So it turns out Adelaide is a little bit wonderful. The countryside is gorgeous, the food is incredible (I didn't have a mediocre meal, cup of coffee or glass of wine), the people are so flippin nice (like, genuinely nice), the vintage shopping is super fruitful and the beaches are a little bit magical (in a no waves, dolphins off the shore kinda way).
I spent 6 days there, in two parts: the first 4 days with high school friends being shown around Adelaide city and McLaren Vale by our friend and personal tour guide Sandi, who had moved there a few years ago, and the last 2 days in Hahndorf and surrounds with Nia, Chloe and our internet befriended hostesses Elizabeth and Esteé, who went all out and planned 2 gorgeous meals which I'll tell you a bit more about later.
Here's the places I would suggest adding to your itinerary if you are visiting:
Hahndorf - Firstly, go strawberry picking at Beerenburg (it's $4 to pick and about $8 for a kilo of strawberries you bring back), then have a cheese plate at Udder Delights (we shared a $25 plate between 4 of us and had leftovers), have a mosy in Poet's Ode then finish off with a wine tasting at Somerled. I was also told that The Lane is another beautiful vineyard if you have time for another. On your way back, take the scenic route and stop by Austin Bloom in Balhannah for a floral hit and say hi to Esteé for me!
Adelaide city: Start your morning at Market St with a coffee and pastry baked onsite then walk across the road and stroll over to Adelaide Central Market to pick up some bread and cheese and whatever other fresh produce your heart desires. If you're hungry again, sit down and have the pasta of your dreams at Lucia's. Next stop, coffee and a bit of shopping on Ebenezer Place then a lazy picnic at the Botanic Gardens (time to crack out that bread and cheese from earlier). Have a little nap then grab a drink at the Botanic Bar across the street before dinner at Peel St (again, book this as soon as you buy your tickets).
Stay tuned for what we got up to with those talented ladies in the Hills! In the meantime, let me know if you have been to Adelaide and what your favourite bits were so I can add them to the list next time...