you go for a long lunch, that turns into dinner, that turns into breakfast. With more than 50 wineries to choose from, a cellar door is literally around every corner. Must-visit cellar doors include K1 by Geoff Hardy and The Lane Vineyard just outside of Hahndorf, both deliver amazing views and outstanding wines.
Visit Bird in Hand’s cellar door at Woodside and order a food platter of cheeses, cured meats, organic greens if you’re feeling peckish. And, if you’re looking for that long lunch-turned overnight stay option, the historic Mount Lofty House is for you. Dine in-house at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant or kick back for a long lunch at the nearby Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard and allow chef Matt Fitton delight you with his dishes.
And to finish, more vino! The McLaren Vale wine region is renowned for edgier, more Italian-and Spanish-influenced varieties, such as tempranillo and the warm climate also makes for great Shiraz, Cab Sav and Chardonnay. The jewel in the crown that is McLaren Vale is the d’Arenberg Cube, a new five-storey multi-function building at d'Arenberg winery and cellar door. The Cube features an art gallery, a tasting room, several bars, a fine-dining restaurant, panoramic South Australian views and 70 types of wine to taste (waterslide coming soon). Non-cube-like cellar doors of note include Coriole, a picturesque vineyard with sweeping views and olive tastings and Red Poles, a winery made up of a café and restaurant and art gallery.
If you have the time, squeeze in the six-course degustation at Leonard’s Mill a McLaren Vale must. And of course, if you’ve had one too many vinos and are looking for a place to stay, some of the vineyards like Chapel Hill even have accommodation.
For more information head to southaustralia.com
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