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, chain stores and fast food outlets are replaced by unique boutiques, eclectic cafés, chilled-out pubs and swanky restaurants.
Rundle Street is the East End’s lifeblood. For food, wine, fashion and entertainment it’s a no-brainer. However there’s more to Adelaide’s East End than Rundle Street alone. Slip down one of the East End’s meandering side streets and slap on your explorer’s cap. Some of Adelaide’s best shopping and dining experiences are found off the beaten track.
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. From svelte homewares to dapper vintage clothing and gourmet cheeseboards – we’ve got you covered. Here you’ll find some of my favourite Ebenezer vendors.
Council of Objects
like Council of Objects that epitomise Ebenezer Place. Concil
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!
Old Midwest is a rip-roaring conglomeration of retro Americana, rockabilly and punk gear.
Naomi Murrell and Old Midwest American Vintage
Naomi Murrell and Old Midwest American Vintage are 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.
Just across the road, 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. Focus is placed on quality fabrics and feminine understated designs.
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.
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?
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 Cellars
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. If you’re in Adelaide for the day and have a weakness for the old fermented grape, get yourself to East End Cellars. Unlike most bottle shops, 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 Mothervine at 22-26 Vardon Lane.
If you’re in Adelaide and want an adventurous and immersive shopping experience, Ebenezer Place can’t be beaten. Trade your lunchtime sandwich for sautéed escargot; replace that glass of pale ale for a Timmermans Pecheskip, and bypass those department store sales for a locally designed one-off piece.