Shopping in the Adelaide suburbs
16 Jan 2022


A trip to Adelaide for me is not complete without a spot of shopping in the suburbs. Adelaide has two excellent shopping strips – The Parade Norwood and King William Road Hyde Park. Both are ideal for strolling along. Beware the Parade is 6kms long end to end and while I suggest starting at the top and working your way down you are not likely to visit all it has to offer in one day or even two or three days. On the Parade you will find terrific local retailers as well as brands like Witchery and Country Road. There are many, many spots to stop for food or a drink and so there is no need to rush.

King William Road is another good strolling option with good cafe and dining options when you need a break. On this strip you will find Husk but for the local talent stop in at Denim Iniquity which carries local and international brands. You will find White Story from Melbourne, Bassike, Anine Bing, Frame denim, Isabel Marant, and Blanca as well as other quality brands. Across the road is Wild Child Style Lab which caters for a younger aesthetic. Further down the road look out for Flourish which also has a shop on Magill Road. Flourish creates eclectic shopping spaces with special often one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world. They do some fashion think Elk but it is their homewares that I would go for.

North Adelaide O’Connell and Melbourne Streets are food and entertainment focussed but on O’Connell Street you will find a terrific shoe retailer Cherri Bellini In Melbourne Street try Impulse Boutique for Mela Purdie and M.A Dainty or the very cool Saint Garde for fashion, and coffee. If you need refreshment you will find the Lion Hotel which is to be recommended. If you continue heading out of town via O’Connell Street you will reach Prospect. Again, places to refresh yourself predominant but there is a cluster of retailers if you have the time are worth a visit. Wild Fushion florist and gift shop that sources their flowers locally is one of them. If you are from Canberra they are fans of Moxon and Whitney and offer similar care and attention in their approach.

If it’s a good shopping centre experience you are after but you do not want to go into the city head for the Burnside Village This also happens to be a great place for food shopping if you are in the mind to cook and you can’t make it in to the Central Market. The iconic Adelaide Central Market is on the edge of the city centre and has everything you need for whipping up a feast. If you can get a seat, grab a coffee of Zuma’s one of the best you will have in Adelaide.  

For another unique shopping experience (not far from Burnside Village) head to One Rundle Trading Co (ORTC) which located in a former cinema in the suburb of Rose Park. This amazing space is filled with antiques, indigenous art, quality homewares and clothing. They carry quality international and Australian brands and if you are after a Trelise Cooper fix this is the place to go. ORTC also has a small boutique at Henley Beach where in same locale you will find Seed and Rip Curl Inside the Henley Square Pavilion make sure you check out Naomi Schwartz where you will find gorgeous locally made jewellery. The pieces made from former gin bottles are particularly fun. Staying on the coast head north to Semaphore. Along Semaphore Road you will find the usual beachside eateries but the real reason for coming this way is to visit Sonja Clark Jewellery whose studio/shop is at 101 Semaphore Road, Semaphore. Sonja’s focus is on jewellery design using precious and semi precious stones as well as precious and not so precious metals. You will very likely find an affordable bespoke piece amongst the ecclectic collection she might have when you visit.

Heading sought from Henley Beach look out for the turn off to Brighton Beach. It has a nice shopping strip that makes for a lovely stroll. Further south if you find yourself in the Maclaren Vale call into the township of Willunga where you will find another terrific shopping strip with fashion, and fabulous artisan jewellers. Partners can be persuaded to join you when they learn about the wonderful wine region nearby.

Next time, Adelaide to Canberra via the Coonawarra….


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