• With a European menu and a record collection that’s off the charts, this vinyl-spinning bistro is another solid effort from the Crooked Little Tailor gang.

  • Great food and unpredictable service are the hallmarks of this Adelaide classic.

  • In the old Pirie Street Subway, this hawker-turned-restaurant continues its vision of regional Thai cooking in a sleek, modern space. Come for elevated takes of classic curries, grilled meats inspired by the country's north, and plenty of fiery wok drama.

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

  • Descend to the basement of a heritage city space to find this moody, late-night brasserie from the Nola and Shotgun Willies teams. It’s serving up French fare, live jazz and one of the best Martinis in town – but it’s here for a good time, not a long time.

  • You’ve eaten chicken nuggets. But not like at this American style diner and bar, where nuggs might be marinated in laksa or tossed in parmesan spice “dust”. Plus, there’s beer on tap, natural wines and cocktails.


  • Homesickness led to the opening of this family-run Indonesian spot. Find underrepresented dishes like gado gado salad and ayam geprek (smashed fried chicken). Plus, Indo-Western remixes like rendang Benedict and “pandanmisu” lattes.

  • A laid-back neighbourhood coffee shop that’s like a second home for the city’s south-end locals. House-roasted coffee, hearty salads and bagels baked on-site are all part of the equation here.

  • Lounge on the lush front lawn with a coffee or beer.

  • The “accidentally nostalgic” menu features slow-cooked sarsaparilla pork with apple slaw, a sous vide chicken roll, and an inspired spin on the ham-and-cheese toastie (with Hawaiian pizza DNA).

  • Run by a husband and wife duo since 1985, this Malaysian favourite has a special place in the hearts of market-goers and laksa fans alike. Come on Friday for the special Sarawak soup and taste the difference.

  • A little corner of France in Adelaide’s East End, Hey Jupiter has been throwing down champagne breakfasts and Bloody Marys for more than a decade. If you come for dinner, it transforms into a laid-back spot for small plates and big-flavoured French classics.


  • No standing, no rowdy groups and no Dirty Martinis. This intimate, 12-seat cocktail bar isn’t for everyone. But if you’re game for a hospitality experience unlike anything else in Adelaide, Bar Peripheral is the one for you.

  • After one of Leigh Street’s longstanding tenants closed its doors, it was reborn as this Mediterranean cocktail bar paying tribute to its former life. Visit for local craft beers, European wines and a simple food menu of cured meats and cheese.

  • A seemingly limitless warren of exposed brick rooms powered by gin, whisky, local beers and wines.

  • This sleek bar offers something different: South American and Catalan small plates alongside wines on tap. Don’t leave without trying the show-stopping desserts, like Molotov cake with an innovative twist.

  • The conversation flows just as freely as the South Australian wines at this cosy wine bar. Its snug interiors, homemade snacks and record player make it feel less like its namesake, and more like hanging at your coolest friend’s place.

  • The first rung on Adelaide’s live music ladder.


  • The offshoot of Adelaide’s first pizza restaurant is a first-rate Italian delicatessen specialising in pasta sauce and take-home meals.

  • The first South Australia outpost broadens this curated fashion marketplace's network that already spans Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra. With stock rotating so regularly you’ll likely encounter dozens of new pieces every time you visit.

  • For plants, shoes, jewellery and ethical fashion.

  • Need a quick feed while shopping at the market? Stop here.

  • It’s best known for its fig-and-fennel loaves and other savouries, but this Central Market bakery is also a top choice for sweets.

  • Spinning independent music since 2010.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.