Words by Carlie Tucker
Holding down a prime coastal position in South Australia, Adelaide not only acts as the capital city but a spirited epicentre where business travellers can cut loose after a long day in the office. If you're headed to the 'City of Churches' and find yourself with at least 24-hours to spare, Adelaide will not disappoint with a healthy mix of culture and hip hang-out spots.
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Where To Eat
A burgeoning food and drink scene has seen an injection of trendy eateries popping up across the city. Though, there's something to be said for the establishments with staying power. Adelaide offers up a satisfying mix of both, ensuring a quality meal is never far away.
Start the day off right with a hearty plate accompanied by a fine cup of joe. Bar 9 has developed a reputation for being among the best in the city for both. Quinoa Porridge sits next to Truffled Mushroom Ragu on a varied menu of breakfast/brunch/lunch deliciousness served until 2pm.
There are few things more satisfying than a great burger, and Bread & Bone is Adelaide's frontrunner when it comes burgers, dogs and wood grill selections served with fries and onion rings. If you're looking for something a little lighter, Mandoo Korean Dumplings is a top pick for delicate pork, chicken, veggie or Kimchi dumplings (steamed or fried).
When it comes to dinner, Chianti Classico is a tried and true staple of the Adelaide food scene. Established in 1985, this family-owned trattoria serves up seasonal menus of authentic Italian dishes, with everything from antipasti boards and perfectly prepared pasta to creamy oven baked polenta and grilled beef fillets.
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Where To Stay
Finding a quality stay in the right location is easily done as Adelaide boasts a great variety of hotels that cater to all pocket sizes. The Art Series Group is well represented in Adelaide with The Watson – a boutique offering accentuated by the colourful works of indigenous artist Yannima Pirkarli Tommy Watson. Fresh, modern style can be found throughout the hotel accentuated by such signature Art Series additions as Smart Car, scooter and Lekker bicycle hire to zip to the city just 15 minutes away.
If you're after a say that's a little more central, the Stamford Plaza Adelaide is a fine choice. It's well appointed and stylish with beautiful views of the historic parklands, Adelaide Oval and cityscape showcased across 335 rooms and suites.
Standard features include modern interiors with plush bedding and dedicated work spaces, while beyond the rooms a sweep of facilities help to ensure your stay is up to standard. This includes five different dining options, an outdoor heated pool, spa, gymnasium and 24-hour concierge. The Stamford Plaza also happens to be a SmartSTAY option, allowing FCBT clients access to exclusive extras when booked through your dedicated Travel Manager.
What To Do
With a mix of beautiful landscapes and vibrant city attractions, Adelaide allows visitors to do as much or as little as they like while absorbing the local culture.
Beach bums will appreciate the selection of sandy shores, the closest of which being just 10 kilometres from the city centre. Hop a tram to Glenelg for some quality beach time, or venture a bit further to Fleurieu Peninsula to soak up the sun and sand of Horseshoe Bay, Middleton Beach or Boomer Beach.
Cultural Connoisseurs are sure to love the range of galleries and museums that pepper the city streets. A stop at the South Australian Museum is well worth considering for six floors unique collections that span from South Australia's fossil history to Ancient Egypt's mysterious artefacts. The Gallery of South Australia is conveniently positioned right next door, should you wish to peruse the collection of 38,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawing, photographs, textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.
If the sun is out, you can't beat the green spaces in the city with the River Torrens Linear Trail being a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Expansive lawns invite afternoon picnics and general lazing about, or try your hand at a paddleboat to explore the scenery from the water. The Adelaide Zoo is another top pick to see Wang Wang and Funi, Australia's only giant pandas.
Alternatively, escape the city all together to explore the surrounding hills. Drive just 20-minutes from Adelaide for picture perfect views and the pastoral charm of Hahndorf, Stirling and Aldgate villages.