Top 5 Foodie Experiences in Adelaide

If you are searching for your next weekend away and love all things food, then Adelaide is sure to keep your taste buds satisfied. Adelaide offers a vast amount of diverse restaurants, markets and eateries, so you will never go hungry! Here at SA Weekend Escapes we have come up with a brief guide help you discover the best foodie experiences in Adelaide. 

1. Take a stroll down Peel Street

Located between Currie and Hindley Street in Adelaide’s West End, Peel Street is home to some of Adelaide’s best venues. This quirky side street is full of bars, cafes, and restaurants all of which are set in lovingly restored old brick buildings. Take a stroll and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, craft beer or local wine at one of the many boutique bars. Peel Street has a relaxed casual vibe, filled with lots of alfresco dining options.

2. Explore Adelaide Central Market 

Adelaide Central Market is one of the best foodie experiences in Adelaide. Over 70 traders selling fresh produce all under one roof gather here throughout the week. Spend the morning exploring the stalls selling a huge range of fresh food including fruit, vegetables, seafood, meat, cheeses, and baked goods. The markets have several cafes and eateries offering a diverse range of multicultural cuisine, with dishes on offer from all around the world including France, Italy, and Algeria. With so much choice, you will find yourself wanting to go back for more! Head down on a Friday evening and you will find live music by some of Adelaide’s best local acts.  

3. Check out Chinatown 

When looking for foodie experiences in Adelaide, this must be at the top of your to do list. Offering gourmet food in a mix of five-star restaurants, cafes, and food courts, Chinatown is ideally situated in the lively East End of the CBD. Find here a wide range of Asian cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese. Immerse yourself in this vibrant cultural hub as you enter through the giant gates and admire the streets decorated with lanterns, pagoda style roofs and oriental style restaurants lining either side of the street. 

4. Discover The Famous Adelaide Pie Floater

An iconic South Australian dish which dates back to the late 1800s, is the Pie Floater. Crowds would once queue on the streets of Adelaide to get a taste from one of the Pie Cart vendors. The dish itself is quite unique consisting of an upside-down meat pie, served on a pea soup with a tomato garnish. Unfortunately, the pie carts no longer exist, however you can still get a taste of this iconic dish at a few Adelaide locations.  Try one at the award winning, South Australian owned and family business ‘Bakery on O’Connell’ you can also indulge in some delicious sweet treats whilst you are there.

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5. Experience a Degustation Menu at Restaurant Botanic 

This will take your foodie experiences in Adelaide to the next level, recently renovated and rebranded by executive Chef Justin James, Restaurant Botanic has entered a new era in the Adelaide food scene. The restaurant has been updated and modernised, features now include an open kitchen, hearth, and a curved chef’s table with seats for guests to watch the chefs in action. The menu uses ingredients sourced from the surrounding gardens and is enough to make any food lovers mouth water. Choose between two degustation options, ‘The short path’ or ‘The long trail’ which could include dishes such as duck fat and chive biscuits (scones) with a 14-day cultured butter and clam jam. Make sure you book ahead to secure your spot.

SA Escapes Top Hotel Pick 

Adelaide Meridian Hotel & Apartments is centrally located and provides convenience and value, it is in the perfect spot for your weekend getaway. Offering comfortable modern rooms, an outdoor pool, hotel gym and free onsite parking it is the ideal place to come back to and relax after a day exploring Adelaide’s diverse food scene.

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More Things to do in Adelaide

Need some more inspiration on things to do in Adelaide? Then check out our Ultimate Guide to Adelaide.