Best of Adelaide: helpful hints from the local pros

by Jessi Braverman


In Adelaide for the Santos Tour Down Under and looking for things to do and places to ride when you’re not standing sideline cheering on the world’s best? We’ve got you covered.
We asked Adelaide locals Tiffany Cromwell, Stuart O’Grady, Nettie Edmondson, Rohan Dennis, Carlee Taylor, Gene Bates, Mel Hoskins, Tim Roe and Amber Halliday to share their ‘Best of Adelaide’ with you – and they did. While most prefer to watch the sunset at Henley beach and Bar Nine seems like an obvious option for grabbing coffee or breakfast, these Adelaide locals gave a wide variety of responses to the majority of the questions.

Best coffee shop

Carlee Taylor: If you’re in Brighton or Glenelg, I recommend: Pure (Jetty Road), The Watermark (opposite the giant boat known as ‘The Buffalo’) and the Mediterranean. The Brighton Copenhagen also does good coffee.

Tim Roe: The Annex in Glenelg

Tiffany Cromwell: Bar Nine in Parkside – a friend of mine runs the place, and he’s done a great job with it. There’s a lot of good ones in Adelaide, but that’s my favourite.

Rohan Dennis and Mel Hoskins: The Local Grind in Walkerville right underneath the apartments where we live

Amber Halliday: Rach Neylan got me into Red Berry Espresso (southeast inner suburbs), and that woman knows her coffee!

Nettie Edmondson: Bar Nine

Best breakfast spot

Stuart O’Grady: anywhere on King William road – close to home!

Nettie Edmondson: Bar Nine

Carlee Taylor: Nanos off Rundle Street has the best banana bread – although don’t go there on a Sunday as they are inconveniently closed. The Mediterranean and Pure also do a good brekky if you are close to the bay area (Glenelg).

Tim Roe: The Mediterranean in South Glenelg

Amber Halliday: I’m still a rower at heart so the café overlooking West Lakes (100 Military Road) is my favourite. It’s actually a great spot for cyclists doing the flat coast ride if Glenelg gets too crazy.

Tiffany Cromwell: Bar Nine (again). There are so many good ones. I also really like Exchange Specialty Coffee. Both are café and breakfast places combined into one.

Gene Bates: East Terrace Continental (ETC): pancake with bacon and maple syrup!

Rohan Dennis and Mel Hoskins: That would also be the Local Grind

Best parmy in Adelaide

Rohan Dennis and Mel Hoskins: Coopers Alehouse

Gene Bates: Austral Hotel on Rundle Street. Get an outside table, a pint and a parma, and settle in for some great people watching.

Stuart O’Grady: chicken parmy with mushroom sauce at the Stirling Hotel

Amber Halliday: I might not be too good on this one, but the ones I see eaten at Republic in Norwood look pretty good.

Nettie Edmondson: Coopers Alehouse

Tiffany Cromwell: I’m not really a parmi eater, but I hear Old Lion is really good

Carlee Taylor: I’m not really a parma type of girl but The Watermark does great pub food and has a good a la carte menu as well as bistro. It has those famous pub meals but also healthy options, which makes it a popular spot for groups

Best casual dinner spot

Nettie Edmondson: Wasai downtown or Localvoire in Stirling

Tiffany Cromwell: The Mosley in Glenelg. The executive chef happens to be my brother, and he does a great job with the place. It’s modern Australian dining downstairs with a more casual option at the bar upstairs.

Gene Bates: the Stirling Hotel

Stuart O’Grady: Melt on King William, Hyde Park

Amber Halliday: The Robin Hood Hotel in Norwood has been a favourite since my school days.

Rohan Dennis and Mel Hoskins: The Lion on Melbourne Street

Tim Roe: Sushi Train in Unley or Genki Sushi on Gouger Street

Stage of the Tour Down Under you shouldn’t miss

Tiffany Cromwell: Stirling (stage two) – it’s my local stage, and it’s a great place for viewers to catch the riders more than one time around.

Mel Hoskins: Stage three of the men’s race

Carlee Taylor: The People’s Choice Classic on Sunday night. You get to see the best men and the women compete in two separate races on the same course. Two time world champion Giorgia Bronzini is here with her Wiggle Down Under team, locals like myself and Tiffany Cromwell are racing with Roxsolt, and Orica-AIS has brought a strong squad. You’ll get to see a lot of the race, since it’s a circuit, and can enjoy the numerous restaurants and pubs along the course.

Nettie Edmondson: I like the Stirling stage (stage two) because it comes through three times. It’s got hills, but it’s not too hilly, so it can be unpredictable. Willunga Hill (stage six) is another good one. Find a spot on Willunga Hill and cheer on everyone coming past. That’s also great. It’s a lap circuit and goes past the beach, too.

Tim Roe: Normally I would say Willunga Hill for this year, I think the finish into Paracombe (stage three) will be a great one to watch

Stuart O’Grady: Unley – Stirling (stage two)

Gene Bates: stage three of the women’s race between Tanunda and Campbelltown – it’s a fantastic course, which encourages a very aggressive race

Amber Halliday: Willunga Hill, of course! I’ll be on my best behaviour with Peter Walsh and ABC this year, but it’s usually a good one to stop off at a few wineries en route

Best beach of watch the sunset

Stuart O’Grady: Henley Square at Henley beach

Gene Bates: Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot

Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins: Henley

Amber Halliday: I’m a Henley beach gal – a bit quieter than Glenelg and a very peaceful, short walk away from Henley Square’s restaurants. Sun sets over the sea in Adelaide. It’s quite magical.

