Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia

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Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is the pretty capital of South Australia, a city of around 1.2 million set on the River Torrens in the middle of a tree-covered plain. Located between the Mt Lofty Ranges to the east and the beaches of Gulf St. Vincent in the west, it has a warm Mediterranean climate and is the driest of the Australian capitals.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Magill Estate

Penfolds ultra-modern Magill Estate dining room, overlooking the original Penfolds vines and historic cottage, is back at the top of its game with new chef Jock Zonfrillo offering tasting menus exclusively. All the dishes highlight South Australia’s exceptional ingredients in whimsical preparations. Think Suffolk lamb with saltbush, celery and choko and fresh tommy ruff and mulloway local fish specialties, served on a stone from Hallett Cove and doused with aromatic crab broth. Every dish is beautifully paired with Penfolds wines including Grange by the glass.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Celsius

Celsius offers stunning presentations of inventive dishes at relatively affordable prices in a dining room that used to be a nightclub.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Vincenzo’s Cucina Vera

Vincenzo’s Cucina Vera features a new degustation menu each night according to what’s fresh at the markets and the whim of chef Vincenzo La Montagna.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: The Manse

The Manse offers an elegant charcoal and white setting to enjoy degustation of modern European cuisine.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Auge

Auge has a sleek modern Spuntini (snack) bar with a terrific cocktail menu and Italian wines as well as a more formal restaurant featuring Italian specialties.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Apothecary 1878

The tiny Apothecary 1878 wine bar (and restaurant), located in an intimate heritage-listed building in the West End, gets its name from the antique pharmacy cabinets gracing the front bar. Classic Thonet chairs are dotted around elegant marble and brass tables while marble floor tiles are featured in the main bar. The wine list was the South Australian winner of the Australian Gourmet Traveller’s wine list of the year in 2011.


Places to Eat and Drink in Adelaide, Australia: Saldechin Martini Bar

The Saldechin Martini Bar is set in a magnificent heritage-listed former bank building featuring marble walls and high arched windows on King William Street.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide is the pretty capital of South Australia, a city of around 1.2 million set on the River Torrens in the middle of a tree-covered plain. Located between the Mt Lofty Ranges to the east and the beaches of Gulf St. Vincent in the west, it has a warm Mediterranean climate and is the driest of the Australian capitals.


Named in honor of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely settled British province in Australia.


Colonel William Light designed the city with a one square mile grid layout, interspersed by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by a ring of what are now State heritage-listed parklands. All this planning makes Adelaide a pleasing city to explore today.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Buxton Manor

The 1908 heritage-listed Buxton Manor, surrounded by half an acre of cottage gardens in historic North Adelaide, is built in the William Morris ‘Arts & Craft’ style with decorative red brick with steep sloping roof lines and beveled lead lighted windows. It features Australian antiques, open log fires, polished spruce floors, gilt mirrors and antique beds.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Fire Station Inn

The Fire Station Inn, in North Adelaide, features three suites including the Fire Engine Suite, a fully self-contained open plan apartment with antique fire truck; the baroque Loggia suite surrounded by a walled private courtyard garden; and the large 5-star contemporary Residency Penthouse with two bedrooms and a balcony overlooking the North Adelaide Cafe precinct. 


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Clarion Hotel Soho

The Clarion Hotel Soho, located near Adelaide’s trendy East End, is a designer hotel with an eclectic art collection that evokes the arty vibe of London’s Soho district. Features include 20th century designer furniture, bi-folding windows, 42 inch LCD TVs with free in-house movies. There is a rooftop deck where you can enjoy the heated jet pool overlooking Adelaide’s skyline.


Places to Stay in Adelaide, Australia: Magestic Roof Garden Hotel

The Magestic Roof Garden Hotel, the very affordable flagship property of Majestic Hotels, is centrally located near Rundle Street. It features king-size beds, modern bathrooms and a roof garden with views.


Best Private Island Getaways (II)

For many travelers, their idea of a perfect vacation is a secluded spot away from the rest of the world. These vacationers prefer to be close to nature, isolation and utter relaxation. If this kind of destination appeals to you, we've picked out the best private island gateways. The following islands all have one thing in common: peace and quiet.


3. Best Private Island Gateways: Heron Island —Australia

Heron Island is just one gem between the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef — one of The 7 Wonders Of The World. But Heron Island is actually right on top of the reef. So, where a trip to the reef from some islands means a long boat ride, on Heron, the coral is right at your front door. Heron is not a large island, but it is a protected sanctuary for both sea turtles and birds: watching turtle hatchlings make their perilous journey to the sea is a prime activity around the holiday season. Diving is the main attraction, centered on corals and fish (lionfish, butterfly fish, sharks, manta rays, and a cast of thousands). Blue Pools is a little bay that is sheltered by the edge of the Heron reef. Essentially current free, it allows snorkelers to enjoy watching the local fish clans cruise the corals. It is estimated that more than half of the 1,500 fish species on the Great Barrier Reef can be seen here.


4. Best Private Island Gateways: Koh Yao Yai — Thailand

Thailand has long been known for its beautiful beaches. Because of this fame, there has been a lot of development on the beaches of Thailand and people are starting to avoid them as its simply too crowded. What people don't realize, is there are hide-aways in Thailand that are not yet developed, offering the beautiful white sand beaches and lush jungle landscape —without the crowds. Koh Yao Yai, a small island just 30 minutes from Phuket or Krabi by boat, is that special undiscovered island. With few hotels on the island, there are no crowds. Koh Yao Yai Village resort is a small hotel located on the sleepy little island — perfect for someone looking to get away from the crowds and have an old-world Thai island experience. Note that the islanders are keen to preserve their traditional ways, so it's important to respect the local culture by dressing modestly and refraining from drinking alcohol outside of the restaurants/resorts catering to visitors.

Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia (II)

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Zoo

 Get up close and personal with the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere, Wang Wang and Funi, at the Adelaide Zoo. 



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

Explore the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide with stunning gardens, three architecturally significant glass houses (the Palm House, the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion), the oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees in Australia, a new kitchen garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the International Rose Garden, the Australian Native Garden, and the Garden of Health. Be sure and visit beautifully restored Museum of Economic Botany to see its stunning collection of 'useful' plants. Bookabee Tours runs a terrific walk that highlights how indigenous Australians used plants as a larder, medicine chest and tool kit.



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: The Jam Factory

Check out the studios, galleries and shops of The Jam Factory where the work of many of South Australia's creative artists can be found.



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Haigh’s Chocolate Factory

Visit the Haigh’s chocolate factory for free 20-minute tours plus a complimentary chocolate, tea and coffee at South Australia's iconic chocolate maker. 



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: South Australian Coopers Brewery

Take a tour of independently owned South Australian Coopers Brewery, which covers every step of the production process for both beer and homebrew. In the museum, aside from gaining an insight into the history of Coopers, enjoy tastings of Coopers ales, stouts and lagers.



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Bay Beaches

Spend the day at one of Adelaide’s relaxed bay beaches such as Glenelg, Henley Beach and West Beach. Temptation Sailing offers dolphin swimming and watching in Glenelg.

Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia (I)

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: National Wine Centre of Australia


Visit the impressive National Wine Centre of Australia, which offers a terrific interactive wine discovery journey and exhibition as well as insights into the Australian wine industry. Taste an extensive selection of Australian wines in the Concourse Café, open daily for tastings, wine sales and lunches.



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Tour of the Adelaide Oval


Take a tour of the Adelaide Oval, widely regarded as the most picturesque test cricket ground in the world, with St Peter's Cathedral rising behind an elegant Edwardian scoreboard. (10am Mon to Fri, non-match days, starting from inside the Phil Ridings Gates at the southern end). Also check out the free Bradman Collection Museum that brings together the personal cricket memorabilia of the greatest batsman in the history of cricket, Sir Donald Bradman.



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: South Australian Museum


Explore the South Australian Museum, home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material, with over 3,000 artefacts on display, and the culturally significant Yuendumu Doors. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery features the land and marine wildlife of South Australia while other galleries include Pacific Cultures, Megafauna, Opalised Fossils, and Mawson memorabilia. 



• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Central Market


Eat your way around the Adelaide Central Market (Tuesday to Saturday) with its 100 plus stalls offering fruit and veg, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery goods, cheeses, nuts, health foods. Some great places to check out include: T-Bar for fine teas, The Grind for great coffee, Say Cheese, Samtass Seafood, the Mushroom Man, Dough (for breads and pastries) Feast for Coorong Angus Beef, and lamb, pork and poultry from specialist breeders, the House of Organics, Jagger Fine Foods (for South Australian olives, dips and antipasti), and Wild Oz (for game and bush tucker condiments).


Surrounding the markets are Chinatown, the Market Plaza and the Market Arcade which offer a terrific range of dining options as does Gouger Street.


Places to Visit Before It’s Too Late (II)

Climate changes and the increased number of tourists could lead to the disappearance of some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Let's continue our series of the places to visit before it's too late:


4. Macchu Picchu

Continuous urban development and constant flow of tourists (about 2,500 daily) endanger this last bastion of Inca civilization, located in Peru. The popularity of the "Lost City" among the tourists proves to be a fearsome enemy. The stone groundwork has been affected by erosion and parts of the buildings already collapsed due to landslides. Tourist facilities developing closer and closer to this ancient city endanger its very existence. So if you wanted to know which places to visit before it’s too late, you can start with Macchu Picchu.


5. Kilimanjaro

Few places in the world are as picturesque as this impressive volcanic mountain, nicknamed "Snowy Mountain" by the locals. Since it’s the highest mountain peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro is a true magnet for travelers and climbers all over the world. A recent study made by the National Academy of Science revealed that the snow on the peak of the mountain would disappear in the next 20 years. Taking into account that 85% of its layer melted in the last century, we do believe them, and add Kilimanjaro to our places to visit before it’s too late list.


6. The Great Barrier Reef

Known as one of the best diving destinations in the world, this underwater paradise from Australia is in danger of extinction due to the rising temperature of the ocean and pollution. According to a report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change, the 7.000 years old ancient reef is rapidly disintegrating and may not exist for more than 40 years.


7. The Dead Sea Scrolls

Located at the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea could dry up in the next 40 years. The sea has lost one-third of its volume in the last 20 years and the process continues. With the desire to stop this phenomenon, Israeli Authorities proposed building a canal to bring water from the Red Sea. However, specialists warned that the environmental risks are extremely high and that the project could permanently compromise the ecosystem of the Dead Sea. For example, the project could lead to algae multiplying in the Dead Sea, where nothing survives due to the high salinity of over 30%. As sad as it is, The Dead Sea is one of the most amazing places to visit before it’s too late.


8. Venice

The floating city of love might share the fate of Atlantis and be swallowed by waters in the near future. Sea level rises each year with up to 6 mm, which is a great threat to the integrity of the beautiful Italian town. Architects warned the authorities that the groundwork is increasingly battered due to the frequent floods. Unfortunately, the armies of millions of tourists only hasten the end of Venice. Locals have put a lot of faith in the "Mose Project”, which involves building 79 steel barriers on the Adriatic seabed, which will activate during big waves. The overall cost of the project was estimated at 4.7 billion euros. Venice is definitely one of the best places to visit before it’s too late.