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Day One: City
72 Hours in Adelaide for Foodies

Degustation at Celsius Restaurant, Adelaide

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.

Day 1: 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.

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