Nettie Edmondson: Henley

Tim Roe: Hallet Cove

Carlee Taylor: Glenelg is a good one, but if you’re looking for something a bit more quiet but still a good vibe Henley or Brighton

Tiffany Cromwell: Henley beach

Best post-ride beer

Gene Bates: Stirling Pub sitting on the new wooden deck – it’s a great spot for a frothy one! Order anything on tap and local.

Amber Halliday: Since racing in Belgium one year, I’ve been quite partial to their style of hot chips and mayonnaise after a hard ride. In Adelaide you can find them, along with a good beer, at the Belgium Beer Café off Rundle Street

Stuart O’Grady: Coopers Ale

Tiffany Cromwell: I don’t really drink beer but I send people to the Belgian Beer Café

Best bike shop

Tiffany Cromwell: It’s a toss-up between Corsa Cycle Center in the city or Track Cycles in Norwood

Amber Halliday: My beautiful partner Mello Bouwmeester and great friend Steve Marsh work at Whippet’s Workshop, which is a cool little story in Stepney. Needless to say, that’s my favourite!

Tim Roe: Bike Station (Brighton Road, Brighton). The owner, Noel, is a great guy who loves to help out

Nettie Edmondson: Bicycle Express – they’re always so welcoming and they’ve got everything. It’s like Aladdin’s cave.

Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins: Corsa Cycles

Carlee Taylor: Giant Adelaide is awesome, friendly and always quick. They have a good range of socks and Rapha clothing, too. If you’re closer to Brighton or Glenelg, then I would would recommend the Bike Station.

Gene Bates: Bicycle Express, Halifax Street

Stuart O’Grady: International Cycles – my brother works there!

Best riding loop

Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins: Basket Ranges in the hills

Tim Roe: Starting at Hallett Cove, south along the coast to Moana then across to McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Kangarilla, Clarendon, Black Road and then back to Hallet Cove

Amber Halliday: It’s the commute to work for me these days! But I always loved the short, scenic, hilly loop through the Piccadilly Valley – up the freeway, veer left at Crafers, through the vally, left on Greenhill for the descent into town.

Stuart O’Grady: up Mt. Lofty bike path, continue up Blackburn Drive, Shurdington Road turn right down onto main road, Left on the 51 to the Lookout, check out the great views over Adelaide, across the top of Mount Lofty Road to Greenhill Road. Turn right. Ashton Right on 53 through Basket Range to Lobethal. Take the 58 to Cuddle Creek down Gorge Road, up the Corkscrew, left at top across to Norton Summit on the 51. Stay on the 53 down North Summit and roll into the city. Short but sweet and very cool ride

Tiffany Cromwell: City centre up the old freeway (eagle on the hill) through to Stirling, Aldgate Valley road down to Mylor, across river road through to Hahndorf, left across to Balhannah through the vineyards, up towards Carey Gulley, right on Swamp road across to Lenswood, left to Fox Creek and down to Cudlee Creek, through gorger, left up Corkscrew Rd, continue up Montecute rd through to Ashton, Summertown, right on Greenhill Rd, left over Mt Lofty and then down onto the old freeway and into the city.

Gene Bates: Any ride that goes through the central Adelaide Hills. And Aldgate Valley Road. It’s beautiful terrain with vineyards and great little climbs.

Carlee Taylor: Up Norton summit, Forest Range, Lobethal and across to Gumeracha and down the Gorge. Gourmet cycling at it’s best. If you want to add more, instead of turning left at Lobethal to Gumeracha, you can go to Mt Torrens then Birdwood and down the Gorge.

Nettie Edmondson: the ole coffee shop loop – meet someone in the city, head down to Glenelg, along to Henley beach and back to the city

We’ve mapped out daily ride suggestions for during the Tour Down Under. These routes are our suggested guides as to where to head to catch the best action and still get in a great ride.

Best climb

Tiffany Cromwell: Greenhill road up to Mount Lofty summit

Nettie Edmondson: Norton Summit

Stuart O’Grady: I prefer to go downhill!! Through Basket Range is the best.

Rohan Dennis and Melissa Hoskins: Greenhill repeats

Amber Halliday: Climb would be to Montacute Road. It starts gently and then whacks you with some gradient! My favourite decent would have to be Greenhill Road – but make sure you do it quick enough to outrun the cars!

Tim Roe: Norton Summit

Any other Adelaide tips, secrets or things that can’t be missed

Nettie Edmondson: Don’t miss Cleland Wildlife Park if you haven’t had one-on-one experiences with Australia’s wildlife

Gene Bates: Get along to any of the Adelaide Hills wineries. They are hidden gems, and you don’t have to go all the way to Barossa to enjoy them!

Stuart O’Grady: Do yourself a favour and go have a beer at the Victory Hotel and watch the sunset. Check out Adelaide’s new bars and restos including the brand new 2KW where I launched my new business Stuart O’Grady Cycling on Saturday

Tiffany Cromwell: There’s a lot of cool shopping down in the East End. There are also some great markets for shopping where upcoming artists show their stuff. Gilles Street Market is one I would recommend. It’s Adelaide’s version of the Bondi market in Sydney and open the first and third Sunday every month. Head up to Mount Lofty around dusk if you want to see kangaroos in the wild.

Spend a day in Stirling or Hahndorf. Head to Victor Harbor to surf. If you have a whole day to kill hit up a Barossa Valley win tour. Kangaroos Island is great for a weekend getaway.

Tim Roe: Copenhagen in Brighton is a great coffee stop. While you’re in Brighton, make sure you also try Godzilla Pizzeria. Don’t miss the Cherry Darlings Bakery in Forestville or the ride to Victor Harbor and back via the reservoir near Myponga.

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