Restaurants

Aurora

Restaurant

At this socially responsible restaurant you can expect meats cooked on a custom-made braai, and small plates influenced by Korean and Japanese cuisine.

Minimono

Restaurant

A ramen and curry bar by one of Adelaide's most prolific restauranteurs, in a clean and sophisticated space on Rundle Street.

Eleven

Restaurant

This ambitious all-day venue by co-owners Themys Chryssidis and Callum Hann comprises an elegant fine-diner serving contemporary Australian degustations, and an open-air cafe and bar serving upmarket snacks and local wines. Find them both inside a handsome courtyard in the city centre.

Restaurant Botanic

Restaurant

The rebranded Restaurant Botanic features 12 different menus (to cater to different diets) that draw from the surrounding gardens. Plus, a cocktail list featuring a koji Old Fashioned, wattleseed Espresso Martini and a “Chef’s Negroni” with mezcal, whiskey and Campari.

Gunbae Chicken and Beer

Restaurant

Korean fried chicken is getting more and more popular across town, but Gunbae is one of the best. The menu is blissfully simple: chicken (brined for 12 hours before being fried), beer and Korean sides including kimchi pancakes, mandoo salads and rice balls.

Fino Vino

Restaurant

Fino at Seppeltsfield is an icon of the Barossa, so expectations were high for its first urban outpost. Good news: this charming 70-seat wine bar and restaurant delivers. The food is simple and changes often, and every part of the animal or vegetable that comes through the kitchen is prepared in-house, with next to nothing wasted. And the wine list is predictably excellent.

Cafes

Leeroy's

Cafe

Leeroy's is Adelaide's first cereal cafe. It serves big bowls of dessert-like American breakfast favourites – including Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs and Pop-Tarts Cereal – plus toasties and D’Angelo coffee.

Where We Met

Cafe

Redefining Southern hospitality with help from Dawn Patrol Coffee.

Real Falafel

Cafe

The Central Market's tiny but mighty falafel stall has moved to a bigger site and introduced breakfast, coffee and deli products for sale.

Community

Cafe

This cafe-bar hybrid is in a restored octagonal kiosk on North Terrace. It was the first food and beverage joint for Adelaide’s innovation precinct Lot Fourteen. The brunchy menu here, by the owner-chef of Fine & Fettle, is Asian-inspired takes on brekkie staples.

Mister Pigeon

Cafe

Callum Dinnison lives just a two-minute drive from his cafe, Mister Pigeon. That's probably for the best, because many of his possessions have ended up at Mister Pigeon. To furnish the cafe, Dinnison pilfered his own place. No wonder it feels so homey. The end result is a community-focused cafe with comfy couches, a book exchange and excellent toasties. It's a relaxed spot that feels miles away from its inner-city surrounds.

Leisurely Coffee

Cafe

This cafe in the former Paddy's Lantern site opened in October 2020. The interior’s had a refit and a new kitchen installed, but the trusty Synesso espresso machine that served Paddy’s so well for over a decade remains. Come for the “barista’s breakfast” (a potent coffee trio); handmade dumplings; a croissant with soft-shell crab and scrambled eggs; and halal bao buns with “beef bacon” and egg.

Bars

The Olivia Hotel

Bar

It’s a “pub in wine-bar skin”, with a rotating list of classic cocktails; bar snacks and cheeseboards; and a laid-back courtyard with loads of mediterranean energy.

Loc Bottle Bar

Bar

At this tiny natural wine bar, there's no service bar, removing the barrier between staff and guests. Instead, you can pick your wine off the shelf – a bit like a bottle shop, but it's a bar.

Memphis Slim’s House of Blues

Bar

At this throwback cocktail bar by the Cry Baby Crew, you'll find live blues, a pool room and classic drinks by a former Maybe Mae bartender.

Shotgun Willie's

Bar

This Western saloon – by the Cry Baby crew – is part honky-tonk, part truck stop and all Americana. Expect live music, darts, American beers and whisky – with most drinks around the $10 mark.

1000 Island

Bar

A “tiki-but-not-tiki” bar from the crew behind Sunny’s Pizza. Unlike Sunny's though, this is a full-on bar; the focus is set squarely on drinks. The Pina Colada is excellent, but it's worth pushing the boat out and opting for a flaming Zombie.

Leigh Street Wine Room

Bar

A former drycleaner is now the setting for an exciting drinking den – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino, house-made charcuterie and cheese, and inventive share plates.

Shops

Ensemble

Shop

For plants, shoes, jewellery and ethical fashion.

Chicken & Pig

Shop

Slow cooking served fast.

Nudie Jeans

Shop

The CBD outpost for one of the world’s best denim brands doesn’t disappoint. If you’re after a new pair of jeans, this is where you want to be.

Low & Slow Leigh Street

Shop

Port Adelaide’s destination barbeque joint has opened an outpost in the city, in the hole in the wall vacated by Pink Moon Deli. Come for sandwiches with pulled pork, smoked brisket or charred leek; mac’n’cheese; and salads to-go.

East End Cellars

Shop

An inimitable selection of local and international wines.

Marino Meat and Food Store

Shop

Freshly made pasta and cannoli, dry-aged meat and hard-to-find Italian products await at this Central Market institution.

Events

Adelaide Fringe

Holding the title of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest arts festival is no small thing. But how do you make the most of the Fringe? Planning. Browse shows by genre to find hard-hitting theatre, death-defying circus or side-splitting comedy. Tickets are on sale now. If you’re notorious for leaving things until the last minute, discounted rush tickets are available most days for that night’s shows. Adelaide Fringe runs from February 16 to March 18.

Adelaide Fringe

This guerrilla arts festival began in 1960 when a bunch of artists decided to stage their own event in rebellion against the tightly curated attitude of Adelaide Festival. Today it continues to foster new talent and independent performance from both Australian and international artists. Its eclectic program carries an air of liberation and experimentation, and spans cabaret, comedy, circus, theatre, dance, film, music, puppetry, visual arts and design. The four-week celebration will pop up in unassuming warehouses, laneways, empty buildings and parks, as well as in theatres, hotels, galleries and cafes. The next event is February 17 to March 19, 2017.

Adelaide Festival

Come March, Adelaide Festival overlaps with Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide to see festivals take over the city. Running March 3–19 in 2017, this multi-arts festival also encompasses Adelaide Writers’ Week – a free six-day literary event. The annual festival’s bold programming covers challenging theatre, mesmerising dance and emotionally heavy classical and contemporary music, as well as striking visual arts and new media from an ever-evolving suite of international artists.