A day vintage shopping in Adelaide

Known as the city of churches or for being a big country town, Adelaide cops a lot of flak from the Eastern states. However, if you live in Adelaide you’ll know there are a lot of great places when you know where to go. If you love vintage furniture and home wares don’t head to Rundle Mall, instead, take my advice and visit some of these little gems.

I have outlined below where I would take you if we had just one day in Adelaide (and yes I’ve suggested places to stop for coffee and lunch too!).

FIRST STOP – Coffee or Brunch
To start the morning off with some great coffee, I’d suggest visiting The Pantry on Egmont  (takeaway or dine in).  They also do great food but keep in mind it’s a small place. Other great places nearby which are larger include Ginger’s Coffee Studio and Bond & Lane Canteen.

The Pantry on EgmontThe Pantry on Egmont. Photo courtesy of Sumptuous

Our second stop is Gallimorgans (open from 10am). This is not your traditional boutique store however it is 1,000 square metres filled with really interesting pieces – retro, industrial, mid century modern, antiques and everything in-between.

GallimorgansPhoto courtesy of Gallimorgans

Our next stop is Littlest Vintage on Glen Osmond Rd. Littlest Vintage stocks clothing (men’s and women’s), vintage home wares and some furniture. Across the road Bar 9 also does great coffee, if you are in the mood for another one already.

Littlest VintagePhoto courtesy of Littlest Vintage

FOURTH STOP – Optional and your choice
The next stop I would choose is Push Pin Boutique in the city. Push Pin stocks a beautiful collection of vintage dresses from the 1940s – 1970s. It is right near the vibrant Adelaide Central Markets – which are also worth checking out!

Adelaide Central MarketPhoto courtesy of CW’s Food & Travel

If dresses aren’t your thing and you’re not ready for lunch perhaps consider heading out to the Magill Road precinct. Here I would suggest visiting Danish Vintage Modern and Rock and Rustic.

Whilst on Magill Road, I would also visit Khai Liew’s showroom. Khai is a well-known designer of exquisitely crafted contemporary furniture drawing inspiration from both Japanese and mid-century Danish design. Please note his showroom is only open by appointment.

If you didn’t head to the Adelaide Central Markets for lunch, then I have a two other options for you. On the way down to Queen Street, stop into The Loose Caboose for great food in this unique converted railway station or head straight to Queen Street – my top two picks here are Red Door Bakery and Let them eat (delicious vegetarian food that even non-vegos will love!).

The Loose CaboosePhoto courtesy of Vegetarian Adelaide

SIXTH STOP …and the one you must not to leave out!
At Queen Street you’ll find three great shops in one little stretch. One Small Room my favourite store, Hype & Seek for a more retro style and Industrial Revolution (as the name suggests) for industrial finds.

One Small RoomOne Small Room. Photo courtesy of Dear Eleanor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto courtesy of Urban Utopia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIndustrial Revolution. Photo courtesy of Urban Utopia

SEVENTH (and final) STOP
If you’ve still got time (and I hope you do!) why not head down to historic Port Adelaide. Here you can visit My Modern Nest (part of the fantastic Renew Adelaide initiative) and check out beautiful industrial buildings like the old banks in Lipson Street or the iconic Hart’s Mill.

My Modern NestPhoto courtesy of My Modern Nest

Hart's MillHart’s Mill. Photo courtesy of Panoramio

I hope you enjoy! Next time you’re in Adelaide make sure to check out shops in the Adelaide Hills, North Adelaide and visit some of the beautiful wineries. There is a lot more to see.