Why the SA cap­i­tal should be on your getaway list

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Stay For be­spoke lux­ury, you can’t go past the May­fair, the pre­ferred choice of vis­it­ing rock stars and celebri­ties since open­ing in 2015. Lo­cated in the cen­tre of the CBD where shop­ping strip Run­dle Mall meets bar and din­ing strip Hind­ley Street, and just a short walk from Ade­laide’s cul­tural boule­vard North Ter­race, it’s per­fectly sit­u­ated for ex­plor­ing the city on foot. At the end of the day, head to the Hen­nessy rooftop bar and try a Honey Trap cock­tail – it’s made with honey col­lected from the ho­tel’s own rooftop hives of Lig­urian bees. 45 King Wil­liam St, Ade­laide 5000. 08 8210 8888. www.may­fairho­tel.com.au.

If you’re af­ter some­thing a step down in price, the Crowne Plaza Ade­laide, just a few blocks away, is a per­fect base for city ex­plor­ers or busi­ness trav­ellers. The con­tem­po­rary rooms range from stan­dard to suite, some with bal­cony, and fea­ture plush bed­ding, lux­u­ri­ous bath­rooms with full sized baths and walk-in show­ers, and ipod docks, while the ho­tel also boasts a health cen­tre with gym, pool, spa and sauna and a 24-hour self-ser­vice laun­dry for guests. 16 Hind­marsh Sq, Ade­laide 5000. 08 8206 8888. www.crowne­plaza­ade­laide.com.au. Eat If you’re look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­ence, head to

Africola for their pan-african flavour party, pull up a seat at the open kitchen’s flam­ing hearth, and watch Dun­can Wel­ge­moed and his team play with fire. Some dishes, such as the crust­less, white bread chicken skin sand­wich with a

drip­ping-dip­ping sauce, are richer than a Nige­rian prince – but they’re also do­ing in­ter­est­ing things with veg­gies here. Just be pre­pared for strong flavours and spice. We rec­om­mend the Feed Me menu ($65) with match­ing booze ($45). 4 East Tce, Ade­laide 5000. 08 8223 3885. www.africola.com.

au. Tue-sat 6pm-late. At the op­po­site end of the palate is Orana, where ev­ery­thing from the dé­cor to the de­gus­ta­tion is del­i­cate. Chef and owner Jock Zon­frillo’s tast­ing menu stretches to 20 cour­ses, with fresh seafood and na­tive Aus­tralian in­gre­di­ents tak­ing a star turn. We vis­ited for the more mod­est Fri­day lunch (nine cour­ses), and were served tiny dampers cooked over even tinier coals in a cast iron pan at the ta­ble; a salty, sub­tle chilled con­sommé of clams, tomato and ice plant; and per­fectly rare kan­ga­roo with a charred ex­te­rior served with tart na­tive ber­ries. 285 Run­dle St, Ade­laide 5000. 08 8232 3444. restau­ran­torana.com. Din­ner Tue-sat; lunch Fri. Drink Keep things purely spir­i­tual and very chill at in­nercity spot Hains & Co, where the ex­per­tise is whisky and gin, and where on the af­ter­noon we vis­ited, a fine mist of wa­ter was dis­persed from ceil­ing ducts over the ta­bles out­side – bliss on a 35° day. 23 Gil­bert Pl, Ade­laide 5000. www.hain­sco.com. au. Daily 4pm-late. For an un­beat­able view and wine list, head eight floors above street level to the ter­race of 2KW – and make sure you’re dressed to im­press. Take in the sun­set view towards the River Tor­rens and a glass of some­thing lo­cal. 2 King

Wil­liam St, Ade­laide 5000. 08 8212 5511. 2kw­bar. com.au. Mon-fri 10am-late; Sat, Sun noon­late. For late-night whimsy, head to the petite

Pink Moon Saloon, and head out back for a bar that chan­nels the aes­thetic of a Swedish dolls house. The cock­tails are well bal­anced, and the sound­track is spiked with cheesy ’80s power bal­lads to keeps the vibe well and truly alive. 21 Leigh St, Ade­laide 5000. www.pinkmoon­sa­loon.com.au. Daily 4pm-late.

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