The thought of shopping can bring up myriad contrasting emotions in many, but for us at East Coast Car Rentals, we love a bit of retail therapy. Shopping can be a cathartic, therapeutic and intriguing engagement –  all in the same day. Let us introduce the first in a series of six shopping destination guides. First up: Adelaide.  

Rundle Mall

The Rundle Mall represents Adelaide's prime shopping destination. The city's first pedestrian shopping centre is home to both the big name department stores, such as David Jones and Myer, as well as smaller outlets and independent traders. Of course, no large mall is complete without an assortment of chain stores, and the Rundle doesn't disappoint. Cotton On and Cue can be found here, as well as a range of well-known eateries. Head on to the adjacent Rundle Street for the upmarket boutiques and designer stores. 

Centro Colonnades

The Centro Colonnades shopping centre rivals the Rundle Mall for size and diversity in its range of shops. Aside from the two enormous supermarkets contained within, Coles and Woolworths, you'll also find a selection of department stores include Myer, K-Mart and Big W. No less than 200 speciality stores, such as JB Hi-Fi and Homeart, find their home in the Centro Colonnades.

If you find yourself feeling peckish as you explore the cavernous centre, head towards the Diner's Life food court. There are other dedicated food departments too, such as Fresh Life and Market Fresh for the extra hungry.

Burnside Village

Those with a keen sense of fashion should make their way to the Burnside Village. This premium shopping destination is home to over 100 high-end clothing and lifestyle stores, including South Australia's first Zara, the quality Spanish retailer. Burnside Village is also home to such revered names as Husk, Oroton, Peter Alexander, sass & bide, Thurley and Willow.  

The class of Burnside Village doesn't let up, even way from the fine fabrics of exquisite designer clothes. The Village Market offers an excellent range of cafes and restaurants to rest your legs, serving everything from rare sushi to beautiful pastas. 

Harbour Town

At the other end of the scale. Harbour Town represents the value-for-money side of shopping in Adelaide. Nevertheless, you'll still discover many outlets selling discounted designer clothes, as well as a raft of second-hand shops that could throw up a cool find or outstanding bargain from one day to the next – you just never know what you might discover.