While spring and summer in Glenelg is undoubtedly amazing, there are so many magical things to do while visiting the seaside suburb and surrounds in the cooler months.
So, resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months, because we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities Glenelg and surrounds has to offer. Think chilling at the cosiest cafes, restaurants and bars, frequenting the best indoor cultural activities and rugging up to meander along the Glenelg to Seacliff Coastal Walk.
HAVE A CUPPA. OR THREE.
Going out in winter is never difficult if you know where to go and what to order. And we’ll give you a couple of good suggestions – St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert and Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate’ – mostly for the hot chocolates and coffees (you can thank us later!).
Let’s start with St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert. There aren’t too many places in Adelaide where you can buy delicious coffee, hot chocolate with real chocolate oozing off the rim or fresh hot waffles. But St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Dessert is a good start. The hot chocolates, with said oozing chocolate, will have you licking the cup much like you would an ice cream. Pair it with a waffle for a next level treat. Other irresistible treats include waffle shakes, freshly made churros and cookie sandwiches. Hot coffee or chocolate and special treats, amidst a cosy Parisian-esque setting? Oui Oui!
And there’s Bracegirdle’s too. With a name like ‘house of fine chocolate’ in it and a coup like ‘Australia’s most awarded artisan chocolatier’, Bracegirdle’s is the place to be this winter for anything chocolate. Especially hot chocolates, one of their signature creations, which uses only the finest Belgian chocolate by award-winning chocolatiers. If hot chocolates aren’t on the priority list, they house all the caffeinated faves like lattes, espresso and flat whites too. Away from the coffee machine, Bracegirdle’s Glenelg (the original home and flagship store) is situated in a heritage-listed building, and as a nod to the Glenelg area, the café’s tables and furnishings have been handcrafted from Glenelg tramline sleepers. Neat!
Escape the cooler temperature by exploring various indoor places featuring fantastic entertainment - Bay Discovery Centre Museum, The Beachouse and GU Filmhouse Cinema, we’re looking at you.
A family institution, The Beachhouse is akin to an indoor amusement park. Beachhouse goers can partake in some fun on the heated waterslides (kids don’t feel the cold, remember?), play a spot of mini golf or choose from an array of arcade games. Adding to the amusement park energy is the majestic 120 year old carousel, dodgem cars and bumper boats. And like any good amusement park, ice cream and fairy floss are at the ready plus they are now licensed offering boutique beverages. Fun for the whole family!
Or for the movie lovers, GU Filmhouse offers a great selection of mainstream and independent movies, complete with an onsite licensed café consisting of a tempting curated food menu, including wine! Yes – wine! It’s the complete cinema experience so sit back, relax and pass the popcorn. Underneath the cinema is paid parking with 2 hours free plus an additional 2 hours free when the cinema ticket barcode is scanned at the parking machine. Bonus!
And lastly, for the history and culture buffs, there’s the Bay Discovery Centre Museum. Located in the heart of Glenelg, this social history museum celebrates South Australia’s cultural heritage. Wander through the galleries to discover the stories of the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains, the Tiati Wangkanthi Kumangka exhibition about South Australia's Proclamation and settlement, the evolution of beach culture and some of the States most loved identities.
LET’S GO WALKIES.
The days are short, the temperature drops, the breeze bites and wild waves lash the shores. But beyond the chill is the buzz of fitness enthusiasts walking, running or cycling (there’s full accessibility for wheelchair users too) along the continuous two-way trail that is the Glenelg to Seacliff Coastal Walk.
Don the jacket, get your gloves, roundup rover or call a friend, because it’s beach walk time! Glenelg provides the perfect starting point for the picturesque 6km coastal walk – a walk peppered with family beaches, parks, cafes, sculptures, sites of aboriginal cultural significance and more. And after you’ve finished soaking up the surrounds? It’s café time, of course!
COSY UP ALONG THE BROADWAY.
Tis the season to layer on your winter woollies and eat, drink and shop at some of the stars on Broadway (cue: Mockingbird Lounge, Seafaring Fools and The Organik Store and Café). These toasty establishments will calm the chill with its hot drinks, fab food and cool vibes.
Locals - and those after some good grub - will be well nourished and hydrated with Seafaring Fools who serve seriously good breakfasts and lunches. Say ahoy to breakfasts staples like the Captain’s Breakfast (eggs, bacon, tater tots, skippers baked beans, Fools chevapchici and mushroom ragu with toasted ciabatta) or the Smashed Avo (on toasted ciabatta with Persian fetta, avocado, herbs, sliced radish, add poached eggs). Their lunch options also delight, thanks to their luxe burgers and sandwiches.
And for the health-conscious foodie, The Organik Store and Cafe is the go-to, with their predominately plant-based and GF menu. Favourites include the Acai In The Bowl (frozen organic acai berry, pureed with banana and topped with house made toasted muesli, desiccated coconut and fresh seasonal fruit) and the Haloumi Mushroom (buttered mushrooms and grilled haloumi served with Eve’s organic sourdough, rocket pesto, a sprinkling of seeds and seasonal greens). Foodies can also stock the pantry from The Organik’s store, which houses a selection of organic whole foods, organic produce and allergy free foods.
