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East End

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The East End is known as the domain of choice for trend-setters. Right in the heart of the city, the neighbourhood is filled with cafes, restaurants, bars and premium shopping. Rundle Street and the surrounding lanes and alleys are South Australia’s beating heart of boutique fashion. The likes of Zimmermann, Aje and Jack London entwined with an eclectic mix of local designers and artisans fill some of Adelaide’s oldest buildings.

The prestigious East Terrace overlooking Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka boasts historic State Heritage listed buildings including the beautiful former Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange that now house wine bars, upmarket restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

As demand has grown for a place amongst the action, contemporary and luxury apartments are filling the area. The University of Adelaide’s main campus and the University of South Australia’s City East campus have also seen the development of student-specific apartment complexes, providing students unmatched convenience to study and lifestyle destinations.

The Great Outdoors

The beauty of the East End is the ease of access to some of Adelaide’s best green spaces. Wander through the rose gardens, try your hand at lawn bowls or row along the serene Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka Lake before settling in for a barbeque.  Look out for John Dowie’s ‘Alice’ statue, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland on the Park’s western boundary.

The iconic Adelaide Botanic Garden offers a slice of serene heaven amidst a busy working day to recharge your batteries or a comprehensive experience in its own right. Enrich your knowledge at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, visit one of the sunning architectural landmarks or simply relax with a walk.   

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Art & Culture

The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal-owned and managed multi-arts centre. The Institute exhibits contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual and performing arts.

Urban Cow Studio has been celebrating the talents of local artists for more than 25 years. The space often exhibits the works of over one hundred artists and has an extensive store of unique pieces.

For film enthusiasts, Palace Nova Cinemas feature mainstream movies, arthouse and independent films and hosts assorted international film festivals. Revel in the menu of locally sourced wine and cheese at the fully licensed theatre.

Treat Yourself

The East End is known for its alfresco dining and progressive culinary experiences. Penny University reimagines old favourites with surprising flavours and fresh produce. Grab something to go on the way to work or pull up a seat outside for a day of people watching.

For those who have more time to indulge, Oggi Osteria is both a culinary and visual delight. The restaurant has received international accolades for its sophisticated Italian fare while the décor snapped up Best Interior Design in the World in 2016.


Image: Jacqui Way Photography

Challenge your palette at Orana, the brainchild of esteemed chef Jock Zonfrillo. The establishment has won a swag of awards for its modern-Australian fare which utilises traditional Aboriginal ingredients in creative ways.

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