Adelaide may not be the biggest city but it’s always got a little delight tucked up its sleeve, ready for the grand reveal when you least expect it. If you’re a bit bored of hitting the same spots week in, week out; have a friend visiting who you want to show Adelaide to; or perhaps a first date and you’re keen to blow them away, these special spots are well worth a visit.
The definition of ‘hidden secret’ is when you cannot see the door and you have to know exactly where to push to gain entry. Maybe Mae is a stunning little hideaway, tucked below Bread & Bone, just off Peel Street. Take a seat in one of their dimly lit booths and be transported back to the 20s with their art deco styling and absolutely delicious cocktails and mocktails.
15 Peel Street, Adelaide
Mount Osmond Reserve
Take a hike and get lost! Escape to The Hills and wander through lush greens and forests before finding yourself on top of the world* with an absolutely stunning view over the city. With various paths available, you have the choice of various walks from 2.2km right up to an 11km loop through beautiful pine and eucalypt forest.
City of Burnside, Mount Osmond Reserve
Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange
Focusing on spirits from around the globe, perfect classic cocktails and books… lots of books; this stunning little spot is a step away from the more raucous streets into a slice of Europe. It’s cosy without being cramped, classy without being snobby, and cool without even trying. See something you like lingering on their bookshelves? Take it home and replace it with one of your own.
27 Gresham Street, Adelaide
The Barlow Room
When we walk past a charming fireplace, we don’t usually question whether there is a secret bar behind it. Open only on Friday and Saturday nights, surely this is Adelaide’s most elusive, sneaky bar. A modern speakeasy, sound tracked by their resident pianist, only a select few are lucky enough to know exactly where to go and how to get in. A true secret of Adelaide.
19-137 Lindes Lane
You’ve probably walked past this place a dozen times without even realising that behind the façade that seems to be a simple, seemingly innocent alcove and wooden door was your new favourite bar. This may seem like it’s impossible to find; but take a quick glance at your feet and you may spot ‘Beware of the dog’ and you’ve found the place if you’re after some fine whiskey and gins.
63 Hyde St, Adelaide
K1 Cellar Door
Considering this is listed as one of Australia’s top 10 cellar door experiences, this may not be considered such a ‘hidden’ secret – though it is hidden out of the way, with beautiful views overlooking the vineyard and tranquil lake. Booking is certainly essential, so ensure you’re not disappointed.
159 Tynan Road, Kuitpo
Full of features which are of profound religious significance to the Japanese people, discover this world for yourself in the stunning and serene Himeji garden. By just taking a small step away from the city, you can lose yourself in the natural beauties including the lake and mountain garden and the dry garden. Also – it’s free entry.
South Terrace, Adelaide
If you’re not feeling the beach but also not feeling the city, then head over to the beautiful and industrial Port Adelaide. Amongst the colourful wall murals and situated right on the waterfront, you can enjoy some of their expertly made coffee and get stuck into some brunch sat out in the sun or under cover if the weather’s not playing ball.
11 Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
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