The Adelaide Zoo took us most of the day to look around, so come lunch time, we had to buy some food.
We chose the Zoo Cafe "Wildbites."
This is more fast food, like hot chips, hotdogs, hamburgers, fish and chips, pies, pasties, and sausage rolls. More healthy options available were sandwiches, baguettes, and salads. Soft drinks, ice tea, Gatorade, or hot chocolate or coffee are available.
We all chose Baguettes filled with meat and salad.
First of all, the price nearly knocked me over, VERY EXPENSIVE!
Recovering from this shock, I headed to the outdoor seating as it was a nice day and sat at one of these tables.
The Baguette would be the worst I have ever "tried" to eat, I say try, as it was like rubber, that bad my teeth couldn't bite through it! What a waste! Three Baguettes so bad that none of us could eat them!
My recommendation is to bring some food with you, much cheaper, and hopefully, much fresher!
I will never buy from the Zoo again!
Well if you have a sweet tooth you are in heaven in Rundle Mall. Haighs, makers of fine chocolate and Australias oldest chocolate shop. Haigh's original retail store, established in 1915 in Adelaide's historic Beehive Corner building right on the corner of Rundle Mall and King William Street.
Then directly opposite Haighs is Darryl Lea. Besides this there are other sweet shops further down.
So temptation exists on every corner. But I was wearing my 'nothing sweet about me' t-shirt so I did not venture in. Beware the fructose! Though if you are going to indulge at least buy good quality.
Adelaide isn't really a very dangerous city but it is still a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and I wouldn't suggest walking around the streets at night, epically if you are alone.
Hindly Street has been classed at the worst street in Adelaide but it isn't really as bad as everyone makes out. Make sure you are not alone and stay away from the dark side streets.
It's not a very good idea to walk though the parklands at night either. There are a lot of 'interesting' people around here at night so steer clear, even if you are in a group.
If you stick to the more populated areas and in well lit areas you will be much safer. Just be sensible and you'll be fine.
Although it almost certainly won't harm you, locals almost never drink tap water, due to it's funny dirty taste. Adelaide water is often taken from the Murray River, which due to over farming has serious errosion and salinity problems, causing the water to taste funny and look a bit muddy/murky. As a result I'd always recommend buying spring water.
This said, if you go into any cafe in Adelaide and ask for a jug of water, it's 95% garunteed to be from the tap. Just hope that it'll be served very cold.
Adelaide is the gateway to many of the wonderful wine districts in South Australia. If you are going to sample the wine remember to drink in moderation and to ensure you don't drink and drive.
Also... after a few glasses... watch out for walls of glass popping up in your way... (see photo)
If you go to the cricket and stand on the Hill, look out for locals throwing missiles. In the November 2002 Test match this included someone being hit by a stuffed chicken! A favourite weapon is empty plastic beer cups. More plastic than Kylies' bottom can be seen flying around at times.
For some reason I got REALLY sick while I was in Adelaide. Like flu sick. I'm not sure why this happened, but I was miserable for about a week and a half (which severely limited my partying time). I think it may have been because it was so darn hot there and I didn't have A/C. So be careful for whatever it is that got me sick.
I was bought a drink by a complete stranger in a pub (drinking establishment) in Adelaide. No, there was nothing sleazy, but it is considered funny to shake th bottle of 'Cooper's' beer before opening it, as this disturbs the sediment from the natural brewing process. The sediment will make you really zonked, and truly woeful the next day. But hey, a free drink is half of a free lunch!
Australia's crime rate is low although the usual precautions should be taken as with any big city Be careful anywhere on your own after dark and zip your purses.
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