Rosey’s Unley

Fritters and salmon.jpg139 Unley Rd, Unley SA 5061 | Phone: (08) 7225 0690 |
Open every day 0800 – 1600 | Find them on Facebook 

Rosey’s has been on Unley Road for several years probably because it offers consistent service and quality food. Although you can get a table during the week, it always pays to book on the weekends. There is seating inside the little shop where there are hanging bottles and minimalist décor, and also in the brick paved courtyard. This is a pleasant area even on a cold day when the blinds are pulled down and the heaters on to give cozy feel.

The food is fairly standard but well cooked and presented. A personal favourite is the fritters with salmon, and the French toast is also delicious. Coffee is consistently good with no variation from visit to visit – another reason to go back as you know what you are going to get. Continue reading

Red House Shop & Café

North Adelaide Railway Station, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide SA 5006 |
Phone: 0414 184 166 | Open every day 0730 – 1600 | Find them on Facebook

This cafe is on War Memorial Drive near the golf course and on the bike/walking track. It is in the old North Adelaide railway station building so overall it has a great location. I was interested to know what the shop was rather than the food so decided to stop there about an hour before closing on a weekday.
The staff were very friendly and were happy to show me through the building (the cafe wasn’t busy) and into what had been the station master’s house – where the shop is now located. This shop is a retro/vintage collection and is in a small room off the passageway. It is well stocked and presented in such a small space and for those into that type of thing you would be sure to find something. Continue reading

Living Well Bulk Foods

Z Ward for the criminally insane

25 Conyngham St, Glenside SA 5065 | Phone:(08) 8223 1234
Find out about tours

Read more  about Z Ward here

You would think that a place for the criminally insane in the 19th century would be a dark place. It is surprising to see the huge windows that let in light and let you see the the world outside. The broken windows are the result of 21st vandalism as most of the windows have no protection from this type of attack. If you get the chance, visit the ward on one of their tour days – you are free to wander on your own around the building and grounds,  or listen to one of the guides who have extensive knowledge of this historic place.

What is a Stobie pole?

When you are in South Australia, you will most likely hear people mentioning Stobie poles. People often talk about these poles as being ‘deadly’ or ‘killers’. If you are wondering what they are, but were too afraid to ask – here’s your answer.

Stobie poles are actually power poles made of concrete enclosed in two metal braces which look a bit like they have come from railway lines. They were invented back in 1924 by an engineer at the Adelaide Electric Supply Company. His name was James Stobie and he used the materials that were readily available because termite resistant timber was not easy to find in South Australia.

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Hawker Street Café

22 Hawker Street Bowden SA 5007 | Phone (08) 8346 2884
Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:30am  – 2 pm | Find them on Facebook

Hawker Street is a main thoroughfare connecting historic Brompton and Bowden. These adjoining suburbs were established in the early years of South Australia – Bowden in 1839 and Brompton in 1849 so there are plenty of old buildings with history and character. The Hawker Street Café is in a row of shops and very easy to find. Right next door is an interesting little second hand shop with lots of retro gear and character items. Continue reading

Palm House

Located in the Botanic Gardens | Phone: 08 8222 9311
Open daily 10:00 to 16:00 | More information

The Palm House was imported from Bremen, Germany, back in 1875 in kit form – a remarkable achievement considering the distance and the amount of glass involved. It was constructed in a way that was advanced engineering for the time.

It is a unique structure and had been meticulously restored to its original form. If you compare original photos with the current structure you will notice that there are very little differences.

Being in the Palm House is a quiet experience. You can take in the history of the structure as well as enjoy the plants. The grotto is also and original feature and was constructed of stones imported from the Black Forest in Germany.

There is a café near the Palm House which gives you a great view of the House and the nearby lake while you enjoy good coffee, a light meal or a snack served by friendly staff.

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Cafe near the Palm House

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