Food trucks, outdoor markets, rooftop bars, south American eateries, buzzing laneways and an influx of cafes that you could throw a stick at, Adelaide just got seriously cool.
A breathe of fresh air, for that we can thank an eclectic mix of South Australian groups for, has seen new bars, new eateries and unused streets being utilised to make our city interactive and exciting. Better late than never, right?
I'm the first to admit I've felt a little confined in Adelaide. While I've always had a fondness for our city, I do look forward to trips to the bigger eastern cities where there are bars and shops galore! But over the past 12 months, there have been noticeable changes in our little city.
Much like I do in our sister city Melbourne, I have been discovering hidden gems in Adelaide. I was dining at the popular new Café Troppo in Whitmore Square when I stumbled on the fresh-faced Cantina Sociale wine bar – and let me just say, this is both the perfect place to have that first drink or stay for a relaxing night out. From a South American-inspired double storey hangout to a café entirely devoted to board game lovers, Adelaide really is putting the rad in rAdelaide.
Restaurant lovers, wine lovers, coffee lovers, art lovers and music lovers are revelling in the opportunities that have presented themselves - not only to us food and wine goers, but us as business owners with a concept in mind. We're seeing a lot of dead space being utilised to great effect.
And while overdue, the powers that be have made a good step forward in recognising that Adelaide needs the sort of venues that have been popping up in Melbourne and Sydney over the past few years. Our city and our people are getting a little braver.
The introduction of these new entertainment spaces combined with major development such as Adelaide Oval, Riverbank Precinct, Rundle Mall and Victoria Square, our city is growing into a place that's both great to live AND rich in opportunity.
With plans to extend our so far successful small bar and laneway culture into the suburbs, we're going to see a lot more funky spots like Brompton pop up. So fellow rAdelaideans, the next time you're walking the streets of our city, look around and be curious – you must just discover greatness hiding in the most unexpected places.