Our Recommendations

It often helps to get a recommendation to other service providers – these are people who we know and trust, offer a distinctive personalised service, and are customer focused. Please feel free to let them know that they were recommended by their friends at Exceptional Kangaroo Island.

Over the years, we have compiled a list of producers, businesses and experiences, all operated by people we know and trust. 

This list is organised according to location (Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, South Australia etc.) as well as interest (art, restaurants, hotels etc.)

Our recommendations based on location

Adelaide Recommendations by interest

Arts, culture, shopping, designers. This is a synthesis of my experiences and some co-operative retail materials. Apologies if some things have changed – it takes a bit to keep this updated! Any ideas for additions email me.

South Australian Museum, North Terrace
Largest global Aboriginal artefact collection plus a great natural history museum.

Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
On Grenfell Street near East Terrace, this performing and visual arts space is Aboriginal owned and managed and interprets traditional and contemporary Indigenous life through various media with plenty of hands-on engagement.

Opal Diamond Factory

Multi-generational family business offering quality jewellery featuring Australian pearls, diamonds and opals as well as the best of international gems.
Michael Rynes 
(08) 82122652
32-34 King William Street, Adelaide

King of King Jewellery

One of the young guns in a traditional field, Stefan Trigatti handles the entire process using the finest materials and innovative design to create world-class bespoke jewellery. 
Stefano Trigatti
0448 491503
By appointment at:
Level 3, Suite 311
Edments Building
38 Gawler Place, Adelaide

South Australian Art Gallery (public)
Excellent collection of colonial art and contains many of Australia’s iconic paintings that featured on stamps throughout my childhood.

Samstag Museum of Art (public, contemporary)
This museum, part of my alma mater University of South Australia, honours the contribution American benefactors Anne and Gordon Samstag made to Australian art. Their bequest makes it possible for emerging Australian artists to further their development by studying overseas.
(08) 8302 0870
Hawke Building, City West campus
University of South Australia
55 North Terrace, Adelaide

The Jam Factory (contemporary, commercial)
Utilitarian pieces often made on-site by artists in residence – bright colourful pieces utilising cutting edge materials, design and techniques
19 Morphett Street, Adelaide 
(08) 8231 0005

Adelaide Botanic Gardens

This extensive garden is an interesting blend of heritage gardens harking back to the English influence of Kew Gardens and both indigenous and contemporary use of Australian plants. The Museum of Economic Botany and Garden of Health provide interesting filters through which to view our flora. 
North Terrace, Adelaide

Migration Museum
This inspiring collection of exhibitions and materials interprets the extraordinary melting pot which has made the South Australian community what it is today. It is our equivalent to New York’s Ellis Island.
(08) 8207 7580
82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Adelaide Central Markets

This is the largest undercover produce market in the Southern Hemisphere and is an energetic riot of colour, noise and wonderful smells. Operating for some 140 years, the markets feature the best South Australian fresh foods and produce with over 80 specialty stalls.

Tuesday 7am – 5.30pm
Wednesday* 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 7am – 9pm
Saturday 7am – 3pm

*selected stalls only – please check as there are seasonal variations to opening hours
44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide

Note: my friend Mark Gleeson from The Providore operates fun and informative walking tours of the markets: Food Tours Australia

Edinburgh Cellars

This is a bit of a way out of town in the leafy suburb of Mitcham but worth the trip if you want excellent wines with some serious vintage. Many cellar doors have limited back vintages and this is the place to add considerable depth to your personal wine collection.

(08) 8373 2700
1-7 High Street, Mitcham

Haigh’s Chocolate

Beginning in 1915, Haigh’s chocolate has become an Adelaide institution known for excellent service and superb hand-made chocolates. Pop in to try some delicious truffles, chocolate-coated local fruit and nuts, and the famous giant chocolate frogs.
Beehive Corner
2 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

RM Williams

Legendary Australian bush outfitter with an extraordinary South Australian heritage of quality boots, outdoor clothing and more recently a line of more tailored urban wear. The boots are the heart of the brand but quality underscores the entire line.

(08) 8232 3611
6 Gawler Place, Adelaide

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