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Why should you come to Radelaide? Adelaide has been topping ratings of most liveable city (The Economist) and a great place to visit (Lonely Planet) for a few years now. If you need more convincing, read on!
The Kaurna people are the original people of Adelaide and the Adelaide plains. The area now occupied by the city is called Tarntanya (red kangaroo place) and is the heart of Kaurna country. Kaurna country encompasses the plains which stretched north and south from Tarntanya, and the wooded foothills of the range which borders them to the east.
The conference will be held on Tarntanyangga (Victoria Square). Kaurna country and history are acknowledged and visible through public art and place names in Adelaide. There are several major public artworks at prominent city locations incorporating Kaurna language and themes, including at the Adelaide Festival Centre and the State Library. The Adelaide City Council’s Kaurna placemaking initiative has seen the adoption of Kaurna names for all city parks, and dual naming of the five city squares and river.
Here’s a bit of the history of our “big country town” and some things to see, do, and eat, while you are here.
SA has a long history of creativity and innovation, achieving many important firsts:
- SA was the first place in the world to allow women to run for Parliament and first place in Australia (and second in the world) to give women the right to vote, in 1894.
- In 1966 the SA government introduced the first legislation in Australia to prohibit discrimination in access to goods and services on the basis of race, country of origin or skin colour.
- In 1977 South Australia’s container deposit legislation is introduced. For 35 years, South Australia remained the only jurisdiction in Australia with a container deposit scheme (CDS). SA was also the first state to ban the plastic bag.
- 1977 also featured Australia’s first national all-female contemporary art exhibition, held in Adelaide.
- In 2007 South Australia was the first Australian state to legislate a specific target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The food scene in Adelaide is all about great local produce and wine, hybrid venues, creative design and friendly, relaxed dining.
The Adelaide Central Market is super close to the conference venue and is one of the biggest and best fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s open Friday nights until 9pm and Saturdays 7am – 3pm. For over 150 years, the market is the place to go for delicious SA fruit and veg, bread, cheese, meat, coffee, tea, and meals.
There’s a huge range of cafes there including the Latvian Lunchroom, SunMi’s Sushi, Lucia’s Pizza and Spaghetti Bar, Le Souk, Jamface and Comida. Next door to the markets are two big Asian food courts with cheap and cheerful food, including the award winning Laksa House.
Wednesday nights (and Saturdays, but you’ll be too busy conferencing) you can visit the amazing Plant 4 markets in Bowden, a quick and free tram ride out of the city.
Right near the conference venue is Fair Espresso, Maison Clement and Crack Kitchen . All open on the weekend, these places have great brunch, coffee, and lunch options. On the Friday Argo on the Square and Blefari Caffe & Cucina are worth a look in. A bit of a longer walk away is My Kingdom for a Horse, Cafe Troppo, The Foodprint experience, Arbour Kitchen, Peter Rabbit, Abbotts & Kinney, The Rose, and Ballaboosta.
Adelaide has enough amazing pizza places to keep you going for over a week. Closest to the venue is Sunny’s Pizza, Melt, and La Trattoria. A bit of a walk to Etica, Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante, Pizza e mozzarella, Est Pizzeria & Goodlife Modern Organic Pizza.
There are several great restaurant strips in the city, with a range of options. Adelaide is particularly known for excellent Asian and Italian food.
Try Gouger St, and the side streets running off it, for Chinese (Concubine, East Taste, Wah hing, Ying Chow, Ky Chow, Ding Hao, Park Lok), Japanese (Gyoza Gyoza, Hotaru, Wasai, Ryo’s Noodles, Ramen & Izikaya Himeji), Argentinian (Gaucho’s), Thai (Star of Siam, Mrs. Q, Nu Thai, Lantern by Nu), Vietnamese (Little NNQ, Thanh Thanh, Yen Linh), Mexican (Mexican Society, Disco Taqueria), Korean (Koba, Great River, K-pub) or Malaysian (Kopi Tim, Fish Head, PappaRich).
Hutt St has Spanish (Bar Torino), Italian (Chianti Classico, Bocelli), Malaysian (Laksa house), Chinese (House of Chow), Korean (Gong Korean BBQ), Thai (Kin Kin, Social St), Japanese (Nagomi), Modern Asian (Bai Long) and Steak (A Hereford Beefstouw, The Havelock).
If you head down Hindley Street peek down all the side streets for the best little bars and boutique eateries: Peel St (Peel St Restaurant, Bread & Bone, Gondola Gondola, La Ramblas Tapas), Leigh St (Shobosho, Rigoni’s, Cos, Casablabla, Pink Moon Deli, Udaberri Pintxos Y Vino, Kintaro Sushi ) and Bank St (Sit Lo, Mandoo, Mamak Corner, Tasty Thai) are all connected and packed with delicious options.
Rundle St and its smaller parallel sister Ebenezer Place/Vardon Avenue have crowd pleasers (The Stag Public House , The Austral, Burger Theory, Fancy Burger), innovative new places (Orana, Charlick’s, Bistro Blackwood), Vegan options (Zenhouse, Ayla’s, Vego & Love’n it) and a range of cuisines (Hey Jupiter- French; NOLA – American Southern; Belgian beer cafe; Eros- Greek; Sosta – Argentinian; Taj Tandoor – Indian; District 4 – Vietnamese).
