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If Your planning a trip to the Athens of the South -TOP-5 ADELAIDE (city guide)

TOP-5 ADELAIDE (city guide)

While I’m a Sydney girl born and bred, Adelaide is my other favourite Australian city – I’ve always loved its more human scale. Perhaps it’s the diverse and picturesque wine regions on its doorstep that has led to such a serious food and wine culture. Home of the Australian Wine Research Institute, one of the few Aussie universities to treat food and wine seriously (Uni of Adelaide), and Australia’s best food market, it gives its larger eastern neighbours a run for their money as an international food city.

Plus it hosts one of Australia’s best food festivals, Tasting Australia (5-14 April). Here are five of the reasons this is the only other Aussie city I could imagine living in.



Restaurant Orana

Jock Zonfrillo’s broad palette of native ingredients includes tabletop-grilled potato damper with roast lamb butter, kangaroo tail tart, marron with green ants & Geraldton wax, and delicately set buffalo milk with strawberry & eucalyptus. Service is friendly and wines largely natural. Wow!


East End Cellars Tasting Room

One of Australia’s best independent bottle shops decided a few years back to go beyond the usual wine tastings, adding a casual café with great by-the-glass offering, $15 corkage on any bottle bought there, plus good toasties and cheese & charcuterie platters


Adelaide Central Market

This is what a food market should look, smell and feel like – it reminds me of a mini-version of London’s wonderful Borough Market. Shops and stalls packed with all manner of fresh produce, smallgoods, cheese, bread and deli staples, alongside good coffee and some great eats.

Day 4 Apples


Just 15 minutes’ drive from Adelaide city centre and you begin the climb up into the wonderful Adelaide Hills – one of Australia’s most delicious wine regions, with great food, a European climate (think four seasons) and gorgeous scenery. What’s not to love?


The Mayfair Hotel

Centrally located on King William & Rundle Sts, the heritage-listed, art-deco Colonial Mutual Building is the perfect shell for Adelaide’s ritziest hotel. Chef Bethany Finn takes guests from the rooftop Hennessey Bar to see her urban bee hive, the honey from which features in their Honey Trap cocktail.

For more great eats in Adelaide, check out my other Top 5 Adelaide Restaurants.
If you need any more excuse to visit this lovely city, the Adelaide Festival of Arts runs from 1 to 17 March and the Fringe Festival kicks off next week on 15 February. Visit for more details.

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