Move over Melbourne, so long Sydney – South Australia's unsuspecting capital is quietly overtaking the country's better-known dining destinations with hip laneway bars, upscale eateries and charming cafés that rival the best in the nation.
From North Adelaide's mod-Italian bistros to Thebarton's trendsetting cafés, see what Adelaide's suburbs bring to the table with our insider's guide to the city's best eats.
While its primary claim to fame is still The Parade – a designer-clad shopping street known for its upmarket price tags – this bourgeoning foodie suburb is quickly becoming the city's go-to spot for refined takes on traditional fare, with gourmet burger joints and elegant gastropubs topping the list of must-try restaurants. Sneak in a spot of shopping before tucking into one of Nordburger's legendary sandwiches or opt for an evening at The Grace Establishment, where truffle salt chips and quinoa-crusted chicken take Aussie classics up a notch.
Fancy an Italian feast? Make a beeline to the city's north end, where Napoli-style pizzas, hand-rolled pastas and creamy gelatos are commodities that are easy to come by. Not only home to the city's well-loved Italian coffee franchise, Cibo Espresso, North Adelaide also lays claim to the wildly popular Ruby Red Flamingo – a pop-up-turned-permanent restaurant with exclusive daily menus inspired by the season's best produce.
The new kid on the block for industrial-chic, warehouse-style venues, Bowden's old-meets-new-attitude is evident in all of its establishments. From the historic pub-turn-breakfast-bar, Jarmer's Kitchen, to the repurposed train station, The Loose Caboose, this inner-western suburb's latest cafés are well on their way to becoming the city's next brunching institutions.
Admittedly less refined than some of the city's other suburbs, this up-and-comer in the inner-west isn't without its charms. Thanks to a rise in popularity with local trendsetters, this laidback 'burb has exploded with top quality cafes serving up single origin blends and soy flat whites that are amongst the best in the city. While there may not be many spots to choose from, one-stop shops like The Deli are all visitors to Thebarton need, where brunch on the back terrace seamlessly transitions into tapas at the bar.
Can't go past quinoa, chia and kale? Journey down Glenelg's famous Jetty Road, where the path that leads to the beach is paved with good-for-you cafés of all kinds. Whether you opt for an on-trend acai bowl at The Organik Store and Café or dig into one of The Annex Café's virtuous vegan salads, there's enough superfoods and green juices in this hood to please the healthiest of eaters.
While each of Adelaide's suburbs bring their own unique flavour to the table, the best place to get a taste of it all is the city's CBD. Explore the historic Central Markets by day before embarking on an epic bar crawl around town, from ultra-trendy small bars like Clever Little Tailor to inner-city laneway clubs like Udaberri and Casablabla. Once you've worked up an appetite, there's plenty of stylish eateries to choose from, with favourites like Press Food & Wine, Peel Street and Bistro Dom topping the list of must-try venues.
Ready to dig in to one of Australia's hottest dining destinations? Whether you fancy yourself a healthy foodie or you can't go past a classic pub feed, Adelaide's best eats are just a car rental away.