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Bianca De Candia, marketing manager

Adelaide, South Australia

Adelaide sometimes gets a bad rap, written off as small and sleepy by its interstate counterparts. But do it the right way and there’s a lot to love about the South Australian capital: buzzy bars and restaurants, a thriving arts scene, plus world-renowned wineries and blissful beaches all within an hour’s drive. Bianca De Candia is the perfect guide – not just because she grew up in the city and currently works for Australia’s biggest food and travel media brands (think Delicious and Escape), but also because of her impeccable eye for style.

Best brunch

Coffee Institute

“This cafe in Walkerville is not only my local when I visit my family back in Adelaide, but I’d have to say it’s also the most decadent brunch spot in town. Make sure you go hungry because the serving sizes are huge, but so well-priced. Plus, their food is like a work of art… they take avocado on toast to a whole new level!”

96 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville 
Hey Jupiter

“This is the cutest little French eatery nestled on Ebenezer Place down Adelaide’s East End. It’s my favourite brekkie spot to visit when it’s my birthday, because I’m a little fancy like that… The plates are so chic, and the food is deliciously authentic!”

11 Ebenezer Pl, Adelaide

“This might seem like an odd spot for a breakfast destination, hidden behind Adelaide’s bustling Greenhill Road, but when you walk in the alfresco design somehow blocks out any traffic noise and instantly becomes a quaint oasis. Whilst I’m not a complete sweet tooth, I can never get past ordering the Brioche French Toast with strawberries and coconut sorbet. It also doubles as a cocktail bar in the afternoon.”

136 B26, Unleye

Ladies' lunch

“This is perfect for a sea change, literally. Located right on the esplanade of Henley Beach, it’s my newest favourite lunch spot, and a nice excuse to drive out of the city. Put the diet on hold for a minute or two, and do yourself a favour and order one of everything! I love going there with a group so we can share a few things. I recommend ordering a pizza, pasta and salad combo. Don’t forget to start off with the polenta chips (they are too good to miss!) and wash them down with an Aperol spritz, all whilst admiring the beach view, if you know what I mean… 😉 .”

255 Esplanade, Henley Beach

“This is one of my favourite eateries in the Adelaide CBD not only for its delicious Italian menu and lengthy wine list, but also because the interiors are a total vibe. I love to schedule in a long lunch here with the girls and then stroll over to the bars down Peel Street for a cocktail or two!”

76 Pirie St, Adelaide

Foodie heaven

“For the freshest local produce in town. Visit on a Friday night for the best atmosphere and bring your basket bag because it’s almost impossible to leave empty handed! Stock up on cheese at The Smelly Cheese Shop (yep, that’s the name!) and be sure to nab a seat at Lucia’s for dinner, it’s famous – pictures of celebrities who have also dined there line the walls!”

44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide

Stylish shopping

“One thing that Adelaide does really well is celebrate local designers. Azalia Boutique is an Adelaide fashionista’s rite of passage to find beautiful, eye-catching pieces, and what better than supporting local small business?!”

236a Kensington Rd, Marryatville

“If you need a party frock from local Australian designers, this is the place to go – the lust-worthy window displays will make you stop in your tracks. The staff are so helpful, not to mention their outfits always look so damn cute!”

171a The Parade, Norwood

Rundle Street

“Not to be mistaken with Rundle Mall (the much busier, yet iconic shopping street of Adelaide), Rundle Street is the beautiful, quieter end also known as the East End. Australian labels including Zimmermann and Aje are spotted down this street, along with a long list of cocktail bars for a post-shopping beverage. PS: If you visit Adelaide during the Fringe Festival, Rundle Street comes to life as the restaurants and bars cascade out along the road. Add a DJ or two, and it becomes one big street party for two months straight!”

Rundle Street, Adelaide

Wine time

Adelaide hills wineries

“I can’t go back to Adelaide without spending at least one day amongst the vines and stocking up on South Australia’s finest wine to take back to Sydney. Some of my favourite wineries for a tasting and a bite to eat are…

Bird in Hand
They’re famous for their rose, but don’t forget to purchase a few bottles of their exclusive wine, only available at their cellar door! FYI, if it’s your thing, there are so many great Instagram-worthy photo moments at this winery…

Shaw & Smith
I recommend getting the cheese pairing wine flight!

