In June, I visited to Adelaide for the first time ever! I went for a weekend of good food and wine to celebrate my birthday. Here is a long overdue recap of the highlights!

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Adelaide is relatively small and quiet in comparison to Sydney. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do! First, we visited the Adelaide Central Markets for a wander around and brunch. Filled cafes, fresh fruit and veggies, meat, smallgoods and cheese, this place is a foodie’s paradise! It's hard to beleive it's been operating for over 145 years. I fell in love with this market so it will be first on my list of places to go when I revisit Adelaide.

Adelaide Central Market Adelaide central Market Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market Adelaide Central Market Adelaide Central Market

 Adelaide Central Market Adelaide Central Market

We walked to Rundle Mall, browsing through the windows of the many shops and restaurants. I absolutely adored the beautiful old buildings that lined the streets.

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We strolled through the Adelaide Botanic gardens, spent a few hours hanging out with Wang Wang the Panda at Adelaide Zoo and then made it to Haigh’s Chocolate Factory just in time for a free afternoon tour of the delicious chocolate making process.

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Adelaide Zoo Adelaide Zoo Wang Wang Adelaide Zoo

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In the evening, we travelled to the beachside suburb of Glenelg for a lovely birthday dinner. We ate at Adam Swanson’s Greek mezze restaurant, Zucca. We shared some delicious tapas style dishes of meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, haloumi and pork sausage with a zesty fennel salad, traditional lamb souvlaki and flavoursome moussaka. The excellent food, service and wine all made for a delicious and memorable meal!

Zucca Glenelg Zucca Glenelg Zucca Glenelg

Zucca Glenelg Zucca Glenelg Zucca Glenelg

Barossa Valley
Our main reason for visiting Adelaide was so we could visit the Barossa Valley. We were picked up from our Adelaide hotel by Russ, our private tour guide for the day from Tours R Us. He drove us to the Barossa, taking us to a variety of different wineries. Russ chooses the stops based on your criteria, so as per our request, he also took us to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop where he shouted us coffee and cake, a brewery and the super fancy Fino for lunch! Russ has been in the wine making biz for a long time, so knows his stuff when it comes to everything vino related. He is definitely the guy to contact if you’re looking to do a wine tour of the region. I’m hoping to revisit one day soon and ask him to take us on another tour, but this time of McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills!

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Fino Barossa Fino Barossa Fino Barossa

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Barossa Valley Barossa Valley Barossa Valley