The little-big city of Adelaide is gaining global attention.
Move over, Melbourne and Sydney: ‘underrated’ Adelaide has been recognised by Wall Street Journal as possibly the coolest city in Australia. It’s hailed as ‘an almost utopian alternative to the typical urban sprawl’ thanks to its leafy parklands, surrounding Adelaide Hills and glistening beaches. Also commended is its culinary prowess, art galleries, vintage stores, nostalgic bookshops and proximity to the wineries of the Barossa Valley, a 90-minute drive away.
"Sydney and Melbourne might pull in more tourists but Adelaide has quietly made its name as a go-to escape for gastronomes and nature lovers," Pennington notes in the piece, in which local insiders divulge their favourite city haunts. The Greek cuisine of Meze Mazi, Italian fare of Osteria Oggi, French food of Hey Jupiter, and the cultural hub of North Terrace all receive an honourable mention.