One of the most relaxing things to do in Adelaide is to take a nice, leisurely stroll down the elegant North Terrace. Not only is the architecture breathtaking, but the this Australian landmark is also home to the city’s foremost cultural institutions.
Should walking the tree-lined avenues not be stimulating enough for you, you can also visit the nearby South Australian Museum, the famed Botanic Gardens, and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
If all that sight-seeing makes you hungry, you’ll also be pleased to find a hearty meal at any of the restaurants in the area:
1. La Boca Bar and Grill
Address: 150 North Terrace under, Stamford Ct, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8461 0860
The Aussies may love a good barbie, but no one does a meaty asado like the Argentinians. Under the supervision of Chef Nicolas Arriola, himself a native of the South American nation, locally-sourced prime cuts of meat from Coonawarra are cooked in a traditional fire pit. The result is a charred, tender, and smoky morsel that will surely thrill any carnivore.
Address: 140 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8231 3987
Parlamento is practically an institution on the North Terrace. Established in 1988, it remained in the same location until about 20 years later, when the building it was housed in had to be demolished. Despite seemingly endless construction issues, the restaurant reopened three years later, much to the delight of locals and tourists alike.
And if a fragrant plate of their agnello con pomodori secchi e caprino (oven-baked lamb cutlets) doesn’t tempt you, perhaps the prospect of eating it in the same room as the Veronicas, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Andre Agassi (all said to frequent the Italian eatery) will.
3. Golden Boy
Address: 309 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8227 0799
Should you crave something more adventurous than a grilled steak or a plate of spaghetti all’amatriciana, head on over to the stenciled and light-filled walls of Golden Boy. Their kitchen is helmed by Chef Prachaya Skolaree, and their take on Thai Cuisine marries fresh local produce with authentic Southeast Asian sauces and relishes (all made in-house, of course).
Can’t decide on what to order? Go for the Tuk-Tuk menu, an AUD58/head set menu that can take you on a culinary journey through all the regions of Thailand.
4. Riverside Restaurant
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8238 2384
As a rule, Filipinos love buffets, and Riverside Restaurant will not disappoint. Its interiors are as chic and classy as any hotel restaurant’s, but the ambience is very relaxed and not at all snooty.
For a truly amazing dining experience, don’t miss their breakfast buffet. Expert pastry chefs keep the spread fully-stocked with high-quality pastries, which you can enjoy with a wide variety of fruits, cereals, and yogurt as well as hot and cold breakfast dishes.
5. Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant
Address: 150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: +61 8 8221 6147
No “Best Of” restaurant list is complete without a Japanese restaurant, so Ginza Miyako is arguably the North Terrace’s answer to that. A traditional kaiseki or seasonal 5-course set at this sleek and minimalistic eatery will set you back by AUD79, and while that certainly isn’t cheap, the main course of melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef sukiyaki alone is worth the price of admission.