Lonely Planet Ranks Adelaide In Their Top 10 Cities To Visit In 2014

Everything’s coming up Adelaide: the social circuit is firing, standards of journalistic integrity have never been higher, Cher’s nowhere to be seen and earlier this year the City of Churches was voted the most liveable city in Australia. Accolades for Adelaide are coming in thicker and faster than you could ever hope to consume the viscous double cream brie featured in that brilliant Barossa Valley ad soundtracked by Nick Cave, the latest arriving in the form of a spot on Lonely Planet’s list of the Top 10 cities to visit in 2014, finishing ninth on a roll-call that includes international heavy-hitters and must-visit list mainstays like Paris, Shanghai and Chicago.

Writes Lonely Planet: “Having always lived in the shadow of its gregarious eastern-seaboard cousins, the ‘City of Churches’ has been quietly loosening its pious shackles and embracing its liberal foundations.

Adelaide is effortlessly chic – and like a perfectly cellared red, it’s ready to be uncorked and sampled.”

Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher attributes the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval as warranting its inclusion on the list, alongside “the transformation of some of the spaces within the city itself”, as well as the city’s reputation as “a foodie destination [that’s] incredibly parochial about its local produce” – the latter an elaborate way of saying, ‘If you visit Adelaide, your chances of hugging Maggie Beer with a sandwich in one hand and a glass of red in the other increase exponentially.’
Should Adelaide make its way to the top of your travel itinerary in 2014, make sure you bookmark our Finders Keepers Guide To Wining, Dining and Shopping in Adelaide. The full list of Lonely Planet’s essential 2014 travel destinations includes: 
  • Paris, France 
  • Trinidad, Cuba 
  • Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Riga, Latvia 
  • Zürich, Switzerland 
  • Shanghai, China 
  • Vancouver, Canada 
  • Chicago, USA 
  • Adelaide, Australia 
  • Auckland, New Zealand   
via The ABC