You can do a lot more than watch ships roll in and the tide roll away in Port Adelaide. An influx of exciting newcomers and renewed developments add a new buzz to the historic suburb. With more changes afoot there’s never been a better time to don your best boat shoes and explore the Port.
SHOP – The Port Adelaide Emporium
If beaded bags, elaborate statuette lampshades and seventies crockery is your thing, you’ll never leave this treasure trove of goodies. With everything from clocks to crockery and taxidermy to toys, this place is bizarre in the most wonderful ways. Make sure to bring your watch or you’ll spend all afternoon here. Three levels of vintage gold fill this historic building. The basement level is dedicated to records, and at ground level, owner Cassie rents out spaces to other antique collectors, each with their own table or cabinet. If you’re lucky, one of the gorgeous staff will take you upstairs to the gallery space with windows overlooking Port Adelaide – it’s fit for a queen.
SNACK – Mayfair Bakery & Patisserie
Established in 1870, Mayfair Bakery is one of the oldest in SA. The tiny frontage is deceiving, the bakery out back creates hundreds of their famous pies, tarts and pastries every day. From chicken parmigiana pies to vegan kranskies, the traditional fare has its own twist. For buttery French goodies, treat yourself to fruit tarts, eclairs and everything in between. We love their custard tart – the perfect combination of soft, creamy custard, extra-thick tart shell, and a sprinkling of nutmeg.
EXPLORE – Cult & Harper
The long-awaited space from popular Adelaide street art guru (and style queen) Lisa King and her partner Jarrad Lee Jackson, Cult & Harper is a mishmash of fashion retail and arts hub. A space created for the Insta-savvy community, it will be a place of artistic creation for those in the social media and arts realm. With the likes of cult brands Crap Eyewear and Jungles Jungles (graphic tees and sweatshirts) up for grabs you can shop your indie heart out, too.
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EAT – Folklore Café
The view is already hard to beat, but add a coffee and a plate of waffles as big as your head and this might become your new go-to. A Renew Adelaide initiative, Folklore offers up sustainable café fare and fairtrade organic coffee (DeGroot). Their ever-changing menu relies on seasonable produce. Owner Anika Harvey says you can’t go past the halloumi burger. “We just can’t take it off the menu, regulars would go crazy!” Muffins and tarts are made in-house, while other sweets are sourced locally from Mayfair Bakery. Laze back in the vintage couches or bring a laptop and perch atop the share tables in the sunshine.
SEE – Wonderwalls
While the festival might be over, the Wonderwalls artwork remains. Scattered from Commercial Road, along Vincent Street, and all the way to the water, the murals are painted by a mix of international, national and local talent – 22 talented humans, to be exact. There’s an online map so you don’t miss any, though some are hard to miss, coming in as tall as seven storeys high. Remember to look up.
DRINK – The Port Local *opening mid-November
When the lads from Clever Little Tailor, Pink Moon Saloon and Whistle & Flute are around, you know you’re onto something good. Match that with the team behind Low & Slow and you’ve got yourself a food and drink match made in heaven. Crispian Fielke, Josh Baker and Dana Whyte, along with Stewart Wesson (Whistle & Flute) and Angus Henderson, Angus Kiley and Jim Morrison (Low & Slow) are bringing the groove back to historic corner pub the Port Admiral Hotel (the oldest remaining building in the Port). Renamed The Port Local, the pub even has its own beer, the Port Local brew by Pirate Life, and will focus on fish and chips without forgetting all those pub classics like burgers and schnitties with all the trimmings. They’ll be tasty – Stewart Wesson has the magic kitchen touch. Good ol’ pub charm, reinvented.
Don’t forget to check out…
La Popular Taqueria – one of Renew Adelaide’s latest initiatives, this is a spot for the taco-crazy among us. Watch this space.
Low & Slow – this food truck-cum-barbecue restaurant continues to take Adelaide by storm with its addictively moreish smoked meats.
Eve to Dawn – this retail boutique, styling, planning and hiring service is like a tangible Pinterest board. Owner Corinne is a style wizard with a strong online following.
National Railway Museum – too often flying under the radar, this South Aussie icon is the largest railway museum in the country. Great for families, the interactive museum is open every day of the year (except Christmas). Toot toot!
All aboard! Port Adelaide is getting a facelift…
Last year, several developments were announced for Port Adelaide, including a multi-million-dollar facelift for much of the waterfront. Think residential developments, hotels, major landscaping and retail space galore. Pirate Life Brewery is also set to open its new brewery and 250-seater venue mid-2018. Originally from WA, the beer family settled in their Hindmarsh home in 2014, and is now stocked globally. We can’t wait to see the new space unfold and knock back a few frothies to celebrate. You could say we’re particular hoppy about this new addition.
Have you visited the Port recently? Let us know what you think of the changes in the comments, below.