Food, Fashion and Festivals – Australia’s Boutique Capital

Take a break that will nurture the soul. A short getaway in Adelaide will take you a long way on inspiration, with boutique fashion houses, gourmet markets, colourful art trails and buzzing events guaranteed to keep you enthralled and satisfied. Between Rundle Street’s eclectic wares and renowned events such as the Fringe Festival, you won’t waste a moment. 

Boutique fashion and specialty markets

Discover boutique fashion and specialty markets in South Australia. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission

Travel straight to the heart of Adelaide’s flair for fashion at one of its many boutique shops and markets. Home to Australia’s leading boutique fashion houses, Rundle Street is a vibrant mix of sophistication and charm. Take a day to explore the huge range of designer labels, funky homewares, jewellery and homegrown accessories on offer.  

Only 10 minutes from the heart of town, North Adelaide also enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its cafes, food and fashion. Stroll along Norwood’s bustling Parade for a huge range of fashion houses and boutique retailers selling gifts, books and accessories. Once the sun goes down you’ll also discover restaurants, bars and movie theatres. 
Situated by the beach, Glenelg’s Jetty Road will treat you to a kilometre-long shopping strip packed with boutique and emporium fashion houses. Relax at one of the many bars or restaurants at the end of the day. Travelling with kids? Don’t worry,  you can turn the fun dial further at Beach house Glenelg – this venue is packed with water slides and fun for all ages.  

For artisan flavours, the Adelaide Central Market is a premium source of locally made cheeses, baking goods and produce. Situated under one roof, there are over 70 stalls surrounded by vibrant and aromatic cafes. Gilles at the Grounds is another great marketplace specialising in food, fashion, art and design. 

Living art and immersive history

Discover the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide comes to life with a living mix of contemporary and classic artworks. Step into the city’s own canvas as you explore the towering portraits and colourful murals of the Adelaide Street Art Trail, created by artists from all over the world. There are now 110 public works of art adding brilliance to the city, with more added each year.  

Get your culture vulture fix at the impressive Art Gallery of South Australia. Home to one of the largest art museum collections in Australia,  the AGSA’s exhibits will take you through the history of art with collections that span 2,000 years. Relax at AGSA Eat for a bite after exploring this impressive space. 

The State Library of South Australia is another immersive trove of treasures. This grand establishment is home to many surprises, from extensive exhibitions on football to live ‘poetry-slams’ and tours through its Harry Potteresque library wings. The South Australian Museum will also set your imagination alight, with five floors of fascinating historical and natural artefacts. 

Events and outdoor adventures

Experience the exhilarating RoofClimb at Adelaide Oval. Image via South Australian Tourism Commission

Home to internationally renowned festivals such as Illuminate, WOMADelaide and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide has a thrilling events calendar all year round. Find out what’s on in the festival city and make the most of your stay – don’t forget the Adelaide Film Festival held over 12 days every October. 

Ready to draw a breath? Take a moment to absorb some classic Adelaide ambience. Explore the gorgeous Adelaide Botanic Garden and conservatory or take it up a notch with RoofClimb Adelaide Oval, where 360 views from the coastline to the hills await from the rooftop of the iconic Adelaide Oval.

Where to stay

Adelaide Central – Enjoy a convenient and comfortable central location in Adelaide’s heart. There are accommodation options to suit every budget, including the luxury of Soho Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection, the spacious comfort of Quality Apartments Adelaide Central, Comfort Inn & Suites Manhattan and Comfort Inn & Suites Sombrero

North Adelaide – Stay where fashion is thriving and the baristas are bustling. North Adelaide puts thriving restaurants and cafes and attractions right on your doorstep, with accommodation options including Comfort Hotel Adeliade Meridien, Comfort Inn Regal Park, Quality Inn O’Connell and EconoLodge North Adelaide

Glenelg – Located in the seaside suburb of Glenelg, the Comfort Inn Glenelg offers easy access to Adelaide’s many highlights and picturesque beaches.

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