Adelaide is a charming town, full of character and offering world class drinking and dining. With South Australia being Australia’s biggest wine exporter and home to some of Australia’s most awarded wines (such as Grange) it is little wonder Adelaidians have high expectations when it comes to food and wine.
But, one difficulty with this town is knowing where to go. If you walk aimlessly down North Terrace – it may not be easy to find a gem. Well, lucky you have me!
Truth be told, I have called Sydney home for 10 years. But, I am originally from Adelaide and I return often to visit family. So, Adelaide holds a special place in my heart and it’s fair to say I have my finger on the pulse when it comes to eating and drinking in Adelaide!
Read on below for my Ultimate Guide to eating and drinking in Adelaide like a local.
Adelaide’s best Restaurants, Bars, Cafes and Hotels
Adelaide’s best Coffee
It’s not hard to get a good cup of coffee in Adelaide. Especially if you know where to go!
Check out some of my local favourites:
Popular specialty coffee cafe focussing on espresso and filters. A great cup of coffee. Maybe the best in Adelaide?
96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside / Mon – Fri 7.30am – 4pm / Sat – Sun 8.30am – 2pm; and
Basement, David Jones Building, Rundle Mall, Adelaide / Mon – Thurs 8am – 4pm / Sat 9.30am – 4pm / Sun 10.30am – 4pm / website
Exchange Specialty Coffee
Specialising in espresso and filter coffee. One store focusses on espresso and the other filter coffee and tea. Be sure to choose the right store!
Shops 1 & 2, 1 – 18 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide / 0415 966 225 / Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm / Sat 8am – 4pm / Sun 9am – 4pm / website
Cibo Espresso Rundle Street
The Cibo brand has been franchised and sadly we find not all locations are up to scratch. But the original Rundle Street location still serves a decent cup.
218 Rundle Street, Adelaide / (08) 8232 9188 / Sun – Thurs 6.30am – 9pm / Fri – Sat 6.30am – 10.30pm / website
Adelaide’s best Breakfast Spots
Adelaide has plenty of breakfast offerings to choose from, but you only want the best. Here are three staples to start you off:
Specialty coffee shop with an excellent breakfast menu. Always busy and be prepared to wait for a table.
96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside / Mon – Fri 7.30am – 4pm / Sat – Sun 8.30am – 2pm / website
A Mothers Milk
Great breakfast spot and serving quality single origin coffee (bonus)!
105 Unley Road, Unley / (08) 8271 4329/ Mon 7.30am – 4pm / Wed – Fri 7.30am – 4pm / Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm / website
Organic coffee & elixir bar. Clean eating fanatics – this one’s for you! Super healthy organic options.
1/100 King William Road, Goodwood / (08) 8377 7551 / Mon – Fri 7am – 4p / Sat 8am – 4pm / Sun 9am – 3pm / website
Adelaide’s best Lunch Restaurants
Whether you’re seeking stunning views for a long, leisurely lunch or a quick CBD lunch stop, I think you’ll love these gems:
Jolley’s Boathouse Restaurant
Classy fine dining restaurant set on the River Torrens offering picturesque views and making the perfect ambience for a long lunch.
1 Jolley’s Lane, Adelaide / (08) 8223 2891 / Lunch Sun – Fri 12 – 3pm / Dinner Mon – Sat 6 – 9pm / website
The Lane Vineyard
Take a short drive (25 mins from the CBD) to the Adelaide Hills to relax on the deck at The Lane for a stylish long lunch. Stunning views.
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf / (08) 8388 1250/ Daily 10am – 4pm / website
Jamie Olivers Italian restaurant, set in a gorgeous heritage building. Jamie Oliver can do no wrong. Great for a CBD lunch option.
2 King William Street, Adelaide / Daily 12pm – 10.30pm / website
Adelaide’s best Dinner Restaurants
Adelaide offers exceptional cuisine from trendy eateries to five star degustations. Check out some of my favourites below for a taste of what’s on offer:
Share style food menu served in a laneway restaurant. Very close to Clever Little Tailor (see below) for a pre or post dinner drink.
9 Peel Street, Adelaide / (08) 8231 8887 / Mon – Fri 7.30am – 5pm / Dinner Wed – Sat from 6.30pm / website
Press Food & Wine
Slick loft-style restaurant serving up quality cuisine. Chargrill a specialty.
40 Waymouth Street, Adelaide / (08) 8211 8048 / Mon – Sat 12pm – late / website
Andre’s Cuccina & Polenta Bar
Trendy and fun Italian eatery.
94 Frome Street, Adelaide / (08) 8224 0004 / Dinner Mon 5.30 – 11pm / Dinner Tues – Sat 5.30pm – late /Lunch Tues – Sat 11.30am – 3pm / website
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
Long standing and highly awarded fine dining restaurant set in the Penfolds winery just out of the city.
