Lifestyle in Adelaide

Adelaide remains one of Australia’s best-kept secrets and although locals are happy to keep it that way, nowadays it has a justly deserved reputation as a gourmet food and wine capital with great festivals. It’s equally known for vintage fashion, antiques and contemporary design.


Shopping in Adelaide

Rundle Mall is the major city shopping precinct and the leading department stores and boutiques are all located here, as well as banking facilities, cafés and everything else expats might need.

Adelaide Arcade houses a range of specialty shops. It also boasts cinemas, designer shops and restaurants galore and epitomises the best that Adelaide has to offer.

Then there are the markets in Adelaide. A long-time favourite for fresh produce is the Central Market. This is a place to savour everything gourmet that Adelaide and its wider region have to offer. Other popular markets include Gilles Street and the North Adelaide Vintage and Fashion Fair. 


Restaurants in Adelaide

Whatever one’s budget or eating preference there is a range of restaurants in Adelaide to explore. From award-winning restaurants to more humble offerings, there is something for everyone in this city.

Those who are willing to travel further afield will find that restaurants located on Adelaide's wineries offer very special dining experiences.


Nightlife in Adelaide

Adelaide's nightlife scene doesn't quite meet the same standards as one would find in Melbourne or Sydney. However, there is still plenty to keep the night owls entertained. The club scene in Adelaide is eclectic and things heat up on weekends. The number of gastropubs and wine bars in the city is also on the rise.

Theatre-goers will have plenty of opportunities to catch a good musical or stage performance at one of Adelaide's entertainment venues. Theatres around the city all host a range of productions and expats should check the latest listings to find something that tickles their fancy. 

The Life Creative

Kathryn Brewer is an international educator, former China expat and coach who runs a coaching and development business, The Life Creative, for international students and expats. Born in the UK, she grew up in Australia and has spent much of her life living and working in remote and fascinating places. She spent the past four years in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

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