Shopping at the Adelaide Central Market
The Adelaide Central Market is one of the most loved shopping spot amongst both the locals and the tourists. It is also one of the oldest indoor markets of the world that has been in existence ever since the 1870. These colourful markets feature an array of fresh vegetables, baked goods, fruits, flowers and cheeses. You can also find a mouth watering range of multi cultural culinary retreats here. Once you are done with the browsing of the produce, you can enjoy a wholesome meal at one of the several cafes that are located in this area. If you are a lover of Asian food, you can can head to the Chinatown. Take note when you go there, you must carry with you your own shopping baskets or bags. The best time to visit the market is on the Saturday afternoon as this is the time when the vendors slash the prices to move their produce faster.
Adelaide Arts Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre
Just a 5 minute walk from the Rundle Mall and the North Terrace is the Adelaide Festival Centre. It is the first multi-functional arts venue of Australia. Known to be visited by both locals and tourists, the art centre will never fail to surprise you with its lively cultural calendar. Besides having the huge 2000 seat Festival Theatre, the venue also houses several small theatres, an amphitheatre, a banquet room, light-filled gallery and a venue for organizing recitals and concerts. Largely, known for its Adelaide Arts Festival, visiting the centre during the festival can be a great fun. During this, you can enjoy the exhibitions, theatre performances, lectures, opera, readings by writers and ballet.
Guided tour to the Ayers House
An exemplary of the Regency architecture in Australia, Ayers House is a modest house that was constructed in the year 1846. Initially owned by the prime minister of South Australia, Henry Ayers between the period from 1855 to 1878, today the house has been significantly transformed. At present, the Ayers House comprises of exquisite 40-room mansion that has a ballroom and a new dining room. This house is now owned and operated by the National Trust of South Australia. Though a popular event venue, visitors can also take a guided tour to the house. During the tour, you’ll learn about the fascinating things about the social history of the place. The interior of the house is adorned by paintings depicting the life and work of Sir Henry Ayers. You can find a magnificent collection of decorative art pieces, silver, furniture and artwork along with changing exhibitions. This can be a fantastic sightseeing tour in Adelaide.
Beautiful and very breathable
Adelaide may not have that stunning wow factor of Sydney but it definitely has a softer gentle beauty with its fringing hills to the east, wide-open spaces, luxuriously wide boulevards, enormous skies, humongous gardens and parks and beautiful beaches to the west. Unlike Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide offers you with exceptional place to breathe. Everything that you’ll need here is just 20 minutes away. With a population of just 1 million, you can swing and spin with your arms wide open while appreciating all that is on offer.
Adelaide is the food capital of Australia. Spend an hour in the Adelaide Central Market which is 143 year old and you’ll be convinced about thus status enjoyed by Adelaide. The city has more than 80 cafes, restaurants and stalls that showcase the local produce. You can actually watch the cheese being made here. Further, enjoy coffee from an Italian family or feast on chocolate to make the most of your visit. You can even take a food tour to one of the markets here. Given the 100 pubs in the city, the nightlife here is also very hip and happening.
Besides food, many even regard Adelaide as the wine capital of Australia. What could be better than sitting around a cosy dire on a vineyard and relishing on a superb glass of Australian Shiraz? You can locate wineries all round the country and near to the capital cities however, when it comes to Adelaide several wineries are located just within an hour’s drive. Several of the most recognizable brands like the Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Yalumba can also be found here. With a nation brimming with the finest wine growers and producers, wine tasting is the best thing to do here. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Adelaide Hills, Mclaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. There’s probably no other capital city in the country that presents such easy access on the fine grade wine.
There’s a greater Adelaide
If you head a short distance in just about any direction from the CBD you’ll come across a diversity of regions that can satiate any person’s interests with its historical towns, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, unusual villages in the hills, wine regions, and abundant wildlife. Most of the beaches of Adelaide are just a 30 minute drive from the city. The main tourist beach of Adelaide, Glenelg is just 12 km away from the town.
Exploring the city on bike
Adelaide is one city that you can actually explore on bike. The roads here are even and flat with beautiful biking trials that lead you through the magnificent parklands with well marked and safe bicycle lanes on the streets of the city. Rent a bike and ride along the Torrens River. There are abundant sightseeing attractions that will come along the way. You know what’s the best thing? Adelaide hires bikes out for FREE!
Adelaide has a long history. It was the first free settlement of Australia and is over brimming with multiculturalism. This is very well projected in the enormous food experiences, suburbs and festivals conducted here. German influence is deep-rooted here especially along the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley.