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The Definitive Guide To A Perfect Weekend In Adelaide

There's no better way to spend a two-day getaway in Australia's southern spectacle.

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1. Feed your breakfast fantasies at 303 by the Sea.

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Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what better place to eat it than by the seaside? 303 offers scrummy creations with pristine water views to match. Grab a coffee, chow down on granola, and stroll along one of the state's prettiest coastlines.

2. Peruse the city's finest produce at the Central Market.

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It's not a visit to Adelaide without a trip to the Central Market. Here you'll find the city's freshest fruit and vegetables, quality meats and fish, endless cheese rooms, and unassuming little restaurants offering faultless dishes. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, many esteemed chefs have scrapped suppliers and choose this foodie hub as their go-to.

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3. Shop the day away along Rundle Street.

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If you fancy spending a dime or two, look no further than Rundle Street. Housing high-end boutiques, quirky vintage stores, and an abundance of hearty cafés for a caffeinated pick-me-up, this classic city stretch is a shopper's paradise.

4. Ogle at wicked watercolours in the Art Gallery.

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Step away from the hustle and bustle into halls of silence at this 19th century gallery. The Art Gallery of SA houses masterpieces from internationally renowned artists like Waterhouse, Streeton, and McCubbin, plus an extensive selection of paintings from South Australia's very own Hans Heysen. With more than 38,000 pieces to see, it's every art-lover's dream.

5. Frolic among the flora at the Botanic Gardens.

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With treetops that tickle the clouds and rose gardens even the Queen of England would envy, the Botanic Gardens is a must-see for anyone wanting to lose themselves among the vines. Come prepared for a picnic by the waterlilies, or pick up a snack at the vintage kiosk near the infamous duck pond.

6. Play with the pandas at Adelaide Zoo.

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Hosting the ONLY giant pandas in the southern hemisphere, Adelaide Zoo is the ultimate destination for anyone eager to get up-close-and-personal with a critter or two. From lions, to tigers, to bears (oh my!), it's the perfect animal experience for all ages.

7. Pause for a pink latte at East End Providore in Ebenezer Place.

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What's better than a normal latte? A pink one, of course! There's no better place for a coffee pit-stop than the super colourful and charming Ebenezer Place. This recently revived laneway offers a variety of cafés that cater to your every caffeinated need.

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8. Hoe into Haigh's Chocolates at the Beehive Corner.

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One of SA's oldest and most renowned institutions, Haigh's has tickled the tastebuds of many a chocolate lover - and what better place to indulge than at the beautiful Beehive Corner. The century-old building is home to some of Adelaide's finest sugary treats, and is the perfect place to pick up an edible souvenir.

9. Relax with a rooftop cocktail at 2KW.

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Be seduced by sweeping views of the city and its surrounds, while sipping on classic cocktails by some of the Adelaide's best bartenders. 2KW's creative snack menu is worth a peek, too.

10. Don your true colours at Adelaide Oval - and maybe climb it, too.

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Many athletes have listed Adelaide Oval as their favourite ground to play on, and it's easy to see why. Pack yourself inside for a match alongside 50,000 doting football or cricket fans – or reach new heights by climbing the stadium and watching from the very top of the highest stand.

11. Grab a haircut and a Hendricks at BRKLYN.

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A bar with every spirit under the sun that ALSO offers haircuts - what could possibly go wrong? Get the snip at BRKLYN whilst skulling shots at this edgy New York-themed watering hole.

12. Pretend you’re in Italy at Osteria Oggi.

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South Australia houses a large and passionate European population, so eateries have no choice but to get Italian food right. Osteria Oggi takes your tastebuds to the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, whilst filling your glass with some of the world's best wines. Book ahead to avoid bitter disappointment.

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13. Dance 'til the wee hours at Rocket Rooftop.

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If your plan is to make it 'til sunrise, there's no better place to do so than Rocket Rooftop. With two levels of craziness and daring DJs to boot, this age-old hub is sure to give you a good time. Keep an eye out for artist nights; the likes of Flume played here before he made it big.

14. Cure a heavy head at Nutrition Republic.

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Nutrition Republic somehow makes extraordinarily healthy food taste extraordinarily good. With two locations just minutes from the city, their delish breakfasts and creamy coffees will leave you feeling fabulous AND full.

15. Become part of the bourgeoisie at Burnside Village.

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If your credit card needs a workout, Burnside Village is the place for you. Packed with high-end designers and boutique eateries, you'll feel a million bucks in this eastern suburbs plaza. Trackpants and ugg boots are strongly discouraged.

16. Stop for tea at Utopia before climbing Waterfall Gully.

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When TLC said "don't go chasing waterfalls", they clearly hadn't seen this beauty. Nestled amongst towering gum trees, this gorgeous retreat is perfect for a mid-morning stroll. Be sure to stop at cutesy café Utopia for a cup of tea and fluffy scone.

17. Chow down on dumplings at Bing's in Chinatown.

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If there's one thing Adelaide's Chinatown does well, it's crispy, salty, too-damn-delicious dumplings. Check out Bing's on much-loved Moonta Street for one of the city's lengthiest and tastiest dumpling menus.

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18. Sip South Australian chardonnay in the Adelaide Hills.

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South Australians pride themselves on their beautiful wine regions, and the Adelaide Hills is no exception. Just a short drive from the city, you'll find rolling country lanes covered in endless vineyards that offer up some of the world's finest drops.

19. Tug on your running shoes and take on the Hallett Cove boardwalk.

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This coastal walk certainly isn't for the faint hearted. Wind your way around rugged cliffs whilst watching the waves roll in to Adelaide's southern beaches. Or if exercise ain't your thing, simply sit, stretch, and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

20. Shuck seafood by the seaside at Henley Beach.

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Less than a 30-minute drive from Adelaide's CBD lies some of the country's most stunning beaches. Book yourself a table for dinner by the seaside, before watching a splash of warm colours light up the horizon in a classic South Australian sunset.

21. Catch a gig at the Thebby.

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The Thebarton Theatre (or to locals, the Thebby) plays host to some of the best artists that make it to SA. It's big enough to fit a heaving mosh, but small enough to feel like you're within reach of your favourite drummer.

22. Dance to disco beats and down a pizza at Sunny's.

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Retro decor? Check. Delightful menu? Check. A buzzing dance floor? Check again! Sunny's offers wood-fired pizzas alongside classic cocktails. Stay a little later and treat your ears to some of the grooviest DJ sets in town.

23. Hop through the city's funkiest bars along Peel Street.

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Five years ago, this CBD backstreet was nothing more than a dingy laneway – but now Peel Street is one of Adelaide's funkiest drinking destinations. Endeavour to visit every quirky bar on this stretch of street that fully embodies the city's creative spirit and booming small bar scene.

24. See the sunrise at Mount Lofty Summit.

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Top off your trip with a sunrise atop Adelaide's highest point: Mount Lofty. You'll get a gorgeous view of the city's sweeping plains, plus a much-needed breath of fresh air after your wicked weekend in the City of Churches.

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