If you’re in Adelaide and want an adventurous and immersive shopping experience, Ebenezer Place can’t be beaten.
BY SAM SMITH
After elbowing your way past frantic shoppers in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, the city’s East End is a welcome breath of fresh air. Here you'll find unique boutiques, eclectic cafés, chilled-out pubs and swanky restaurants. Rundle Street is the East End’s lifeblood for food, wine, fashion and entertainment. Slip down one of the East End’s meandering side streets and slap on your explorer’s cap and you'll soon discover some of Adelaide’s best shopping and dining experiences.
An artisan oasis, Ebenezer Place is a leafy red brick laneway connecting Rundle Street and Union Street. Closed to traffic and dotted with some of Adelaide’s coolest and quirkiest cafés and independent boutiques, it’s one of the city’s most unique shopping experiences.
Old Midwest American Vintage
One of two stand-out Ebenezer Place boutiques, Old Midwest is a rip-roaring conglomeration of retro Americana, rockabilly and punk gear. Owners Kate and Jad make regular trips to the US of A each year, hunting for new stock and discovering upcoming labels. The store is a fascinating bombardment of boots, biker jackets, pinup couture and western shirts, set in a 50s-style log cabin.
Old Midwest is a rip-roaring conglomeration of retro Americana, rockabilly and punk gear.
Across the road from Midwest but stylistically a world away, Naomi Murrell
is a clothing, jewellery and accessories store, specialising fresh, contemporary Australian designs. Naomi started designing jewellery in 2002, and has since forged a creative empire with her own clothing label, multiple collections and flagship store in Ebenezer Place.
Photo courtesy of Naomi Murrell website.
Council of Objects
It’s stores like Council of Objects
that epitomise Ebenezer Place. Council of Objects specialises in stripped-back, Australian made textiles, jewellery, accessories and homewares. Designs are clean-cut and contemporary with a minimalistic Scandanavian feel.
Peruse handcrafted vases, acrylic broaches, handmade cushions, glassware and timber products. The Council of Objects stocks work from more than 100 talented artists such as Peta Kruger, Lisa Furno, Beth Emily, Mono, Daniel Guest and Amanda Dziedz. Their aim is to surprise shoppers with something new, each time they visit. Stock rotates frequently, so if you see something you like, grab it!
Photo coutesy of Council of Objects website.
Belgian Beer Café
Adelaide’s Belgian Beer Café, or “Oostende” (your guess at pronunciation is as good as mine) is a homage to, you guessed it, Belgian food and wine. Stepping into its rich, antique bar and dining area, you’ll feel like you’ve been spontaneously teleported to a lavish European pub.
Belgian Beer Café is open for lunch and dinner, and the menu is as decadent as the décor. Where the Café really shines, however, is in the drinks department. To say their beer list is extensive would be an understatement. Take to the shady beer garden with a Westmalle Dubbel or Gulden Draak 9000. For the more adventurous, how about a Delirium Nocturnum?
The Belgian Beer Cafe delivers great vibes and an endless selection of beers to mull over.
Hey Jupiter and East End Providore
If you’re after a great coffee and a quick snack, Ebenezer Place is home to a great range of cosy cafés. Hey Jupiter and East End Providore are well-known for their fantastic coffee, friendly staff and delicious food. Make a pit stop at Hey Jupiter - a quaint French inspired café, serving-up traditional dishes such as escargot in puff pastry and Berkshire pork belly at more than reasonable prices.
East End Providore is a café, restaurant and gourmet deli in one. As well as serving great coffee, homemade organic juices, light meals and snacks, East End Providore is a one-stop pantry brimming with artisan local produce.
East End Providore is a café, restaurant and gourmet deli in one.
East End Cellars and Mother Vine
Though not technically on Ebenezer Place, it would be a crime not to mention East End Cellars and Tasting Room
. Located just around the corner on Vardon Avenue, East End Cellars is one of Australia’s premium wine merchants.
East End Cellars specialises in handmade, artisanal drops you’ve more than likely never sampled before. If like me, so much wine in one area gets you excited, you can enjoy a glass or two with a cheeseboard, or antipasto platter in the tasting room, or alfresco-style. For more fine wining and dining, head across the road to Mother Vine at 22-26 Vardon Lane.
Vardon Lane outside East End Cellars and Mother Vine attracts a strong audience on a gorgeous afternoon in sunny Adelaide.
I really can’t praise Nano enough. Cheap, unpretentious and mouth-wateringly tasty, there’s nowhere better for a quick lunch in town. Nano is a family-owned café and has been around for 10 years. Décor is simple, modern and slick. Think Ikea, but for food. Order a focaccia, ridiculously well-priced pasta or pizza and dig in outside, in the sun. Specifically catering to those with a reluctance to roll out of bed, breakfast is served until 3pm.
Nano Café on Ebenezer Place - photo courtesy of Google Maps.