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ADELAIDE Locals in Adelaide flock
to the huge Central Market, where
you can buy all sorts of fresh local
produce and munch on cheap
noodles and laksa. There are more
dining spots in Adelaide per head
of population than anywhere else
in Australia. For just about any
style of cuisine you can imagine,
head to the eat-streets of Rundle
Street and Gouger Street, or to
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BRISBANE In Brisbane, join the
locals in the restored pubs and
cool cafes in Fortitude Valley, go
cafe hopping in New Farm, eat at
ethnic restaurants in the West End
or enjoy Italian cuisine in Milton.
the bohemian, bayside precinct
of St Kilda. There’s a huge range
of hip, funky restaurants here,
ranging from modern Japanese
and Indian to modern Australian
and Vietnamese. Just north of the
city centre grid, you’ll find the
eat-streets of Carlton and Fitzroy.
Carlton is known for its Italian
restaurants and cafes, which cluster
along Lygon Street, while Fitzroy
has plenty of inexpensive eateries
and bars on edgy Brunswick Street.
Melbourne’s eclectic spirit turns
up in a mind-boggling range of
nightspots that pepper the city’s
streets and laneways. Try Tony
Starr’s Kitten Club for live jazz acts
and intimate spaces; or join the
locals for a ritual sunset beer or
weekend live music at The Prince.
An unusual laneway bar worth
checking out is The Croft Institute,
which has great cocktails, weekend
dancing and curious chemistry-
experiment equipment among
the alcohol bottles. Meanwhile,
beer lovers will adore Cookie for
its beer-barn atmosphere and
its Japanese and European beers
on tap. A new kid on the block
is Saint & Rogue: it has comfy
couches, a wide choice of beer and
a traditional pub-like atmosphere.
SYDNEY No Sydneysider can ever
get tired of looking at the glistening
waters of Sydney Harbour, or the
architectural magnificence of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge and the
Sydney Opera House. Then there
are the beaches, of course.
One of the most popular scenic
walks for locals is the coastal
walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee.
The two-hour stroll starts at
the Icebergs Dining Room and
Bar, before continuing on past
Tamarama beach – or as it’s
known locally ‘Glamarama’.
Next, the path leads to family-
friendly Bronte Beach, then on
to Clovelly Beach, before finally
reaching the beach at Coogee.
Along the way you might
well come across waterfront
competitions or surf carnivals,
which are popular on summer
weekends. There are plenty of
bustling cafes and restaurants
along the route, too.
To experience Sydney’s original
cafe culture hotspots, join the locals
at one of the many coffee houses in
inner-city Darlinghurst. There is
also a strong morning cafe scene
at gorgeous Balmoral Beach. Go
for a swim in the calm, green
There are several popular
eating areas where the locals
tend to congregate. These include
Newtown, where you’ll find a whole
range of ethnic eateries, and both
Crown Street and Oxford Street.
For some sea salt with your meal,
head to the restaurant strips at
Bondi and Manly beaches.
Sydneysiders have a wide
choice of bars to choose from. One
of the most popular areas is The
Rocks – Sydney’s historic quarter.
Some of the pubs here stretch back
to the convict days, and tales of
shanghaied sailors and smuggled
rum are commonplace.
Another weekend favourite is
the beer garden and eatery at the
Watsons Bay Hotel. Get there on a
ferry from Circular Quay and leave
time for a walk along the clifftops.
MELBOURNE This is a city
renowned for its restaurants, bars,
cafe culture, shopping and fashion
scene. Join the locals on the trams
as they clunk around this gracious,
cultured city and don’t expect to
go to bed early, because Melbourne
promises to keep you awake with its
For some of the best Chinese
food this side of Shanghai, choose
from the dozens of restaurants in
Chinatown, which is around Little
Bourke Street in the city centre.
Another suburb worth noting is
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