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?
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.
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.
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.