Boasting ample architectural beauty, an impressive dedication towards the fine arts and an ever-growing collection of foodie-friendly cafes and restaurants, Adelaide is the land of sophisticated stays. While it still maintains its moniker as the city of churches, there’s so much more to see and do that the spires all but fade into the background.
Thanks to the foresight of early European settlers, the centre of Adelaide is comprised of a series of neat blocks surrounded by a ring of parks. This makes it both very easy to navigate and easy on the eye, with corridors of green breathing fresh life into the city year-round. The architecture here is also impressive, with many grand old buildings presenting beautiful stone facades to passers-by. The Mortlock Wing of the State Library (pictured above) is a perfect example of this, sitting stately on the edge of North Terrace. Considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, its grand interior houses more than 23,000 books in spectacular fashion, creating a true old-world ambience. While you’re in the area and feeling cultured, make a stop at the Art Gallery of South Australia which houses more than 38,000 permanent works, or at Festival Theatre where you can enjoy world class ballet, orchestra and musical theatre. For something a little more modern, make your way to the Rhino Room on Frome Street. Impossible to miss with its giant purple mural, this venue is home to some of the best performance artists in the country. The real specialty here is comedy and Rhino Room has played host to the likes of Arj Barker, Adam Hills, Stephen K Amos and Ross Noble. There’s also an open mic night every Thursday should you wish to try out some of your own material. Rhino Room. Photo: Craig Egan, Adelaide Comedy When it comes to eating in South Australia’s capital you really are spoilt for choice. There’s Andre’s Cucina for mouth-watering Italian and a convivial atmosphere, Peel Street for incredible flavour combinations (even the basics are incredible here and we have an ongoing love affair with the maple roasted pear, goats curd , hazelnut, pickled radicchio and persimmon toastie) and St Louis for some of the creamiest ice-cream in existence. There’s also Central Market, which is a must visit for every foodie. With more than 80 traders setting up shop every Tuesday to Saturday it can be hard to know where to start. We suggest a visit to the Mushroom Man if even just to marvel at how many different types of mushroom exist, an investment in one of Dough’s fig and fennel loaves, the purchase a varied and worldly selection from The Smelly Cheese Shop and a final stop at Lucia’s Fine Foods where you can buy all things Italian and also sit down for a delicious bite to eat. Freshly baked loaves at Dough Given Adelaide’s proximity to some of Australia’s best wine regions, there’s also no shortage of excellent wine and small bars tucked away in city streets. Clever Little Tailor’s revolving wine list and intimate setting makes it a top choice, closely followed by The Henry Austin with its dapper interior and excellent cellar selection.