Stories from our city

Learn more about everything Adelaide by reading the stories from the city. Get suggestions of the best events and bars and restaurants to go to, hear from the residents and business owners in Adelaide and read many other ideas about how to get the most out of your time in the city and North Adelaide.

Help me find... a beer

Do you love a good, cold and refreshing pint of beer but want to branch out beyond your local pub? Beer lovers, look no further than our guide on where to find the best brews in the city. Round up your mates and try some of the finest beer Adelaide has to offer.

Help me find... mocktails

Participating in a dry challenge or volunteering to be the designated driver? That doesn’t mean you need to miss out on all the fun! Grab the crew and head to one of these cool city bars for a mocktail or two, or twenty.

When the sun goes down, the outback on North Terrace glows

Presented by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), Illuminate Adelaide's City Lights is a free, citywide spectacle of light and sound across the north, east and west precincts of the CBD. We speak to Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira about his City Lights installation called Going Out Bush.

Illuminate Adelaide: How Daniel Michael put together a winter wonderland

From Gluttony at the Adelaide Fringe to the Lucky Dumpling Market at OzAsia, events guru Daniel Michael has been in the industry for more than 30 years. When the chance to run a winter wonderland event complete with an outdoor ice rink came about, he got his skates on to create the city an experience like no other.

Help me find... Phở

Fragrant, hearty and delicious, Phở is the perfect meal to stay warm. The beloved Vietnamese street food has evolved from its humble beginnings to the soupy goodness we know and love today. Discover the best spots in the city to enjoy a steaming hot bowl of Phở.

Help me find... Happy Hour

It’s 4:00 pm and after a long day, Happy Hour is calling your name. Head to one of these iconic city venues for a Happy Hour knock-off drink or two, you deserve it!

Help me find... an Instagramable location

Mobile phone — check. Great lighting — check. An Instagram-worthy location — keep reading. Whether you are after a rustic setting, retro or light and bright, this list will give you a list of some of the most Instagram-able worthy venues where you won't need a filter to get the money shot.

Your Guide to Illuminate Adelaide 2022

City streets are up in lights thanks to the many Illuminate Adelaide events that are turning the CBD into a nocturnal playground of light, music and sound. Here are ADLLocal's top picks to make a night of your festival experience.

Carpe Diem at ADL Unleashed's Gresham Street Latin Party

Carpe diem at ADL Unleashed’s Gresham Street Latin Party, with Latin American vibes ready to let loose over the city’s West End.

$30 Eats Promotion Unleashes Diners Across the City

More than $1.2 million dollars is in the pockets of CBD and North Adelaide hospitality operators following the completion of the $30 Eats campaign.

Your Lunchbreak at Cielo

A tearoom has returned to the Adelaide Arcade for the first time in decades – Cielo – and it promises tasty treats with a side of old-world glamour.

Jigsaw Disability Services The Next Piece of the Puzzle

Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) is pleased to welcome disability services & support organisation Jigsaw to the CBD, giving people with a disability a chance to secure work at award wage rates.

10 Things You Did Not Know About Salvador Dalí's Triumphant Elephant

From Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles, to Rundle Mall, via the d’Arenberg Cube – a world-famous piece of public art has arrived in the state’s premier retail precinct. Here's 10 things you might not know about the sculpture that calls Rundle Mall home.

Your Guide to Adelaide's Spellbound Festival

Wizards and witches will come together for a Harry Potter-inspired Spellbound Street Party in the next instalment of ADL Unleashed.

Help me find... a hot chocolate

Chocolate fiends look no further, this is your guide on where to find the best hot chocolates in the city. Whether you love your hot chocolate plain and simple or with a twist, this list will tell you all you need to know about where to pick up a cup of hot choc.

Help me find... a parmi

Parmi or parma? It’s the burning question causing rivalry among states. Here in South Australia, we just call it a parmi. Hungry yet? Take a look at some of the best spots to score a parmi in the city. Think crunchy, cheesy and oh so tasty.

Help me find … a pub with a fireplace

Looking for somewhere cosy to spend these cold winter nights? Rug up and enjoy a drink or two by the fire at one of these historic pubs.

Help me find… Spaghetti Bolognese

In the chilly winter months, nothing beats a hearty Spaghetti Bolognese. Here are our picks of the best spots to enjoy some spaghetti. The pastabilities are endless!

Your Lunchbreak, Sorted ... at Valentino's 101

In Experience Adelaide's first edition of 'Your Lunchbreak, sorted', Valentino’s 101 Co-owner Peter De Marco shares why his newest business is a lunchtime hotspot for homestyle Italian food.

Hundreds of Students move into the CBD

Yugo Adelaide City – one of the CBD’s tallest buildings – has officially opened its doors to hundreds domestic and international students.

Rich-lister Developer Extends His Portfolio to Include Adelaide

Luxury Melbourne Developer GURNER Group, which has a development portfolio of more than $9.5 million, will make the move into the Adelaide market because the "time is right".

