West End

Lonely Planet named Adelaide’s West End one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Australia, for many good reasons. It is a precinct that sees creativity flourish equally through education, innovation and artistic and culinary pursuits. A place where people can thrive, learn and play.

Adelaide’s robust laneway culture was born in the city. Boutique bars, cool cafés, progressive restaurants, live music venues and public art line the streets, producing a distinct cultural character and round-the-clock nightlife.

The city’s skyline is continually transforming with futuristic architecture from the evolving BioMed City which has drawn a large population of health professionals to the area, representing some of the brightest minds from across the nation.

Similarly, a wide range of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are located in the West End, bringing with them the vibrancy of student life.

The West End is an eclectic residential address with modern townhouses and apartments in high demand. A multitude of new complexes is contrasted with the character-filled heritage workers cottages peppered along smaller streets and laneways. Student-specific accommodation provides independent living while empowering peer-connection.

The great outdoors

At the northern end of West Terrace is the newly refurbished Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga which is extensively equipped for the sporting enthusiast. Logs of varying heights and low walls along the pathways can be used as a workout station or for quiet reflection. For those that like to meditate on the move, there are walking trails throughout green fields.

For team endeavours, the Park has six tennis courts and ovals that cater to soccer, cricket and lacrosse. Celebrate a team victory with a barbeque or cool down beneath the mature shady trees.

This park will soon be the home of a new $3 million City Skate Park.

Arts & culture

Towards the western end of North Terrace sits the Samstag Museum of Art, the JamFactory Craft and Design space, the Nexus Arts Centre and the mind-opening ‘Museum of Discovery’ within the University of South Australia.

Dynamic and contemporary art can also be seen in action with many large-scale murals emblazoning buildings across the West End. The local love of street art has received international recognition with Adelaide named among the best street art cities in the world by Lonely Planet.

Between Jive and the newly re-opened Lion Arts Factory, those with a penchant for live music are treated to some of the best local, national and international touring acts, while Hindley Street is the place to go for a night on the town with your friends. 

Treat yourself

The West End is a gastronomic delight. Award-winning restaurants are nestled alongside iconic family-run eateries, with many a boutique bar to finish the night.

Feast at Peel Street Restaurant which draws on influences from across the globe while hailing local produce as the hero, or experience the greatest dishes of acclaimed chef Sean Connolly’s 30-year career at Sean’s Kitchen in the Adelaide Casino.

End the night at Pink Moon Saloon, a bite-sized bar with a big personality. Its innovative design comes to life on passing through its inconspicuous blue front door where two alpine-inspired huts and a courtyard are revealed. Try something from the ever-evolving seasonal cocktail list.