Joining The Broadway’s foodie line up is Mockingbird Lounge. This ‘bird’s’ unique space draws a crowd with its cute combination of cosy cafe, community space, second-hand book shop, art gallery and gift shop. Adding to the quaintness is tea from Scullery Made and The Tea Catcher, coffee from De Groot and a range of homemade cakes and biscuits, light lunches and soup. Tweet-riffic.
INDULGE IN A WINTER FEAST.
Put down the cooking pots and cancel your Uber Eats, and opt for a winter feast at a few Glenelg restaurants instead. On the hit list? Glenelg BBQ Inn, Seafire and Luciano’s. Not only will you get to indulge in some hearty winter dishes but there’s not a skerrick of cleaning up to do. Win!
Touted ‘the king of the steak’, Glenelg BBQ Inn, as the name suggests, is a steakhouse that knows a thing or two about meat. They’ve been on the grill for around 55+ years and continue to put pork chops, sausages, steak, shaslicks and chicken on the barbecue. Hello, winter barbie.
Keeping with the steak theme is Seafire restaurant, touted ‘home of Glenelg’s premium steaks’. There’s a selection of grass fed steak specialties, fresh Coffin Bay oysters and other seafood faves, but most notable is their Steak and Red Wine Tasting Flight. As part owner of Seafire Justin Daysh explains.
“Steak Flights are uniquely Seafire, we offer a taste of grass fed, wagyu and our own flavoured steak paired with three premium Yalumba Wines. We also do in house dry aged flavoured steak, with flavours from Bloody Mary to Sambar Masala. They are an ultimate winter go too”. And would you like an ocean or Marina Pier view with that? Waterfront dining at its finest.
Another Marina Pier destination? Luciano’s. This Italian establishment is on a mission: to serve delicious Italian food in a stunning location that guests will want to return, week after week. If it’s not the wood-oven pizza or the fresh gnocchi made daily, it’s the chic décor (hello marble and pink textures) and stunning views, which will have you returning – yup – week after week. A true Tuscan paradise.
WINTER @ SUMMER…TOWN.
Embrace Winter… at Summertown Studio in Somerton Park. The place is more warehouse than studio, and the whimsical décor trimmings, co working space and strong coffee is enough to get you in the door – rain, hail, or shine. If that’s not enough, the venue’s founders Sharni Honor and Sarah Bradford also offer The Loft, a hire space predominately used for yoga, pilates, meditation, wellness classes and workshops.
Adding to Summertown Studio’s charm is its shopfront, dotted with hanging plants, vintage objects, clothing and products from local makers (Etikette Candles, Littlest Vintage, Mrs Fishers Pottery, Some Skincare and more). The studio also plays host to events such as ‘wine time’ and ‘Fleetwood Market’.
Get on down to Summertown!
CATCHES OF THE DAY.
Oyster Bar, Sammy’s or Cardones are the catch of the day, with their fresh in-season seafood, great wine and quality service and atmosphere.
Thinking of a winter feast involving seafood? Think Sammy’s on the Marina. This award-winning seafood restaurant serves up the freshest seafood, with quality seafood platters as their speciality. And for a real treat, Sammy’s also serve up breath-taking views of both the beach and Marina. This restaurant is a great catch.
Another great catch is Cardones. Having won back-to-back awards (Restaurant and Catering Awards for Best Seafood Restaurant in 2014 and 2015), this Italian-seafood-inspired eatery situated on Glenelg’s main drag is a must-visit. Be hooked on tempting dishes like the Lobster bisque, roasted garlic butter and Grana Padano oysters, or the linguine pasta with prawns, scallops, clams, barramundi, Napoli and chilli.
One more eatery to sea, er, see? The Oyster Bar. Expect South Australia's finest, freshest oysters, sourced from South Australia’s oyster region Coffin Bay. Oyster lovers can choose from ‘chilled’ or ‘grilled’ oysters, with plenty of tempting non-Oyster options on offer too. Hot tip – visit on a Wednesday for Oyster Day (discounted oysters) or Friday night for Oyster Hour (discounted oysters between 5pm – 7pm). Want a little more of an experience then try “Let’s Shuck” an oyster shucking class with an optional tailored wine flight.
A mini getaway is always a good idea. And if it’s at the Stamford Grand, then even better. This 220-room hotel promises the ultimate seaside staycation, with ocean views, sunsets and a pool area (jacuzzi spa included!).
Seaside drawcards aside, the hotel also houses fine dining (The Promenade Restaurant), plenty of tipples (Horizons Cocktail Lounge or The Grand Bar) and High Tea in the Promenade restaurant – experiences all best shared with friends or family.
But back to the Seaside Staycation. From just $239 per night, staycationers can enjoy overnight luxury accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2, free parking, a $50 Food and Beverage credit and a welcome drink in the Grand Bar.
