Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is the fifth largest city in the country. It is on the coast, north of the Fleurieu Peninsula between the Gulf of St Vincent and the Lofty Ranges Mountains. The original inhabitants of the Adelaide Plains were the Kaurma Aborigines, who were decimated during the European settlement era from 1836, although fortunately, Aboriginal rights advocates have been fighting to reclaim their culture and language and prevent it from being lost in time. It is interesting to know that new genetic research points to Australian Aborigines as the oldest living human beings, their origin being in a migration from Africa prior to those known.
Today Adelaide is a beautiful cosmopolitan city full of options for the enjoyment of tourists, if we talk about shopping the visitor has in this city multiple alternatives according to their tastes and needs.
It is possible for example to acquire pieces of aboriginal style art, like the painting of points, that generally used the colors white, red, brown and yellow, traditionally the aborigines used to paint in the rocks, nowadays this art is reflected in the fabric or the wood of crafts that can acquire like memory. Basketwork is also an example of Aboriginal art as are necklaces and other pieces of handcrafted jewelry.
The Central Market is the best option to enjoy the local delights, where you can buy all kinds of fruits, vegetables, wines or cheeses from local artisans. This market is well known as a tourist destination, initially limited only to the main building but over time it has expanded to integrate the surrounding areas, creating a broad concept of market. This is how you can enjoy an interesting tour of the city in an EcoCaddy, a sustainable transport that consists of a kind of carriage pulled by a bicycle. The cycling guide will introduce you to the most emblematic places in the city and you will have the option of enjoying a gourmet picnic during the tour. And once inside the market there will be various activities designed to stimulate the tourist experience, guided tours in which you can learn more about Adelaide’s gastronomic culture or get advice on how to prepare an exquisite gourmet meal, not to be missed by any foodie.
Within the area of the Central Market deserves special mention the Chinatown, on Moonta Street in which you can enjoy the cultural diversity through the many culinary offerings present, which also are not limited to Chinese food, there are also other exotic Asian food proposals such as Japanese, Korean, Nepali or Thai. A special event is the celebration of the Chinese New Year when various activities and performances are planned to enliven this celebration.
The Port of Adelaide has a particular charm, with buildings that date from the 19th century, you can recreate in this beautiful maritime area, enjoy the views and rest in one of the many pubs while enjoying a drink. It’s the epicentre of many artistic and cultural activities, you can reach the Lipson Street Maritime Museum from here or see the dolphins of the Pork River.
Temperature permitting, Adelaide is an ideal beach destination, with the summer months (December to February) being the most desirable for soaking up the sea or enjoying a local culinary treat. Gleneld beach with its pleasant temperature, various activities and its restaurants and cafes is well worth the trip. Semaphore Beach has a unique personality, with prevailing Victorian-style architecture and a penchant for vintage, antique and souvenir shops, and if you are organic and sustainable conscious, you can enjoy its restaurants and cafes without restriction.
Adelaide’s nightlife is very fun, festivals and public events are common in the boulevards, with music and shows of various kinds, everything is combined to make the nights magical and full of atmosphere. Street performances and local crafts are some of the artistic manifestations you can enjoy.
Buying souvenirs will be imperative in this city with such a cultural richness, there are several craft shops and galleries where you can buy the most representative of local art. For more sophisticated tastes, opal jewelry is very popular, the mining activity of this precious stone has been developed for years, beautiful stones set in fine rings or earrings will delight the most demanding buyers.
One of Adelaide’s largest shopping malls is the Central Plaza, with a store owned by the famous jewellery company Tiffany&Co. It’s worth visiting just for the sake of it, but there are also several options in clothing, shoes and accessories of various brands.
Very close to the Central Market is the RundlePlace, with a wide variety of shops, although most are women’s fashion, you will also find convenience stores such as health and beauty salons, supermarkets and gift shops. Outside this center is the Blackebys Old Sweet, a famous store specializing in selling candy from many parts of the world, with a beautiful exterior, is destined to make you spend a very sweet moment.
North Adelaide Village, Port Canal Shopping Centre, The Myer Centre and Adelaide Arcade are some of the many other shopping centres in the city. The Market Shed on Holland Street is a market that specializes in produce and prepared foods for those who lead a vegan lifestyle, it is a lively place where you can enjoy live music or a theatrical performance. Not being vegan is not an impediment to come because the freshness of the products and the delicious dishes of this food will not leave you indifferent.
In this way, the tourist buyer will then have a fascinating experience in Adelaide, its malls, markets and craft shops will be the cherry on top of a wonderful travel experience.