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The local delicacies are mainly German food in the Barossa region and, on the coast, crabs, crayfish, whiting and other seafood. Kangaroo steak is a speciality of the region and can be ordered in many Australian restaurants. Adelaide has a wide range of restaurants and cafes specialising in international cuisine, including Chinese, Malaysian, US, French, Greek, Italian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Mongolian and Vietnamese. Many of these offer alfresco dining. There are many brilliant seafood restaurants.

There are many wine and food festivals throughout the region where local beer and wine can be tasted. 1 of these is the Barossa Vintage Festival, reminiscent in many ways of German beer festivals in Europe. There is also a brewery in Adelaide supplying stout and lagers, although whether in Adelaide itself, the hills or the outback, the pub experience should not be missed.

South Australia contains 1 of the most important valley regions producing wines; from the reds of Coonawarra to the Rieslings of the Eden Valley. Although specialising in table wines, the state is also well known for its sparkling reds and whites.


Brilliant quality wines are available from the Barossa Valley, which attracts 60 % of Australia’s wine tasting tourists. Adelaide is a city which concentrates on culture, and is full of art galleries, antique shops and stores which sell Australia’s finest opals, handmade chocolates and stockman’s hats.

Opening hours are the same as for the rest of Australia. There are also some street markets in Adelaide, the Central market being situated adjacent to Victoria Square. This market, made up of 550 stalls, sells all kinds of produce including fruit, cheese, fish, vegetables, meat, spices and other exotic delights.


Adelaide has an astonishing nightlife scene. The Adelaide Casino, once a grand Victorian railway station is now a haven for baccarat and roulette players amid its magnificent Corinthian columns (Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 am and continuously at weekends and on public holidays).

There is also a absorption of nightclubs and discos on Hindley Street in the heart of the city, opposite Rundle Mall. Large crowds also flock to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the cafes and pubs in Rundle Street.