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5 reasons to visit Adelaide

1. Colours of autumn

For someone who grew up in Europe, and was in love with colourful trees, misty mornings and golden light in the afternoons, not being able to see it in over 4 years (let’s be real, autumn in Brisbane is not as pretty) made me a bit homesick. That’s why in Adelaide I went for a walk with a mission: to find autumn like I know it.

I’m telling you , seeing yellow and red leaves has never made me so happy before. Isn’t it the most beautiful season of the year?

2. Food

Small goods (those smoked hams from Barossa Fine Foods – highlight of my trip!), crusty bread, delicious wine and lovely cafes… And the choice of multicultural flavours is great too. Italian shop, where nonnas make fresh pasta, a Polish restaurant, where you can order żurek, Scandinavian cafe, where “big coffee” is really BIG or the most amazing Indian catering company run from home, where you can feel like a part of the family – it’s all there.



3. Central Market

Fresh produce and cafes in the heart of the city – a foodie’s dream. Friendly, happy to chat and stall holders also make this place special. Even the weirdest requests from customers, like Can you please help me pack those porcini mushrooms, so they have more chance of surviving the flight to Brisbane? are treated with a smile (the mushrooms survived, by the way, thank you Mushroom Man!).

4. Art

Art Gallery of South Australia has an amazing collection of art, but what’s even more exciting is the way they arranged it. It’s not in a chronological order like in most places, it’s uniquely displayed by both cultural aspects and medium. I had a pleasure of attending a free guided tour, which turned out to be private as no one else showed up. My guide, Ann, was wonderful and during an hour we spent there talking, she was able not only to show me the most interesting pieces and to match the tour to my liking but she also reignited my passion for art. She absolutely made my day!

If you don’t think you’ll find an hour for the Art Gallery, you won’t be able to escape art anyway. Street art is highly visible and some of the walls are quite impressive.



5. City Beaches

Until this visit, I had no idea Adelaide’s coastline is so picturesque. Last time I was there I flew in late at night and left on a cloudy day, not being able to see much from the plane. This time everything came together perfectly – weather, timing and my friend’s plan to show me some of the city beaches. I was in awe. How stunning!



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    May 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful photos. I have never been to Adelaide but would love to visit some time soon.

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    May 28, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Aga this is so wonderful to read! I moved from Adelaide two and a half years ago (now call Brisbane home) but I miss those beaches everyday! Your photography is stunning and I’m glad you loved all the sights, smells, sounds and tastes! Next time you must venture into the Adelaide Hills to Stirling and Hahndorf for an Autumn drive and one of my favourite winter warmers is to have a hot chilli chocolate at Bracegirdles 🙂

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      May 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you Mimi! Yes, Adelaide Hills are on my list for the next trip 🙂

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    December 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I’m from Adelaide and it’s always so nice to see other bloggers write about it! I love Adelaide’s little cafe’s and ever changing rooftop bars. The Barossa Valley and Mclaren Vale are some of my favourite spots, along with the southern coast to go surfing or chill out in the little towns. Cheers for sharing!

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