Other great places to check out include the frequently top rated Africola (vibrant & casual African), Osteria Oggi & Andre’s Cucina (Italian), Jasmin (Indian), Kaffana (Serbian), Red October (Russian), Honki Tonk & Level One (Modern Asian), Press, Propaganda, Herringbone, & the Mayflower (Modern).
If you love Asian food check out some of these popular choices; Mimasu (Modern Asian), Ginza Miyako & Hachi 08 (Japanese), Golden boy and Sukhimvit Soi (Thai), Plus 82 Pocha, Ban Ban, B:AM & K-pub (Korean) and Madame Hanoi (Vietnamese).
For vegan options check out this great list here.
The coffee scene in Adelaide is thriving with city based roasters including Monday’s, Elementary and My Kingdom for a Horse. All these places serve coffee, brunch, and lunch as well. Other great SA coffee beans served at local cafes to look out for are Monastery Coffee, Dawn Patrol, Patio Coffee, De Groot, Two Fish and Blk Mrkt. You can find these great beans at Coffee Branch, Please Say Please, Larry and Ladd, Elementary, Fairweather, Paddy’s Lantern, La Moka, and Exchange Specialty Coffee. If you prefer a cold brew Mischief Brew and Black and Brew are two Adelaide based brews available at various cafes and stores (and hopefully at our conference!).
Wine, Beer and Gin
Well-known as a wine state, SA also produces some amazing beers and gins.
Prohibition Liquor Co at Tell Henry is a distillery, coffee roaster, and cafe all in one, in the south-west corner of the city. Other SA based gins worth checking out include Red Hen (distilled in the CBD), 78° ( World’s Best Gin 2017), KIS, Applewood, McLaren Vale Distilling, Generations Gin, Antipodes Gin Co, Blind Tiger, Ambleside and Ounce Gin.
Sparkke brewing is a female owned, Adelaide based brewing company that produces 100% natural brews and wines that raise awareness and funds for important social issues. Sparkke is stocked at bars and restaurants throughout the city, as well as available at their brewpub Sparkke at the Whitmore.
For beer check out the city-based Lady Burra Brewery. They also have an amazing hot chip paddle to accompany your brew. Other local brews to try include Prancing Pony (which won Supreme Champion Beer at the International Beer Challenge), Big Shed Brewery, Lobethal Bierhaus, Little Bang, Pirate Life, and the classic Coopers.
All with an overwhelming range of top SA wines and brews, Adelaide’s bar scene has exploded in the last few years with a range of small places to suit any niche. They are generally clustered together so you can bar hop with ease:
Gresham St – Mississippi Moon, La Buvette, Bibliotheca (librarian favourite)
Peel St – Maybe Mae, Therapy (lets you BYO food or get deliveries), Clever Little Tailor, La Rambla, 2nd & 6th, Alfred’s Bar, Malt & Juniper
Leigh St – Pink Moon Saloon (best chips in Adelaide), Udaberri, Casablabla
Vardon Avenue – NOLA, Mother Vine, East End Cellars, El Cheeky Flamingo
Gilbert Place – Hains & Co, Red October, Florence Rooftop
Rundle St – BRKLYN, Hellbound
Scattered around – Proof, Mr Goodbar, Baddog, Bank St Social, The Noble Gentleman, Cry Baby, Howling Owl (Adelaide’s foremost gin bar)
Adelaide is a city of pubs, with a higher per capita density of pubs than any other major Australian city, including more than 70 in the CBD. Highlights include the Kings Head (all SA food & wine), Benjamin on Franklin, The Cumberland, Botanic Bar, The Franklin, The Stag Public House, The Botanic, The West Oak, The Golden Wattle and 55ml.
For classic pubs with great music check out The Grace Emily, The Austral, The Exeter, The Metropolitan and The Crown & Anchor.
Art and culture
Adelaide has a thriving street art scene. Highlights include the Morphett St bridge, Little Rundle St and further out of town, the historic Port Adelaide is covered in art (including some seven storey pieces thanks to the Wonderwalls festival). Murals, paste ups, and little pieces can be found throughout the city. Artists to look out for include Peter Drew, Vans the Omega, Joshua Smith (who now makes amazing mini sculptures), Lisa King, Fred Rock, Matt Stuckey, and ANKLES.
Street art map here.
Adelaide Street Art FB page – here.
Museums and galleries
North Terrace is the cultural precinct, with the Art Gallery, SA Museum, State Library, Centre of Democracy, Migration Museum, ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk, Museum of Discovery, and Adelaide University all within close walking distance. Tandanya on Grenfell St is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal owned and managed multi-arts centre and has a great mix of permanent and rotating art. Other city galleries include ACE Open, The Samstag, FELTspace, The Mill, Jam Factory, Urban Cow Studio, and Hill Smith Gallery.
We know library tourism is a big part of your itinerary and you are in luck in Adelaide where you can tick off the State Library’s Mortlock Wing, and the Barr Smith Library’s Reading Room, which frequently feature on lists of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Our most contemporary libraries to check out in the CBD are the Adelaide City Library, and the Jeffrey Smart Building at UniSA City West.
The conference will be in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. A tram stop out the front can take you down to the Glenelg beach in one direction and to the trendy pub and cafe-filled suburb of Bowden. The tram is free throughout the CBD, and to Bowden which makes getting around the city super easy. Nothing is that far in the city though – you can walk from one side of the city to the other in 30 minutes.