Just a short drive or walk out of the CBD, you’ll find yourself in one of SA’s most desirable suburb clusters.
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is frequented by thousands of South Australians every day and they come for the dining, the culture, the lifestyle, the entertainment and, of course, the shopping!
Rich in family-owned Adelaide institutions, the area has become a multi-generational hub. Are you a true South Aussie if your parents haven’t taken you out for a special Italian dinner at Ambrosini’s on Magill Road? Are you really from Adelaide if you haven’t lined up to snag a seat at Argo On The Parade for brekky with your besties?
Beneath all these well-known eastside assets are lots of little secrets that the locals have under their hats… but maybe you haven’t discovered them yet. So, I’m about to let the cat out of the bag…
Tucked away in the backstreets are some of the country’s best food manufacturers, including all your favourites… ice cream, cheese, chocolate, wine and pasta, all selling their products to the public, cellar-door style!
That’s right, you can scream for Gelato Bello any day of the week (these guys made our wedding cake in 2007, so I know personally just how fantastic they are); pop over to L’Abruzzese and grab some traditional artisan pasta; and this might sound cheesy, but La Casa Del Formaggio is really grate too! And don’t forget to take your kids to the FruChocs factory — it’s everything they’ve ever dreamed of, and more. You may even meet the maker while you’re there — how’s that for a personal touch!
Dine with a smile
The fridges are cold and the oven is hot! Magill Road is a full sensory experience when it comes to sniffing out great places to eat. Cafés like Fine and Fettle, Wholly Belly, Inside Morocco and Nourish’d Kitchen all serve up the freshest food and drinks and, of course, great coffee. And exciting news for the whole eastside community, with SAHA opening its doors on Magill Road, Maylands, after a devastating fire at their Beulah Park café in late 2019.
Magill Road’s homewares
Need to fulfill your homeware desires? Pop over to this little hub in Maylands and peruse boutique shops offering everything we love, from stunning wall art and funky kitchen utensils to outdoor pots and plants, unique furniture and cushions for days.
Flavours of Stepney
The sister suburb of Glynde, Stepney is also full of local food and beverage surprises. Enjoy a craft beer at Little Bang Brewing Co. — these boys love to entertain and put on an event, so keep an eye on their socials for the next shindig! Just around the corner is Rio Coffee, the oldest coffee roasting house in South Australia, and they’re still producing delicious and smooth coffee every single day.
For the sweet-toothed Adelady, you may like to know that Quinzi’s Confectionery is also in the hood. They’ve been making their famous sweets on site for 40 years and nothing beats a milk-coated cashew or a candied almond while shopping, am I right?
Oh, and you can have all the cake at award-winning Heidelberg Cakes. This husband and wife duo have been making sweet masterpieces for 30 years. “Our mission is to create memories that will last forever, with a cake that tastes as good as it looks,” says owner Carolyn.
Do what I do with my besties and create a self-guided tour through these beauties… Twopairs, Flourish on Magill, The Source, Asser & Co, Outside Square, 1K Chairs, Abbode Interior Products, Aura Objects, Botanica Boutique, topped off with coffee and records at Wolfie’s.