Just in case you’re wondering who Shauna is? She’s the 24-year-old creator of Project Strong Woman — a social media initiative that celebrates inspirational women from around the world. Shauna Ryan’s an Adelady at heart, even though she recently moved to the ‘dark side’, Sydney. But, we won’t hold that against her.
Project Strong Woman profiles women from all walks of life, who have overcome seriously difficult challenges and come out the other side, almost “galvanised” against anything else life can throw at them. Think Human’s of New York; albeit with only women, sharing incredible and inspiring stories. Reading their profiles will give you a greater appreciation for your own life, or they’ll make you feel like you’re not alone. Their stories are so inspiring!
And we think Shauna’s pretty strong too, so today, she’s our Inspirational Adelady. These are her fave places in our wonderful city…
1. FAVE PLACE FOR A DRINK
Exploring the wineries around the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley is one of my favourite pastimes. The last winery I went to was Barristers Block Wines, which is located in Woodside. They provide a picturesque atmosphere for families, couples and it’s perfect for an afternoon out with the girls.
Image supplied: the Barossa Valley
Image supplied: the Barossa Valley
2. FAVE PLACE TO EAT
I’m a foodie who loves to try new things! Every time I come home, I try to squeeze in at least one trip to Adelaide Central Market because there are two places I love there.
The first place is Sun Mi’s Sushi, which is a Korean stall. My go-to meal there is Bibimbap and Mung Bean Pancakes. Sun Mi and her staff are so lovely and the food is amazing!
Image supplied: Sun Mi’s Sushi
The second place in the market is Le Souk. Go and see Azou, who will serve you the most amazing Algerian food! His mint and pine nut tea is also worth a try.
Image supplied: Le Souk
Lastly, I cannot leave Adelaide without a trip to Public CBD. Located on Franklin Street, this place has the greatest dessert I have ever tasted: a vanilla and peach tart. YUM! Their coffee is great too.
3. FAVE PLACE TO SHOP
I love shopping! But being a student again, I’ve had to cut back on my splurges. This being the case, I try to immerse myself in second-hand shopping. Adelaide is spoilt for choice when it comes to op-shops. There is a gorgeous recycled clothing store on O’Connell Street in North Adelaide, called Marilyn’s Dépôt Vente. I try to make a trip there every time I’m home. The clothes and shoes are always in exceptional condition and the service is always friendly and personal.
Boutiques are also a weakness of mine; so spending an afternoon hunting for fashion on Melbourne Street, King William Road and The Parade, Norwood, is a favourite. Gilles Street Markets are also not to be missed. I try and work my trips to Adelaide around those markets if I can; a great way to support local designers!
4. FAVE PLACE FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY
Leading quite a busy life, I thoroughly enjoy weekend getaways. My most recent weekend getaway was to Second Valley, camping with a group of friends. Our phones had no reception where we set up camp, so it was nice to get in touch with nature, go hiking and reflect by a bonfire.
Image credit: naturallysouthaustralia
Image supplied: Second Valley
I love exploring the Adelaide Hills and indulging in the best South Australia has to offer. If you’re not into camping, try a weekend away at Mt Lofty House! A quick dip in the pool is the perfect way to wind down after a busy week.
Image supplied: Mt Lofty House
5. FAVE PLACE FOR A HOT CHOCOLATE
Chocolatree. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a hot chocolate girl! Heading into winter, I can’t pass up the opportunity to cozy up with a blanket in the courtyard of Chocolatree. I’m a creature of habit, so the milk hot chocolate is my regular order and it will probably stay that way forever. In my travels, I’m always looking for the world’s best hot chocolate. Chocolatree still holds that title (in my book anyway).
If we switch to other hot drinks for a moment, I love enjoying a hottie on The Parade, Norwood. Absorbing the hustle and bustle of that part of Adelaide, is something I really enjoy too.
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* Photos supplied by Shauna Ryan