By Andrew Spence
Lonely Planet has just ranked Adelaide’s West End one of the top three “coolest neighbourhoods” in Australia to visit.
The influential travel publisher named the neighbourhood as the place to go right now along with Newstead in Brisbane and Maylands in Perth.
The East End of Adelaide, which has successfully transformed into a dining hub along Rundle Street and Hutt Street, has long been regarded the place to go for a night out – well away from the rowdier crowd along the western Hindley Street.
But the West End has changed in the past five years, with a buzzy small bar scene and world-class food. Lonely Planet APAC Media Spokesperson and Sales & Marketing Director Chris Zeiher is an Adelaide boy – and they’ve ranked the west as the best.
“Previously maligned for its salacious past, Adelaide’s West End is no longer a no-go zone,” says Chris while promoting the guidebook’s latest launch.
He suggests a wander down pedestrian friendly laneways home to award-winning bars and restaurants such as Pink Moon Saloon, or sample freshly farmed Coffin Bay oysters at Adelaide Central Market. Or a visit to the “futuristic SAMHRI building and marvel at its dramatic juxtaposition to the colonial beauty of the precinct’s other architectural gems such as Adelaide’s GPO”.
“The West End has emerged as a traveller triple threat offering visitors brilliant experiences morning, noon and night.”