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48 hours in Adelaide

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The Capital city of South Australia, Adelaide, has a thriving wine culture and the city is filled with parks. Even when you have only 48 hours, you can still discover what makes this city great.

Start with something sweet

Get up early and head into the city for a delicious breakfast. There are many options right at your fingertips. Le Carpe Diem French Creperie is down the east end of the city and serves up sweet treats galore.

As the name suggests, they specialise in crepes as well as other French delicacies. For something sweet for all chocolate lovers, try the Nutella crepe. If savoury is more up your alley, there are cheesy and nutty crepes available.

Discover art from around the world

With 38,000 works, the Art Gallery of South Australia has one of the best art collections in the country. The pieces come from Australia, Europe, North America and Asia and in every form imaginable, from paintings and sculptures to furniture and jewellery.

Roam through the rooms on your own, and be sure to check out the upcoming events. Showing now until September 7 is the largest retrospective of Dorrit Black's works. Dorrit was a key part of bringing modern art from Europe to this country, and this exhibition features 200 of her works along with stories of her life.

Meet animals at the zoo

Next up on your first day in Adelaide is a trip to the zoo. Along with seeing the animals that live here, including amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles, you have the opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience.

With the Panda and Friends Behind the Scenes Tour, you will meet the red pandas and see them get fed. Following this, watch the zoo keepers release Wang Wang and Funi, the Giant Pandas into their exhibit.

Have an easy evening at The Little Hunter

Ease into the evening at a relaxing restaurant. The Little Hunter is a wonderfully rustic restaurant on Victoria Street, decked out with rugged wooden tables and bright red stools, along with comfy leather couches and chandeliers in bird cages.

In a similar fashion, the meals are comforting and classic, but with a unique twist. Try the black angus fillet mignon for a classic tenderloin encased in bacon – this meal is char grilled and infused with a smokey hickory aroma.

Begin your relaxing day at the markets

A great way to begin your relaxing day is at one of Adelaide's many markets. The Adelaide Central Market is open Tuesday-Saturday until the evening, so you can enjoy a sleep in before you peruse the stalls.

There are a number of stalls that offer all kinds of food for a delicious breakfast. Try any of the artisan breads, pasta, pastries and cakes on the menu at the Wild Loaf bakery stall. The homemade sour dough fig and walnut loaf is a crowd favourite.

Take a wine tour

This region is known for its vineyards and top quality wines. Fleurieu Peninsula is just 45 minutes out of the city and is worth the drive. There are over 100 cellar doors in the region, which feature wine from four areas. 

A tour is a great way to witness the wineries and try a variety of what the region has on offer. Adelaide's Top Food and wine Tours offers daily trips to McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula. The Cheese and Wine Trail Tour includes pick up from the city, a scenic drive to your destination, five cellar doors with tastings, including Fox Creek Wines and Pertaringa, and cheese and local gourmet produce platters and three of the cellar doors.

Discover the best of Adelaide, from art to local produce and great wine. Your 48 hours in this great city will fly by and before you know it you'll be booking another trip!

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