Welcome to the heart of Adelaide, where cool shops and cafés are flanked by galleries, museums and stunning urban parks
Adelaide has a reputation as the most elegant of all Australian cities, thanks to its Victorian parks, impressive architecture and beautiful tree-lined boulevards. Take a walk along North Terrace, home to the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia, and marvel at the classic architecture. Stop to read the bronze plaques set into the pavement on the Jubilee 150 Walkway, commemorating the names and deeds of those who contributed to the development of South Australia, then explore the fragrant Australian forest in the nearby Botanic Garden.
When you’re in the mood to shop, Rundle Mall runs parallel to North Terrace; it’s an outdoor mall that’s home to all the big name stores. The paved streets are dotted with outdoor cafés, public art and street performers, so you’ll always find something to see, especially during the annual Adelaide Festival, when you can enjoy street theatre, performance art and live music.
When dinner time rolls around, some of the best eateries can be found around Central Market, the incredible foodie haven, which has been running for over 145 years and is located just round the corner from Chinatown. For the most popular hipster hangouts, head to Peel and Leigh: sip iced coffee at Coffee Branch, or call into La Moka for an espresso and zeppola (Italian doughnuts). After dark, wander round the corner to Hindley Street, where you’ll find Jive, the West End’s hottest live music venue.