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A world-class creative hub, a sustainable eatery, a tech start-up helping build better workplaces and a wine retailer with community heart. These are just a handful of the award-winning businesses making Adelaide an even better place to live, work and play. Come meet them!

This week, 14 local enterprises took out honours at the 2019 City Awards – an annual celebration of the achievements of bricks and mortar ventures in the CBD and North Adelaide, proudly supported by the City of Adelaide and Business SA.

Each of the winning businesses, along with the 450 others nominated by the community this year, plays a very real role in enriching both the city’s economy and its personality.

City awards 2019 winners group shot

city of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor with the winners of the 2019 City Awards.

“I am so proud of our local entrepreneurs, retailers, hospitality businesses, and their teams. They work hard every day to carve out a unique city experience that is attracting more residents, visitors and international tourists to the city and North Adelaide."
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor

This year’s four Business Excellence prizes were awarded by the City of Adelaide. Recognising creativity, green incentives, smart business and liveability – they went to the JamFactory, The Foodprint Experience, Teamgage Pty Ltd and East End Cellars. The best of retail, hospitality and entertainment were also celebrated with ten additional awards.

Discover a little more about each of this year’s City Award winners.

Business Excellence winners

19 Morphett St, Adelaide

JamFactory has been supporting Adelaide’s creative industries for over 40 years, offering Associate programs for artists and designers in Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, and Jewellery and Metal, and providing studio spaces for emerging talent. Their exhibition and retail spaces display world class pieces, bringing contemporary art and design to the city. 

111 Franklin St, Adelaide

The Foodprint Experience is a sustainable eatery that strives to get you thinking about what’s on your plate, where it’s come from and how was it produced. Picture perfect dishes and platters are created with locally sourced ingredients, often including a native Australian Twist. These tasty treats are healthy for you and the environment.

25 Vardon Ave, Adelaide


East End Cellars take pride in knowing a top drop, sourcing wine world wide and bringing their recommendations to Adelaide. Well regarded in the community, and key players in the Soup Kitchen project helping to fundraise for the Hutt Street Centre, East End Cellars is a destination for anyone interested in quality food and wine, a great atmosphere and authenticity.

2 King William Street, Adelaide

Teamgage recognises the importance of wellbeing and engagement in the workplace and has created a tool to help measure and improve on company culture. The tech start-up enables businesses to collect real-time employee feedback, which is used to guide business improvements and strategy. Their success has spread globally, positioning Teamgage as a leader in Adelaide’s start up community – an ecosystem they continue to support.

Hospitality Category winners

99 Gawler Pl, Adelaide and 147 Pirie St, Adelaide


Hello Sarnie offers lunch like your mum packed it from home! Healthy sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and salad, plus a few sweet treats to get you through the day. Whether you stop in for a quick lunch on the run or arrange for catering for your next meeting, the fresh, handmade range with touches of gourmet won’t disappoint.

5/11 O’Connell St, North Adelaide

Coconut Estate Eatery serves up pieces of art, not just brunch. A Sri Lankan Twist can be seen throughout the menu – with coconut the star of the show. Expect floods of colour and excitement on your plate for a fun-filled foodie experience.

260-262 Rundle St, Adelaide


BRKLYN is a gin and cocktail bar inspired by Brooklyn, New York. Not just a bar, these guys have incorporated a radio/vinyl store, a barbershop and delicatessen, where a fine array of big apple inspired snacks are on the menu. For a night out with all your bases covered, BRKLYN hits a home run.

3/19 Grenfell St, Adelaide


Sazon has been providing Adelaidean’s with their daily coffee fix since 2015. The authenticity, quality and immaculate brewing continues to shine through, with Sazon being the takeaway of choice for many.

Retail Category winners

Shop 25 Regent Arcade, Adelaide


Have You Met Charlie brings a special range of gifts and treasures to the Regent Arcade. The shop strives to support small business and local independent artists/ designers/ makers and is stocked with all things fun, quirky and gorgeous. 50 per cent of products are SA made, meaning shopping sprees can be excused as a way of supporting the community!

58 Pulteney St, Adelaide

This quirky gift shop features unique items of desire sourced from artists, designers and makers around the globe. With trinkets you never knew were missing from your life, a delightfully fun stationary range and jewellery to express yourself in every imaginable mood and situation there really is something for everyone. If you’re on the lookout for a gift like no other, its likely you will find it at The Fox.

58-60 Melbourne St, North Adelaide

Clarity Massage and Wellness remove limitations from your life – whether it be injury, stress or new life challenges, the Clarity team can support you on your journey. Offering remedial massage, acupuncture facials, classes and prenatal care, you are sure to feel your best you after a visit to Clarity.

Shop 141 Adelaide Arcade, Adelaide

Slick Lobster is a traditional barbershop, come lifestyle experience. Be treated to a fresh cut and clean shave whilst listening to quality tunes and friendly banter (beers likely to be on offer).

Entertainment Category winners

Level 1 and 4, 51-53 Rundle Mall, Adelaide


Adventure rooms add a fast-paced thrill to your day – these unique experiences are great for team building and always a conversation starter. Test your detective and analytical skills to solve the case and escape back to the real world. With a range of mysteries to solve, there’s no need to limit your adventure.

207 Gilbert St, Adelaide

This classic pub hosts a range of events throughout the year. Far more than live music in the front bar, there’s everything from improv, to Dungeons and Dragons, to painting classes. The Duke has a commitment to being seriously social, and their host of activities on offer proves it.

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Melanie Innes

Melanie Innes