Adelaide Street Food

Adelaide Street Food

Adelaide Street Food is largely influenced by British Cuisine, although Thai, Japanese and Mediterranean Cuisine are also very popular here. Sweets, pastries and desserts seem to much more popular here than in other parts of Australia. Wine and beer is also very common, and available throughout the day, not surprising as Adelaide is considered one of the premier wine and beer producing locales in Australia.

Food in Adelaide is typically found in restaurants or cafes along the street, with few actual street carts. Fast Food is very prevalent, and many shops also cater for take away orders. Popular ingredients include various types of fish like Barramundi, Whiting or Salmon, seafood like King Prawns, Squid or Scallops, fruits such as grapes, pears, strawberries, raspberries or peaches, vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce, rocket leaves, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant or mushrooms, meat like beef or chicken, and various types of cheese.

Breakfast in Adelaide is typically a pastry, sandwiches or bread of some kind, often eaten on the go. Wine and desserts often go together with a main dish for lunch or dinner. Snacks and light bites are very uncommon, most people in Adelaide eat 3 main meals daily, with almost no food eaten between meals.


Apple Pastry, Strawberry Pastry, Cherry Tomato are normally eaten during breakfast, or sometimes during afternoon tea. Because apples, strawberries and cherry tomatoes are grown locally in Adelaide, they are both plentiful and cheap, often incorporated into dishes.

Apple Pastry, Strawberry Pastry, Cherry Tomato

Barramundi is the most popular and commonly consumed fish in Australia, and is considered an iconic table fish. The name Barramundi actually stems from the Aboriginal language. Much of the Barramundi in Adelaide is supplied by the local fisheries at Port Adelaide.

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Various types of jams, marmalades, and spreads for bread and sandwiches are produced in Adelaide. These examples of Blueberry Jam, Orange Marmalade, Honey were produced from fruit / bees that were grown and cultivated by the Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Blueberry Jam, Orange Marmalade, Honey

A Cheese Platter is a common snack or light bite in Australia. A neutral Cheese Platter is accompanied by crackers, bread, walnuts and sometimes jam, grapes or raisins. A savoury Cheese Platter is accompanied by slices of Salmon, Turkey, Ham, or Salami. Typically, a Cheese Platter will include a variety of cheese including Camembert, Chedder, Cream Cheese, Blue, Brie, Goat, Harvati, Gouda, Gruyere or Swiss. Start with the hard cheeses, then move on to the soft cheeses.

Cheese Platter With Salmon, Turkey, Ham, Salami, Camembert, Chedder, Cream Cheese

Produced by Coopers Brewery Limited, the largest Australian-owned brewery in the Adelaide suburb of Regency Park, Coopers Original Pale Ale is the most popular in its line of beers. It has a light fruity character with notes of grain, and a robust flavour with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Coopers Beer

Coopers Original Pale Ale

Crocodile meat is rather uncommonly consumed, even in Australia where Crocodiles are farmed. It is a nutritious and lean white meat, though the cholesterol level is slightly higher than chicken meat. Crocodile meat is often sourced from Saltwater Crocodiles, and has a delicate flavour akin to a mix of chicken and crab. Crocodile is often served grilled, or dried and made into Jerky.

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A low-fat, lean red meat comparable to beef in both colour and pH value, Emu meat is oddly considered as poultry during inspection. This large flightless bird native to Australia is also highly prized for its oil, which is used in various cosmetic, beauty and health products. Emu meat can be served raw, medium or well done, just like beef. Because Emu meat is healthy and readily available, it's a very popular cut of meat commonly served in restaurants in Adelaide.

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The Ham And Cheese Toastie is a popular breakfast dish, easily prepared and able to be consumed on the go. The gooey melted hard cheese, warm crisp toasted bread and savoury slice of ham make for a filling meal. Coffee or Tea is typically ordered along with the Ham And Cheese Toastie. Some variations also include lettuce, cucumber or tomatoes.

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A Hot Chocolate is available on the menus of many street side cafes in Adelaide. Because the town is well known for its chocolate, the Hot Chocolate in Adelaide is typically slightly richer and thicker than elsewhere. Perfect for cold winter days.

Hot Chocolate

King Prawn are sourced from the waters around Port Adelaide, and are a common ingredient in many restaurants here. The versatility of King Prawn allows it to be served as in an appetizer / entree or main, in a salad or soup.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager is produced from the reowned vineyards of Clare Valley in a traditional Bavarian style. While a winemaker that produces beer sounds odd, the resulting Knappstein Reserve Lager has a tropical fruit aroma, slight bitterness, some dryness, a clean, crisp and refreshing quality, and an effervescent mouthfeel with notes of sweetness and citrus. Many have commented on how Knappstein Reserve Lager has an almost white wine aroma and texture in the mouth. Truely unique.

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Lemonade in Australia is a common drink, although the mass-produced canned soft drink variety is much more common than the traditional home made variety. Lemonade is brewed with lemon juice, water and sugar. If lime juice is used instead of lemon juice, the resulting drink is known as Limeade.


A Macadamia Pudding is a decadent dessert consisting of a warm chocolate pudding with macadamia nuts and raisins, coated with a splash of brandy and served with a caramel sauce and seasonal local fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Sometimes a scoop of vanilla ice cream is added.

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A very common breakfast drink in Australia, Orange Juice is made with freshly squeezed oranges. Orange Juice in Adelaide is typically fresh, not pre-packaged.

Orange Juice

Fruits are grown locally in farms around Adelaide, some examples include Pear, Peach, Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Lemon, Apple, Grape, Cherry and more. A platter of fruits, such as Poached Pear, Peach, Strawberry, might be either consumed before or after a meal.

Poached Pear, Peach, Strawberry

Quince Paste, also known as Quince Cheese, is considered an Adelaide specialty, and eaten more often in Adelaide than any other part of Australia. Made from the quince fruit, Quince Paste has a texture similar to marmalade or firm jelly, with a reddish hue and a sweet citrus taste. Quince Paste is often eaten together with various types of cheese, the citrus taste cuts through the saltiness of the cheese.

Quince Paste

Roasted Tomato And Eggplant Sandwich is just one example of many different types of vegetarian sandwiches available in cafes in Adelaide. Vegetables are plentiful here, sourced from local farms around the region. Some examples of vegetables grown in the region include Potato, Onion, Carrot, Pumpkin, Cabbage, Peas, Corn, Tomato, Capsicum, Cucumber, Mushroom, Lettuce, Celery, Zucchini, Squash, Asparagus and more.

Roasted Tomato And Eggplant Sandwich

Salt And Pepper Squid is a spicy and savoury dish adapted from Chinese cuisine. Fresh squid rings / hoods are breaded in a mixture of plain white flour, salt, pepper, chinese 5-spice powder and chili powder, then deep fried in vegetable oil. Salt And Pepper Squid is served on a bed of lettuce, garnished with a slice of lemon. It is eaten as an appetizer before a meal, or as a bar snack.

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Despite its name, Singapore Noodles aren't available in Singapore, only in Chinese restaurants in Commonwealth countries. Singapore Noodles is a stir fry of thin rice noodles / thin yellow egg noodles, pork / chicken, shrimp, egg, onions, carrots, bean sprouts, bell peppers / lettuce, lemon juice and curry sauce.

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Wine is readily available in Adelaide, thanks to the many vineyards and wineries around the area. Known as the wine capital of Australia, Adelaide itself has tourist attractions related to wine, such as the National Wine Centre Of Australia. Other famous wine producing regions nearby include Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Southern Fleurieu, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Mount Benson, The Riverland and Mount Gambier.