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King William Street and Victoria Square

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The city’s main thoroughfare, King William Street, is lined with imposing civic buildings and always crowded with traffic. Look out for the Edmund Wright House at no. 59, whose elaborate Renaissance-style facade is one of Adelaide’s most flamboyant. On the other side of the street a couple of blocks south, the Town Hall (1866) is another of Edmund Wright’s Italianate designs. The General Post Office, on the corner of Franklin Street, is yet another portentous Victorian edifice, this time with a central clock tower: look inside at the main hall with its decorative roof lantern framed by opaque skylights. Opposite, on the corner of Flinders Street, the Old Treasury Building retains its beautiful facade, although it now houses apartments.

Halfway down King William Street lies pleasant Victoria Square, a favourite Aboriginal meeting place and home to the Catholic Cathedral of St Francis Xavier (1856) and the imposing Supreme Court, on the corner of Gouger Street. Just to the west, the covered Central Market (Tues 7am–5.30pm, Wed & Thurs 9am–5.30pm, Fri 7am–9pm, Sat 7am–3pm) has been a well-loved feature of Adelaide for over a hundred years. Here you can find delectable fresh produce in a riot of stalls and lively banter, as well as heaps of shops and cafés, and, adjoining the market, a superb Asian food hall with sushi and noodle bars. Nearby Gouger and Grote streets also have a fantastic array of options for a meal, drink or coffee – all particularly busy on Friday evenings.

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