Book a night away now to enjoy the Alpine Winter Festival that will transform Glenelg’s foreshore into a winter wonderland with an ice rink, ski lodge, immersive art instillations, markets and scattered fire pits.
Clear the calendar, it’s staycation time!
BAR HOPPING ON JETTY ROAD.
As winter begins to bite, add these Jetty Rd watering holes to your winter itinerary: The Moseley, Terra and Sol, Beach Burrito and Fourth. These places will have you warming up, winding down and enjoying a tipple or two (and nothing says winter like a mulled wine, stout beer or whiskey!) in no time.
If your winter essentials include a comfy chair, a crackling fireplace, and something with whiskey in it, look no further than The Moseley Bar and Kitchen. Named after its location, this bar and kitchen (in Moseley Square) knows how to celebrate the seasons, hosting a range of events like The Moseley Beach Club in summer and The Moseley Igloos come winter. You read right – igloos! Positioned outside, a party of up to 8 can wine and dine in see-through igloos. Each Instagram-worthy igloo features a cosy and warm fireplace, and either couch and lounge seating, or a round table dining setting. If igloos aren’t your thing, the multi-level establishment offers a unique drinking and dining experience, inside.
Another unique drinking and dining experience is Beach Burrito. Half bar, half Mexican eatery, this festive joint, nestled on Jetty Rd, channels a touch of Mexican and a lot of fun. Be pleasantly fed with their selection of Mexican dishes (think tacos, burritos and more), well hydrated with their specialised drinks selection (including Margaritas!) and dazzled by their upstairs room boasting a balcony which lends sweet views of Jetty Rd and Glenelg Beach sunsets.
And for those with a hankering to wet the whistle, visit Fourth Bar for fresh cocktails, boutique wines, craft beers, whisky, and gins. One of the newer kids on the block, this brunch to late night bar venue is hip and happening at any time of the day. Maybe because they have cocktails like the Jalapeño Margarita or the Daytime Daquiri, or perhaps it’s the layout offering a mix of cosy sit down spots, bar seating or larger tables. Otherwise, it’s the delicious dishes they pedal, like ‘coconut fried chicken’ or the ‘buffalo cauliflower’ that makes this place the go to for any winter outing.
One last stop on the bar hopping trail is Terra & Sol. With great coffee, cuisine, and cocktails, it’s no secret this chic café-come-bar has the winning trifecta. Another winner? They stock mostly South Australian produce and wines; and have a shiny new winter menu too. All great drawcards to dine, wine and support local. As co-owner Brock Meuris explains.
“We are all about local! I love showcasing how amazing South Australia is and want to give back to our incredible state by supporting local. We’re so excited about our new winter menu which features a lot of SA produce and winning combos like Sarsaparilla beef cheeks, a mixed mushroom risotto and fresh pasta comprising of an 8-hour lamb shank ragu. Plus, we have over 70 bottles distilled in South Australia with a great range of wines, gin, whisky, rum and vodka. SA all the way.”
BRRRR…IGHTON BEACH HOT SPOTS
Baby it’s cold out. When the weather is frightful, there’s only one thing to do: cosy up, beat the chill and bunker down at either The Seller Door, C.R.E.A.M or Royal Copenhagen. These Brighton hot spots are the perfect go to for coffee, brunch or lunch.
There’s coffee - and there’s The Seller Door coffee. With owners Tom and Ben Rodger at the helm (and coffee machine), these two brothers know how to make a coffee or two. They even have their own coffee blend, Good Boy Blend. Complementing the coffees are tempting foodie options like haloumi tacos with pulled pork, choc peanut butter smoothie bowl or cream cheese and avocado bagels. And much like a cellar door, they have their own Shiraz wine too. These homegrown offerings tie in nicely with The Seller Door’s ethos of showcasing local South Australian sellers. Doubling as a ‘market’, shelves are stocked with local produce and artisan makers including Etikette Candles, Jamu Tonic, Happy Way protein, ES Ceramics and more. We’re sold.
Another café we’re sold on? C.R.E.A.M (an acronym for Coffee Rules Everything Around Me). Owner and coffee afficionado Josh Rivers puts his regional latte art champion title to work, bringing us great coffee, an equally great Americana-inspired breakfast-brunch menu (cheeseburgers with ‘baconaise’ or big buckets of fried chicken, anyone?) and cool digs. The place has had a revamp since its inception, including extending the café and adding a second coffee station to take care of the takeaways. And the C.R.E.A.M on top? The signature wall covered in autographs from various local celebrities from the likes of The Hilltop Hoods, Teresa Palmer and Julia Gillard.
And for a sugar-y treat, rug up and pay a visit to Royal Copenhagen. Apart from usual café fare (coffee, breakfast crepes, eggs on toast), this cafe comes with all the foundations of a sweet ice cream parlour - waffle cones are freshly made on site, ice cream flavours boast bold combos like Banana Fudge and Chilli Chocolate to Sunshine Mango and White Choc Caramel Fudge, refreshing fruit-based sorbets are on rotation and the smell of hot cinnamon donuts waft through the air.