Rundle Mall, Adelaide
I'm not generally a great fan of shopping whilst on holiday, but the Adelaide Arcade is worth a visit for the architecture and history as well as the shops.
It was built in 1885 and retains the historical feel. There is even a small museum about the history of the Arcade and its shops on the balcony level.
What to buy: The shops include fashion, accessories and gifts.
There is a branch of Haigh's Chocolates, and another premium chocolate shop called Koko.
There are also a couple of nice cafes - I liked The Coffee Spot and L'Incontro.
Every major city in Australia has 1 street devoted to shopping therapy. Here in Adelaide, it's Rundle Mall, created in 1976 and named after John Rundle.
A concentration of tourist information booths, boutiques, departmental stores, drug stores, CD stores, shoe stores, bookstores, post office, banks, cafes and restaurants all packed down one street.
Shopaholics: This is retail strip.
It is serviced during the week by a free City Loop Bus as well as a Bee Line Bus.
What to buy: Anything money can buy.
What to pay: Anything money can buy.
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This shop sells the best thing ever CHOCOLATE!! Haha.
Ask any South Australian chick which chocolate they would like and they will most likely say Haigh's.
There are three stores in the city located at:
* 2 Rundle Mall , Adelaide
* Shop 21, Da Costa Arcade, Grenfell Street (Corner Gawler Place), Adelaide
* Shop 17, Central Market Arcade, Victoria Square, Adelaide
Plus three other stores outside of the city at:
* 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside
* 87b Jetty Road, Glenelg
* Shop 24, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre, Golden Way, Golden Grove
The shop at Parkside is also the Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Center and if you're craving chocolate, you need settle only for the best at the iconic Haigh's Chocolates Visitors Centre. Dedicated to fine chocolate production, Haigh's takes you through the lifecycle of chocolate. Mouth-watering samples are included and bookings for the tour are essential.
What to buy: Apricot Balls
GIANT frogs (you'll know what I mean when you see it!)
What to pay: Around $7 - $10 per bag.
There are three major department stores, 15 arcades and more than 800 retailers, of which 160 are speciality fashion stores in the buildings which line the converted street.
The mall is noted for its tree-lined walkways and scuptures, particularly the steel balls sculpture in the centre of the mall which has become a popular meeting place. There are also brass sculptures of three pigs and a fountain.
Buskers can be found throughout the mall on everyday of the week.
There are several licensed bars, plenty of restaurants and coffee houses with an information centre will be found at the western end of the mall.
Whatever you are looking for you bound to find it under this mighty roof from electricals to cosmetics, casual streetwear to formal designer attires, electricals to jewellery, toys to bikes. And if you are lucky you may find the whole store on sale saving you upto 30% of your wallet. And better still cafes and resturants.
What to buy: most of the items you find inAdelaide are pretty much what you find in other mejor cities. but there are those small crafted gift items and souveniers that are unique to SA.
What to pay: On averrage, I think things here are cheaper than say Sydney, melbourne and brisbane. eg. i bought s pair of boots here, went to brisbane a week later and found it cost $60 more.
Just off Rundle Mall you find this beautiful old shopping centre. It was built in 1885 and apart from shopping, shopping, shopping you can also visit the small Arcade Museum (entrance is free).
Oh, and there's even a clairvoyant on the 1st floor :).
Adelaide certainly isn't the "fashion capital" of Australia, but MISS GLADYS SYM CHOON does it's best to add some style and interest to the "Adelaide Shopping Experience"!
The store itself is interesting - with original glass window fronting and a open-split level design inside. The clothes on offer run from ecellent to average, but their sales are wonderful. They also stock some "riskier" brands and styles and that's a nice change from the bland Youthworks (etc) stores.
What to buy: Their shoe range is excellent and they have some interesting labels.
What to pay: Depends I guess. We shopped in Mens wear & Womens wear and got some good bargains, but it isn't a cheap store.
A bit of history - Rundle Mall is named after John Rundle, one of the original directors and financier of the South Australia Company, which was formed in London in 1834 to promote settlement of the new colony of South Australia.
Rundle Mall is Adelaide's main shopping area, and is regarded as the most competitive shopping precinct in Australia.
What to buy: 1. Miss Gladys Sam Choon items - the designer originally from Malaysia has built quite a following and is based in Adelaide.
2. I am in love with the variety of shoes choices available in Adelaide! Try RMK or Nine West.
What to pay: Anything - it all depends on your budget I reckon!
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.
What to buy: 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.
This is the shopping street, lots of stores of course, big and small. We were there when they were gearing up for Christmas. Its not particularly different from any other mall I've ever been to, but its kind of fun to see different brands and stuff. There are doorways you can walk into that are basically long corridors lined with shops. Its in one of these that the picture is taken.
Glen Osmond is the place where all the factory outlets are.Include brands like :Just jeans, Jays Jays, Witchery, Table 8, Jean west and so on. Can take a direct bus starting with no.17.Bustop located outside Harris Scarf at rundle mall.
Rundal mall is just the main shopping area in adelaide city. Large department stores like Myers, Target, sportsgirl, Harris scarf.Others includePortsman, westco, foot locker,.....almost same the ones in perth.
This 'mall' is located along the Rundle Street. Various stores are lined up along this street. Great atmosphere. Pretty crowded with both locals and tourist ..but it's cool.
What to buy: There're heaps of stores there- from music stores to various clothes shops to shoe shops to gift/souvenir shops to.... anything!
What to pay: It depends, if you're planning to REALLY shop... You could spend to up to AUS$500. But i think it's average of AUS$100 - AUS$200.
This is one of the main fashion shopping areas in Adelaide. Mixed in with the cafes, nightclubs and restaurants are the coolest-of-cool clothing boutiques for men and women. Check out Miss Gladys Sym Choons for 3 levels of shoes, street wear, ultra modern and innovative fashion and accessories, and traditional formalwear. There is a mens version of the shop next door too. Also look at Trademarks for a wide range of designer labels and Cheekee and Tu Yu for slightly cheaper clothes (in smaller sizes too). Silk Route and Blue Chili are great for jewellery and accessories.
What to buy: Fashion fashion fashion on Rundle Street.
What to pay: More expensive down here than most other places, but there are always bargains to be had.
King William Road in Hyde Park is one of the best places to go in Adelaide for fashion, accessories, gifts - plus the cafes and restaurants along here are great too. For fashion try Whistles, Wild Child, Trademarks and Sym Choon's. Don't miss out on the Whistles clearance/discount shop, in a side street off the main road for unbeatable fashion bargains all year round. For gifts and homewares try Cleverdicks.
What to buy: Funky fashion CHEAP.
What to pay: Whistles clearance shop: anywhere from AU$10 to $200. In the other shops: anywhere from $AU $25 to $1200.