The last few years have seen massive growth and change for the little city of Adelaide. Australia’s wine capital is now teeming with some super cool bars, restaurants and cafes to please even the most discerning food and wine connoisseur. I recently spent a week in the city of churches, bar and restaurant hopping like never before and have curated a list of my absolute “must visit” spots.
Tucked away on trendy Peel Street in the CBD, La Moka is the perfect spot for your morning coffee, lunch or an aperitif. This suave Italian cafe is serving up some seriously good coffee, which, paired with a fresh pastry makes for the perfect start to the day.
Hit up Argos for a delicious meal with a healthy twist. Located on The Parade, Norwood, Argos is always packed so make sure you get down early, especially if you want breakfast. Their coffee and food is certainly worth the wait though. My breakfast recommendation is the french toast with caramelised banana…heaven.
Gin Long Canteen
Chow down on the best South East Asian food in town at Gin Long Canteen on O’Connell Street in North Adelaide. This super trendy eatery serves up modern Asian street food with Thai influences, some smashing cocktails (try the Gin Long) and a buzzing atmosphere to boot. If you’re dining with a group, definitely opt for the banquet option and prepared to be seriously impressed.
Savour every last bite at Hispanic Mechanic. The Latin American/Mexican inspired restaurant is located on Glen Osmond Road in Frewville and is dishing up the best tacos going around. This is another menu where the banquet option is a must, you’ll have the opportunity to try the very best of the menu. The service at Hispanic Mechanic is second to none and is the perfect spot for a night out with friends.
Take in the best view of Adelaide from its newest hot spot, 2KW. Located at 2 King William Street in the city this rooftop restaurant and bar is frequented by chic clientele that perfectly match the trendy, upmarket style of the place. It was great to see that Adelaide’s chilly weather doesn’t impact the city’s nightlife as we enjoyed cocktails in the very busy bar, made all the more enjoyable with heaters, rugs and cosy arm chairs!
This hidden underground bar is the perfect spot for an evening tipple before heading upstairs to feast on Bread and Bone’s famous burgers. This cozy but opulent bar is art deco inspired and oozes that speakeasy feel. Boasting an impressive drinks list, including some dangerously addictive cocktails (try the Lady Lou) and delicious bar snacks, Maybe Mae is an absolute must for locals and visitors alike.
Bread and Bone
Head upstairs from Maybe Mae to one of the most in demand eateries in Adelaide’s CBD – Bread and Bone. Specialising in burgers, hot dogs and wood grill offering’s, Bread and Bone features long share tables, moody lighting and a view over Peel Street. Get in early to avoid waiting long for a table!
A world class culinary experience in Adelaide’s historic Electra House. Recently brought back to life, the former electric lift and telephone exchange has been transformed into three levels of eating, drinking and sharing. Situated on the ground floor is the Bar and Beer Garden which is absolutely worth a visit. Enjoy craft beer, local and international wines and cocktails in a fun, buzzing atmosphere.
Hains and Co.
Another one of Adelaide’s hidden gems is this nautical themed gin and rum bar, secretly tucked away off Hindley Street on Gilbert Place. The service here is quick and friendly and the bar staff know their stuff. Not sure what you want? Just explain a couple of flavours and you’ll find the perfectly curated cocktail appear before your very eyes. Perch outside at one of the high tables or inside at one of the booths and watch the nightlife go by.
I felt like I’d stepped right off the streets of Paris when I walked into La Buvette. This charming French wine and aperitif bar is like something out of a movie; romantic lighting, quirky artwork, delicious snacks and divine French men. Not to mention the drinks which are second to none – not one to venture out of my comfort zone with international wines, the list available at La Buvette is both affordable and delightful. Try the Miam Miam red from the Loire Valley – très bien!