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Green Lunch Spots


Sometimes it’s the small things that can have the biggest impact on how we feel. The simple act of stepping outside at lunch time, going for a stroll and breathing in some fresh air, can do wonders for your health and wellbeing.

Whether you’re after some quiet solo time, a chance to picnic with a buddy or stretch your legs with the little ones – here are some of our favourite places to ‘refresh and recharge’ at lunch time.


Pilgrim Lane

Tucked away behind Treasury 1860, amongst the hustle and bustle of Flinders and Pirie Streets, lies this peaceful little laneway. There’s plenty of benches and shady spots beside beautiful sandstone buildings, making it the perfect place to take five and recharge outside of the office.

Botanic Park

The soaring majesty of the Moreton Bay figs in Botanic Park can put life into perspective. Aside from existential conjuring, the winding knotted roots of the trees provide a lovely nook to make home for a half hour break. Bring a book and a cushion and get comfy.

Botanic Park moreton bay figs
Image: tom_dawes via Instagram


MOD. terrace

Along North Terrace at MOD. you’ll find this relaxed space where the indoors and outdoors meet. Catch up with friends or take some time to yourself amongst the greenery and natural light on the level 1 balcony. The modern and vine covered balcony overlooks the river, golf course and train tracks.

The indoor terrace at MOD. overlooking train tracks
Image: modunisa via Instagram

The Outdoor Room

High above Rundle Mall, you might not realise there’s a room designed for city-goers to sit, reflect and enjoy some peace and serenity. Located within the City Library, you can enjoy both fresh air and shelter, with two walls of the room open alfresco-style and the other two enclosed with glass and gorgeous greenery. Grab a book or your laptop and enjoy the breeze.

The Outdoor Room at City Library
Image: kisseygulle via Instagram

Lush Parks

Whitmore Square / Iparrityi

Step away from your desk and soak up some sun in the square. ‘Check’ out the giant chessboard, or get your body moving with a lunch time match of basketball. Fun fact: there are almost 400 check mates on the giant chess board each year!

Kids playing chess at Whitmore Square / Iparrityi
Image: Meaghan Coles

Elder Park Rotunda

When the sunshine is calling your name, you can’t go past the Elder Park Rotunda for scenery. With views over the riverbank and Adelaide Oval, pick a grassy spot, roll out a picnic rug, and watch the world go by for half an hour. If you’re having a leisurely long lunch, catch a ride on the Popeye and enjoy the views from the water.

Elder Park rotunda
Image: ru5hay via Instagram


Grenfell Street Fountain

If you follow the pedestrian pathways that wind between city buildings you’ll often stumble across an outdoor fountain in full flight. This one is just off Grenfell Street - as you head towards the Science Exchange building and Pirie Street – and has handy bench seating nearby.

Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka fountain

For those in the East End, take a chance to escape the hustle and bustle by taking a breather in Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka. Grab a bite to eat, settle on one of the benches by the fountain and listen to the soothing sounds of the water as you pick up a little Vitamin D.

The fountain at Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka

Himeji Gardens

With trickling water fountains, a lily-filled ornamental lake, Zen Garden and the raked Sea of Sand – a visit to the traditional Japanese Himeji Gardens is like stepping into another world. Enjoy Mother Nature at her finest!

Himeji Gardens
Image: michaelaoak via Instagram

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