In Adelaide you’ll find unique boutiques, sprawling shopping malls and gorgeous heritage arcades - it's a shopper's delight.
BY SAM SMITH
No matter which way you look at it, Adelaide is a shopper’s delight. In the city and surrounding suburbs you’ll find delightful department stores, a wonderland of unique boutiques, sprawling shopping malls and gorgeous heritage arcades.
No surprises here; Rundle Mall is our first port of call. With over 700 retailers in one convenient pedestrian-friendly strip, it’s Adelaide’s busiest, most popular shopping destination. The mall is looking slicker than ever after recently receiving a makeover and multiple new stores. Strolling down the wide, open-plan mall you’ll find popular department stores, supermarkets, a whopping 15 arcades, as well as boutiques and cafés. Many buildings date back to the nineteenth century and feature wonderfully restored Victorian stone work.
Pop-up food stalls offer goodies to tantalise your tastebuds and there’s always something going on at the Gawler Place intersection. Join workshops, watch buskers or take part in school holiday performances. Spend some time investigating the narrow laneways, side streets and arcades for specialty boutiques and quaint cafés.
Adelaide Arcade, with its iron and glass roof, intricately tiled floors, high arched ceilings and ornate decorations feels unchanged from its late nineteenth century origins. There’s a gentle, reflective ambience here among the balcony level businesses and little shops that are small in size but big in character. It’s perfect for a quiet coffee.
Nearby Regent Arcade has a food and fashion focus and a more modern feel than Adelaide Arcade.
Boutique shopping on Adelaide's Rundle Street. Pick from hundreds of local and international brands.
I tend to think of Rundle Street as Rundle Mall’s trendier younger sibling. Though not as bustling, it oozes cool from all angles. Discover awesome boutiques selling local designs, higher-end clothing stores, as well as cafés, restaurants and pubs. The Palace Nova cinema is a must-visit for art-house movie fans, and a perfect pit stop between purchases. For vintage boutiques, accessory stores and gourmet cafés/bars, explore Rundle Street’s laneways. Don’t miss Vardon Avenue and Ebenezer Place.
King William Road
Located on the southern edge of the city, everything about King William road whispers “exclusive”. If Rundle Street is Rundle Mall’s trendier younger sibling, King William Road would be its glamorous, rich aunt. You won’t find any department stores or supermarkets here – just designer clothing boutiques, jewellers, homewares and a smattering of really, really good restaurants. If you want to go the whole mile, drop into one of King William Road’s day spas or salons – there’s quite a variety.
Norwood Parade and Magill Road
An easy 10 minute drive out of the city centre, cosmopolitan Norwood Parade is buzzing with café culture, great coffee, busy pubs and a melting pot of popular restaurants. With over 250 retailers, you’ll find a range of popular brands mixed-in with some of Adelaide’s best-stocked supermarkets and an unbeatable variety of dining options.
Only minutes away from Norwood and the Adelaide CBD lies Magill Road. This bustling main street is packed with boutiques, op shops, antique stores and charming restaurants. Stores along Magill Road are totally independent and completely unique. Stroll through galleries, rummage through clothing racks and peruse unique homewares. It’s a treasure-hunter’s dream come true.
Burnside Village Shopping Centre
Burnside Village is Adelaide’s most luxurious shopping mall. Spotless, spacious and gleaming, it’s a mecca for all things glam. Fashion and lifestyle are at the forefront with over 100 Australian and international brands on offer. The centre is a spectacle in itself, with full glass ceilings and two atriums. Natural light creates an indoor-outdoor feeling, and there are a range of cafés to take a break at.
Jetty Road, Glenelg
Jetty Road, Glenelg is the perfect spot for a seaside shop. Only half an hour’s drive from the city on the tram, it’s a charming high street leading to the beautiful Glenelg beach. Dotted with quality restaurants, supermarkets, popular clothing and accessory stories, there’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste. Take a stroll down to the water’s edge, grab a coffee and spend the day. Nearby Holdfast Shores boasts more excellent restaurants and bars, overlooking a picturesque marina.
For outlet shopping, there’s nowhere better than Harbour Town. It’s only a 15 minute drive west of the city, located near the Adelaide Airport. As part of Australia’s leading direct factory outlet chain, Harbour Town also has supermarkets, cafés, homewares and sportswear.
Westfield shopping malls
Retail giant Westfield has three suburban shopping centres at Marion, Tea Tree Plaza and West Lakes. Everything you need is under one roof and there are enough reasons to spend a whole day. You’ll find a huge amount of supermarkets, great value clothing stores, homewares, electronics stores and department stores.
Shopping hours in Adelaide
are generally 9am 7pm Monday to Thursday, and until 9pm on Friday. Shops are open 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. There is late night shopping on Thursdays until 9pm in the suburbs.