Whilst I had frequently heard of Airbnb I had never stopped to take a browse. My brother and his partner are frequent Airbnb users on their travels and thoroughly recommend using it! On our recent trip last month to Adelaide we took our chances and booked our very first Adelaide Airbnb stay! If you are not familiar with Airbnb it is a website where home owners list their homes for rent all over the world. The selection of Airbnb stays are endless with so many beautiful homes to stay in!
Summer is always my most favourite time of year for visiting Adelaide. If you did not know I am Adelaide girl born and raised. A majority of my family is all there. My husband and I alternate Christmas each year between Adelaide or Melbourne. This past Christmas 2017 it was time to pack our bags (and car) for Adelaide! Whilst generally staying with family or in a hotel, staying at an Adelaide Airbnb property was perfect for us. As a family of four plus add in the beloved dog (every doggy hotel was booked out), it was a perfect place to accommodate us.
It was a constant switch between should we stay beachside or inner city? Should we book an Airbnb or keep looking? You don’t want to know how much procrastinating I did in twenty-four hours! Originally we had booked a beachside destination (Henley beachfront), though another well-known booking website. One we have always had success with, however the owner unfortunately cancelled on us last-minute with no explanation! Hence we decided to just go ahead and book an Airbnb stay! After jumping back on Airbnb I couldn’t stop scrolling past this gorgeous Adelaide Sandstone house located in Parkside. A short 24 hours it was confirmed the Parkside property was ours to enjoy. Our first Adelaide Airbnb experience was all locked in!
If you are not familiar with Adelaide, Parkside is an inner southern suburb situated just 1.5km from the city. A leafy green suburb, with plenty of parks, cafes and stunning houses. Honestly I did not want to leave, we fell in love with the area!
Our lovely Adelaide Airbnb hosts were Will and Kate (and no not the royals!). A pleasure to deal with who we can not thank them enough for accommodating us in their home. The two bedroom sandstone cottage was located on quiet and beautiful leafy tree-lined street. Fully fenced, a spacious backyard perfect for entertaining, renovated interior and off street parking. It had all that we needed (and minimal toddler proofing was required!). with a fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, laundrette, air conditioning and two living areas.
Perfectly positioned in Parkside it was a stroll down to bustling Glen Osmond Road, Unley Road or Hutt Street. Head to Glen Osmond Road and you will find Frewville Foodland. As a matter of fact Frewville Foodland has been named “best in the world”! Honestly if I had visited without the kids I could have browsed (and shopped) for a good two hours! If I lived in Adelaide I would be shopping here all the time! Food lovers heaven…
Daily coffee hit options were limited, with a majority of cafe’s closed in between the Christmas and New Year period. Our host Will had given us a huge list of recommendations from East Borough to Mother’s Milk. We may not have visited either cafe this trip or ticked off any on the list! However we discovered Jenny’s Bakery was fabulous for a coffee and ready-made sandwiches/rolls. The Grind on Unley Road made a decent coffee. Of course when in Adelaide you can always rely on Cibo to be open! The nearest Cibo to us was only a 1.5km walk up the road located on Hutt Street. If only we knew they were open on Christmas morning!
Our go to playground in the area was Leicester Playground. A colourful, clean and all age friendly playground. I will say however the only downside about this area is thank goodness we did not have the double pram with us! Parts of the footpath were very narrow and the huge trees have raised up some of the paths, making it difficult to navigate!
When in Adelaide – Our favourite places
So what do we get up to in Adelaide aside from catching up with family? We head to some of our favourite places! A city I couldn’t wait to get out of, I can honestly say it is a city I have fallen back in love with! From the beaches, to wineries to the hills there is so much to do and see! Here is five of our favourite things to do/see
Adelaide Central Market
Adelaide Central Market in my opinion is hands down by far my favourite market place! Head in early and go for breakfast there is a little place called Le Souk we have visited. For breads, salads and the best pre-made lasagne go to Lucia’s Fine Foods! Thanks to my brothers girlfriend for introducing me to Lucia’s, along with a raw food place Jamu that has mouth-watering sweets! The Corner Deli is another fav along with Say Cheese!
Ten to Fifteen minutes out of the city and you will find beautiful beaches. Moana down south is always a favourite for us as you can drive on there. For Fish and Chips on the beach we found a fantastic place in Grange called Grange Fish and Chips. Yum!
I don’t even know where to start as there are so many beautiful wineries. Clare Valley is quite a drive out with endless to choose from! Otherwise head down south to the Fleurieu Penninsula and make your way to Graham Stevens, Hugo and D’Arenberg just to name few we frequently visit!
For the days you just want to wander around. Rundle Mall and the city in general we love just wandering around. Whenever we have visited the Mall it has always been buzzing with a fun vibe! From performers, to coffee carts, flower stalls, then the iconic “Balls” and “Pigs” and food carts. Cant forget to stop for a little shopping. Out of the Mall it is a beautiful stroll around Hutt Street and surrounding little streets filled with gorgeous cottages
Story Book Trail
Situated in the picturesque Carrick Hill is the Story Book Trail. Perhaps a little hidden secret? We have only taken Aria to this once when she was younger but cant wait to go back with both girls now they are older! Based on classic tales like Charlotte’s Web and The Magic Faraway Tree. A short walk through where the classic tales come to life
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