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Adelaide is the Foodie Destination You Didn’t Know About

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Adelaide is a foodie destination. Ask anyone from South Australia and they will tell you the best food in the state is in Adelaide. Even Australians not hailing from South Australia (except maybe the Victorians, who have an ongoing rivalry with SA) will be quick to agree that Adelaide has the best food in the country.

Sure, Adelaide has some delicious five-star eats all over the city, thanks to the fact that it’s surrounded by vineyards and farmlands and bordered by the sea. But what local specialties should you try out when you visit Adelaide? Check out our list of eight unique foods you’ll find mostly in Adelaide and South Australia.


Coffee lovers would love affogato in Adelaide
Originally, affogato is a coffee-based dessert.

Affogato is ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over it as many coffee enthusiasts would know. Foodies of Adelaide, however, have put their unique South Australian touch on this Italian coffee dessert. How so? By topping affogato with Ligurian honey from Kangaroo Island. Above all, the result is truly addictive.


AB is a famous snack in Adelaide
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Nobody knows what AB stands for. “Afterbirth” or even “atomic bomb.” is whatever they claim it to be. Whatever it means, AB is a plate of chips smothered with gyro meat, tomato sauce, chili sauce, garlic sauce, and barbecue sauce. It’s certainly best shared with friends over bottles of something cold.

Kitchener Buns

The Kitchener bun is a sweet pastry made and sold in Adelaide and South Australia
A kitchener bun filled with lots of cream.

This snack is often compared to doughnuts without holes, filled with jam and sweetened cream, and then topped with a thick dusting of sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, these buns are sure to satisfy it.

Ligurian Honey

Ligurian honey mainly found in Adelaide
Honeycombs are being filled by Ligurian Queen bees.

Besides being a foodie destination in Adelaide, another thing you’ll only find here is Ligurian honey. It is a fruity honey with a slight vanilla flavor, found only on Kangaroo Island, specifically. Kangaroo Island is home to the last pure of Ligurian bees in the world. Furthermore, it’s good with just about any dish that needs sweetening, not just Affogato.


Pavlova is famously eaten in Australia
A meringue-based dessert usually topped with multiple berries.

Anna Pavlova is a prima Russian ballerina who visited Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s as part of her world tour. Hence, that is where the name pavlova came about. The people of New Zealand claim this dessert as their invention, but South Australians have definitely made it their own.

Pie Floaters

Floaters pie which is usually paired with thick green pea soup and ketchup
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Thanks to Australia’s British legacy, Australians are as fond of meals consisting of savory meat pies and pea soup as their cousins from Great Britain. Adelaideans, however, have turned the customary pie-and-pea dinner into something else entirely and invented the pie floater. As you can imagine, it is a dish made of savory pie submerged in pea soup, often garnished with ketchup.

Quandong Pie

Quandong pie is made from quandong trees
Must try dish in the outback of Australia.

Australia is blessed with many plants that are not found elsewhere. Among these are the fruit-bearing quandong trees. The quandong fruit, also called native peach, is a mainstay of Aboriginal diets. Adelaideans love these red, exotic fruits in their dessert pies.


Adelaide is blessed with an array of seafood
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The sea is bordered by Adelaide. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the bounty of the sea frequently makes an appearance at dinner in an Adelaidean home. A feast of fish, oysters, clams, crab, squid, mussels, crayfish, shrimp, and many others fresh from the sea when you’re in Adelaide.

Ready to eat your way through Adelaide? Then book your trip to Adelaide today. Continue planning your Muslim friendly trip with these articles on Australia!

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