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The Best Food in Adelaide, Australia



Adelaide's Best Food - the best food in Adelaide- on a budget


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.



Adelaide Dumplings

The Best Dumplings in Adelaide – Adelaide’s Best Food

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.

If you sit down to eat you get served little cups of tea from a pot that is left on your table, which is nice. I always go for the pork dumplings and they are to die for. Sean and I split them and enjoy biting into the piping hot parcels, licking the grease from our lips to stop it dripping down our chins! You can order a rice or noodle dish to go with your dumplings if you are looking for a full meal.
For $8.90 you will get 15 delightful dumplings. There are vegetarian ones and chicken and prawn, but the pork ones, with bits of onion in them are the best. They come with a nice dipping sauce, and vinegar is already on the table. You can ask for soy sauce if you prefer.
Sean and I usually split a portion and, although the last dumpling needs to be negotiated, we always left satisfied.




Ice Cream Glenelg, Adelaide

Decadent ice-cream by the sea – The Best Food in Adelaide – On a budget

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



The perfect Adelaide coffee and muffin

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


Fish and Chips Glenelg

Ooh yeah, 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.

For $11, you get a large cone of chips with two crispy flaky hunks of fish that are beautiful. The chips are thick and crispy on the outside with a powdery white inside. Greasy and tasty, just like chips should be.




Adelaide best food - Mexican - - The Best Food in Adelaide - on a budget

Salsa’s soft tacos, perfection!

As a Mexican lover, it’s no surprise that any time we try to decide where to get a take away, Salsas is my first choice. Also located in Mosley Square, Salsas is one of a couple of Mexican chains dotted around Adelaide.

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!



Oysters Adelaide - Adelaide's Best Food - the best food in Adelaide- on a budget

Fresh oysters, Kilpatrick style.

I think I should have given oysters their own post. You could buy your own from any of the fish mongers around, or you can splash out and go to an oyster bar.
The first time we had them was in Cardones, where I had half a dozen covered in breadcrumbs and filled with lemony buttery goodness. They were to die for. The next time was down in the Marina, where the view is stunning and we enjoyed Kilpatrick oysters and wine.

Almond Croissants from the Central Market


Almond Croissants from the Adelaide Market - Adelaide's Best Food - On a budget thetraveloguer-adelaide

They taste as good as they look.

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! 🙂

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  • Reply
    Paul Graham
    July 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Christine, Sounds as though Adelaide has something for every taste. Never apologize for taking photos with your phone, because otherwise there would often be no photo at all. I vote for the dumplings !
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    William Rusho
    July 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    It looks soooooooooo good. I think I gained 20 pounds just reading the blog.

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    Beth Niebuhr
    July 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Yum! It’s a good thing it is lunch time so that I have a legitimate excuse to eat something. It’s hard to duplicate the exact tastes of things you love when out of the country!
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    maxwell ivey
    July 9, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Hi Christine; Its no secret that I have many contacts in australia and want very badly to visit them someday. when that happens I hope you will have a new list of best places to eat when I get to go. and I can never think about oysters without thinking of them deep fried like my daddy always like them. dipping them in tartar sauce or on a poorboy sandwich. and he also taught me to love chinese food. thanks for the memories and yes for making me hungry. take care, Max
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    July 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Oysters definitely deserve their own post! I love ’em 🙂
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    July 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Christine – here it is, eight o’clock in the morning and I am starved looking at these photos. They all look fabulous and I would love to try them all but the fish and chips brought back fond memories and I would start there. You just can’t beat walking around with a cone filled with the right fish and chips, that to me is bliss.
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    Mina A Joshi
    July 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Adelaide is catering for every nationality. Everything looks great.

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    Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    July 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Seriously…tried to use a fork to pry those dumplings off my screen!!!!!!!!! Look and sound incredible. Lovely that Adelaide has such an international flavor in their food choices!
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      July 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Haha, I can picture you doing that Jacquie! Yeah the food in Adelaide is lovely 🙂

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    William Butler
    July 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Christine,
    We’ve been to Sydney, but not to Adelaide, but I’d certainly go for a couple of those croissants!
    They look like the best treat of the food you’ve shown 🙂
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      July 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Hi William, yeah I think they could be my favourites too! 🙂

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    Pamela Heady
    July 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Ok. I’m hungry. I’ll take two orders of dumplings, a cone of fish & chips, two dozen oysters along with the glass of wine you spoke of and then an almond croissant and coffee to finish. Yum! I hope to visit Australia someday – where in the country is Adelaide located?

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      July 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Yum, that sounds like the perfect order Pamela!
      Adelaide is in South Australia, it’s about an 8 hour drive from Melbourne! 🙂

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