There's a reason Adelaide is famous for great food and wine. The availability and affordability of foods means you can source ingredients to prepare just about any food at home. On the other hand, you can choose to eat out and make the most of Adelaide's multicultural cuisine, from cheap and cheerful to fine dining. Have a coffee at a café, grab a quick bite from a fast food outlet, enjoy a meal at a hotel (called a pub meal) or sit down to a formal meal at a restaurant.
Cooking at home
Australia’s productive agricultural industry guarantees a large quantity of fresh, delicious food. Our fresh food prices are often cheaper than those of other states in Australia. Most markets, shops and supermarkets offer a variety of international products and chances are you can find that special ingredient that will help you cook meals like you do at home.
A list of halal food suppliers, restaurants and eateries in the Adelaide metropolitan area can be found in Study Adelaide's Muslim students' guide to Adelaide (PDF 800kb).
For further information contact the Halal Helpline on 1300 307 337.
Adelaide's Central Market is widely considered to be the best food market in Australia and is conveniently located in the centre of the city on Grote Street, in the China Town district. Here, you can find an international selection of fresh foods, fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, bread and cakes.
Adelaide boasts a seemingly endless selection of restaurants, offering food to suit every tastebud and budget. You can search for restaurants in Adelaide based on location and type of cuisine at the Best Restaurants of Australia website.
Cafes and restaurants can be found all over the city and suburban Adelaide, but some streets are particularly known for their fabulous food, notably Gouger Street and Rundle Street in the City; Norwood Parade; Norwood; and King William Road, Hyde Park.
'Food courts' are located in many inner-city shopping complexes and large indoor suburban shopping centres. They feature a good choice of vendors offering foods from all corners of the world and are a great way to grab a quick, cheap bite to eat. Central Market contains two Asian food courts.
Australia does not have a street food culture where stalls or carts are on the street from dawn to past dusk, although there are a few 24 hour fast food outlets. There are plenty of 24 hour convenience stores selling groceries, petrol and snack foods.