Adelaide is known for its long stretch of beaches, wineries and most importantly, fresh produce.
From the shopping precincts to the thriving restaurant scene, Adelaide is a multicultural mecca. There are supermarkets selling both local and international produce, farmer’s markets selling fresh regional produce; and restaurants, cafes and eateries all incorporating local produce into their dishes.
Eating your way through Adelaide restaurants is a great experience – but might become expensive. The next best thing? Creating your own feast!
Cooking is easy. All you’ll need is an apron, a recipe and fresh produce. But first, you’ll need to know where the best places are to buy your food. Here are some of our picks…
Most Adelaideans shop at supermarkets, namely the three biggest chains: Coles, Woolworths and Foodland.
It’s convenient and often a cheaper option. Supermarkets have discounts and sales; and aisles are filled with a wide variety of staples such as cereal, bread, rice as well as fresh fruit, meat, fish, poultry, cheese, vegetables.
And just in case you hear someone say, ‘Woolies’ and think of warm clothes, they are often referring to Woolworths.
Farmers markets are a great option for fresh produce. Stalls upon stalls selling fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery products and more. Markets are also constantly abuzz with people, smells and sounds, making it a real feast for the senses! Some, such as the Adelaide Central Market, are permanent, while others pop up for weekend shopping like the Adelaide Farmers’ Market Showground in Goodwood or the Willunga Farmer’s Market in Willunga.
Good to know: The Adelaide Central Market’s Metro Meat Shop is a Halal butcher and all bread and bread rolls in the Adelaide Central Market are halal too!
There’s also a wide range of Halal food available from these butchers and bakers here.
Littered with Asian supermarkets, bubble tea bars and iconic Chinese diners (Dumpling King, T Chow), Chinatown is a cultural hub of all things Asian.
The supermarkets in Chinatown have plenty of speciality Asian products, Asian fruits and vegetables, sauces, condiments, noodles and more.
Good to know: Chinatown connects to the Adelaide Central Market, making it a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs!
Deli’s / 7-11’s
In most neighbourhoods, there is a convenience store otherwise known as a ‘deli’ or ‘7-11’. They usually open early in the morning and close late at night. Super useful if you need bread, milk or a late night study snack!
Good to know: These shops do not offer much variety, and are more expensive than supermarkets. Only use ‘in an emergency’ 😉