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Published May 25th 2018
10 things to love about Adelaide
Adelaide is fast becoming a destination in its own right, rather than just a jumping off point for winery tours of the fabulous South Australian wine regions
1. Madame Hanoi - the decor in this funky restaurant is visually stunning. The service and food are amazing and this is the place to meet up for Saturday lunch with your girlfriends or a have a cosy date with your partner.
The fabulous wall mural at Madame Hanoi, Adelaide
2. The Playford buffet breakfast - Healthy, delicious, refined, this hotel buffet breakfast ticks all the boxes. This buffet seats 120 but you must book, especially on weekends, or you won't get a seat.
3. Apothecary Restaurant - the decor and menu have been designed to honour the building's origins and it's a charming fine-dining experience in the heart of the city. We ate downstairs in the wine cellar. Excellent food and service.
4. The city centre offers easy access to Winery tours - I went with SA Getaways. The guide, Carolyne, was a wonderful person to spend a day with. We visited Maggie Beer's Farm and cafe, Two Hands Winery, Kellermeisters and Seppeltsfield for wine tastings and a shared lunch.
Maggie Beer's Farm and cafe, Barossa Valley
5. Hindley Street nightclubs - for the younger, nightclub generation, Hindley Street offers bright lights and blaring music. The clubbers of Adelaide can be seen stumbling home at 5am on Sundays so it must be good.
Bright lights in the big city
6. The new riverside precinct - Parts of the precinct are still under construction but the bridge across to the sporting arena is completed and the area is shaping up to be an excellent drawcard as it's pretty. Sean's Kitchen in the Casino is attracting people from near and far.
7. Adelaide Railway Station - This railway station is an exercise in grandeur. Lovingly maintained, it is like a pleasure to walk through, looking for your train.
Glamorous train station
8. Churches - Adelaide is known as the 'City of Churches' and there are many to choose from. I visited Trinity City, Adelaide's first church, which was built in 1838.
In a city of churches it's hard to choose your favourite
9. Cool car park - When I strolled up Rundle Mall on Sunday evening I was surprised by this extravagant carpark display. The lights illuminate in a mesmerising pattern. It's a fun, quirky touch that brightens up the city shopping mall.
Winery wine tastings
10. Pretty airport forecourt - it's such a small detail but the concrete patterns in the airport forecourt are welcoming and calming for visitors to this state.