The world’s fifth most liveable city, the south Australian capital is known for its wines, festivities, churches, food and its heaven-like places on earth. Deep Thacker offers suggestions on how to get the most out of a weekend here
Start your weekends by visiting the hustling Victoria Square, serving as the “heart” of Adelaide city. It’s also the place to be for checking out various events throughout the year.
Adelaide Casino is another top attraction for youngsters. Not only does the casino hold some of the favourite games Australians like to play, but it is also the top place for bars and fine dining. Café Junction serves Aussie-style meals and deli food. The restaurant North is another best place at Adelaide casino for a fine dining experience, featuring seasonal selections and a massive wine list.
The casino also houses some of the best bars in town. Often performances can be savoured while having a drink. After a drink or two, head over to Gouger Street, Hutt Street or Hindley Street to relish the South Australian and Asian flavours. The place has both budget and high-end places, ideal for students as well as office goers. North Adelaide is also the place-to-be for some of Adelaide’s top eateries and late night cafes.
For a serene end to your Friday, head down to check out the jewels of Adelaide—its beaches. The coast lines up all the way up from Outer Harbor and Port Adelaide then down south to Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach and are all absolutely worth watching.
Many of these beaches allow swimming, fishing, or surfing. They are also best lookout points for a remarkable sunset—photographers, check it out!
After a wild or mild Friday, kick-start your weekend with a caffeine hit. Adelaide CBD places including Leigh Street, Peel Street, Pirie Street, Vardone Avenue, Grenfell Street are home to some of Adelaide’s top cafés for brunch. Besides CBD, Glenelg, Brighton, Marion and Norwood also have awesome café restaurants.
Don’t forget to check out Adelaide’s world famous wineries. Usually, wineries are everywhere in South Australia, but some of the best are located in Barossa, Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek. Most of them allow wine tasting at the cost of a large coffee
Your biggest shopping hunger can be fulfilled at shopping malls at Rundle Street, Marion, Tea Tree Plaza, Harbour Town, and West Lakes. Norwood Parade is another best pick for shopping, followed by Burnside Village Shopping Centre, Unley Road and Jetty Road, Glenelg. Easter, Christmas or the end of Financial Year are the best times to shop for hefty discounts on big brands.
If you are over shopping, check out places in CBD like Adelaide Oval for a nice lunch with a view, museum and galleries on North Terrace for some history and arts, Botanic Gardens to soak in the sun and grass, read a book or have a nice conversation with your partner. In the evening, you can also drive to Mount Lofty to be mesmerised by the night lights of Adelaide.
Weekends are best to plan your next day trips to Barossa Valley, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island or Adelaide Hills. For a night out, Flinders Ranges and Mount Gambier are the hot favourites. Don’t forget to check out Adelaide’s world famous wineries. Usually, wineries are everywhere in South Australia, but some of the best are located in Barossa, Hills, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek. Most of them allow wine tasting at the cost of a large coffee.
There are numerous late night café bars for mouth-watering desserts. Steven ter Horst, St Louise, Chocolate, Eggless, Spats, Nutrition Republic, Bracegirdles, Movenpick, Gelatissimo, Devour and the list is simply endless. These cafés serve award-winning desserts. Don’t worry; they are not so expensive. Worth every $ spent.
Start your lazy Sunday by visiting Adelaide’s buzziest and artistic weekend markets. Some of them are Gilles Street Market, Wayville Farmers Market, Market Shed on Holland, Flinders Street Market, Stirling Market, Victor Harbour and Willunga Farmers Market. They serve some of the best and cheapest fruits, vegetables, artistic products, and so on.
I visit BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Greenfields (near Mawson Lakes) every Sunday. Not only does it give me a sense of belonging and family environment but also a platform to nurture my music skills and philosophical thoughts
Ebenezer Place in East Adelaide CBD has some of the best cafes, wine cellars, good food, and local art. Moreover, you can go on a drive to various ports in the North or South of Adelaide. Hiking and camping at Mt Crawford, Heysen Trail, Hikers Hill, Horsnell Gully, Waterfall Gully and Onkaparinga Gorge are some of the best hiking destinations.
After all these activities, if you are feeling religious or need some peace at mind, Adelaide has numerous churches, mosques, temples, and monasteries to worship at. They are also a great place to network with people from your own background.
I visit BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Greenfields (near Mawson Lakes) every Sunday. Not only does it give me a sense of belonging and family environment but also a platform to nurture my music skills and philosophical thoughts.
In short, Adelaide has a lot to offer. It may not be receiving as much attention as other capital cities like Melbourne or Sydney, but certainly, it’s the place to be for students and families.