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No list of the best Adelaide places to see is complete without including the city’s well-known shopping epicenter, the Rundle Mall. It’s more than just a home to retail and department stores where you can go on a shopping spree. Rundle Mall in Adelaide has so much more to offer that we are going to cover in this article. Let’s delve in!
History and Facts About Rundle Mall
The popularity of Rundle Mall as one of Australia’s busiest shopping centers dates back to the 1870s. It was the continuation of Rundle Street, packed with retailers, motor, and pedestrian traffic. Former Premier Don Dunstan then announced the closure of Rundle Street in 1972, and Ian Hannaford Architects was chosen to handle the project.
In 1975, the construction was started by closing the portion of Rundle Street from Pulteney Street to King William Street. Rundle Street officially became Rundle Mall in September 1976 and is known as Australia’s first street mall.
The Mall is now home to more than 700 retailers, 3 department stores, 300 services, 15 arcades, and more than 5,000 parking spaces. All these accommodate over 22 million people flocking here every year.
Rundle Mall is also home to a number of landmarks. One of the popular ones is a group of life-sized bronze pig sculptures called ‘A Day Out’ by sculpturist Marguerite Derricourt. The other one is the Spheres, popularly called the Mall’s Balls by Adelaide folks. It’s the Mall’s most iconic art installation to the extent that it has become a popular meeting spot for locals today.
Things to Do in Rundle Mall
Rundle Mall is a top destination for shopaholics alike. The largest and most outstanding selection of well-acclaimed brands can be found here, including Tiffany & Co., Sephora, and H&M, alongside some of the best eating establishments in the nation.
This street mall has much more to do than just shopping around. Here are some of the best things to do in Rundle Mall.
Taking Selfies with The Mall’s Icons
Rundle Mall in Adelaide has art installations that offer exceptional photography potential. The bronze pig sculptures and the Mall’s Balls are just one of the few artworks you can take selfies with. Other iconic landmarks you shouldn’t miss out on include Beehive Corner, Rundle Mall Fountain, Pigeon sculpture, Salvador Dali’s Triumphant Elephant, and so on.
Have a Solo or Group Tour
Rundle Mall is rich with history dating back to the 1870s. From buildings to art installations, they all have a history worth reminiscing about. So, instead of just mindlessly strolling around this street mall, you can take a guided tour to learn the stories behind all the buildings and art pieces adorning the Mall.
Get Lost in The Adelaide Arcade
This one is probably one of the favorites in Rundle Mall. Built-in 1885, Adelaide Arcade is like no other shopping arcade. Beneath its majestic architecture is a shopping experience where exceptional personalized service and quality meet. Here, you can indulge in delectable treats, premium products from artisan vendors, specialist services, and many more.
Treat Your Sweet Tooth in Haigh’s
Got a sweet tooth? Take advantage of Australia’s excellent chocolate in the Haigh’s. This family-owned business is located in Beehive Corner and has been known as the finest chocolate maker since 1915. They have more than 250 chocolate varieties to choose from, so you don’t need to worry about not finding the one that doesn’t suit your taste buds.
Watch Buskers Showing Off Their Talents
Buskers (street performers) are like souls of the Rundle Mall. Their juggles, music, and dances make this mall come alive. You can always look forward to world-class performances free of charge here in Rundle Mall. Remember to express gratitude with a small donation if you love their performance. There is no exact schedule for when you can see the buskers. These talented performers simply show up, set their equipment up, and play.
Is Rundle Mall Worth Visiting?
Rundle Mall in Adelaide is a must-visit place during your South Australia trip. It is the heart of the city’s shopping, entertainment, and dining. It’s also reasonably close to other popular Adelaide attractions, like the Japanese Himeji Garden, which is only a 12-minute drive from the Mall. Want to know other must-visit places in Adelaide? Go check it out here!