78 Penfolds Road, Magill / (08) 8301 5551 / Dinner Wed – Sat from 6.30pm / Lunch Fri & Sat from 12noon / website
Small (25 seat) restaurant serving innovative cuisine with a focus on indigenous flavours. Degustation only for dinner.
285 Rundle Street, Adelaide / (08) 8232 3444 / Lunch Fri 12 – 1.30pm / Dinner Tues – Sat 6 – 8pm / website
French inspired cuisine and a menu which changes regularly according to the best available produce.
Shop 1, 24 Waymouth Street, Adelaide / (08) 8231 7000 / Lunch Wed – Fri 12 – 3pm / Dinner Tues – Sat 6pm – late / website
Adelaide’s best Bars
The Liquor Laws were relaxed in Adelaide in 2014, which has resulted in a whole new (and well overdue) small bar scene. There have been some top spots popping up in the last couple of years. The areas around Leigh Street and Peel Street (off Hindley Street) are the new bar hot spots.
2KW Bar & Restaurant
Glitzy (and bustling) rooftop bar offering views over the city and the River Torrens.
Level 8, 2 King William Street, Adelaide / (08) 8212 5511 / Mon – Fri 10am – late / Sat – Sun midday – late / website
Clever Little Tailor
Small laneway bar with a neighbourhood feel. Impressive beer list and quality cocktails.
19 Peel Street, Adelaide / Mon – Sat from 4pm / website
Dark and moody San Sebastian pintxos bar.
11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide / (08) 8410 5733 / Mon – Fri 4pm – late / Sat – Sun 6pm – late / website
Sophisticated small bar also serving tapas. Good wine list.
9A Anster Street, Adelaide / Tues – Sat 4pm – 2am / Fri 12pm – 2am / website
South Australia’s best Wineries
I couldn’t write a ‘Foodies Guide to Adelaide’ without mentioning South Australia’s world renowned wineries. I’ve focussed on just two regions – McLaren Vale and The Barossa Valley.
This is just the tip of the iceberg (after all SA’s wineries deserve their very own ‘Foodie Guide’ – watch this space), but here are some of my favourite wineries along with some stellar dining options in the regions. Though I do suggest you make a booking if you do want to dine in these restaurants.
McLaren Vale is just a 45 minute drive from the city, making it an easy spot to visit for lunch and a perfect day trip from Adelaide.
One of the originals and still one of the best. Stellar wines have been put up year after year at this winery. You can’t go wrong.
Particular wine to note: Dead Arm Shiraz
Osborne Road, McLaren Vale / (08) 8329 4888 / Cellar Door – 10am – 5pm / website
A left of field winery bottling seriously tasty wines. I also love their quirky and eccentric branding. Ask about the Molly Dooker shake!
Particular wine to note: Carnival of Love
23 Coppermine Road McLaren Vale / (08) 8323 6500 / Cellar Door – Daily 10am – 5.30pm / website
The Barossa Valley is a 1.5 hour drive from the city. I suggest The Barossa makes a great overnight or weekend trip.
Boutique winery making sensational drops. Though sadly no dining options. But, their wines are enough reason to visit.
Particular wine to note: Basket Press
131 Krondorf Road, Tanunda / (08) 8563 2720 / Cellar Door – Daily 11am – 5pm / website
Hentley Farm Wines
Small winery specialising in single block wines. Home to excellent fine dining restaurant, Hentley Farm.
Particular wine to note: The Stray Mongrel
Cnr of Gerald Roberts Road & Jenke Road, Seppeltsfield / (08) 8333 0241 / Lunch Thurs – Sun / Dinner Fri – Sat / Cellar Door – Daily 11am – 5pm / website
Maggie Beers Farm Shop
Foodies will love the Maggie Beers Farm Shop. Not only is it a great casual dining option, but you can take home an amazing array of produce. I could spend hours here!
50 Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa / (08) 8562 4477 / Daily 10.30am – 5pm / website
Adelaide’s best Hotels
To get you started, here are a few suggestions of our favourite Adelaide hotels. These locations below will allow you to walk to Adelaide’s growing small bar scene. A must in my opinion!
Relatively new boutique luxury Hotel in a great cbd location.
45 King William Street, Adelaide
Click here for the latest prices and more details for the Mayfair Hotel.
Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury
Boutique apartment hotel set in a charming heritage building.
2 Flinders Street, Adelaide
Click here for the latest prices and more details for the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury.
Luxury hotel set on the River Torrens. (Formerly The Hyatt).
North Terrace, Adelaide
Click here for the latest prices and more details for the InterContinental Adelaide.
Well there you have it! Pretty much all you need to know to eat and drink your way around this small but charming town in style and like a local.
Oh, and just maybe you might discover a new hot spot along the way. Be sure to let me know if you do!
Cheers and happy travels!