Eat Streets, Art Streets: Adelaide Food and Art Tour

 

 

Huge, colourful images of geishas line a brick wall off Adelaide’s Rundle Street, and they’re far more glamorous than the alley they overlook.

A fine example of the street art to be found scattered through the city’s Central Business District (CBD), they’re attached to the wall of a nightclub called Sugar.

Which seems appropriate, as the next stop on the Adelaide Feast tour is a chocolate shop. Or more elegantly, a chocolatier. Steven ter Horst is several cuts above the average sweets shop, turning out handcrafted chocolates in a stark modern interior of exposed concrete and timber benches.

I try two chocs with intriguing fillings: salted caramel; and lemon, ginger and tamarind. They’re accompanied by the Aztec Chilli hot chocolate, which contains traces of birdseye and jalapeno chillies, cloves, cinnamon and star anise.

And this is just one stop on the tour, which unusually takes in both food and street art, the latter creating breaks during which to digest the plentiful snacks.

We began with kibbeh and falafel at a small Lebanese eatery on East Terrace, then paused to admire a bright green painting of a boy and a dog on a nearby door.

Then we headed through the narrow laneways that were created when Adelaide’s original fruit and vegetable market was decommissioned. In its place is a jumble of apartments, shops and cafes, many along the attractive lane known as Ebenezer Place. It’s here we pass a sculpture of cauliflowers and crates, a reminder of the market era.

My guide today, Caitlin Harvey, is knowledgeable about the streets we’re passing along, pointing out art and relating some of the South Australian capital’s more entertaining history.

 

 

She’s also a conjuror of foodstuffs, as we weave down laneways and side streets in pursuit of interesting edibles. Next on the list is the frozen custard served by a burger joint which evolved from a food truck. It’s delicious on this hot day, but I’m already starting to feel full and we’ve three more stops.

We pass a huge swirling mural on the side of another nightclub (this seems to be an Adelaide thing), then stroll through the beautiful Adelaide Arcade. Built in 1885, it has three resident ghosts, according to Caitlin, who relates their stories as we pass through. I’m most moved by poor Sydney Byron, aged three, who haunts an adjacent laneway.

Our next food stop is Regent Arcade, where we find the sushi train of Michiru. It’s tasty colourful food that also provides theatre, as the staff bustle behind the counter to keep the train loaded.

I clearly made a mistake eating breakfast today, for there are two stops still to go. Next is an informal modern Vietnamese place decorated with bicycle wheels. People are crammed along narrow tables here, eating banh mi, steam buns and pho. I opt for a “coconut crushie” drink instead.

The last piece of street art is a dynamic mural by the Toy Soldiers crew, featuring futuristic warriors bursting through a brick wall.

They’re far more energetic than me. I’m happy to slip into a comfy chair at the final food stop, a cupcake cafe in the attractive neo-Gothic Epworth Building.

Eating a pumpkin and spice mini-cupcake, I feel satisfied with the results of this three-hour exploration. Adelaide has surrendered its secrets: both artistic and culinary.

You can get Adelaide included as a stopover on a Navigator round the world or on our Discoverer round the world

 

 

Tour: The Adelaide Feast tour costs A$25 (tour only) or A$69 (food included); book via Feast on Foot at (feastonfoot.com).

Accommodation: Housed within Adelaide’s historic, centrally-located Grosvenor Hotel are the Mercure and the Ibis Styles

Tim Richards travelled courtesy of Great Southern Rail and Accor.