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Where is Adelaide's Best Laneway or Side Street?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published October 29th 2012
Laneway is a bit of a buzz word around Adelaide; you can't seem to mention it without someone either lamenting that we don't do enough with them, or someone complaining that Adelaide tries too hard to be Melbourne. Let's forget about the Eastern states, or the things the city could do better, and instead focus on the interesting spots we already have. There are laneways and sidestreets all over the CBD that offer interesting detours filled with shops, cafes, and entertainment. Do you have a favourite?

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Leigh Street, off Hindley Street


One that has been the talk of the town is Leigh Street; this paved road is no longer a thoroughfare, and at times it feels like this is the antithesis to Hindley Street. You can enjoy dining at places like Rigoni's and Cos, or grab a coffee from Coffee Branch, and there's even the pop up ...From Scratch Patisserie on a friday morning. Leigh Street's main downside is that it feels a little like a ghost town on the weekend, as most shops and eateries are only open during the week.

While every seems to know about Leigh Street these days, it's not as common to wander down Gilbert Place. This is another street with a bit of character, as well as the iconic Original Pancake Kitchen. Walk in the other direction and check out Peel Street for vintage fashions at Red Ruby Vintage, or the Format Collective.

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Market Place, off Gouger Street


If you're by the Central Markets you'll no doubt know all about Moonta Street, it's the main focus of China Town and can't really be missed. But a few streets down you'll find Market Place which is a bit more Little India instead of China Town. Unfortunately the India Fashions store has closed down, but you can still find Maya Indian Restaurant and the Indian Spices Supermarket, complete with plenty of Bollywood DVDs.

Just off Rundle Mall James Place has also picked up it's game recently, becoming one of the best places around Rundle Mall to grab some lunch. Miss Mai Vietnamese Eatery is one of the newer faces, along with Teawana for good tea, and Caparezza for great coffee. James Place has always been a little bit cool thanks to Blackeby's Old Style Sweet Shop, but now it's even cooler.

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Ebenezer Place in the East End


There are side streets and laneways all over the CBD. Some are a little bit lame and boring, some have potential but are still a bit drab, and some are definitely worth the detour. Let us know which ones you've wandered down, and what you've discovered.
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If I could, I would hold a party under the foliage of Chessar Lane.
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2450 days ago
A great roundup Tash, looks like your shoe leather has been getting used!
And thanks for the link :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11214) 2453 days ago
Union Street - off Rundle Street. Once upon a time it was like ghost town.
by agost (score: 0|5) 2361 days ago
Leigh Street city
by sally (score: 1|26) 2451 days ago
Leigh Street
by thefi (score: 0|2) 2451 days ago
Coromandel Place, off Pirie & Grenfell - has the great little "Historian Hotel".
by kev_p (score: 0|2) 2400 days ago

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