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72 Hours in Adelaide for Foodies

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72 Hours in Adelaide for Foodies
Christina Soong-Kroeger

Home to Australia’s most famous wine region and some extraordinary restaurants and food producers, the city of Adelaide in South Australia (SA) is well worth a visit.

This foodies guide will help you get the most out of a 72-hour visit to Adelaide, covering the city, the coast and the hills and all the authentic food in between.

Friday: City

Rise early and head straight to the Adelaide Central Market, Australia's oldest fresh food market and the largest one in the Southern Hemisphere. Start the day right by enjoying a coffee from Lucia's Pizza and Spaghetti Bar, or Bean Bar or a pot of tea from T Bar.

Next, buy a danish from Dough or Providore and wander around the market, browsing the 250 stalls. Check out South Australian producers and speciality shops like Barossa Fine Foods, The Smelly Cheese Shop, Standom Smallgoods, The Mushroom Man, Feast Fine Foods, and The Olive Tree.

Need some edible souvenirs and gifts? Try Charlesworth Nuts, Haighs, (Australia’s oldest chocolate manufacturer), The Old Lolly Shop, The Grind at Central and The Coffee Bean Shop.

After all that walking you're likely to be peckish so head to nearby Chinatown and Gouger Street, where you have your pick of around 40 restaurants including China Town Cafe, Ding Hao and Dumpling King.

Now it's time for a 15-minute stroll to North Terrace. Family-friendly options on North Terrace include the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, or the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Shopaholics should head straight for Rundle Mall and Rundle Street to check out all the major department stores, boutiques and speciality shops.

Then it's back to the hotel to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Fine dining options in Adelaide include Celsius, (multiple wow moments), The Manse (one of SA’s oldest restaurants and very establishment), Rigonis(comfortable and comforting Italian), The Magill Estate at Penfolds (the wine degustation is a must for oenophiles) and Red Ochre (specialising in using native Australian ingredients).

If you're still a mite peckish after dinner, dessert bars like EgglessDevour Dessert BarSteven ter Horst or Bracegirdles will ensure that you finish your night on a sugar high.

Saturday: Barossa Valley and Hahndorf

Wake up, get dressed and drive straight out into the Adelaide hills. Stop at historical German village Hahndorf for a stroll, taking in the art galleries, fashion boutiques, gift shops, and gourmet stores lining the tree-lined main street.

Brunch options at Hahndorf include the German Arms Hotel for authentic wurst, pork knuckle, sauerkraut and pretzels, The Lane Vineyard, where you might enjoy hand-dived Kangaroo Island scallops or roasted pork belly, and The Haus for modern Aussie fare.

Afterwards, check out Berenberg Farm where you can pick your own strawberries before stocking up on their excellent preserves, sauces, chutneys and honeys.

Next, enjoy a scenic, one-hour drive to the Barossa Valley, Australia's most famous wine region. Once in the Barossa you'll have your pick of over 150 of Australia's finest wineries and 80+ cellar doors and tasting rooms including the Jacobs Creek Visitor CentreRockfordYalumbaCharles Melton and Peter Lehmann. You can even blend your own wine at Penfolds and take it home in a personalised bottle.

Dinner options in the Barossa include the highly acclaimed Appellation at The Louise, historical Collingrove Homestead and Ferment Asian.

Day 3: Coast

Skip breakfast -- you're going to eat breakfast on the road -- and head down the Southern freeway, leaving the city far behind you.

Stop at Mount Compass Venison for one of their famous venison pies before continuing down the highway to the small coastal town of Goolwa.

Drive down to the Goolwa main beach and check out the bronzed surfers riding the waves of the Great Southern Ocean. Then drive your 4-wheel drive vehicle right onto the sand and turn left, heading up the beach for about 5-10 minutes until you find a nice spot. Go for a swim, make some sand castles or break out the body boards and have a go catching some waves.

When the heat of the day starts to kick in, head back into town and stop off at Aquacaf for a light lunch. Beer enthusiasts should be sure to check out the Steam Exchange Brewery to sample their boutique beer brewed on the premises.

After lunch it's a short, 10-15 minute drive to the seaside town of Port Elliot, where you can check out The Strand, a strip of cafes and shops including the delightful Little Bird at Elliot. Afterwards, buy some fish and chips and walk down to Horseshoe Bay. Spread a rug out on the sand, crack open a cold beer and relax as you watch the sun set – after all, it’s been a busy, yet delicious weekend!

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