5 Ideas for Dates with Mates in Adelaide

Friendship’s all the rage in Adelaide, so grab your pals and check out this list of fun things to do!.

Where to Eat

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The Topiary Cafe


There’s not much better than a top dining experience with your best buddies, and The Topiary Cafe is respected near and far (or wherever you are, really) for high tea par excellence. Expect the full works, from adorable little ribbon sandwiches to dainty cupcakes, brownies and scones, all washed down with your choice of splendid tea or coffee. The dining area itself is a lush, sandstoney vision of al fresco perfection, so you’re certainly in for a good time here. Find out more

“My best friend and I were going shopping at TTP but we decided to catch up for coffee and something light beforehand. I suggested The Topiary as it is a nice place I know and she had also never been before. The Chai Latte’s we ordered were perfectly made and the croissants were fresh and tasty!” – xbabydollx

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Udder Delights


With a heavy focus on local produce and good, old-fashioned elbow grease, Udder Delights handcrafts a top-quality range of cow and goat cheeses, including the famous King Saul – Australia’s first ever raw milk blue cheese. Even better, every day between 10am and 4pm, you can hop along to this charming cheese cellar/café and sample its wares for free! Free cheese tasting with your mates? Sounds like an afternoon pretty well spent! Find out more

“They have cheese tastings here so that you can try before you buy – and after tasting them you will want to buy!! The cafe is also great – good coffee, good meals and very tempting desserts. They also do 1 day cheesemaking classes which are great.” – 4chillis

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La Boca Bar and Grill


La Boca is Adelaide’s most authentic Argentinian restaurant, and the only one to use a genuine ‘asador’ (the badass-looking fire pit in the middle of the kitchen), accompanied by stylish street-style murals and great stacks of timber. The menu is a mighty mountain of flame-licked meat, so if you and your buds getting together is on par with attending a meat lovers’ convention, this is the place for you. The veggie and seafood options are also superb, though, so everyone should be happy! Find out more

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Where to Play

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Paintball Skirmish SA


It’s time to cut loose through the proud medium that only true warriors know: tiny, paint-filled pellets! Paintball Skirmish features 12 arenas to wage light-hearted, multi-coloured war, ranging from natural bush settings to street scenes. You can even camp out under the stars afterwards for free, so you can apologise to your mate for that irresistible sucker shot over a roaring fire. Nice! Find out more

“Brilliant little organisation! perfect set up. the people are beautiful, and are so helpful! prices are reasonable – but boy oh boy watch out for the after math – bruises hurt for soooooo long!!! 🙁 but loved every minute of it” – TheMiddleIngredient


Eternal Spirit


Eternal Spirit is your one-stop New Age shop in Adelaide, stocking a huge variety of high-quality crystals, jewellery, feng shui accessories as well as crystal healing workshops and meditation groups, perfect for a unique day with your friends. What really draws us though is the psychic reading. It can often be a surprisingly effective way to help you put things in perspective for those all-important life decisions (like what gin bar to explore next). Find out more

“If you ever need a ‘spiritual fix’, this is the place to be because the moment you walk in, it feels so peaceful with all the relaxing music! This place has the best range and quality of crystals I’ve ever come across in Adelaide and all at really reasonable prices. There is also a fantastic selection of crystal jewellery as well as some good books, cds, dvds and giftware.” – pamela11

Wherever you end up this Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a blast! Don’t forget to review it on True Local. Cheers!

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