“In Adelaide – The Adelaide Institutions”


While you are in Adelaide attending the conference there are certain iconic restaurants/Cafe’s that should definitely be on your list to do, these include:

Jerusalem Sheshkabab House: This little hole in the wall on Hindley St has been in Adelaide for over 30 years, but don’t let the decor put you off. Good honest home style Lebanese food the easiest way to eat here is to get the banquet and let them known if you’re hungry or really hungry, everything is good. Recommended dishes are falafel, EG (cauliflower), tabouli, hummus and koshari. BYO only. 131 Hindley St, Adelaide

Ying Chow: If you go to only one Chinese restaurant in Adelaide, it needs to be this one.  Rated as the #3 thing to do in Adelaide by the Lonely Planet Guide, Ying Chow is an Adelaide institution. Things to try – Aniseed Tea Duck, Vinegar ribs and the BBC. 114 Gouger St,Adelaide

The Exeter: This pub is an Adelaide Institution. The urban legend is that at one stage the floor was on a slant so that at the end of the night they could just turn on the tap and rinse the place off. With decent pub food and a great local wine and beer list, this place never disappoints. The Curry nights on Wednesdays and Thursdays are always tasty. If there is nothing going on anywhere else in Adelaide, there’s always something on at the Exeter. 246 Rundle St, Adelaide

Cibo: These red cafes are ubiquitous with good coffee, cakes and snacks. Doted all over the city, these cafes are always full of people and the perfect place to go if you need a caffeine hit. Generally open very early in the morning until late at night.

Other Adelaide Institutions include: Maya and Jasmine for Indian, ETC and Big Table for breakfast, the Austral, the Grace Emily and the Wheatsheaf for pubs.

Also, if you find yourself with a spare hour or two and want to get a quiet cup of coffee and have a break, we have named a few of our favourite coffee shops or other meeting places in the city of Adelaide.

Photo by Stephanie Watson (Flickr)

Rundle Street is one of the best known meeting places in Adelaide.  Whether it’s satisfying a sweet tooth at Cocolat or something more savoury at Eros Kaqe, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants at which to catch up with people.  The Belgian Beer Cafe is a popular bar just off Rundle Street (27 Ebenezer Place) where you can enjoy an afternoon or evening beverage.  Trappistes Rochefort beer is my favourite!

Haigh’s Chocolates on Beehive Corner is also a great meeting place.  This historic and charismatic building is terrific and you can peruse, taste and purchase quality chocolate treasures whilst you wait.  Haighs is also close to Rundle Mall for all your shopping needs.

Finally, if you lack time to visit Adelaide’s Barossa and McLaren Vale wineries, then you may appreciate catching up with friends and tasting some local wines at the National Wine Centre, with terrific views over the Botanic Gardens.

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