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Adelaide: A Foodie's Paradise

Travel writer Kirsty Stuart gives us the scoop on the best places to eat in the South Australian capital.

If you love good food and wine and are planning a trip to Adelaide, you’re in for a treat. With a buzzing beach-vibe cafe culture and acre upon acre of wineries amid lush rolling hills, Adelaide is a foodie’s paradise. In fact, the sunkissed South Australian capital is home to some of the best food and wine in the country. So when you’ve finished sampling the goods at all those wineries, spend a day or two eating your way around the city - and in particular these two foodie havens...

Adelaide’s Central Market

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Located next to the thriving Chinatown area in the heart of the city, the Adelaide Central Market dates all the way back to the late 1800s. Today, the market is open every day except Sundays and Mondays and boasts over 80 stalls offering a dramatic display of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and café fodder.

The locals have been doing their weekly shop here for some time, but over the years the Adelaide Central Market has become quite the tourist attraction too. With its fresher-than-fresh local produce, colourful laneways and walls adorned with urban art, it’s easy to see why.

Like with most markets, the best time to arrive at Central Market is in the morning. Arrive before breakfast and take a stroll around the myriad of stalls as vendors put the final touches to their displays. Then pull up a plastic pew or settle down on a long wooden bench to prepare for the main event: breakfast. Choose from fresh coffee or a perfectly blended smoothie to whet your appetite, then tuck into a gourmet fry-up (using all local produce of course). Vegetarian options are available...and delicious.

If you happen to find yourself at Adelaide’s Central Market on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you’re in luck; these are ‘stall tasting’ days, where you can try everything from field mushrooms to the stinkiest of cheeses (don’t miss The Smelly Cheese Shop - the cheese here is divine).

Rundle Street

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Our second foodie paradise in Adelaide runs to a whole street. Rundle Street is the trendy, alfresco part of town where you can grab a macchiato and a spot of lunch by day, then mingle with the hipster crowd for dinner and drinks as night falls.

Rundle Street offers an eclectic mix of flavours from all corners of the globe. Whether you fancy an Indian dish hot enough to blow your socks off, a sexy Italian puttanesca, or have a hankering for authentic Argentinian steak, you’ll be satisfied here.

To help you decide, here’s a small pick of some of the best eateries in Adelaide’s most famous street:

Vego and Lovin’ It

Trendy yet tucked away, bohemian yet burger-loving, this vegetarian and vegan cafe is only open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Go. It’s worth it.


This buzzing Italian restaurant sits in the heart of Rundle Street and is popular with both locals and tourists alike.

Sosta Argentinian Kitchen

For the meat lovers - and a more refined evening out - Sosta has pomp and pizazz for when you feel like treating yourself.

Chocolate Bean

Offering amazing coffee, hot chocolate and desserts, this is technically on Union Street (about 10 strides from Rundle Street) but notable for its heavenly chocolate treats.

Falafel House

After a night of drinking with the locals, head to Falafel House for arguably the best late night kebab in the whole of South Australia.

Austral Hotel

Known locally as simply The Austral, this is modern Australian pub grub at its best.

If you appreciate good food and wine you surely won’t be disappointed in Adelaide. Even the most difficult to please foodies are bound to find something to satisfy their taste buds at the Central Market and within the cafes and restaurants of Rundle Street. There are of course many more foodie haunts and hangouts to discover in Adelaide, and part of the fun is tracking down and seeking these out for yourself. With that in mind, feel free to add your own Adelaide foodie favourites in the comments section below.

Kirsty Stuart left full time employment in 2012 in a perilous bid to write more and travel more. Her plan worked and these days she enjoys doing just that while also helping other writers and free-spirited entrepreneurs do the same via her website: Freelance Writers Online


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Written by Elle Croft

When Elle is not travelling, she's blogging about it over at A Bird in the Hand Travel. She believes that you don't have to look like a backpacker to travel, and writes about the stylish side of wanderlust, from stylish destinations to packing tips.

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