Adelaide’s CBD is on fire (not literally, unless you’re looking for our Venue Fireplace Guide), but you know what we mean. There’s so much amazing stuff popping up, we can’t keep up. We’re constantly churning out new guides to help everyone navigate the old, the new, the laneways, the events and more.
Then there’s the Adelaide Hills which are bursting with goodness. The wineries and cheese makers usually remind us of why we love that part of the world, and there’s always new restaurants and producers making headlines.
The Eastern Suburbs have entire trust funds dedicated to maintaining their fabulousness, and then there’s the West.
Where are the tributes to the suburbs along the sea? From Semaphore down to West Beach, and across to Port Road, “The West” is slowing picking up speed, and there’s plenty of great little cafes, shops and places worth visiting to seek out. It’s not just for the locals anymore.
So when we stumbled across the $5K diamond competition that the City of Charles Sturt are running, it reminded us that we’ve been meaning to put up a guide to Adelaide’s hidden gems in the west. So we’ve pulled together our top picks around the western suburbs.
(And here’s the link to the competition if you’re feeling lucky).
303 By The Sea
You know when you scroll through Instagram and you just say ‘yum, yum, yum’ at all the delicious food? Well we’re usually scrolling through 303 By The Sea’s. The coffee’s organic, the food is homemade and the juices are fresh as heck. Kitchen closes at 2pm, so it’s definitely a lunchtime option.
303 Seaview Rd, HENLEY BEACH
Big Shed Brewing Co
From starting in a shed in the Barossa, to offering a tasting bar and kitchen at their Royal Park warehouse, Big Shed Brewing Co are a hidden gem you’ll come back to again and again! Finding a place where you can sling a beer and eat with your hands for a pretty decent price in the west? Well, that’s pretty much priceless. Visit their website to find out more about what these cool dudes are doing.
13/2 Brandwood St, ROYAL PARK
Ever wanted to taste Cuba but didn’t have the money to go all the way to Cuba, well now you can. Hermanos Cubanos (try saying that five times fast) are inspired by the street food of Cuba, from sandwiches to hotdogs to burgers and more, it’s a Cuban taste sensation by the beach! Where else are you gonna find that in Adelaide?
257 Seaview Road, HENLEY BEACH
As soon as you walk up to the door of this little vintage store, you’ll be transported back in time. We know how hard it is to find vintage stores that actually have something for everyone, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by these guys. From vintage coats and jeans, to an old polaroid or a massive retro vase, you’re sure to find something you never even knew you needed.
6 Rosetta Street, WEST CROYDON
Plant 4 Bowden
Driving down Third St, you’re not going to miss Plant 4, so it may not be a hidden gem, but it’s so damn good we’ve included it anyway! It’s got eateries, it’s got markets, it’s got Fridays From 5 – basically you’re always going to find something new each time you pop in.
1 Third St, BOWDEN
The Cooks Pantry
Looking for a place where you can chow down on some delicious organic goodies and you might even learn something? The Cooks Pantry has everything you’re looking for – from local produce to a weekly cooking class. With classes ranging from Moroccan Spice to Fabulously French, you’re sure to pick up a few skills to take home with you from this hidden gem.
6 Jetty Street, GRANGE
The Little Boutique
In a beachside suburb, you have to dress the part. Pop into The Little Boutique for clothes that will make you feel effortlessly chic whether you’re in a small café in Rosetta St, or having a luxurious meal at Molobo. Stocking designer labels such as Viktoria & Woods, Spell & The Gypsy, Zulu & Zephyr, Bec & Bridge and more, you’re sure to find a quality item in this little Jetty St shop.
3 Jetty Street, GRANGE
If we haven’t convinced you to check out what’s happening in, maybe the guys at City of Charles Sturt can.
If you subscribe to the City of Charles Sturt’s Diamond Bytes eNewsletter by 29 May, you’ll not only be first in the know of new places and events in the west, but you’ll also go into the draw to win a $5,000 Diamond from Wishart Jewellers. Anyone know if we can sign up twice?
To enter the competition, simply click on the banner below and follow the instructions.