Golding Wines
Go for the cosy outdoor vibe and delicious wood oven pizza.”

Beach trip

Port Willunga Beach

Star of Greece restaurant

“Drive out of the city for 60 minutes and you are welcomed with the most beautiful beaches EVER! I’ve visited many beach destinations across the globe, and without being biased, I think South Australia has some of the best beaches in the world (big call, I know!). Leave the city in the morning and spend the early afternoon soaking up the sunshine on Port Willunga Beach. Don’t forget to pack a summer dress and sandals and then head up to the top of the cliff to the Star of Greece Restaurant. You could spend hours gazing at the ocean views whilst enjoying some of South Australia’s finest wine and seafood for lunch. (Be sure to book ahead if you are visiting in peak summer season!)”

Carrickalinga Beach

Carrickalinga Beach

This has been our family summer vacation spot for as long as I can remember. It’s a small country beach town located about an hour out of Adelaide. There is nothing better than retreating to a quiet place for a week or two to reset, and just enjoy the beautiful nature. If you hire a house down there in summer, don’t be surprised if you wake up to see a kangaroo or two in your front garden! Australia at its finest!”

Port Elliot

Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot

“This is a cute little beach town about 40 minutes outside of Adelaide. While you’re there duck into the infamous Port Elliot Bakery (trust me, it’s worth the line-up if there is one!) Explore the gorgeous fashion and homeware boutiques down the main street – The Strand. Once you get to the end of the street, walk down to Horseshoe Bay and breathe in that fresh sea air. Stop by Thunderbird for lunch and a vino before heading back to the city.”

Must-do dinner

“Sean’s is my favourite date night spot when I return to Adelaide with my guy. I recommend going hungry and ordering the 1.2kg T-bone steak with all the trimmings. Do yourself a favour and order the mac and cheese as a side dish, it’s to die for.”

SkyCity Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide

“This is my new-found favourite Italian restaurant in Adelaide. Located just out of the city, it’s the perfect place to go when you’re craving a carb-loading feast! I’d recommend sharing one of their delicious wood oven pizzas to start, and then each ordering pasta for you main. Their gnocchi is just like eating a spoonful of cloud! So light and fluffy, the real authentic Italian way!”

209 Glen Osmond Rd, Frewville

It’s so refreshing to come across interesting cuisines that aren’t just your standard Asian or Italian… Africola explores a North African menu of delicious meats and vegetables and the interior is highly snappable! I recommend the Perri Perri Chicken & the Woodfired Cauliflower with Tahini dip. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!”

4 East Terrace, Adelaide

“Plus 82 Pocha is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there, which is exactly what I love about it. This is the ultimate (hidden) Korean gem in Adelaide. Don’t go there for the fancy interiors, but it’s a vibe I can’t quite explain. It’s always packed and has a great atmosphere (don’t forget to book ahead!) and the food never disappoints. Order their KFC Chicken (Korean Fried Chicken), the Kimchi Pancakes and share a hotpot which is basically cooked right in front of you!”

3/25 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 

Drinks after dark

“This is the perfect place to visit on a Friday evening for afterwork cocktails with the ladies. You feel like you’re on top of the world overlooking the beautiful city. It’s also a great spot for a pre-game drink before watching the football at The Adelaide Oval.”

8/2 King William Street, Adelaide

Sleeping beauty

“Consider this the place to stay if you want a fancy weekend away, or even a little staycation. Located in the CBD, it gives New York Upper East Side vibes and is located in one of Adelaide’s most historical buildings, built in the 1930s. Whether you’re staying at the hotel as a guest or not, the rooftop bar called The Hennessy is also worth a visit.”

45 King William Street, Adelaide

“Mount Lofty House makes me feel all warm and cosy inside just thinking about it! If you want to escape the hustle of the city, it’s located only 15 minutes away. Think grand, classic, English-style interiors… It’s exactly where you’d want to be on a cold winter’s day snuggling up by their open fire, enjoying their in-house day spa as well all of the delicious local wine.” 

1 Mawson Dr, Crafers

The fineprint

How to get there
Adelaide airport is accessible via all major Australian cities, or you could drive from Melbourne in under eight hours.

Insider tip
Hire a car – the city serves as a great base for day trips, or as a starting point for a South Australian road trip.  

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