Last September, my sister and I spent our mid-semester break in the state of South Australia. We based ourselves in its charming, petite capital city, Adelaide, and did daytrips throughout the week. We met seals lounging on the beach on rugged and beautiful Kangaroo Island, dressed up for a day of wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, and kayaked alongside dolphins in a ship graveyard. Adelaide offered many free opportunities: a chocolate factory tour, a bus loop around the city, serene botanic garden, art gallery, and museum. Surrounded by greenery, the inner city is easy to get around on foot. Adelaide serves up great food to accompany the region’s reputable wine, and hipster cocktail bars that remind me of the ones you find in Montreal.
Adelaide is known as the city of churches, but it could equally be referred to as the city of dessert bars. I felt it was my duty to report back to you, so for some days Julia and I didn’t actually eat a proper meal as we had done so much chocolate tasting… oops!
1. Haigh’s Chocolates Factory Tour and Shop
Haigh’s Chocolates Factory Tour and Shop
Address: 154 Greenhill Road, Parkside
Phone: 08 8372 7070
Established in 1915, Haigh’s Chocolates is Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate maker. Julia and I visited their factory for free. During the 20 minute tour, we were offered samples of delicious chocolate as we learned the history of the company. The company has a bean-to-bar approach, and they roast their own cocoa beans. Many of their chocolates are still hand-made! A great aspect of Haigh’s is that their chocolates have a UTZ certification (“UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming of coffee, cocoa and tea with better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of the environment.”). At the end of the tour, we made a few purchases at the shop (smart marketing: reel in the customers with the offer of a free tour, and you’ll be sure nobody leaves empty-handed). Haigh’s has a wide range of products: from loose chocolates to gift boxes, bars, confectionery, blocks, and novelty items. Eating their popular Chocolate Frogs made us feel as if we entered Harry Potter’s world, and their sumptuous crème brûlée truffles and café latté truffles were delectable.
Haigh’s Chocolates has shops throughout Adelaide and is also available in Melbourne and Sydney.
2. St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert
St Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert
Address: 19 Gouger Street
Phone: 08 8212 2621
A beautiful dessert bar, the sweetest way to end the night.
What we ordered:
Ooh la la Chocolat! : Warm, rich chocolate fondant topped with Wild Strawberry ice cream and served with a mini chocolate shake
Ferrero Waffle : A warm Belgian waffle, drizzled with pure melted chocolate. Topped with crunchy, chocolate coated wafer balls, melted Nutella and milk chocolate drops. Served with our French Vanilla ice cream
Churros for one : 3 crispy, warm churros rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with your choice of warm melted dipping chocolate (milk, white or dark)
3. Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier
Address: 256 Rundle Street
Phone: 08 7226 6216
Posh chocolate shop with a gorgeous, artistic, and colourful display case.