Feast Your Senses in Adelaide
By Stephanie WilliamsWith more restaurants per head than any other city in Australia, a reputation as ’The Festival City’, and the gateway to some of the world’s best wine regions - Adelaide invites you to embrace your hedonistic side and 'Eat, drink and be merry!'
Adelaide also boasts the Southern Hemisphere’s largest undercover food market, and a visit to this bustling food haven is an absolute must. My suggestion – visit with an empty stomach as you will no doubt be enticed by the aromas of freshly baked pastries, roasting coffee and abundant food samples to enjoy while you browse.
I’m not usually one to cook while on holiday, but after spying such fantastically fresh produce and hard-to-find delicacies, I found myself wishing my hotel room had a kitchen. Fortunately, I had a city brimming with fabulous restaurants and cafes to explore instead.
With so much indulgence, it’s nice to find that Adelaide is a great city for walking. Take a romantic stroll along the River Torrens, lose yourself in the boutique shops of Rundle St, or soak up the culture of North Terrace’s art gallery and heritage buildings. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the free inner city tram system to get around too. There is much to explore beyond the city centre, and within just half an hour you can be relaxing on the beach at Glenelg or immersed in wine country in the Adelaide Hills.
As well as the rolling hills, vines and restaurants for which the region is famed, the Adelaide Hills is home to some charming towns including Hahndorf, Australia’s oldest German settlement, which has retained a strong German influence in its buildings, eateries and shops. The town is just 20 minutes drive from Adelaide CBD and is well worth a visit - it also makes a perfect base from which to further explore the region.
A highlight of my time in the Hills was a visit to Penfolds Magill Estate, the birthplace of the famous Penfolds Grange. Hailed as an Australian icon and one of the world’s best wines, Grange has become something of a holy grail for wine lovers worldwide. A visit to Penfolds Magill Estate provided the opportunity to learn about the heritage of Grange, witness its production and to my utter delight, taste it. And yes, I thought it was everything that it's said to be!
For me, Adelaide was a city that under-promised and over delivered. My advice, if you're thinking of visiting South Australia, be sure to go for at least a few days to fully appreciate this lively and sophisticated city.