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Adelaide-based writer with a passion for good coffee, beach walks, bike riding, the great outdoors and writing about my experiences!
Published July 1st 2012
What to see and do in Glenelg South

Join us for a walk through one of Adelaide's historic beachside suburbs. Our journey through Glenelg South starts at the well-known Broadway Kiosk on the Esplanade.
Broadway Kiosk - Glenelg South
Broadway Kiosk - Glenelg South

This is a popular stop for coffee and ice-creams after a few hours on the beach. But thanks to café blinds and some indoor tables, the Broadway Kiosk can be a cosy, comforting spot even during inclement weather. It's also a great brunch or lunch venue.

The Broadway

From the kiosk, a leisurely walk up the Broadway takes you to the quiet shopping and restaurant precinct of Glenelg South. As its name suggests, the Broadway is a wide street, lined with Norfolk Pines and home to some grand old Adelaide houses from yesteryear alongside modern architect-designed executive-living houses.

Unlike similar beachside shopping and entertainment areas, this pocket of Glenelg South spreads out across wide streets, affording visitors accessible free parking – a real bonus.

Read on, for more to see and do in Glenelg South.

In search of a coffee or a bite to eat?
The Glenelg South precinct offers a variety of restaurant options. For great coffee, try Trading on Broadway, the Mockingbird Lounge or particularly popular with the cycling fraternity is the Mediterranean, with both indoor and outdoor seating. All are situated on the Broadway.


The Mediterranean offers a light menu, with the focus on breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu includes waffles, pancakes, croissants and flat oven breads, while the lunch menu focuses on a selection of focaccia and fresh wraps with almost everything under $11.

Broadway Hotel

The Broadway Hotel - or the 'Broady' as the locals like to call it - serves great value pub meals in the front bar and also has a great restaurant. The menu offers a selection of meat and fish selections and includes a salad and vegetable bar.

The Bay of Bengal is a sophisticated, fully-licensed Indian Restaurant – ideal for that special night out. Turn the corner at the Mediterranean and take a stroll past the character homes of Partridge Street to the Sabai Café.

Sabai Cafe


Clothes, books, gift ideas, décor & furniture

Searching for that gift idea or in need of some retail therapy? The Broadway and surrounds in Glenelg South includes a great selection of unique shopping outlets. Cotton On Broadway stocks a unique range of clothes, scarves, handbags and boots targeting those looking for a sophisticated and elegant look and items which no-one else will have. Right next door, Broadway Furniture custom makes furniture to fit that special place in your home.

Cotton on Broadway and Broadway Furniture

For home renovators and decorators, Trading on Broadway is a treasure trove of beautiful gifts and things for the home. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to unique light fittings and door hardware, while beautiful ornaments, wall clocks, artwork, candle holders, vases and jewellery are perfect gift ideas. Trading on Broadway also stocks a selection of furniture.

Where to get custom shoes?
Need a pair of shoes to match that special outfit for the races or a wedding? Have your shoes made just for you by The Shoemaker, Eugenia Neave on Partridge Street.

The Mokingbird Lounge, while offering a selection of exotic teas, coffee and light meals, is also a secondhand bookstore. Relax, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and flip through a good secondhand book or two at the same time.

This Adelaide shopping precinct also includes a selection of hairdressers, beauty salons, a sushi bar, bakery, Post Office and a Foodland outlet on Partridge Street with ample parking.
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Why? To walk, shop and relax
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Your Comment
Can't see any mention to the historical homes on the seawall at Glenelg south and Glenelg central. Surely these would be an attraction under your heading "what to see in Glenelg South" When visitors traverse the beach front on their walking Journey of Glenelg !!!
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