Inside Adelaide’s laneways: Peel Street

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By Sonia Bavistock

It’s time to hit the pavement as we discover another of Adelaide’s bustling CBD laneways.

Exploring these hidden locations has become a favourite pastime of locals and visitors alike, so we’re casting a spotlight on each of them.

The laneways of Adelaide weave their way through the heart of the city and buzz with the vibrant energy of the bars, cafés, restaurants and various businesses that call them home.

First, we discovered the best of the west end along Bank Street, and then we took a wander down hidden gem, Gresham Street.

Next stop: Peel Street.

Peel Street was at the forefront of Adelaide’s laneway transformations, with the introduction of the Small Venue Licence in 2013, bringing more flexibility to small venue operators.

Laneways sprang to life and Peel Street has become a favourite wining and dining location.

Connecting Currie Street to Hindley Street, it’s home to some of Adelaide’s best known and much-loved cafés, bars and restaurants.

Gondola Gondola
Set on the corner of Peel and Hindley streets, this popular eatery brings South East Asian street food culture to Adelaide, set against a backdrop of hip hop beats, enthusiastic staff, busy chefs and a vibrant atmosphere.

Flavours of Vietnam and Thailand get a run at Gondola Gondola.

Peel St
Named after its home, the Peel St restaurant’s menu is divided into “smaller” and “larger” dishes, mostly inspired by Middle Eastern or Asian tastes, and designed to share.

Simple, fresh and delicious is the motto at the Peel Street restaurant.

Bread & Bone
Located upstairs in the tunnel between Peel and Leigh streets, Bread & Bone specialises in wood grilled burgers, steaks and ribs, as well as dishing up tasty hot dogs and fried chicken.

The burgers at Bread & Bone will leave you coming back again… and again.

Maybe Mae
Head downstairs from Bread & Bone and you’ll find Maybe Mae – a suave 1950s-inspired cocktail lounge. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in premium cocktails that pack a punch.

It’s easy to lose track of time behind the hidden door at Maybe Mae.

Clever Little Tailor
A warm and welcoming little bar with leather booths, gas lighting and stone walls. Bite-sized snacks, cocktails, boutique beers and wines for the refined drinker are all on the menu.

The cute and compact Clever Little Taylor.

La Rambla Tapas Bar
Adopting the Spanish alleyway vibe, La Rambla serves up Catalan cuisine with a blend of traditional and innovative tapas dishes. Spanish beer, wines and sangria are also on offer.

Feel the Spanish vibes at La Rambla.

Malt & Juniper
A newcomer to Peel Street, Malt & Juniper opened its doors earlier this year. Think: loungey booths, seasonal cocktails, and a strong focus on whisky and gin. It’s also a weekday café, open from 7am for coffee and light breakfast snacks.

Crafting cocktails by night, Malt & Juniper also makes quality coffee and lunchtime and breakfast eats.

La Moka
Coffee is the specialty of this Italian-inspired café and aperitivo bar, as highlighted in our wrap of South Australia’s best coffee spots.  La Moka is light, bright and friendly, and the perfect spot to enjoy the Peel Street vibe, from dawn to dusk.

Spot La Moka by the big yellow door … and that luring smell of coffee beans.

Alfred’s Bar
Number 14 is home to Alfred’s Bar – a small inner city bar with the atmosphere of a local neighbourhood pub. Locally focused with an impressive range of SA wines and well-known beers.

Alfred’s Bar spills out onto the pavement, the perfect spot on a balmy night.

2nd & 6th
Named after the second and sixth of the seven deadly sins – greed and gluttony – here you’ll find a European lunch and dinner menu, sweet desserts and alcoholic concoctions.

Greed and gluttony are encouraged at 2nd & 6th.

Therapy Cocktail Bar
Therapy is in session! A luxe basement bar, wander down the staircase to discover a throwback to a time of glamour and serious cocktails. In fact, over 100 of them.

Head underground for a bit of suave Therapy.

Hub Adelaide
Aside from cafés, restaurants and small bars, Peel Street is also home to a small co-working space, Hub Adelaide. Voted Adelaide’s Best Co-working Space in the Qantas Business Travel Awards 2018, Hub Adelaide is a premium co-working space for growing businesses with all-inclusive amenities, high-speed internet, meeting rooms and professional development and community events. It features all the essential infrastructure needed for SA’s budding entrepreneurs and start-ups.

It might not look it from the outside, but Hub Adelaide’s insides are bustling.

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