If Adelaide isn’t the first city that comes to mind when you’re planning a trip to Australia, consider this a petition that you reconsider your choices. From world class bars and wineries to an immersive sensory overload experience at ‘The Cube,’ here’s how to crush your next visit to Adelaide, South Australia.
Hit the Famous Central Market
Adelaide’s Central Market has been a food lover’s haven for over 150 years. It opened in 1869 and is home to over 70 vendors selling goods ranging from baked treats and fresh produce to books, candles and more. All products come from surrounding farms and waters, bringing awareness to the diversity of Australia’s natural resources. Walk through the market to sample cheese, cookies and fresh fruit, then stop for a cup of coffee or glass of wine at Jamface, the market’s hybrid pastry shop/wine bar.
Visit Adelaide’s Wineries
Adelaide is in no short supply of high-quality wine. Head to the Basket Range and visit a wineries like Ochota Barrels, BK Wines and Charlotte Dalton Wines to taste fine examples of local pours— and don’t forget to wash it all down with a wood-fired pizza lunch at Lost in a Forest.
Drink In the City’s Bars
On that note, it’s almost too easy to go on an Adelaide bar crawl. For cocktail aficionados, Maybe Mae is the spot. Head to the downstairs bar and grab a thoughtfully crafted drink, then venture to Proof Bar for round two. Bank Street Social specializes in regional South Australian beer, cider, wine and distilled spirits. You’ll find local wine producers hanging at Hellbound Wine Bar, and more natural wine than you could dream of at Africola.
Go All In at the d’Arenberg Cube
Just a 45-minute drive from Adelaide’s city center, the d’Arenberg Cube is a sensory overload of an experience with wine tastings, master classes, tasting menus, and rotating art exhibits. The five-level space is the brainchild of Chester Osborn, who aimed to bring the chemistry and science of viticulture to life through tactile and video experiences. Complimentary tastings of d’Arenberg wines are included in the $10 ticket price, set against a backdrop of Mourvedre vines.