Just a 20 minute drive or a 35 minute tram ride from Adelaide’s CBD, Glenelg is a vibrant beach-side suburb with a whole lot of personality. Whether you’re an outdoorsy type or looking for something a little more laid back, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time there. Glenelg is home to some of South Australia’s best shops, restaurants, bars, beauty salons and sandy beaches.
We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do, finest spots to eat and drink and some top notch shopping options for your trip to the bay.
Things to do in Glenelg: play
Dreaming of a life at sea? These Glenelg sailors have you sorted. Temptation Sailing’s premium tours cater to adventure seekers and laid-back holiday goers. There’s a Wild Dolphin Tour where you can spot and swim along the local wildlife and a number of cruises which can include delicious food and beverages from their licenced bar, afternoon tea and a twilight evening sailing experience.
Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marina, Glenelg
Pinot & Picasso
Unleash your creativity while enjoying a glass of your favourite beverage at Pinot & Picasso. BYO bottle to share with friends and the team will do the rest, supplying your canvas, paints, and step-by-step instructions to paint your masterpiece.
Level 1/3 Moseley Street, Glenelg
Things to do in Glenelg: pampering & beauty
Stretch and flex out all your troubles with a session at Coast Yoga. Classes are available seven days a week and cater to all experience levels. Their extensive offering includes beginners classes, prenatal and mothers and babies sessions, men’s yoga and even rope yoga.
1-5 Sussex Street, Glenelg
Blow Dry Bar
Do you have a fancy event to attend, a special dinner planned or perhaps you just want a little TLC to give yourself a confidence boost? Stop off at the Blow Dry Bar for some premium pampering. Whether it’s a classic blow dry for a bouncy bouffant, a new look with highlights or make up and beauty services at the Glam Bar, they make you look and feel like a million bucks.
113 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Things to do in Glenelg: eat & drink
Moseley Bar and Restaurant
If you’re after a relaxed, beach vibe alongside good food and drink, then Moseley Bar and Restaurant is a must visit. Open ‘til late daily, you can take your pick of nibbles, lunch and dinner available, or choose from their list of wines, beers and cocktails waiting to refresh you.
If you fancy something a little more al fresco, book yourself into the Moseley Igloos for yourself and seven others to enjoy exclusive use of either a relaxed lounge igloo or a more formal round table dining igloo, complete with your own personal waiter. When summer comes back around, Moseley Beach Club returns to give a taste of the Amalfi Coast right on your very doorstep.
11 Moseley Square, Glenelg
Treat yourself to a scoop of some of Bottega Gelateria’s handcrafted gelato, created the traditional way – with passion, time and years of experience. They only use fresh seasonal fruits and the finest SA ingredients in their creamy creations including traditional strawberry, plum sorbet and even matcha green tea.
58 Jetty Road, Glenelg
An Instagrammer’s dream of neon lighting, pastel colours and palm trees galore is ready and waiting at Polk. There’s a menu packed with modern Asian fusion dishes with ‘Easy Eats’ or ‘Feed Me’ options, the most delicious cocktails and the good vibes of Glenelg.
114 Partridge Street, Glenelg South
Late night dinner and drinks date on the cards? Or perhaps a morning brunch? Fourth has got you covered either way. Their easy going, contemporary vibe extends from their interior design to their menu. Our recommendations? The market fish tartare and the 12 hour lamb. Named after the fact that the brother-duo owners are the ‘fourth’ generation in business on Jetty Road, we can count on the fact that these guys know their stuff when it comes to Glenelg.
34 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Newly opened as part of Glenelg Pier, aka one of Adelaide and even Glenelg’s best kept secrets, Coast takes pride of place along the Holdfast Promenade. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just drinks, alongside a side of endless views over the sea and a beautiful sunset backdrop to accompany your evening cocktail.
18 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg
Things to do in Glenelg: shop
Open seven days a week and receiving fresh stock regularly, Adelaide Instyle Glenelg is the spot to pick up your new favourite styles. The team’s keen eye for fashion and abilities to match pieces perfectly means there’s something to be found to suit to all age ranges, styles and budgets.
77 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Snap up some gorgeous boho interiors without the price tag at Piper Homewares. Take your pick from dainty jewellery stands, ratan galore, locally-made candles and an array of tasselled cushions to take home and enjoy.
1 Waterloo Street, Glenelg
For good quality basics with a twist, everything you need to build your perfectly curated capsule wardrobe and seasonal patterns to add that little something extra to your look, head to Attitudes Boutique. Inside you’ll find new wardrobe favourites and pretty homewares to deck your home out in.
54 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Home Basics and Design
Are you after classic neutrals or colourful patterns galore? Minimalists and maximalists are both covered with Home Basics and Design’s chic homewares and furnishings for every room of the house. Get inspired with their fabulous modern lighting options, Scandi-chic chairs, and one-of-kind decorations for adorning your home.
128 Jetty Road, Glenelg
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