Adelaide voted the “coolest” city in Australia

But what exactly has made Adelaide earn the recognition as Australia's coolest city by the Wall Street Journal?

The article highlighted that Adelaide effortlessly combines its compact charm, excellent dining options, vibrant cultural scene, green parklands, and stunning natural beauty to create a distinctive and attractive urban experience.

In their pursuit to uncover the city's hidden gems, the Wall Street Journal turned to the knowledge of Adelaide's proud residents. Together, they put together a list of the city’s best-kept secrets.

Culinary Excellence: Justin James, the executive chef at the renowned Restaurant Botanic, praised Adelaide's culinary scene, suggesting Bar Peripheral and Osteria Oggi for outstanding food and drinks.

Cultural Hub: Max Pritchard, from Max Pritchard Gunner Architects, highlighted North Terrace as a cultural hub where art galleries and cafes come together to create a perfect setting for a day out.


Style and Luxury: Fashion enthusiast Adut Akech Bior shared her favourite spots, including The Parade in Norwood, Sequoia Lodge in Mount Lofty, and the serene Henley Beach, catering to those with a taste for style and luxury.

Mixologist's Paradise: Mixologist Callum Fleming, recommended must-visit places for finely crafted beverages and delicious meals in vibrant settings, including popular spots on Prospect Road like Meze Mazi or Anchovy Bandit, and the newly unveiled La Louisiane.

Adelaide's appeal extends beyond the accolade from the Wall Street Journal. The city is experiencing a surge in population growth, driven by natural increase, net overseas migration, and net interstate migration, marking a shift from past trends. Adelaide's future looks promising, with projections of steady and sustainable growth, expecting the city's population to expand from 1.41 million to over 2.1 million by 2051.