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Month: February 2019

Coffee Crawl in Glenelg Beach, Adelaide

Adelaide sure seems to like its coffee! Where I’m staying in Glenelg Beach, there are so many cafés/coffee houses. So, it seemed only fair to sample a few. First was Gloria Jeans Coffee…an Australian franchise. This was on my first day and I had an iced latte and a sautéed mushroom, mozzarella and tomato panini. The service and food were great. Although, I think franchises can feel a little impersonal sometimes (the décor etc.), I felt a bit like a typical Starbucks.

Whilst touring the city centre of Adelaide, I stopped by an outdoor café (can’t remember the name) for iced coffee (with a generous amount of Chantilly cream) and a coffee éclair. Caffeine overload! Although, when touring the city in 30oc heat, a ‘pick-me-up’ is necessary!

After a busy day touring the city centre, the following day was a bit more relaxed…a beach day! I took a walk along the beach mid-morning and stopped by a beachfront café called the ‘Broadway Kiosk’. I walked up to the counter and spent quite a while choosing a cake…there were so many to choose from! I decided to go for the traditional carrot cake and of course, another iced coffee. This particular iced coffee had a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream in it…rather decadent! I find some cafés/coffee houses leave their cake in the display counter for days and days until it tastes completely stale! But this carrot cake was moist and not too sweet…just right!

I would say in general, I can be quite particular about which coffee house/café I choose to eat/drink in…I go to enough of them to distinguish between a good and a bad one! So over-all, Adelaide/Glenelg Beach definitely gets a ‘thumbs-up’ from me with their many cafés!

Touring The City of Adelaide

Today I took the tram from Moseley Square, Glenelg into the city. One of my first stops was Rundle Mall. It’s a pedestrian-only street mall between King William Street and Pulteney Street. Included in this, are a few arcades/plazas with lovely looking coffee shops, small boutiques etc. As soon as I arrived, I noticed street performers/buskers in the centre of the mall…rather entertaining! I then stopped by a small outdoor café for iced coffee and cake. Very necessary…as you can imagine, it gets pretty tiring walking around in the hot sun! Especially in the city, where there’s absolutely no breeze!

After that I was planning on visiting the local art gallery but decided against it, as it was just too hot! Instead, I headed over to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and spent a good amount of time there. Such stunning flowers and a lot history with the plants etc…including the exotic ‘Amazon Waterlily’.

After that, was Adelaide Central Market (a popular tourist attraction selling a vast amount of fresh produce, as well as cakes, biscuits etc.) I was expecting quite a small market but it was huge!

Beach Town Vibes In Glenelg, Adelaide

So here I am on my first day in Adelaide/Glenelg Beach. I arrived last night at about 10pm (after 25 hours of traveling!) and pretty much went straight to sleep! I’m staying in a beachfront hostel on Glenelg Beach (Glenelg is a beach-side suburb of Adelaide and is listed as the most popular beach in the whole of Adelaide!). I’m currently enjoying an iced coffee and a sautéed mushroom panini in a coffee house on the main strip.

The last time I was in Australia was 4 and a half years ago. I was 19 at the time and it was my first time traveling on my own…here I am nearly 5 years later and even more addicted to travel than I was back then! So back then, I did a solo trip of the East Coast, I flew into Sydney, spent a few days exploring the city and then caught an over night coach to Byron Bay. Byron Bay was so interesting, a hippy beach town known for it’s surfing…I had my first ever surfing lesson there! I also visited Surfer’s Paradise, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island, Airlie Beach, The Whitsundays, Magnetic Island and Cairns. The trip lasted just under 5 weeks.

The trip I’m doing this time is shorter and not quite so fast-paced. I’m spending almost a week chilling here in Adelaide (with strong intensions of soaking up the sun, sampling coffee and cake in the many cafés/coffee houses and just generally taking advantage of the ‘beach town vibes’!), after that I’ll head on to Auckland, New Zealand for a few days and then stopping off in Hong Kong for 3 days on my way back to the U.K. It’s so refreshing to escape the cold weather back home for a while!

It’s now Friday evening, my second day here. I had a pretty relaxing day, I walked along the beach promenade in the morning for about an hour (my exercise for the day!), then headed back to my hostel for lunch (one of the benefits of staying in such a central location!). In the afternoon, I browsed around a few of the beachfront boutiques and then stopped by a frozen yogurt stand for some all-natural mango ‘fro yo’!

Something that I love about Australia is that they really seem to make an effort to encourage a ‘eco-friendly’ lifestyle. I’ve noticed a lot of the cafés here are very eco-friendly and health conscious. Also, I noticed a ‘bulk foods’ store (a store that sells dried goods such as oats, rice etc. in bulk and you can bring your own containers…no plastic!). I’m hoping this kind of thing becomes more popular in the U.K. soon!

Tomorrow, I’m planning on taking the tram into the city centre of Adelaide to explore!

travelwithkay xo

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