Adelaide’s best new restaurants to add to your hit list, a tiny cabin in wine country, CBD block parties and the best Christmas markets for locally made stocking stuffers. Here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos thinks you should check out this month.

Festive feasting

Christmastime feasting is very good. Cooking for the hordes? Less so. Helpfully, some Adelaide favourites are doing the work for us. We’ve rounded up some of this month’s most delicious festive treats so you can outsource Christmas lunch (or dinner) and focus on the fun part: eating. There’s an edible wreath, next-level mince pies, stacked holiday hampers, a yuletide gin, and more.

If you’ve already got Christmas plans squared away and you’re looking ahead to New Year’s Eve, look no further than this wrap of parties and hot-ticket dinners. Choose between blinis with caviar and roasted marron at a polished inner-east eatery, an ouzo and pita party in the CBD, a Parisian dinner with lobster, beef bourguignon and balloons, and a rooftop party with prime views of the Adelaide skyline.

Tick these off your list

We’ve been gifted some stellar openings (and re-openings) this year. From instant classics redefining how we eat to captivating neighbourhood joints that keep locals coming back again and again, it’s safe to say Adelaide’s dining scene levelled up again in 2021. Here’s our pick of the best new restaurants (and cafes) to hit the city and surrounds. We’re also raising a glass – while seated, of course – to the best new bars on the scene.

And if you’re heading interstate this month, good luck remembering how to pack. But also, here’s what caught our eye around the country to help you plan your eating itinerary.

Switch off

After making it through the last two years we deserve some R and R. Switch on your out-of-office and switch off at this tiny cabin among gumtrees and grapevines in the Fleurieu. Or check out this brand new off-grid house on the Eyre Peninsula with its own private beach and Lincoln National Park on its doorstep.

Add to cart

The Average Grocer is a new online store stocking not-so-average locally made pantry staples. Think small-batch chilli oil, two kinds of hot sauce, a spicy honey to drizzle on pizza and a “buttery, creamy, salty” miso caramel you can add to ice cream. (Some of the stock is already sold out, but it’s getting restocked soon.) Meanwhile Pizzateca is now selling its wine, sugo and liquid-gold chilli honey online under the name Oztalia. There’s also “Ciao G’day” T-shirts that Broadsheet readers can get for free – if you stock up on wines.

Buyer’s market

Tis this season for gifting. And with the pandemic disrupting supply chains and causing excruciatingly long waits for online orders, there’s no better time to shop small and local. Swing past Karma & Crow on December 17 for a Karma Xmas Market Bazaar featuring local makers See Someone Studio, Okay Kathigitis and more, plus live music by Aidan J Jones, flash tattoos (these need to be pre-booked) and food by the Karma & Crow kitchen as well as natural wines, craft beers, $15 cocktails and non-alcoholic Mischief Brew sodas, coffee and a special gingerbread hot chocolate.

Or pop into the Queens Theatre on December 17, 18 or 19 for the Queens Xmas Festival, complete with market stalls, live music, ceramic workshops, food vendors, outdoor bars, and more. Or you can browse Broadsheet’s Christmas gift guide – chock-full of booze, books and Bed Threads.

Around the block

It seems it’s block party season. Not one, not two, but three mini precincts are throwing an outdoor bash to ring in the end of the working year. On December 17, Solomon Street venues Sunny’s, 1000 Island and Cry Baby are closing the lane to traffic for an afternoon and evening of cocktails on-tap, cold beer, wine and DJs. While Gilbert Place residents Hains & Co, Memphis Slim and Shotgun Willies are moving out to the street for Bacardi tiki cocktails, a sparkling wine bar, cracked coconuts, DJs and Hawaiian barbeque. Entry to both is free.

Then on December 23, the Crown and Anchor, Chateau Apollo, Midnight Spaghetti and Roxie’s are throwing a block party with live music from Glowing, Don’t Bring Stacey, SODA, Agapanther, Hey Harriett, Oscar The Wild, Madura Green, Sports Car, Mums Favourite, The Vains, Hubris, Molly Rocket, plus eats and drinks. Tickets are $10 (plus booking fee) and your first drink is free.

In the galleries

Ace Open’s last exhibition of the year spotlights work by its five current resident studio artists: Sundari Carmody, Anna Gore, Jonathan Kim, Oakey and Loren Orsillo. Expect sculptural forms that draw on sleep cycles and the seasons, large-scale paintings, mixed media sculpture works and more. The show, aptly called Studios: 2021, runs until December 18.

If you’re yet to get to Tarnanthi you can still catch it at the Art Gallery of South Australia – until the end of January. There’s John Prince Siddon’s psychedelic paintings on canvas, bullock skulls and kangaroo pelts that deliver commentaries on environmental, social and political issues; stories on salvaged and painted car parts by desert artists from Irrunytju, at the intersection of the WA, SA and NT borders; and Yankunytjatjara artist Kaylene Whiskey’s witty painting and move image works that merge pop culture and traditional knowledge. Plus, an unsettling installation by Julie Gough that plays off colonial works from AGSA’s permanent collection.