Head down to Adelaide's West End and you'll discover a unique street with it's own story to tell. Leigh Street connects the two busy Adelaide streets of Currie Street and Hindley Street, but this smaller laneway is actually a privately owned streets. Not only are the shops and wide footpaths free from council ownership, even the paved road is owned by the Ipoh group. This group, responsible for the gorgeous restoration of the QVB in Sydney, have transformed Leigh Street to become the heart of Adelaide's history.
Looking North Down Leigh Street
When you enter this charming street you are greeted by two large lampposts, that also provide a pictorial history of the buildings and businesses that originally made up this street. Walking down the widened footpaths you can see the names of previous store owners who made up this bustling street. 'T.J. Tasker - hairdresser' and 'George Feltscher - confectioner' joined 'Mrs. Dick - second-hand clothes seller' and some of the streets original occupants.
Leigh Street Sidewalk
Leigh Street perfectly transports you to Adelaide's bygone era with ornate storefronts, that have been beautifully restored to their former glory. If you want to explore this history further you can always visit the State Records building that houses Adelaide's state archives, including births, deaths, marriages, crimes and arrivals. You can learn about your families past or just explore the records to uncover some interesting facts.
Other buildings tell a story, but they come from a more recent part of Adelaide's history. Stores such as Leigh Street Luggage, Alec's, the Stage Shop, and the restaurant Rigoni's, have all been in the street for more than thirty years. Their owners all have a unique story to tell about the history of the street and of their store. Leigh Street Luggage will attend to all of your travel needs, but at the same time the walls are stacked with vintage suitcases and photos that all tell a story. Alec's is a charming barbershop where you can get your haircut and enjoy a chat with the friendly men who work and frequent here. If you're in Alec's, make sure you also pick up a jar of their delicious Italian olives.
Leigh Street offers you a range of delicious restaurants and cafés to fill up your stomach, and some interesting stories to fill your head. Next time you're in town take a step away from the more well-known thoroughfares and take a stroll down historical Leigh Street.