Flower Power Comes to Iconic North Adelaide Landmark 'The Store'

Iconic Melbourne Street venue The Store will get a new lease on life as popular North Adelaide florist Sally Wotton prepares to take over the long-vacant site.

April 2022's Retail Spend at Four-Year High

Total visitor spend across the city was up 15 per cent on pre-pandemic levels in April, data analysed by Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) shows.

30 Years of Rundle Street East, as Occupancy Booms

Rundle Street East is experiencing an occupancy boom, as the redevelopment of the street celebrates 30 years.

New AEDA Board Appointment Strengthens Global Perspective

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has announced the appointment of accomplished international finance professional Timothy Last to the AEDA Board.

HEXADECA brings a playground to Rundle Mall

A playground of spinning buckets that creates a musical soundscape as participants spin and twirl is the latest creation from Adelaide based creative studio Pulsing Heart, and will be on show in Rundle Mall until 2 June.

Frozen The Musical Leaps from the Stage to the Streets

Win the ultimate Sister Staycation which includes dinner & tickets to the show, an overnight stay at Hotel Indigo, car transfers to & from Adelaide Festival Centre & a special Frozen merch pack. Enter here.

AEDA's Digital Marketplace Offers a New Revenue Stream for Traders

Ms Jang, a textile artist who moved from South Korea to Australia in 2007, uses homegrown flora to create wearable pieces of art at Asha Jewelry. She is one of the many CBD and North Adelaide businesses who have signed up to be a part of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA)'s digital marketplace

Hotel Bookings Hit Recording Breaking Levels

CBD hotel bookings skyrocketed to pre-pandemic, record-breaking levels last month, new South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) figures show.

SA leading International Student University Commencements

International students are returning to Adelaide in droves after almost two years of closed borders, as the CBD continues to be the epicenter for new arrivals.

Adelaide Economic Development Agency Supports Central Market Arcade Traders

It is business as usual at the Adelaide Central Market, however, Arcade traders have been moved to new shopfronts as construction on the $400m Market Square redevelopment approaches.

AEDA Business Summit 2022

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency is presenting the inaugural AEDA Business . Follow here for updates during the day.

Hutt Street set to be Unleashed

Let loose when street parties head to Hutt Street this month as part of ADL Unleashed.

AEDA Business Summit ticket sales end today

Ticket sales for the inaugural AEDA Business Summit – which will give insights into the future of Adelaide – end today.

Unleash your Adventure

Surrounded by parklands, nature and adventure are what make our city unique. Unleash your adventure in the city with this ADL Unleashed itinerary.

Unleash your Style

Home to boutiques and beyond, unleash your style on a fashionable getaway in the heart of Adelaide with this ADL Unleashed itinerary.

Unleash Your Curiosity

Discover the multifaceted city that is Adelaide through arts, culture, performance and more, and unleash your curiosity with this ADL Unleashed itinerary.

Unleash Your Vibe

Adelaide is dotted with treasure troves unlike anywhere else. Unleash your vibe and uncover the best of what the city has to offer with this itinerary.

Dancing in the moonlight with the help of AEDA

Dancing in the moonlight was among the best ways to keep Adelaide’s dance community alive as it grappled with tight COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year. Quicksteps made that happen with the help of AEDA.

Confidence in CBD hospitality continues, as Tasting Australia serves up success

Tasting Australia recorded a 20 per cent increase in the number Town Square visitors this year, highlighting the strength in the city’s hospitality sector.

Ending period poverty at the heart of Eloise Hall's business

Young entrepreneur Eloise Hall is in the business of doing good but is not afraid of “opening a can of worms” in the process. She will speak at the inaugural AEDA Business Summit this month.

Switching up housing in the CBD

Purpose-built accommodation to suit the needs of students and young renters is set to open atop the historic G & R Wills Warehouse this month.

Baroque Hall comes to North Adelaide

Classical lunch-time concerts will come to North Adelaide after an international composer was given approval to open a concert hall, contributing to a wave of redevelopment around the O’Connell Street precinct.

Proud relaunch of Adelaide's Rainbow Walk

The City of Adelaide has reopened Adelaide’s Rainbow Walk today to mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Dr George Duncan.

AEDA's digital marketplace: A retail revolution

Customers can buy directly from a range of city traders, in one transaction, via a new digital marketplace that will make local shopping simpler and support local businesses.

Help me find... a G&T

Nothing beats the bright and zesty palate of a gin and tonic. Discover the city’s best G&T with our curated list of some of Adelaide’s best bars.

Help me find... high tea

Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, a baby shower, bridal party, birthday celebration or just a fun catch up with friends, high tea is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion.

Help me find... an alternative to coffee

Not a coffee lover or in need of a decaf alternative? We've got you covered with this list of the best non-coffee hot drinks in the city. Continue reading to find out where.

Help me find... places to dance

Dancing is back and it's time to tear up the dancefloor. Whether you like doing the robot, moonwalking or just a cheeky boogie, there's a dancefloor for everyone to let loose.

Help me find... dumplings

Dumpling lovers rejoice! We've compiled the ultimate list of places to find dumplings in the city. Continue reading to find out where.