Restaurants

Fino Vino

Restaurant

Fino’s 70-seat wine bar and restaurant brings regional dining to the CBD.

The Guardsman

Restaurant

This all-day dining hall at the old Adelaide Railway Station is a triple threat. It's a cafe, bar and restaurant that opens early and closes late. Whether you’re a commuter looking for a coffee and a small bite, or you’re from farther afield and want to sit down to a steak and a Martini, you’ll be well catered for here.

Madre Lievito

Restaurant

The Pizzateca crew’s second venue is a very traditional (but swish-looking) Neapolitan pizzeria. And it's serving up pies that are just as good, if not better, than its McLaren Vale progenitor.

Wasai

Restaurant

Take a culinary ride aboard a sushi boat.

Cocina Comida

Restaurant

This pared-back Mexican eatery has an entirely plant-based menu. Expect tacos filled with vegan chorizo, chicken, beef and pork; charred corn with a chilli-lime seasoning; and spicy guacamole with jalapenos and pico de gallo.

Daughter in Law

Restaurant

At this colourful pan-Indian restaurant, you'll find long-time chef and restaurateur Jessi Singh's take self-described "unauthentic" Indian cuisine. There are naan pizzas, tandoor-fired dishes, Indian-inspired cocktails and a roving champagne and whisky trolley.

Cafes

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.

Flinders Street Project

Cafe

An innovative cafe and bakery with a refined edge.

Nanna Hot Bake

Cafe

A cheap and charming Asian bakery.

Elementary Coffee

Cafe

Drink coffee and see it roasted in the one light-filled space.

Bars

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.

Extra Chicken Salt

Bar

This '70s-inspired spot is part late-night bar, part takeaway shop and part restaurants – this new project from the duo behind Chicco Palms and Borsa Pasta Cucina is an homage to the disco decade's dishes and design.

Maybe Mae

Bar

A contender for Australia's most well-hidden cocktail bar. But trust us, this one is worth seeking out. But once you find this subterranean 1950s inspired cocktail lounge and take a seat in one of the comfy leather booths, you won't want to leave.

Shops

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.

East End Flower Market

Shop

Step inside the pastel-hued space for house plants, wildflowers and a creative take on “dead bouquets”.

The Commons Studio and Exchange

Shop

Swap quality pre-loved clothing, find one-off vintage pieces and scour for hidden treasures.

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.