Adelaide, Australia
Kate, 31
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Do’s and don’ts in Adelaide (Ex: Tipping: yes/no, touching strangers: yes/no, safety tips etc.):

Tips are appreciated, but not expected. DOUBLE CHECK you aren't jumping a queue by accident, Australians are quite orderly and don't appreciate cutters. DON'T worry about having a lot of cash on you, most places accept EFTPOS (consider your bank fees though). DO buy sunscreen when you get here (it's cheaper than in most other countries), and DO make sure you take it with you during Summer and Spring months. DO use a bike share scheme like Ofo or Obike to hire a bike for the day and ride around- Adelaide is quite flat and really great to see by bike.

What are the Adelaide spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A leisurely bike ride through the Park Lands, a picnic on the Riverbank, a bite to eat at the Central Markets and an Espresso Martini at... just about any bar in the city! We're crazy about our Espresso Martinis!

Which Adelaide shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Miss Gladys Sim Choon on Rundle Street, or Kikki K in Rundle Mall.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Jeff Buckley, The Killers, Kasabian, The Beatles, You Am I, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Michael Franti and One Direction.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Inside of Red Square Night Club. No judgement, lots of people love it- just not for me!

Heartbreak playlist - top 3 songs:

Come On Come On- Little Birdy, Heavy Heart- You Am I, and Flame Trees- Cold Chisel.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Ginza Miyako on North Terrace is a nice, romantic spot, and they have Tatami seating which is nice and cozy. Then I'd head across the road to 2KW for some drinks.

If you had unlimited resources and one weekend in Adelaide, what would you do?

Deluxe Seafood Platter at Seans Kitchen, Roof Climb at Adelaide Oval, Cocktails at 2KW Bar, Eco Caddy Tour of Adelaide, cruise on the Popeye, and an afternoon at the SA Museum... just the first few that come to mind.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Adelaide?

Zambreros for a Burrito! Pay extra for Guac, it's worth it.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Visit the museum, or go see a movie at Piccadilly in North Adelaide. The Royal Oak Hotel on O'Connell Street is also a cozy space with cool decor for a drink or two to escape the cold.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Belgium Beer Cafe on Ebenezer Place is great for a nice drink and a casual place to chat with friends, Gong Korean Bbq Restaurant on Hutt St for a good feed, or Adelaide Town Hall for a private tour!

You’ve been working hard and wanna treat yourself to something nice in Adelaide - what do you do?

I would get the chefs selection at Lantern by Nu on Selby St. A little pricey but 100% worth it for the taste and service. I might also pop into Endota on Rundle Street for a spa treatment too...

Your go-to brunch spots:

Biga on Hutt St, Luigi's Delicatessen on Flinders St, Kingdom for a Horse on Wright St, Argo on Victoria Square (weekdays only), Ballaboosta on Halifax Street... too many to name!

Your perfect night out in Adelaide includes:

A little bar hop of Peel/Leigh St, and ending up dancing some Salsa at Casablabla.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The balcony at Adelaide Town Hall for views of King William Street, and Hennessy Bar or Guzman Y Gomez at night for views of Rundle Mall.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Anything off the train at Sushi Train on either Gouger Street or Grenfell Street.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Adelaide. How do you spend it?

Crying, over a plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice probably.

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