When we decided to include Adelaide in our Australia plan, many people told us that Adelaide would be boring After visiting Adelaide, I have to tell you that Adelaide in anything but boring. Yes, its a bit smaller that other bigger cities like Sydney or Melbourne, but there's still a lot to do.
For starters, we stayed at the amazing Intercontinental Adelaide. The good part about being an IHG Platinum member is the room upgrades. The moment we checked it, we got upgraded to a suite. Besides the room being huge, it faced the Adelaide Oval. We had the most beautiful view ever!
A good thing about Australia is that public transport within the city limits are free. Not in all the cities, but atleast in some. We caught the free tram just in front of our hotel and headed to Adelaide Central Market. Even since we landed in Australia, I've always gone to some or the other market. These markets offer so much more that just fruits, vegetables, fish or meat. This particular market is 140 years old and has shops that sell bread, pickles, cheese, plants and more. You get actually get all your household essentials sorted out here. Plenty of restaurants too.
Next up, was Haigh's Chocolate Factory ... Australia's oldest family owned chocolate maker. Sadly, we could get a tour as they were almost done for the day. But we did manage to get a sneak peek through the glass and see how chocolates were made. A word of advice, when you're buying chocolate go for the discounted ones that are on a separate rack. They're discounted only because they aren't shaped well. They still have the same great taste! Haigh's Chocolate Factory is located between the tram's last free stop and next paid stop. Either you walk or pay!
We stopped by the beautiful St Francis Xavier's Cathedral and stood there admiring the exterior. Too bad we couldn't go inside as they had some construction work going on.
Our last stop was Rundle Mall, Adelaide's shopping area filled with a number of restaurants and boutiques. Food trucks, street performers, we saw them all. One thing that caught my attention was the Adelaide Arcade. A century old shopping arcade with an extremely beautiful interior. Later, I got to know that this arcade is supposedly haunted by ghosts. I don't know how far this is true, had I known this earlier I probably wouldn't have gone!
Dinner that evening was at a restaurant called Café 129 just in front of our hotel. The restaurant uses a unique concept of a hot stone to cook food. And we cook food by ourselves. Here's where we tried crocodile & kangaroo too! Read my review here.
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