Wine, Dine & Rewind in Australia’s Coastal Adelaide

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The first images that come to mind at any mention of Australia include golden beaches, vast wilderness, and the Great Barrier Reef. And there’s no shortage of these varied landscapes — with so many options, where do you even start?

One worthy destination is the coastal city of Adelaide. This South Australian capital is an epicenter for culture, culinary arts, and nightlife, making it an ideal city to visit for your next trip.

Where to Stay

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First things first. When visiting Adelaide, a world of fine-tuned aesthetics, it would be only proper to stay at an equally refined hotel. Consider the InterContinental Adelaide on the River Torrens. This award-winning property boasts luxury rooms and views across Adelaide. It’s a perfect match for this culturally rich city. The property sits next to River Torrens in the city’s vibrant historic elbow, putting you within minutes of many popular attractions and exciting nightlife opportunities.

Relax and rewind. The InterContinental has you covered. Tastefully decorated rooms greet you after a long day of sightseeing. Expect luxurious custom bedding, marbled bathrooms, and a long list of additional amenities. Other luxe benefits include a private limousine and turn-down service.

Where to Dine

You needn’t travel far to experience the impressive dining culture of Adelaide. There’s an award-winning restaurant right on site at the InterContinental. Shiki is home to Chef Kenny Trinh, who serves up authentic Japanese cuisine suited to the atmosphere of five-star fine dining. Find an inspiring seasonal menu that includes sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki.

Off-site dining is just as impressive. Take to the streets — Gouger Street, to be exact — for some of Adelaide’s best local eats. A strong blend of international and native cuisine forms a culinary haven that any foodie can appreciate. On Gouger Street, find Asian, Italian, Argentinian, Indian, and Greek options. Everything you might want is there. How can you ever go wrong with that?

What to Do

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One well-known neighbor of the InterContinental is the historical boulevard of North Terrace. Prepare yourself — this is a mile-long epicenter packed with cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, and boutiques. It’s a good thing the hotel is just around the corner.

The Adelaide Central Market is another worthy item to add to your to-do list while you’re in the area. Discover fresh produce, scrumptious pastries, delicate confectionaries, and unique crafts. It’s one of the largest open-air markets in Australia, so you’re bound to find something that interests you.

While you’re in Adelaide, don’t forget the beach! It’s a coastal town after all, and there’s plenty to do. Swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, and fishing are just some of the activities that the seaside offers.

What to Pack

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Adelaide experiences mild seasons all year round, but weather can be unpredictable. To make the best of your experience in this South Australian capital, be prepared. Follow these simple packing guidelines:

  • Bring a light jacket, even in the summer. Temperatures between December to February can still dip as low as 62 °F.
  • Bring layers that you can easily shed as the day gets warmer. Winters are mild, but the mornings still tend to be chilly.
  • Pack SPF30+ sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to keep you protected from the high-level solar UV index.
  • Bring rain gear. A poncho, rain jacket, or umbrella will be especially useful for winter days, when rain is more likely.

Adelaide is a melting pot of different cultures, cuisines, art, and people. From the coast to the city center, there’s always something to see and do, making Adelaide the ideal place to wine, dine, and unwind.

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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.

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