The people of Adelaide, like all Australians, love to eat out. On any given weeknight all of the restaurants in the city and the seaside town of Glenelg seem to be packed all night long. And while an entrée in a restaurant may set you back a shocking $30, you can still enjoy delicious food in Adelaide without breaking the bank.
Here are some of my favourite foods in Adelaide. The best thing about them, aside from the amazing taste, is that they are all affordable. You can easily enjoy the best food that Adelaide has to offer on a backpacker budget. Looking at these photos now, after leaving Adelaide, I am feeling both nostalgic and also incredibly hungry. I would love to have each of these items in front of me right now. But, I’ll have to settle for drooling over the photos of my favourite Adelaide foods.
The best place to eat dumplings in Adelaide is Dumpling King in Chinatown in the city. There is another one on King William Street, but I think the Chinatown one is a little better. It is always really busy, but don’t let that put you off. These dumplings are something special.
The hot weather in Australia means that I am constantly thinking about ice-cream. It doesn’t help that on the main street in Glenelg there are a couple of fancy ice-cream places, and one frozen yoghurt place, which always have a big queue snaking out onto the street. My favourite place to get an ice-cream in Adelaide is in Glenelg, next to the big wheel. It’s called Cold Rock, and although there are queues involved, it’s not always as bad as the ones on the main street. The first time I went there I nearly fainted with joy. You choose your ice-cream flavours (Nutella, white chocolate and cake batter are some of my favourites), and then you choose from a huge array of toppings, and not just normal toppings. I’m talking Ferrero Rocher, M&Ms, jellies, fruit and so many chocolate bars. THEN, they smash your ice-cream scoops out on a chilled board and add the toppings, essentially creating a brand new ice-cream flavour while you drool. It’s just like the Newport Creamery in America. I went there when I was 11 and it was the greatest moment of the holiday. I can still remember bouncing up and down as I waited impatiently in the queue, unable to believe I had found such paradise.
Coffee and Cake from one of the many coffee shops
Adelaide is filled with little cafes and it can be hard to pick which one to try next. In the city, my favourite choice is this tiny little hipster haven on Leigh Street, or any of the places in Central Market. In Glenelg, I highly recommend the Mockingbird Café, or Organik (pictured above).
Fish and Chips
As Glenelg is a seaside tourist town, fish and chips are obviously a big seller. We have not gone to that many fish and chip places, but coming from Ireland I have very high standards of what fish and chips should be like. We went to one place before and it was really disappointing. But in Mosley Square, beside a Yiros place is a fish and chip shop called Fishbone that ticks all the boxes.
My favourite order is the tacos. I normally get two pork carnitas and one chicken chipotle, plus chips and a drink. The have a number of burritos as well as nachos and fajitas. They even sell Margaritas!
Almond Croissants from the Central Market
These are the best croissants I have ever tasted. Ever. They are also really big and perfect. Try one! They cost $4.90 each, so they’re not that cheap, but their quality makes them worth it.
So there you go, some of my favourite foods in Adelaide. I hope you enjoyed drooling over these photos, and excuse the ones taken on my phone! 🙂