Intriguing Local Hot Spots
A day in the life of a local will have you stumbling across these character-filled favourites.
Adelaide Central Market
44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000
The Adelaide Central Market is South Australia’s home of fresh produce and authentic dining experiences. Celebrating its 150th year of trade in 2019, the Adelaide Central Market has lasted the test of time to become a globally-renowned experience, drawing over nine million visitors a year. This culinary collective offers a truly tantalising and unique ensemble of aromatic stalls, shops and stands.
A day at the Market is a beloved South Australian ritual, with food enthusiasts flocking from across the State each week to amass the best produce from the regions and beyond - before settling in for a long lunch! Experience some magic after dark at special events like The Smelly Cheese Shop's Master Class.
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13 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000
As small as this building looks against the backdrop of it skyscraper neighbours, Crack is hard to miss with its striking black and white tiled façade. This CBD café is the brainchild of the owners of Loose Caboose, Katie and Kim, so you know you’re in for a real treat. Boasting an all-day ‘branch’ menu – a play on words as an ode to the building’s past life as a bank.
The all-day brunch menu pays homage to British head chef David Bennett’s homeland, including tummy-warming goodies such as coconut porridge, gingerbread hotcakes and toasted sourdough fruit toast. We’re banking on the Great Chilli Scam as a top-notch pick – eggs scrambled with roasted garlic, confit chilli and fresh coriander and grilled tomatoes on toasted ciabatta.
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Shop 141 Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide SA 5000
Slick Lobster is not your regular barber. It is perfectly placed in the gorgeous historic Adelaide Arcade. The crew merge old-school barber craftmanship with fresh ideas and plenty of heart and soul. Getting your hair did or beard manicured here is more like hanging out with some pals with excellent taste in music and a penchant for retro US sports, movies and TV series. AND they give you free drinks. Head over if you want to feel fresh and fancy but be warned - they shut at 4 pm!
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North Terrace, adjacent Morphett Street Bridge, Adelaide SA 5000
Prepare for your mind and imagination to be challenged in the most delightful way possible. The newly opened MOD museum aka Museum of Discovery is on a mission to transform the public's perceptions of science. Expect less bunsen burners, more immersive experiences. Spanning across two levels, there's a rotation of multiple exhibitions at any given time.
Past exhibitions have included ones like MOD.IFY, which sought to challenge your perception of reality through the exploration of augmented realities and even let you discover your pain threshhold! Once your grey matter is inspired, sign up for a hands-on workshop to create your very own piece of science.
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Urban Cow Studio
10 Vaughan Street, Adelaide SA 5000
If you haven’t heard of the Urban Cow Studio, you’re probably not from Adelaide. This iconic store is famous for supporting local SA talent. As Picasso once said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” You'll find a sprawling exhibition-gallery upstairs which will spoil you for inspiration in seeing the world through fresh eyes. Peruse the downstairs store to take home your very own unique piece of designer jewellery, handmade ceramics and glassware, paintings, sculptures and textiles. Be sure to grab a Heaps Good SA tee on the way out.
National Wine Centre
Hackney Road & Botanic Road, Adelaide SA 5000
Not up for trekking all the way out to wine-country for a wine tasting? Well, you're in luck. The National Wine Centre boasts the most expansive showcase and largest tasting room experience in Australia. That’s many a drop waiting to be sampled.
If you would like to sharpen your vino vocab, take the self-guided Wine Discovery Journey, a state-of-the-art, award-winning interactive wine experience.
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Prohibition Tasting Room
22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Prepare yourself to sip something spectacular and come away with a wealth of gin knowledge when you visit the Prohibition Tasting Room. This former-warehouse turned warm and friendly bar, offers generous gin flights to give you a taste of everything they distil in these doors and beyond.
Rooftop, 143 Hindley St, Adelaide SA 5000
Nineteen Ten: Mr Minsky’s Burlesque and Jazz Club is the newest speakeasy to arrive in Adelaide! Hidden away upstairs on Hindley Street you’ll find this lively jazz and burlesque bar, complete with baby grand piano, rooftop swimming pool (and bath!), and a swinging in-house band.
The name is a tip of the hat to the Minsky brothers as the founders of the burlesque scene in New York, and with its glamorous interior it certainly looks the part. Soak up the atmosphere and settle in for live jazz and burlesque performances 8pm till late Thursday – Saturday.
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