It pays to know where to retreat when things get a little too warm outside. So we’ve found the best places to bunker down and stay cool.
Superfish has arrived on Grenfell Street just in time for summer. It replaces the Crab Shack but stays true to form with a beach-party aesthetic and a wide selection of drinks. Come for the Asian/South American style barbeque, stay for the ice-cold SA brews and frosé.
188 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Tue to Thu 4pm–late
Fri to Sun 11am–late
If you want to get out of the sun, where better to go than underground? Maybe Mae – the not-so-secret-anymore bar beneath Bread & Bone – is a Peel Street favourite. It’s renowned for its 1950s glamour and world-class cocktails, which are made from freshly juiced fruit and seasonal ingredients. Stay a while and it can be hard to remember the season or even the decade you're in.
15 Peel Street, Adelaide
Mon to Fri 5pm–late
Pink Moon Saloon
You’re not going to see snow in Adelaide this summer, but you can imagine it’s falling outside as you sit in the alpine surrounds of Pink Moon Saloon. Head to the timber-lined hut and sip on a Margarita or sample the seasonal bar menu.
21 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Mon to Thu 4pm–late
Sun 4pm–late (on long weekends)
National Wine Centre
Spend a morning exploring the native flora of the Botanic Gardens, then head next door to the National Wine Centre. Enjoy the air-conditioning as you learn about our national wine industry at the permanent exhibition, then head to the cellar door to select a wine from the unbeatable selection.
Corner of Botanic and Hackney Roads, Adelaide
Mon to Fri 8am–5.30pm
Plantation Juice Co
At stall R17–18 hydrate with fresh juices, coconut-water quenchers and more. The beach-shack vibes are inspired by Mykonos, so take a seat at the bar, sip on a smoothie and dream of island life.
Stall R17–18, Adelaide Central Market
Tue & Thu 7am–5.30pm
BookNook and Bean
Curling up with a good book isn’t just for winter. At the BookNook and Bean, hidden from the sun in colourful Topham Mall, you can grab a cold brew and a story at the same time. There are hundreds of books to flick through and sweets as well.
Shop 18, Topham Mall, off Waymouth Street
Mon to Fri 7.30am–3.30pm
Make a day of it
Palace Nova Eastend
Where better to escape the heat than an ultra-air-conditioned cinema? Have a pre-movie pint at the Exeter than head to Cinema Place. Best of all, now that its merged into one location, you'll no longer be sent running across the street to catch your movie. That'll be a life-saver when the temperature rises.
3 Cinema Place, off Rundle Street
Session times available here
Ice Arena Thebarton
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold. Head to Thebarton for a day of ice-skating and pretend you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s even a Winter Wonderland open for Christmas.
23 James Congdon Drive, Thebarton
Mon to Fri 10am–3.30pm
Sat & Sun 12pm–3.30pm
Cream of the crop
St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert
The chaise-lounge booths and white subway tiles here will remind you of Paris. There are also Bonne Maman jam, bottles of Möet, pastries and crepes. But ice-cream is the main event here, along with a range of low-fat frozen yoghurts and dairy-free sorbets. The team is also happy to wheel out its ice-cream cart to cater your summer party.
Opening times and locations vary. Find details here.
Scroll Ice Cream
If you want a big dose of happy with your ice-cream, turn off Rundle Street and find Scroll Ice Cream (you can’t miss the bright colours). Here you’ll find a selection of inventive ice-cream flavours (from matcha to salted-caramel) all rolled up on cold plates as inspired by Thai street vendors.
35 York Street, Adelaide
Mon to Sun 1pm–10pm