Restaurants

2KW

Restaurant

This refined rooftop restaurant and bar is one of Adelaide's best rooftops. For good reason, from up high you can see out over the Governor's garden and the city.

Dunfor Noodle Bar

Restaurant

This tiny ramen spot serves just two types of soup, but they’re backed by fine-dining pedigree. Nab a stool for this, plus fried-oyster po’ boys, beef tartare and draught beer.

Minimono

Restaurant

One of Adelaide's most prolific restaurateurs is behind this compact yet sophisticated ramen and curry bar. Roll in big steaming bowls of 12-hour pork tonkotsu, soupless tantanmen and several original styles of ramen.

Eleven

Restaurant

This ambitious all-day venue comprises an elegant fine-diner serving degustations, and an open-air cafe and bar serving upmarket snacks and local wines. Find them both inside a handsome courtyard in the city centre.

Motherlode Nuggeteria

Restaurant

You’ve eaten chicken nuggets. But not like at this American style diner and bar, where nuggs might be marinated in laksa or tossed in parmesan spice “dust”. Plus, there’s beer on tap, natural wines and cocktails.

Aces Pizza and Liquor

Restaurant

Italian-American style pizza, pasta and salads from Andrew Fantasia, the man behind Hustle & Vine wine. It's all within a space that looks ripped straight out of 1950s New York – make a beeline for the glossy leather bar stools.

Cafes

Nanna Hot Bake

Cafe

A cheap and charming Asian bakery.

Asian Gourmet

Cafe

Line up, order a laksa, sit and devour.

Leeroy's

Cafe

Leeroy's is Adelaide's first cereal cafe. It serves big bowls of dessert-like American breakfast favourites – including Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs and Pop-Tarts Cereal – plus toasties and D’Angelo coffee.

Where We Met

Cafe

Redefining Southern hospitality with help from Dawn Patrol Coffee.

Real Falafel

Cafe

The Central Market's tiny but mighty falafel stall has moved to a bigger site and introduced breakfast, coffee and deli products for sale.

Community

Cafe

This cafe-bar hybrid is in a restored octagonal kiosk on North Terrace. It was the first food and beverage joint for Adelaide’s innovation precinct Lot Fourteen. The brunchy menu here, by the owner-chef of Fine & Fettle, is Asian-inspired takes on brekkie staples.

Bars

Clever Little Tailor

Bar

A cosy, classic bar with a drink to satisfy every whim.

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Pink Moon Saloon

Bar

This narrow, faux alpine hut hits all the same targets as sister bar Clever Little Tailor.

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99 Gang Social

Bar

American-style burgers, beef rendang hoagies and tropical cocktails are the signatures at Gang Gang’s disco-ready burger bar. After the dinner trade, a floating DJ booth provides danceable tunes till late.

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Shotgun Willie's

Bar

This Western saloon – by the Cry Baby crew – is part honky-tonk, part truck stop and all Americana. Expect live music, darts, American beers and whisky – with most drinks around the $10 mark.

My Lover Cindi

Bar

Dance all night at this inclusive, fully accessible nightclub in a former ‘70s-era German Club. Expect boozy and non-alcoholic drinks, queer pride anthems and a tight menu of toasties available all night.

Leigh Street Wine Room

Bar

A former drycleaner is now the setting for an exciting drinking den – a cosy, cleverly designed natural-wine bar serving world-class vino, house-made charcuterie and cheese, and inventive share plates.

Shops

Clarity Records

Shop

Spinning independent music since 2010.

Ensemble

Shop

For plants, shoes, jewellery and ethical fashion.

Chicken & Pig

Shop

Slow cooking served fast.

Nudie Jeans

Shop

The CBD outpost for one of the world’s best denim brands doesn’t disappoint. If you’re after a new pair of jeans, this is where you want to be.

Low & Slow Leigh Street

Shop

Port Adelaide’s destination barbeque joint has opened an outpost in the city, in the hole in the wall vacated by Pink Moon Deli. Come for sandwiches with pulled pork, smoked brisket or charred leek; mac’n’cheese; and salads to-go.

East End Cellars

Shop

An inimitable selection of local and international wines.

Events

Adelaide Fringe

Holding the title of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest arts festival is no small thing. But how do you make the most of the Fringe? Planning. Browse shows by genre to find hard-hitting theatre, death-defying circus or side-splitting comedy. Tickets are on sale now. If you’re notorious for leaving things until the last minute, discounted rush tickets are available most days for that night’s shows. Adelaide Fringe runs from February 16 to March 18.

Adelaide Fringe

This guerrilla arts festival began in 1960 when a bunch of artists decided to stage their own event in rebellion against the tightly curated attitude of Adelaide Festival. Today it continues to foster new talent and independent performance from both Australian and international artists. Its eclectic program carries an air of liberation and experimentation, and spans cabaret, comedy, circus, theatre, dance, film, music, puppetry, visual arts and design. The four-week celebration will pop up in unassuming warehouses, laneways, empty buildings and parks, as well as in theatres, hotels, galleries and cafes. The next event is February 17 to March 19, 2017.

Adelaide Festival

Come March, Adelaide Festival overlaps with Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide to see festivals take over the city. Running March 3–19 in 2017, this multi-arts festival also encompasses Adelaide Writers’ Week – a free six-day literary event. The annual festival’s bold programming covers challenging theatre, mesmerising dance and emotionally heavy classical and contemporary music, as well as striking visual arts and new media from an ever-evolving suite of international artists.