Adelaide, Australia
Nadina, 25
Arts student & night owl
see her Adelaide city guide

ask Nadina about

cocktail bars boutiques hidden bars café gourmet coffee

What do you do and why do you do it?

I study English Literature and Classical Studies at the University of Adelaide. I find culture and history fascinating, and I hope to study archaeology overseas some day. Until then, I'm enjoying living things up in Adelaide and enjoying the vibrant music, culture, and bar scene here. I also work in a cheese shop, which gives me lots of insight into the best places around for some quality South Australian food and wine.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Orphan Black, and The IT Crowd

Name some spots in Adelaide that are good for a Tinder date.

Cantina Sociale is a cute, private, and cosy wine bar perfect for a meet up over a drink or two. For a place full of good conversation points, check out Chuck Wagon 175, filled with comic book memorabilia. For a coffee date, the cosy modern chic style of La Moka Cafe are perfect for getting to know someone better.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Harvey, Leonard Street, and Black Milk, are some of my favourite Aussie brands, with a healthy dose of Zara mixed in there as well.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Adelaide that you particularly like?

The Barlow Room under Lindes Lane is so secret that their entrance is found only down a flight of creepy looking stairs, behind a door hidden as a fireplace. You can seriously impress your friends by taking them here, plus they have a great selection of gin and wines.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Adelaide? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Hardy's Verandah Restaurant is just a little way out of Adelaide city centre, with stunning views and world class food. I enjoyed a seven course degustation menu for $160 on a very special occasion. The current chef there specialises in an amazing Asian Australian food fusion, all set in Mt. Lofty House, a mansion left over from Adelaide's pioneer settlement days.

Where would you take your partner in Adelaide if you wanted to really pamper them?

2KW Restaurant, for the best views in the city, delicious food, and amazing cocktails.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Vegemite is what springs to mind for an Australian as an iconic snack for visitors. Try thinly spread on toast with lots of butter for your first time, and before you know it you'll be eating it by the spoonful. Tim Tams are a delicious chocolate covered biscuit unique to Australia, and for a uniquely South Australian treat, you have to try FruChocs - a smooth milk chocolate with a fruity centre.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Adelaide?

Argo's in Norwood annoys me, you can get better service and coffee almost anywhere else in the city. Everything they do is good, but just not great.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Take me to Milan any time. Art, food, wine, and sunshine are just a few of the reasons why I love visiting this city so much - not to mention the great architecture and the friendly people. Perhaps I love it because all these things remind me of my own home town!

instagram profile

photos by