Down by the eastern side of the Great Australian Bight lies the quaint city of Adelaide. A small city in comparison to the east coast capitals but not so small in personality. It has a thriving arts and culture scene, an incredible food arena with some of the most hospitable service to be experienced, and is also the gateway to many of the world’s best wineries.
With the keys to a MINI Clubman, HEY GENTS was able to effortlessly scout out the best places in the city and also head south to McLaren Vale where some exciting developments were happening.
Eat & Drink
96 Gilles St, Adelaide
If tasting some of South Australia’s best local produce and coffee in a casual setting sounds appealing, Sibling is the place for you. This charming cafe makes you feel comfortable from the moment you step inside and are greeted with a warm smile. The fresh decor and potted greenery provides a nice backdrop to enjoy the seasonal menu and fresh pastries.
Mondays Coffee Store
7/38 Gawler Pl, Adelaide
Tucked away on a quiet side street, Mondays Coffee Store is a welcome break from the bustle of Rundle Mall. Whether you’re a visitor to the city looking for a reprieve from the crowds, or a local who needs their morning coffee fix, Mondays has you covered. The booth-style seating is ideal for groups of up to four, while the long bar is the perfect spot if you’re flying solo.
76 Pirie St, Adelaide
We suggest you arrive at Osteria Oggi with an empty stomach. One look at the menu that boasts fresh pasta, slow-roasted meats and, of course, formaggio will have you wanting one of everything. All of this is provided in a contemporary piazza lined with cobblestone floors and multiple seating options ranging from communal to intimate. After your feast, settle in for the night and explore the carefully curated wine list.
2KW Bar & Restaurant
2 King William St, Adelaide
Travel eight floors above King William Street street and you’ll find yourself in a relaxed oasis with incomparable views of the Adelaide skyline. At 2KW Bar & Restaurant, share plates are king, with delectable options like beef tartare and crispy spiced duck alongside plates of charcuterie and fine cheeses. The outdoor rooftop bar is the spot to be come sunset, with an extensive wine list and tasty cocktails on offer.
Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
78 Penfold Rd, Rosslyn Park
Headed up by esteemed chef, Scott Huggins, Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant is a true institution of Adelaide. Just fifteen minutes from the city centre, you won’t want to miss out on a trip here. With a conceptual approach to cooking, your senses will be treated to a degustation inspired by seasons, textures and aromas. Opt for the matching Penfolds wines for an unforgettable experience.
152 Wright St, Adelaide
The ethos at Arbour Kitchen is simple; if it’s not in season, it’s not on the menu. This means that you’ll be treated to a truly fresh meal year-round. Not only that, the daytime restaurant has a local focus, opting to use South Australia’s best produce to fuel their menu. Specialising in elevated breakfast and lunch items, you can look forward to a selection of seafood and plant-based dishes like a toasted blue-swimmer-crab sandwich or scrambled curried tofu. The modern space matches the earthy menu, with a host of natural materials and raw colours complementing the cascading greenery above.
The Star of Greece
1 The Esplanade, Port Willunga
Perched high on the cliffside of Port Willunga, The Star of Greece is set in a quintessential beach shack that fits in seamlessly with its seaside location. The amazing ocean views alone would be enough to draw us here, but it’s the modern Mediterranean cuisine that makes it a must-visit destination. Enjoy oysters, kingfish and summer pudding from the outside deck while the misty ocean sprays the rocks below.
The Currant Shed
104 Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat
The Currant Shed originated as its name suggests, a place to prepare currants for export. Fast forward a century or so, and this charming restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a long lunch with friends. Within the rustic walls, sleek timber furniture keeps things light and reflects the organic vineyard views beyond large glass windows. The succinct menu features thoughtful options that will most likely arrive with a fresh herb or flower from the kitchen garden.
Mitolo Wines / Bocca di Lupo
141 McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale
Bocca di Lupo, the restaurant located in the vineyards of Mitolo Wines, serves up modern Australian cuisine with subtle Asian and contemporary Italian influences. Arranged within ten upcycled shipping containers, the space is minimalist with hints of warm wood to set the mood. You’ll want to allocate a few hours here to fully enjoy the culinary journey, sensational wines and rolling vistas.
Beresford Wines Tasting Pavilion
252 Blewitt Springs Rd, Mclaren Flat
Nestled amongst the sweeping Beresford vineyards and beneath shady eucalyptus trees, Beresford Wines Tasting Pavilion is a prime spot to enjoy some of the state’s finest wines in comfort. You’ll have the chance to try their classic range as well as limited release wines, accompanied by a moreish cheese plate. The low-lying pavilion is beautifully designed, with lots of comfortable places to sit. Snag a spot by the fireplace on crisp days or take your glass onto the patio and revel in the dappled afternoon sunshine.
377 California Rd, Tatachilla
Making the winding journey up California Road, you can’t help but admire the striking volumes of Inkwell Wines in the distance. As you get closer, you can begin to appreciate the feat of sustainable architecture that towers above. Inkwell Wines is constructed from twenty shipping containers that meet and overlap to provide multiple spaces to enjoy a few glasses. Along with an ever-changing tasting menu, you’ll be treated to the story and background of each wine from the experts. Don’t forget to make your way to the rooftop viewing deck for magnificent scenes of Mount Lofty to the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
58 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale
The d’Arenberg Cube is an astounding interpretation of Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn’s imaginative mind. The five-storey structure aims to entice all of your senses, sometimes all at once. More than just a tasting room, the Rubik’s Cube-inspired building includes a museum dedicated to alternate realities, a sensory wine room and other tactile experiences. Once you’ve made it to the top floor, take a moment to bask in the panoramic outlook that vast glass panels make possible. A number of wine tasting options are available, with a blend-your-own experience not to be missed.
45 King William St, Adelaide
From the moment you step inside the renovated heritage building of Mayfair Hotel, the beautiful architectural features and luxurious vibe are apparent. After you’ve checked in and spent some time relaxing on your soft, cloud-like bed, it’s time to take full advantage of the hotel’s facilities. Head up to HENNESSY Rooftop Bar and watch the city go by with a cocktail in hand. As the sun fades, a fine-dining experience awaits you below at Mayflower Restaurant, with decadent courses such as lobster bisque and snails bourguignonne gracing the menu.
Hotel California Road
377 California Rd, Tatachilla
Hotel California Road is a place you won’t soon forget. The three-suite micro hotel is located on a private level within Inkwell Wines and features boutique luxuries such as a floating king bed, rain showers and a soaking tub. Sip one of Inkwell’s best drops with the owners of the winery before enjoying a warm bath overlooking the secluded valley.
158 Ingoldby Rd, McLaren Flat
Split into two equally impressive living quarters, Beresford House‘s generously sized suites are positioned in the middle of a sprawling seventy-acre property. The idyllic, grand house boasts manicured gardens and a calming sense of symmetry. Imported Italian furniture, original artworks and 3D televisions make it an ideal place for an indulgent long weekend.
This guide was produced by HEY GENTS in partnership with MINI Australia.