Swing by Haigh's Chocolate Shop
Established in 1915, Haigh's is Australia's oldest chocolate manufacturer. If you'd like to enjoy special chocolate tastings, free coffee and tea and the opportunity to load up on some excellent candies, swing by Haigh's. There are numerous opportunities throughout Adelaide to learn more about the Haigh Chocolate company and philosophy.
There are stores downtown, both in the Central Market and at Rundle Mall. Or, you can take Bus number(s) 191, 192, 195 or 196 to bus stop number 1, to the Haigh's Visitor Center, which is less than ten minutes from the Central Business District. At the visitor center, there are factory tours and all sorts of FREE chocolate munching opportunities.
And even at the downtown stores, they LOVE to give away free samples. Just keep smiling and tell them how much you LOVE chocolate and they'll keep it coming. It's clear that the ladies in the store love their jobs. Jeez, who wouldn't love working in a place like Haigh's chocolates?
Haigh's is proud to be one of the only specialist chocolate retailers in the world whose chocolate making BEGINS with the raw cocoa bean. Haigh's insists on control of their product from start to finish.
It's great chocolate without any hint of Willy Wonka weirdness. :) Well, it is a chocolate store, so I have many fond memories of their delicious candies. The milk chocolate "frogs" were so rich and creamy. Truly an outstanding job of chocolate-making. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPECIFIC GIFT ITEMS, PLEASE SEE THE HAIGH'S TIP IN THE "SHOPPING" SECTION OF MY ADELAIDE PAGE.
And..... they make an EXCELLENT hot chocolate drink mix. (see package in photo below) There's nothing better than hot chocolate on a cold night... and Haigh's hot chocolate is among the best I've ever enjoyed.
OK, contact information:
Enquiries: (08) 8372 7070
Tour Bookings (08) 8372 7077 / (08) 8373 0528 (FAX)
The mailing address for the Visitor Center is 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside,
Adelaide, South Australia 5063
The DOWNTOWN Haigh's stores contact info:
2 Rundle Mall
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8231 2844/8231 8898 (fax)
Shop 1, Adelaide Arcade
116 Grenfell Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8223 1321/8223 4264 (fax)
Shop 17, Central Market (THIS IS THE ONE WE VISITED)
Arcade, Victoria Square
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8212 2511/8212 7051 (fax)
Tipping not needed
Tipping in Adelaide is not required or expected at clubs, pubs, taxis or restaurants. People in the service industries receive a normal wage and are not dependant on tips. If you wish to tip, then tip up to the next whole dollar or just say keep the change. Tipping is considered a bonus for good service. Never tip anybody who asks for a tip.
Cycle the Torrens to Henly and Grange
A lot of people who come to Australia want to see our different kinds of flora and fauna, they also almost always want to go to the beach. This idea combines the 2 and is great thing to do as a family or on your own.
A bike ride along the river Torrens is a relaxing day trip where you'll get to see corners of Adelaide you'd otherwise miss. Hire a bike at Elder Park on the rivers edge (near the Festival Centre) and ride to Henley Beach. A shared pedestrian and cycle track runs the entire length of the journey making it safe for younger riders and the terrain is reasonably flat (for the older riders!). Along the way you will pass through parks and native reserves, see stacks of native birds and pass through a horse agistment area (all within the suburbs!). You'll feel like your taking a day in the countryside. When you get there grab some fish and chips for lunch or a light meal in Henley Square. If you don't feel you have the legs to make it back, don't worry... just ride to Grange train station and hop on a train (right back to North Terrace). You can do this Monday to Friday: 9.01am – 3.00pm and
6.00pm until last service. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: all day. Your bike rides free and you pay usual fare.
http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/ for train timetables and bikes on train info
Flinders Camping, 187 Rundle St (tel 08/8359 3344), rents bikes for $15 per day and offers weekly rates; Linear Park Mountain Bike Hire at Elder Park (tel 08/8223 6271), situated near a section of the River Torrens Linear Park
Bicycle SA have free maps at lots of bike shops or their offices at 1 Sturt St Adelaide. http://www.bikesa.asn.au/
Maybe start the day at East Terrace continental Cnr East and North Tc for a fantastic breakfast, then stroll along North Tc checking out statues etc along the way, until you reach King William st. Turn right and walk a 100ish metres and your at Elder Park.
Rundell Street is any keen shoppers first destination. Here you will find all major stores. There are department, jewelery, grocery, specialty shops and countless other stores here. This street stretches on for quite a while, at one end is the 'adult entertainment' section, and at the other is tonnes of cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.
The middle of Rundell St. has these bronze pigs eating out of garbage cans and other just standing around staring at the pedestrians. Southern Australia is said to have the best opals in Australia, and there is no shortage of Opal shops in Adelaide. Shop and around and find a good deal.
Haigh's Chocolate is deemed the best in Australia and perhaps in the world. Their shop is located at the corner of Rundell and King William. Although slightly expensive, it is worth every cent.
Live Music: Crown and Anchor
Genre: pop.rock/ Alt.rock/ punk/ swamp/ electronic/ goth/Metal/ indie.
If you are into the rock scene this is the place to go for decent sound and an increasing variety of bands (some good, some not so good).
Generally Adelaide bands here, some interstate
. Often free entry to the bandroom, beer on tap. As much pub as band venue Decent sound Casual