1. Matsuri Japanese restaurant in Gouger Street for their traditional tatami style dining area and “Funamori” – a decorative giant boat laden with bite sized pieces of mouth-watering sushi and sashimi.
2. St Louis House of Fine Ice cream and Dessert – one of the latest dessert bars to hit Adelaide. Judging on the crowds, it appears that the people of Adelaide are well-prepared to continue their love affair with dessert bars. Chocoholics should try the Sweet Amalia Chocolate Journey, comprising of a Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Mini Chocolate Ice Cream Cone and Chocolate & Salted Caramel Gateaux.
3. Adelaide Farmers Markets – for their excellent range of organic and seasonal produce. Established in 2006, this is the largest farmers’ market in South Australia. You can visit this market at the Wayville Showgrounds every Sunday.
4. Jenny’s Gourmet Bakery for their cronuts – these beauties are simply heavenly. A cross between a croissant and a doughnut, their cronuts have an irresistible sugary texture and luscious fillings like lemon meringue, caramel latte and salted caramel.
5. Adelaide’s Leigh Street – for its quality coffee shops, bars and restaurants. The picturesque cobble stoned street is home to some of the best hot spots in Adelaide like Udaberri, Cos, Casablabla and Coffee Branch.
6. Swedish Tarts for their coffees, brunches and, of course, cakes. If you want a little bit of Sweden in Adelaide, head down to their original Semaphore branch or their newly opened Henley Beach and Findon stores. You can expect excellent fairtrade organic coffee and a great mix of traditional and not so traditional Swedish treats.
7. If you’re looking for a quality lunch in the East End of Adelaide, look no further than Horner and Pratt – an eclectic café on East Terrace. They offer exceptional coffee, freshly squeezed juices and gourmet wraps like pulled pork, haloumi and spicy beef.
8. When you’re next in the Adelaide Hills, come say hello to the charming Dave and Inga at Lobethal Road Winery. The family-owned vineyard is nestled in the picturesque Mt Torrens. Their Bacchant Chardonnay 2012 is a fantastic drop and recently won the trophy for Best Wine in Show in the Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2013. Grab yourself a wine and cheese platter and watch the world go by in their beautiful courtyard.
9. Ginger’s Coffee Studio – a vintage lounge bar and coffee shop on Goodwood Road. It is a great spot to enjoy coffee or brunch on a Sunday before venturing to the Adelaide Farmers’ Market across the road.
10. The Gallery on Waymouth Street for their rooftop balcony, a great spot to enjoy a tipple or two on a summer’s evening.
What have been your favourite finds in Adelaide this week? I would love to hear your comments below.