Head north-west out of the CBD, and you’ll find some of Adelaide’s special delights, with quirky food, brilliant bakeries, and entertainment options galore.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Gov is perhaps Adelaide’s best-known name in live music. With an impressive beer selection, and a menu full of everyone’s favourite pub classics, this pub showcases the best in local and medium-sized international acts who aren’t large enough to play over the road at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, which packs out for some of the biggest musical acts.

Tucked behind Port Road is Bowden, a suburb currently being redeveloped by the South Australian Government, which has a couple of gems hidden away amongst the construction.

Fontanelle Gallery has regular exhibitions of South Australian art, including immersive installation shows, while Jarmer’s Kitchen is bringing food classics back into fashion with a fresh take on 80s favourites like deep-fried Camembert. In between Port Road and Bowden you’ll find The Loose Caboose, a local favourite for quirky breakfast options, like the chocolate and peanut butter pudding, and excellent coffee.

Just a bit further out there’s a little street that’s incredibly popular, despite its size. The reputation of Queen Street, Croydon is enhanced by the delicious pastries that are made at Red Door Bakery, which is surrounded by amazing businesses like interior design specialist One Small Room, and vintage mecca Hype and Seek. Hawker Street Café operates on the strong belief that no matter the time of day, eggs are an appropriate food. An egg-centric menu shows off their skills with the humble protein, although with plenty of good options for vegans, too. However you like them, Hawker Street makes eggs better than you’re likely to try elsewhere, so don’t miss a chance to see an ordinary food made extraordinary.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES

The Bowden Brompton Community Centre is an open-access centre that offers courses in English, free access to computers, social support and art classes. There are also two major libraries in the area – the Thebarton Public Library and the Hindmarsh Library, both of which offer the usual take-home borrowing access to reference and fiction books alike.

Thebarton is also home to the Thebarton Aquatic Centre, a 7-lane, 25m lap pool, featuring lessons for all ages, and only $6 entry for students. If swimming isn’t your thing, there’s a number of gyms in the area, too, as well as yoga and pilates studios, and even a rock climbing and bouldering centre, for those into more of a physical challenge.

The Brompton Medical Centre, Hindmarsh Medical Clinic, and Brickworks Medical Centre all offer excellent care for the western suburbs, including family health services, mental health care, skin checks, travel immunisation, and sports medicine, so you can take comfort that no matter your needs, you’ll be covered.

FREE & FRUGAL

It doesn’t get better than being outdoors, and Bowden Park Lands, part of the great Adelaide Park Lands redevelopment, features heaps of sporting facilities to keep you busy. Including a skate park, tennis and basketball courts, you’ll find a something to get you outside and moving on the weekend.

Fuel up at Loveon Café in Mile End, with a bargain breakfast of fruit toast with banana and cinnamon for under $8, or eggs on toast, with sausage, starting at $9.90.

Value-for-money doesn’t get better than the Lawash Bakery in Thebarton, where a plate of falafel or chargrilled meat, with naan, sauce, and salad sets you back just $8. Whether you fancy a $12.90 parmigiana on a Wednesday, or a $10 cocktail on a Sunday, you can grab a cheap meal or drink any night of the week at The Brompton.