1.The Market Shed on Holland – a hidden gem for Adelaide foodies in the heart of the CBD. Here you’ll find a great mix of organic produce, speciality coffee, artisan products and fair trade goods. There’s even a smoothie bar where you can make your own smoothies for a dollar cheaper by peddling a bicycle attached to the smoothie maker. There’s also face painting for the kids, live music and, for nut fans, a walnut bar. Open every Sunday 9am – 2pm.
2. Taylor Blend Espresso – a boutique coffee shop on Hallett Road. Eastern suburbs residents flock to this busy establishment for their excellent coffee and friendly staff. They use a unique combination of three single origin beans sourced from the finest growers of their regions. Coffee connoisseurs won’t be disappointed here..
3. Elbio – a Latin American wholesale patisserie and café in Newton, specialising in handmade gourmet cakes and pastries. With so many luscious cakes on display, it’s almost impossible to stop at one. Try their signature cake – the Massini Chantilly – or my favourite, the Chaja, a meringue coated sphere of creamy goodness packed with caramel, sponge, vanilla cream and peaches.
4. Nu Thai on Gouger Street for some of the best Thai cuisine in Adelaide. The food is delicately prepared and brilliantly executed. The pad thai, prepared the traditional way with tamarind, is one of the stand out dishes.
5. Cold Rock Icecreamery on Norwood Parade for their endless combinations of ice creams and mix ins. Try a cookies and cream ice cream with smashed M&M’s and Oreos or a traditional vanilla ice cream with smashed strawberries and chocolate fudge. There’s no better place to escape the heat this summer.
6. Casablabla on Leigh Street for Tuesday night salsa and paella night. This bar has an ultra cool vibe with its exotic Moroccan inspired décor and buzzing atmosphere. On Tuesday evenings there is a salsa class at 9pm so you learn the simple steps in no time. There’s also a cosy courtyard and live music area so get your dancing shoes ready!
7. Rice Chinese Restaurant on Glen Osmond Road, guaranteed to be one of the best chinese meals you will get in Adelaide. Sink your teeth into their sticky jingdo ribs and their impossibly tender honey glazed BBQ pork fillets. You will be back here in no time for your next Chinese food fix.
8. Venture into the suburban depths of Ferryden Park and you will find an unexpected Vietnamese treasure. Nghi Nhan Quan is Adelaide’s worst kept secret when it comes to Vietnamese. Make sure you make a booking in peak times since this place gets packed. Despite its dated interior and lacklustre service, you can expect some really tasty Vietnamese dishes like Goi Ga Sura (Vietnamese salad served with chicken and jellyfish) and a good selection of broken rice and cold rolls. Be warned – the serves are very generous!
9. Can Ebenezer place in Adelaide’s East End get any cooler? After a quick visit for coffee recently, Hey Jupiter has quickly cemented itself as one my new favourite haunts. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat, you will be delighted by its old school interior full of antiques, old photographs and vintage nic nacs. Most importantly, the coffee is great – they are currently using Five Senses as the house blend. Rumour has it they also serve some of the best pork belly sandwiches in Adelaide. Shhhh.
10. It’s great to see new laneway bars popping up around Adelaide. Venture to tiny Peel Street in the West End and you will find an atmospheric bar called Clever Little Tailor – a perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or two with friends in one of their comfortable leather booths.
What have been your favourite foodie finds in Adelaide this week?