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Adelaide - Shopping

Shopping hours in Adelaide and its suburbs are usually limited to shop trading hours, which is set by Safework SA. While most shops can trade until 9pm Mondays through Fridays, most shops tend to trade between 9am to 5pm. 24-hour shopping is rare in Adelaide, and do not expect shops, especially those in the suburbs, to be open at nights, and on Sundays. The exception is Thursdays in the suburbs ("late night shopping"), when supermarkets and shopping malls remain open till 9pm. Most shops in the city will also remain open till 9pm on Fridays.

The main supermarket operators in Adelaide are Coles and Woolworths. These are found in practically all suburbs. Alternatively, you can try Foodland IGA. Click here for listings of the locations of major supermarkets in Adelaide. There are also farmers markets held at various locations throughout Adelaide where you can pick up local fresh produce of the season – check with your local community board for details as the location and operating hours vary from season to season and from organizer to organizer. The most popular farmers market is the Showgrounds Farmers Market (Sundays 9am-1pm, entrance at Leader Street). There are Asian grocery stores at Grote and Gouger Street (south-west of Adelaide's CBD), in Adelaide's Chinatown. There are also specialty shops, such as butchers, where you can pick up UK favorites such as bacon English pork sausages. Try Superior Meats in Southgate Plaza, Morphett Vale.

For furniture, you can try the Mile End Homemakers Centre – this one-stop mall has everything from carpets (e.g. Discount City Carpets) to BBQ sets (e.g. Barbeques Galore) to electrical appliances (e.g. The Good Guys). Address : 121-150 Railway Terrace, Mile End. For bedroom, lounge, and outdoor furniture, you can try Le Cornu. (Location : 10 Anzac Highway, Keswick SA 5035. Tel : 8292 3333. Operating Hours – Mondays-Wednesdays & Fridays : 9am-7pm; Thursdays : 9am-9pm; Saturdays and Sundays : 10am-5pm). Alternatively, you can try Super A-Mart - there are two in South Australia – one in Melrose Park (1031 South Road) and another in Gepps Cross (750 Main North Road). For other household needs, such as beddings and other smaller household items, try the Adelaide-based Cheap As Chips. (This link takes you to the store locations in South Australia). Other discount retailers such as Target, K-Mart and Big W can also be found.

In Adelaide, the best discounts and offers are still advertised via mail – many retailers, from supermarkets to electrical appliances, advertise their specials for the week in print form, so browse through your "junk mail" for the best and most updated buys.

All goods and services have a 10% tax – there is no GST added into essential goods and services such as food.

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