If you’re a foodie seeking the perfect Australian destination where you can taste local specialties and experience a famous wine region, set your sights on Adelaide. Located in South Australia, Adelaide has a growing foodie culture, and the klout to back it up. You’ll find great foodie experiences practically everywhere you turn – from local farm shops to chef tasting menus and incredible wine tasting opportunities. Adelaide is truly a food mecca.
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Getting to Adelaide is easy, with direct flights from most major airline hubs, and with luxury hotels like the InterContinental Adelaide located right in the center of the action, it’s easier than ever to plan a delicious trip to Adelaide. When you visit, don’t miss these top things to do for foodies in Adelaide.
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Barossa Valley Wine Tour
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Set off on a tour to explore the abundant wine regions of South Australia. The Barossa Wine Region, is located just 40 minutes outside Adelaide. The Barossa Valley has long been a top grape growing region, with many family vineyards and over 170 wine producers. You can also explore the Adelaide Hills wine region, which is even closer – in fact it is the closest wine region to a major city in the world! Just to the south of Adelaide is the popular McLaren Vale wine region. Tasting rooms are known as the cellar door in Australia, and many are open to the public for walk-in visits and tastings. You can also go for a day trip with a local tour company, which usually includes up to four winery stops and lunch. Or you can plan your own itinerary to visit your favorite wineries. You’ll want to check out their websites in advance to see what special experiences they offer – like blending your own wine, vertical or library tastings, and special food and wine pairings.
Press Food & Wine
When you’re looking for a place where you’re guaranteed to have a great meal and thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere, head to Press Food & Wine. One of the perpetual favorites in town, Press is consistently good. There are two dining floors. The top floor requires a reservation, but the bottom floor is reserved for walk-ins. They also offer two types of dining – from casual to fine dining – so you can choose your preference. They use only the best products from the local area to create their menu, which features both ala carte classic Australian dishes and a tasting menu.
Address: 40 Waymouth St, Adelaide
Adelaide Food Tours
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One of the best ways to discover a city’s cuisine for the first time is through a food tour. Adelaide has many different types of tours to match every style. You can take a tour of the Central Market with a professional guide or get in on one of Feast on Foot’s dumpling tours. If you’re looking for something a little different, try one of several specialty options like a chocolate tour, a craft beer tour, and a high tea tour.
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Adelaide Central Market
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Open every day except Monday, the Adelaide Central Market is one of Australia’s largest fresh produce markets. It’s the place to see local produce and shop for products that you can only get in Adelaide. You can stroll around and have a look, sit at a café with a latte, or grab a bite to eat at the Asian food stalls along the way. You might also want to pick up a few ingredients to use in your own cooking at one of the 80+ stalls. You’ll find meats, cheeses, chocolates, beer and wine, vegetables, fruits, jams, sauces, and more. It’s large and vast, but not overwhelmingly so. You can easily walk around and talk with vendors or pick out the things you like to take home.
Create Your Own Food Crawl
Near Peel Street is where you’ll find many of the city’s best restaurants. Why not create your own food crawl by stopping in to some of the best eateries along the way? You’ll find everything from fine dining to street food. Start with a beetroot haloumi salad from Peel St, stop by Press Food & Wine for a glass of wine and some Dutch veal croquettes, pick up a Cheesymite scroll at Baker’s Delight in the Central Market, stop by Africola for a South African BBQ dish, then finish off your crawl with an inventive ice cream flavor from Gelatissimo Rundle St. Get creative – the options are endless! Just remember to order a drink and a small dish at each spot to save room for the next.
Combined with the city’s museums, nature, and art, these foodie activities in Adelaide will keep you very busy. When you work your way through these options, you’ll find many more activities throughout the city.