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Shopping in Adelaide

With its pedestrianised malls, arcades, food courts and markets, Adelaide offers a smorgasbord for the retail therapy-seeker to gorge on while exploring what Adelaide has to offer.

South Australia produces 80% of the world’s opal, with authentic Coober Pedy, Mintabie and Andamooka opal being of supreme quality. At the family-run Opal Diamond Factory on 32-34 King William Street, you can watch opal be cut, polished and designed into custom-made jewellery.

 

Key areas

Recently redeveloped Rundle Mall has been sewn with rows of Chinese elms, new seating and contemporary paving, and features over 1,000 retailers which includes the 4-storey high addition of H&M. Norwood Parade and Burnside are districts where Adelaide’s ‘well-heeled’ shoppers clip around. They offer international labels and bespoke giftware, as well as gourmet foods stores. Hunt through the outlet stores at Harbor Town for cut-price designer labels.

Markets

The multicultural lanes at Adelaide Central Market overflow with South Australian produce and international delicacies. Take a guided walk before filling your bags with fresh fruits, gourmet cheeses, freshly-ground coffees, olives, pickles, smallgoods (small meat products), charcuterie meats and fish.

The Sunday morning Adelaide Farmers’ Market at Adelaide Showground features gourmet produce often plucked from the ground that very morning. Look out for quandong preserves and purple cauliflowers. You can also watch live cooking demonstrations from acclaimed Adelaide hotel chefs.

 

Shopping centres

Adelaide’s main department stores are Myer, David Jones and Harris Scarfe. Adelaide Arcade and the Regent Arcade in Rundle Mall are ornate gallery-style thoroughfares offering unique Australian designs in specialised boutiques. Find Akubra hats and vintage rag dolls and teddy bears here.

Opening hours

Central Adelaide's usual shopping hours are Monday to Thursday 0900-1700, though some retailers open until 1900. Friday is late-night shopping until 2100. Saturday opening hours are 0900-1700 and Sunday 1100-1700. Late night shopping at other suburbs (such as at Westfield West Lakes) is on Thursday until 2100. Hours are likely to vary on public holidays like Anzac Day (25 April) and Australia Day (26 January).

Souvenirs

For fluffy Australian animals, T-shirts, tea towels and coasters, visit Fancy That Gift in the Myer Centre at Rundle Mall. Alternatively, find hand-crafted gifts at Urban Cow Studio on Vaughan Place, or unique, one-off designs in glass, ceramic and wood at Jam Factory on Morphett Street.

Tax information

There is a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Featured Hotels

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Clarion Soho Hotel

There are only 29 rooms at Clarion Soho Hotel, hence the focus on quality over quantity. With modern Manhattan interiors, commodious king-size beds, crisp white linen and Missoni cushions, comfort and style intertwine in the sleeping chambers. Each room also comes with 42-inch LCD TVs, DVD players with free DVD hire, luxury spa products, iPod docks and cable broadband internet. Don’t miss the restaurant with Tom Dixon feature lighting, Kartell chairs and a marble bar imported from Italy.

Majestic Roof Garden Hotel

At the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, the guest experience is in the name—expect a gorgeous rooftop garden overlooking the city to compliment the usual amenities of a modern hotel, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and complimentary breakfast. The location is great for exploring downtown as well.

 

Miller Apartments

One of Adelaide's newest luxury aparthotels, Miller Apartments provides a new level of comfort with fully equipped kitchens, living areas, free Wi-Fi, LED TVs, and an environmentally friendly approach to accommodation. Located at the Rundle Mall side of the vibrant West End, visitors of all ages can appreciate what that city centre has to offer without straying far from the comfort of their own private apartment.

Mayfair Hotel

One of the finest options for accommodation and fine dining in Adelaide. The heritage-listed, newly renovated Colonial Mutual Life building offers high-end dining facilities in addition to stylish suites and rooms. It also supports local business by furnishing the interior in South Australian products, from the comfortable beds to marble top desks and side tables.

The Hotel Metropolitan

Doubling as a hotel and a pub, this historic location dates back to 1883, and is conveniently placed opposite the Adelaide Central Market and a short walk from the Adelaide Railway Station. Although the rooms are small, the amenities are numerous: a game room with complimentary snacks, outdoor dining and live entertainment, and an art gallery. The guest list is mature—you must be 16 or older to stay.

Hotel Ibis Adelaide

Located in the Central Business District, the Ibis Hotel boasts 311 fresh and modern rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and bar with world-class food, and balconies so guests can enjoy the fresh Adelaide air. Wi-Fi, online check-in and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet are complimentary.