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How to Enjoy Adelaide on Any Budget

From truffle popcorn to dim sim, here’s how to balance your budget in the Australian city.




2KW ($$$)
Perched on the edge of the Australian city, this rooftop bar offers sweeping views to the Torrens River (Karrawirra Parri in the native Kaurna language) and ocean beyond. Grab a booth and flip through the local wines list with many exclusive blends. Our favourite: the Ox Hardy pinot noir with surprising hints of straw​berry leaf.

2 King William St., 61-8-8212-5511


Cantina Sociale ($)
Free truffle popcorn and a carefully curated wine menu – most of what’s on offer is only available here – are the highlights at this cozy watering hole. Almost everything is poured straight from a stack of wooden barrels delivered direct from local vineyards. Try a glass (or, if you’re eager, a carafe) of Adelaide Hills tempranillo with light berry notes.

108 Sturt St., 61-8-8410-6246


Adelaide Free Bikes

Photo: Courtesy of Bicycle SA (Adelaide Free Bikes)

Barossa Bike Hire ($$$)
This nearly six-hour, 17-kilometre guided cycling tour takes you through the lush Barossa Valley’s historic small towns, some of the first to be settled in South Australia. Beyond the region’s more than 150 wineries, visit artisan bakeries, breweries and coffee roasters, like the Bean Addiction with its fruity Barossa Blend to keep you going.

5 South Terrace, Nuriootpa, 61-400-537-770


Adelaide Free Bikes ($)
As part of a city initiative, take a bike for a spin free of charge from over two dozen locations (lock and helmet, compulsory in Australia, included). For an easy yet rewarding route, start at Elder Park and head to Henley Beach along Torrens River. The 50-minute ride follows the winding waterway, lined with fragrant eucalypts.

Various locations,

Chinese Food


Photo: Debbie Duong (Concubine)

Concubine ($$$)
In Chinatown, red paper lanterns, polished teak bookshelves lined with vintage tea kettles and 1930s-style floral wallpaper set the scene at Concubine. The Australian-meets-Chinese cuisine adds a local twist to traditional dishes, such as steamed dim sims with flying fish roe and the crunchy soft-shell crab with spicy green apple salad.

132 Gouger St., 61-8-8212-8288


Go-in Canteen ($)
This lunch-till-late venue keeps things cheap and cheerful, with bright yellow chairs and tables and bamboo steamers on the walls inspired by a 1970s Shanghai street food stall. Order the signature dish, xiao long bao (steamed dumplings with juicy pork filling) followed by the beef soup with pickles, braised peanuts and bok choy.

Shop 3, 31-39 Gouger St., 61-8-8231-1188



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