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When Governor John Hindmarsh arrived and founded a British colony back in 1836, the Adelaide Plains had been home to the Kaurna Aboriginal people for many thousands of years. The settlement that arose on the plains has developed into one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. The centre, which lies closer to the Torrens River than to the coast, is a grid of wide graceful streets encircled by a ring of parks. This arrangement gives Adelaide an open and green atmosphere, which, coupled with the blue skies of the warm South Australian climate, make for a beautiful city. The colonists came ashore at Port Adelaide, whose 19th-century centre is still intact and it gives the visitor a feel for the colony's early days. Adelaide soon spread out to the seashore, and now has a long line of relaxing beach suburbs that can easily be accessed by trams that run from the city centre. The arrival of successive waves of immigrants – from Germans and Italians to Lebanese and Japanese – have given the city an enviable reputation for good food and drinks, with some of the most diverse eating opportunities within the whole world. The wine making brought by German immigrants has turned Adelaide into one of the world’s great wine producing centres.
Adelaide is easy to get around and it offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages. Here you can learn more about world-class wines, admire the beautiful Adelaide Oval and watch a sporting event. And why not learn more about the history of the country at South Australian Museum or at the Migration Museum. If you are longing for the beaches, take the tram to Glenelg which is a popular seaside suburb. All you need to do is to enjoy your holiday while exploring this amazing city!
Adelaide, the home of eating out, has more restaurants per person than any other city in Australia, a nation abundant with good food and the pleasures of al fresco dining. The city’s cultural mix - from Thai to Italian and Indian to Lebanese - offers a bewildering array of cuisines for you to enjoy, complemented by the incredible range of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats available in South Australia.
Adelaide has a vibrant café culture and offers plenty of coffee houses dotted all over the city so all caffeine addicts need not to worry when arriving to Adelaide. There are some streets which are packed with cafés with outdoor seating like the East End of Rundle Street towards Rundle Park as well as O’Connell Street and fashionable Melbourne Street.
Bars and pubs can be found all over Adelaide, as drinking beer and wine is something of an Aussie national pastime. Many of these establishments are housed in fine historic buildings and also offer good local food. Nightlife in Adelaide is confined to certain streets, whereas some parts of the centre become quite deserted in the evening. The centres of the action are Hindley Street with its brasher and neon-lit strip, and Rundle Street with its more bohemian pubs and bars. The beach suburb of Glenelg also has a lively and youthful scene during both day and night.
There are two main keys to the Adelaide shopping experience, and the first is around Rundle Mall and down to Grenfell Street where you will find a mix of high-end and local shops. The second key is to the southwest of the central grid of streets, between Grote and Gouger Streets, where you will find the Adelaide Central Market, known as the food pantry of Adelaide. Here, you will discover a dazzling array of foods, showing the wonderful abundance of raw ingredients that Australia produces. This area is also a showcase of the melting pot of cultures that make up Adelaide today, with the sights and smells of Italian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Greek, Chinese and Japanese cuisines to feast upon, to name only a few.
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