HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN ADELAIDE
Adelaide is one of the most underrated cities in Australia, which, if you ask us, is a shame. It has beaches that rival the Gold Coast, vineyards that have accolades as long as its verdant valleys, and a bustling modern city with laneway bar culture outshining that of Melbourne. If you ask us, there are not many reasons you shouldn’t visit Adelaide. But when you do decide to venture down south and only have 48 hours to spare, don’t waste it.
Adelaide is a rare city where everything you need — be it adrenaline, food, wine, or adventure — is within an hour's drive. Adelaide Hills and its quaint European villages are within a 30-minute drive of the CBD, and even the famed Barossa Valley is only 45 minutes away.
There’s no excuse not to soak it all up. To help you plan, we’ve put together a 48-hour taster of Adelaide.
When it comes to planning a trip, the first thing to consider is the place to rest your head at night. You want to position yourself close to restaurants and bars and be immersed in a city's culture. Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets is an eclectic mixed bag of history, creative design, and luxury touches. It sits between the Market Precinct — known for its art festivals — and Adelaide Central Market — a gastronomic playground, 150 years in the making. The design-focused rooms are quirky and flushed with colour and local art inspired by the neighbourhood. There are plenty of rooms to choose from, including standard king beds to one-bedroom suites with a balcony. The hotel has a rustic, homestyle Italian restaurant and a rooftop bar showcasing South Australia’s renowned seafood. Although, if you venture a few metres down the street, you will find hole-in-the-wall bars, trendy cafes, and multicultural delicatessens. Rundle Mall, China Town, SA Art Gallery and the Botanic Gardens are also just a short stroll away. The best part, IHG One Rewards members get a 2 pm late check-out, so book that return flight for the afternoon, or better yet, night. As part of the IHG One Rewards program, Diamond Elite members are also entitled to free breakfast as a Welcome Amenity choice. If your dates are flexible, take advantage of Reward Nights, which allows members to redeem their points on accommodation, experiences, catalogue items and more.
While we’re on the food train, Adelaide’s gastronomy scene is ever-evolving. Linger around Rundle Street; within seconds, a whiff of coffee will usher you into an eclectic coffee shop, ideally Felici. Hop on the free tram to Victoria Square and scour the line of food trucks for a tasty lunch. If you’re staying at Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, you’re placed right next door to Adelaide Central Market — the ultimate foodie experience. Wander through the stalls, sampling gourmet chocolates, handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and plenty of small goods.
At night, dinner is a serious affair, with everything from 16-course degustations to African-inspired diners and authentic Napoli pizza served bubbling from the woodfired oven. At Africola, embark on a flavour adventure, or rediscover the art of Japanese Yakitori at Shōbōsho. Sunny’s Pizza is the neon-light-filled, eccentric diner slinging slices and DJ tunes, and if you’re after an Adelaide institution, book a table at Peel St for Middle Eastern and South East Asian fare.
Some would describe Rundle Mall as a shopping strip, but we like to think of it more as a runway of boutiques and department stores. You will find the latest in fashion here and all your shopping needs, from tech to homewares. Although Rundle Mall is the most popular shopping district, it's not the only one. The Adelaide Arcade is a glamorous bejewelled building hosting high-end boutique shops. Queen Street is a strip of small shopfronts selling everything from vintage fashion to handmade homewares and other artisan treasures. If you’re after something special, visit the Jam Factory to witness glass blowing, jewellery design, and pottery making in action. It’s around the corner from Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets.
There are many adventures to be had in Adelaide. If you don’t want to venture too far, take to new heights, and climb the Adelaide Oval. Yes, it’s a thing you can do, and if we’re being honest, it’s a great adrenaline kick. For more adrenaline-pumping adventures without the heights, book a session at Zero Latency VR and fight zombies, defeat AI rogue robots, and explore a spellbinding world. You can also conquer Australia’s first inner-city aerial adventure park. Whether you’re with the family or by yourself, climb and maneuver your way through an obstacle course and over 50 challenges for all abilities at TreeClimb.
Lonely Planet named Adelaide as one of the world’s best street art cities. You can join a pedicab tour from EcoCaddy and weave your way through vibrant laneways and parklands, discovering local art.
Within a 15-minute drive from the CBD, you could be sipping on world-class vinos in Adelaide Hills. Keep the wine hop short and save some time to explore the quirky German villages, such as Hahndorf, where you can get some fudge and a hotdog. Stirling, a leafy village known for its picturesque streets and farm-to-table restaurants, is also worthy of a stop on your way back to the city.
LATE CHECK OUT
There are endless benefits to a late check out including, spending more time in your hotel’s neighbourhood. Start your slow morning with a coffee and breakfast in a nearby trendy cafe, before roaming around the laneways, eclectic microbreweries, and historic halls of Central Market. After exploring the area, head back to your hotel and check out. You can also store your bags with the hotel and explore some more if you have a late flight.
© Val Morgan Group 2022
HOW TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN ADELAIDE
© Val Morgan Group 2022